No additions for Manchester City in January

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is not expecting any additions to be made to his squad in the currently open January transfer window. 

Even though he would not mind having new signings to be able to fully rotate the squad because of the tight game fixtures, he has confessed that the players he would have loved to sign are often not available in the January window.

Guardiola said, “No, no. In January, no window. We are not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad. People are coming back, so no.” 

Even though the Blues side brought in Aymeric Laporte last January, Guardiola suggested that January is not his preferred window for transfer business. He said, “It’s much better (not to buy in January). When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was not to go to the January (transfer window) except we have problems.”

This would mean that Riyad Mahrez, brought in from Leicester city is the only addition City has made to their title winning team since last summer.

Pep Guardiola has now spent a more than £530 million on new signings since he took managerial position in 2016. With the club’s huge financial backing, Guardiola has assembled a team of quality footballers, even their bench is an envy among top Europe clubs. Top players players like Ederson, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane, John Stones, Illkay Gundogan among many others make for a mouth-watering prospect.

The huge investment seems to be paying off having won two trophies at the Etihad (excluding the Community Shield) and still in contention in all competitions in the current season.

Pep Guardiola will hope the team’s trophy overhaul continues this season in order to keep justifying the club’s huge spending so far.

Nemanja Vidic: I would love to coach Man United

Nemanja Vidic said in a show at beInSports that Jose Mourinho is guilty for a 3-1 defeat in front of Manchester City in the local derby. The Serbian said United’s team is a Mourinho team, not the band we used to know, referring to the peculiarities of the Portuguese coach style.
Vidic added that when Jose Mourinho arrived in Manchester, everyone knew the team would change their style of play.

“It is the kind of football he played at Inter, at Chelsea more or less, and (Real) Madrid maybe it was more open. At the end of the day, that’s Mourinho’s football.”, Vidic said to beInSports. The Serbian also added that “we have to accept that he is the manager who is going to play this kind of football”.

The Serbian did not hide the fact that in the future he would like to be Manchester United manager. Vidic, now 37, has a glorious past at Man Utd: 300 matches and 21 goals, 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cup trophies, 5 Community Shield Cups, one Champions League title and one FIFA Club World Cup title.

Since taking over Manchester United, Mourinho (the Special One) has failed to reach an ascending trajectory in the post-Ferguson era. Seen by many as the next long-term manager of the Devils, the Portuguese has completely disappointed. In the current season, United is ranked 8th, 12 points behind Man City (#1) and 7 points away from the Champions League spots.

The club’s management has set “The Special One” a clear goal: qualify for next year’s Champions League. As mentioned above, United has to recover 7 points to reach the last place that qualifies automatically into the group stage. The management already has a substitute: Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s manager, whom United’s staff hopes to attract if Mourinho fails to meet his goal.

Upcoming matches: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (in the EPL) and Manchester United vs Young Boys (in the Champions League).

EPL Round 29: Man City hosts Chelsea on this round’s derby

Burnley vs Everton
Burnley have been going through a disastrous run of form for a long time and it looks highly unlikely that the team will be able to get to finish in the seventh place. Everton may have a very poor away record, but it is only down to a couple of big defeats against London teams. Otherwise, Sam Allardyce has managed to keep his team in a strong run of form. It is unlikely that the Evertonians will be suffering a big defeat in this game considering that Burnley have only managed 22 goals this season. Everton are not great when it comes to scoring away goals.

Leicester City vs Bournemouth
Leicester City will be able to walk towards the top seven places with a positive result against Bournemouth, but it is easier said than done since Eddie Howe’s team have been able to pick up their recent run of form. After suffering a couple of defeats and dropping points against the likes of Newcastle, Bournemouth have shown a lot of resilience in recent weeks. Leicester have struggled for goals as Jamie Vardy’s form has dipped in recent weeks. The striker’s goals remain the major source of attacking threat for the club in the Premier League as Riyad Mahrez still continues to be a disappointment.

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