How Manchester City could line up against Liverpool for the Community Shield at Wembley, including Rodri and Angelino

5 Jul

Manchester City are the most dominant force in English football at this very moment in time.

Not content with winning the Premier League in 2018 by a record point margin and by beating more opponents than anyone else, Pep Guardiola went and did it the following season.

And the Spaniard also retained the Carabao Cup and added the FA Cup to the growing trophy collection at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola won a treble of domestic trophies last season
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The only side that were able to get close to City were Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s men pushing the champions all the way to the final day of the season.

The clubs will meet for the chance to lift the Community Shield on August 4 at Wembley stadium in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser.

Keen to carry on the Citizens’ dominance, Guardiola has already made signings in this transfer window and is looking to complete more.

Left-back Angelino has returned to Manchester after signing for PSV Eindhoven last summer, while Rodri has also completed his move from Atletico Madrid for £62.5million.

Rodri is officially a Man City player
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With Vincent Kompany returning to Anderlecht, there is a gaping hole at the heart of the defence alongside Aymeric Laporte for someone to fill.

John Stones has struggled for consistency in recent years, with his performances at the Nations League doing little to dispel suggestions he can be a liability on the ball.

Instead, Guardiola has reportedly turned to Stones’ England colleague Harry Maguire. Rivals United are also interested in the Leicester defender, who is valued at £80m.

Maguire could be joined in a new look backline by Joao Cancelo. The Juventus defender is reportedly wanted by City, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich interested. So how could City look for the start of the new season?

Guardiola has favoured a 4-3-3 formation with a central pivot in midfield around which to start his attacks. One thing fans began to notice at Man City was the way in which the inverted full-backs to almost act as playmakers.

By playing Maguire and Laporte on the ‘wrong side’ (i.e. with their weaker foot) the full-backs can tuck inside and condense the middle. This means City can afford to commit more bodies forward and be comfortable in the knowledge a counter-attack coming back the other way will not be as dangerous.

Aymeric Laporte in action for Man City
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Although Sergio Aguero is still one of the most lethal strikers in world football, the decision to hand Gabriel Jesus the number nine shirt, coupled with his incredible performances at the Copa America, suggest he could get more starting game time this season.

With Raheem Sterling and BernaRdo Silva supplemented by Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan (with David Silva from the bench) City could well dominate for years to come.

Could this be Manchester City’s XI to face Liverpool in the Community Shield?

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Angelino: Manchester City re-sign left-back from PSV for £5.3m following breakthrough season

3 Jul

Manchester City have confirmed the re-signing of left-back Angelino from PSV for £5.3million.

The 22-year-old left the Etihad last summer and starred for the Dutch club as they finished second in the Eredivisie.

City were able to trigger a buy-back clause in the Spaniard’s contract before announcing his return on Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to have rejoined City, a side playing incredible football under Pep Guardiola,” Angelino said.

“Watching them while playing in Holland has been a pleasure.

“City’s performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and contributing to the Club’s bid for more success.

Angelino has sealed a return to the Etihad
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“I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management and I am very confident that the Club will go from strength to strength over the next few years.”

Angelino will provide competition at left-back for Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Spain Under-21 international played every league game for PSV last season and a host of clubs were keen to sign him.

City would’ve faced paying up to £20million had they not arranged the £5.3million buy-back clause.

The Premier League champions are also close to landing Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

The club have paid the Spanish midfielder’s £62.6million release clause and could unveil him as a City player later this week.

Three PSV Eindhoven stars Tottenham must be wary of in must-win Champions League clash

24 Oct

Tottenham Hotspur’s hope of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League could be given another blow tonight if PSV Eindhoven have anything to do with it.

The Dutch outfit, like Spurs, have lost their first two clashes in the group stages, being defeated 4-0 by Barcelona and 2-1 by Inter Milan.

PSV Eindhoven line up against Inter Milan.

The strength of the Eredivisie often gets bad press, especially given some of the flop transfers who have chanced their arm in the Premier League, including Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen, who was stripped of his No.9 shirt in the summer.

Eindhoven, though, will be no pushovers, possessing some real star quality which has helped them score 36 goals in nine game – an average of four per game – and concede just THREE in the Dutch top-flight.

So who are the players Tottenham need to worry about in the Netherlands? Find out below.

Hirving Lozano

The Mexican won plenty of fans at World Cup 2018 as he helped his nation knock Germany out of the tournament and he’s carried on where he left off by netting eight goals and creating three in the league.

Playing as part of Van Bommel’s front three, Lozano can play on the left or right, making him fairly unpredictable.

The Mexican ace could trouble Spurs.

He’s both skilful and a diligent worker willing to track back as well as score goals, while also impressing with his ability at set-pieces.

Whoever lines up in defence could be in for a tough evening against the man nicknamed ‘Chucky’.

Gaston Pereiro

The Uruguayan attacking midfielder can unlock tight defences with his delightful left foot, while his drifting movement can cause anyone marking him some real issues.

He’s nimble and quick-witted allowing him to adapt to evolving situations around him and a capable goalscorer with a record of around one in every three matches.

Pereiro is going from strength to strength.

Already a Uruguay international he’s beginning to step up and could soon be on the radar of much bigger clubs as he continues his fourth campaign in the Netherlands.

Pereiro, 23, also once had a ten-day trial at Liverpool along with three other Nacional team-mates.

Angelino

Once on the books at Manchester City, the Spanish left-back flew the nest in the summer after loan spells to New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca, and NAC Breda.

He’s settled in nicely too with three assists already to his name proving he’s a real threat from the flank.

The Spaniard could be the one who got away for Man City.

The 21-year-old isn’t just an attacking full-back though and is capable of clamming up the right flank, where Spurs play 37 per cent of their football.

It may just be Pep Guardiola had the answer to his left-back troubles at the Etihad the whole time.