Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City players to stay calm in title pursuit

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged the team to stay calm with the Premier League title race yet to be decided. The Citizens leapfrogged Liverpool to the top of the table after a derby triumph over Manchester United on the road but Guardiola has refused to acknowledge that the Citizens are favourites for the title.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I understand the pressure we have and obviously here at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard running behind. I told them we needed to play to win, it doesn’t matter if we concede. Now we go to Burnley and we know how tough it will be. It’s important to be calm. We are still not champions with three games left – it’s incredible with the points we have and Liverpool have. I told the players don’t read tomorrow, don’t watch the television, just rest and sleep a lot and go in there against Burnley.”

Pep Guardiola reluctant to speak on quadruple prospects for Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he would not prefer to speak on the club’s prospects of winning the quadruple until the end of the month. The Citizens are currently alive across all four competitions and they are currently on course to reach their second final, should they overcome Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup this weekend.

Speaking to reporters, Guardiola said that he does not want to indulge into talks regarding the quadruple, given none of the previous major clubs in the country have managed to achieve the same, he said: “I said many times, ask me at the end of April. Why talk about the quadruple when in this country – a legendary country – it has never happened before. Legendary teams like Liverpool, the period [of Manchester United] with Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Arsenel Wenger with Arsenal – no one did it. So why should we do it? “I’m not in the minds of my players and the fans to tell them what to think.”

Former Premier League manager raves about Newcastle United striker

Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway has raved about Salomon Rondon, who has been a good success with Newcastle United this term. The Venezuela international joined the Magpies on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion last summer with Dwight Gayle heading to the Hawthorns in a similar kind of deal.

Rondon initially struggled to adapt to the Magpies’ style of play but as the season has progressed, he has become more influential which has impressed the club’s faithful. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Holloway was full of praise for the former St Zenit Petersburg man and said that he did not realise ‘how good he was’, he quipped: “I think it’s amazing the forward line they’ve got now, obviously with Matt [Ritchie] putting some service in. But I think the signing of Rondon, I didn’t realise how good he was.”

Elliot Simoes Ecstatic To Be A Part Of Barnsley F.C

Football club Barnsley very recently recruited the Portuguese football player and winger, Elliot Simoes. Simoes has left his club F.C United of Manchester to be a part of Barnsley. The Manchester player has joined the team under the guidance of the chief coach, Daniel Stendel. Elliott’s contract terminates after three-and-a-half year. The news comes after the 19-year old played exceptionally well in 23 games by scoring twice, that too in for a club which is non-league. The English club has not divulged into details of this contract as a result of which it is not known the amount for which Elliot will be playing for the club.

Gautam Ganaye, the chief executive of the Barnsley club believes that the winger would be giving tough competition to all the teams that are playing in the lead. Simoes himself was quoted as saying that the opportunity to be a part of the English club has been one of the best things that have ever happened to him in his lifetime. The player sees it as a golden opportunity of his footballing career. Simoes also said that he was simply moving ahead in his life and thought everything is in place and normal until he came to know that Barnsley wanted to sign him.

Rafael Benitez admits disappointment amid the lack of transfer business

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that he is disappointed with the lack of new signings at the club this month. The Magpies are currently above the relegation zone by just a couple of points but their position remains far from guaranteed with difficult games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the horizon.

Speaking to reporters, Benitez acknowledged that he is not pleased with the current situation at the club, given they have failed to make a single signing during the ongoing transfer window, he said: “Disappointed – obviously. A little bit of everything. Today is the 26th, so I don’t need to say too much. We don’t have any players here.”

Given Doubles his Profits

Fans of Shay Given, the former Ireland international team and Newcastle United goalkeeper’s salary at his new post at Derby County has been revealed – and he’s doing alright!?

Presumably for tax reasons, Given now owns a UK media company that his wages are paid to, and that company’s accumulated profit has doubled to £232,457 in fifteen months towards the end of March as the newly filed accounts show. During this time, profits increased by £127,270 while the cash in the bank grew by £21,020 and was £129,041 by the end of March.

Shay Given believes Ederson is the best goalkeeper in the world

Former Manchester City star Shay Given believes Ederson is the best goalkeeper in the world when it comes to the ball-playing qualities. The Brazil international only joined the Citizens from Benfica last year but he has since built a huge reputation for himself after having won the Premier League with a record points tally during his debut campaign.

Speaking to ManCity.com, Given highlighted that there is still room for improvement with Ederson but he is still clearly the best shot-stopper in the world when it comes to the passing attribute, he said: “He’s still relatively young in goalkeeping terms and he’s still improving. He’s been a great signing, there’s no getting away from that fact, and he was probably a bit of an unknown when he signed.

Maurizio Sarri back Ross Barkley for England call-up this month

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri feels Ross Barkley deserves a call-up to the England national side after impressing for the Blues during the opening stages of the campaign. The attacker joined the Blues from Everton during the 2018 winter transfer window but was restricted to just three appearances as he struggled to prove his fitness after a niggling hamstring problem.

However, with the new campaign, Barkley has managed to recovercompletelyfrom that issue and based on his performances, Sarri believes the midfielder should earn a comeback with the Three Lions, he said: “I think he can return to the national team. He is improving week by week. I think that he can improve more, because he has the potential to. He has played more than last season in two months. He had a very serious injury one year ago, I think, so he can improve from the tactical point of view and from the physical point of view.”

Shay Given Joins Coaching Team Of Lampard In Derby

According to the reports, Shay Given name has been confirmed as the new head goalkeeping coach at Championship side Derby County. Given is now 42-years-old and he has not taken retirement from the game officially, but the news confirms that he will be part of the backroom team of Frank Lampard, as the Rams seems to start on a promotion push in this campaign.

At the end of May, Lampard took the reins at Derby following Gary Rowett. “Shay is a good friend of mine and I know him well. As a goalkeeper, his standing in the game and he is right up there at the very top. His engagement with the team will bring many things and we are extremely excited about for the same,” Said, the former midfielder of Chelsea.