Stories about Manuel Pellegrini

Which of these giant teams will not make it to the Premier League top four?

Imagine hiring, arguably, the best football coach on the planet and instead of handing him a Champions League berth as a welcome gift, you saddle him with an unwanted distraction of a tournament that is the Europa League. Well, that’s precisely what Manchester City is close to doing to Pep Guardiola, following their failure to beat Arsenal in Manuel Pellegrini’s final home game in charge. But the worst part, this isn’t even the worst case scenario. This nightmarish situation of finishing outside the top four and failing to qualify for the Champions League could reach gargantuan proportions because it is ...

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Premiere League predictions: Arsenal and Man Utd don’t even stand a chance

For lovers and fans of English football, the wait is finally over. The English Premiere League (EPL) is back. With millions of pounds already being spent on new recruits by every club, this promises to be another season full of twists and turns. Now would be the right time to look into the crystal ball and predict how the season is going to unfold over the next nine months or so. 20. Watford Of all the promoted teams, Watford is most likely to get straight back down in the championship. They have brought in too many new faces in the club who will ...

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Does Manchester City even need a player like Raheem Sterling?

Since the Abu Dhabi group has taken over the Blues, Manchester City invested heavily on transfers this season, estimated to be more than £500 million. This heavy investment, unfortunately, continuously inflicted loss on the club’s balance sheet and brought the wart of UEFA, who imposed a fine of £50 million  and reduced the number of squad players from 25 to 21 in all European competitions. Although invested heavily in the transfer market, the Blues haven’t performed well in the European Champions League and has managed to win only two UEFA titles since the takeover of oil-rich owner Khaldoon al- Mubarak in 2008. ...

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English Premier League transfers — Most expensive but not the most rational

The winter transfer window, which ended on February 2, 2015, rather than its usual January 31st deadline, saw the Premier League clubs splashing out a total £130 million – the same as of the January 2014 window. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal accounted for the highest spending by the Premier League clubs but the most active was Crystal Palace, who under new manager Alan Pardew, are aiming to ease the pressure on the 13th placed club in the league table. Palace saw 11 players leaving the club, while eight players joined the club either on a loan or on a permanent ...

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Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s awkward yet beautiful reunion

Every once in a while in sport, something awe-inspiring happens – something that envisages the true spirit of sporting ethos. The beautiful game that is football is filled with such episodes of shear emotional brilliance that help give the sport a human face, which not only can we relate to but also idealise. It was the 78th minute in the Etihad stadium, the hosts not only trailed their rivals by a goal in a match that could have a lot of bearing in the title race, but also were a man short. It was in that moment that Manuel Pellegrini ...

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Premier League rollercoaster: Who will lift the cup?

With the FA Community Shield behind us, it’s time to gear up for the new Premier League season. Those who followed the world’s most competitive football competition were left stunned at the pleasant unpredictability of the season. Week in, week out, the league table would morph completely. It went all the way down to a nail-biting end; and Manchester City took the title on the basis of a great attack and some major inconsistencies of their rival clubs. Looking at all the major contenders for the coveted top four Champions League spots this upcoming season, one can’t help but get a little giddy ...

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The charming Manuel Pellegrini knows how to deliver gold!

The Barclays Premier League has finally concluded with Manchester City FC being crowned as the Champions of England. They faced West Ham in their final match of the season and required a draw or win to bag the trophy. And they bagged it! They did it with a mature and professional performance beating West Ham two goals to nil, thus finishing the season on top of the Premier League table. Over the next few weeks praise will be showered upon all the players and the management but, the one person who really was at the focal point of this successful ...

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Barclays Premier League: Which team will take home the title this season?

May 11, 2014 will mark the end of the Barclays Premier League and one team will be crowned as champion of the season. But the astonishing nature of the league this season is such that not many can say who will win the title this time. Sheer, unadulterated unpredictability is the league’s defining feature this season. Past decades have shown us, what was known in football circles as the Big Four’s hegemony – Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC – each club wielding and strengthening its grip on victories and titles. We saw Arsenal become invincible and dominate the league in the early years of the last ...

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David Silva is still Manchester City’s best playmaker!

Maybe it’s because David Silva has always been, and continues to be, an out and out playmaker rather than a striker, I was, nonetheless, thrilled to see him score against Hull City last week. However, this piece has nothing to do with his delicious strike. There is no doubt that the arrival of Fernando Luiz Rosa and Jesus Navas last summer, and improving form of Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure are a big reason behind Manchester City’s impressive showing this season, but the former Valencia man has still been the most diligent contributor in the City midfield. How is that possible, you ask? Well, statistics speak for themselves and we’ll take them one at a time here. [caption id="" ...

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