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Manchester City recently fell six points behind table leaders Chelsea, but they do have two games in hand over the West London opponents. Even though Chelsea have become the favourites for the title as a result of this lead, City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is of the opinion that his team can win the title nonetheless. If Manuel Pellegrini leads his team to the Premier league title, then it could be his second trophy of the season. The club recently lifted the League Cup after beating Sunderland 3-1 in the final at the new Wembley.
Further, City also have a much better goal difference than Chelsea and it will be hard for the West Londoners to overcome this deficit in the remaining 10 matches of the season. Kolarov, though, is not taking any chances and he is targeting a win in the remaining 12 matches to achieve title success. This will be a hard proposition given that City also have to worry about the Champions League and the FA Cup as well. Further, they will have tough matches against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in these remaining matches.
City have won the Premier league title only once in the history and it was under the management of Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini was brought in not only to win the league, but also dominate Europe as well.
“It will be very difficult to the very end because now we have played two games less than Chelsea and we need to win them. It’s very important we do that because we want to keep things in our own hands. We have 12 more games to play and every single one of them is going to be tough. This is the important stage of the season and we have to hold our nerve. It is the team that handles the pressure better that will win,” said Kolarov.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he made a mistake by bringing midfielder Ross Barkley too soon after the player spent close to 3 weeks on the sidelines. Barkley was recently introduced back to the first-team in the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool. Since then, Everton’s form has nosedived and they lost against Aston Villa in the subsequent match. Martinez has admitted that it was a mistake to reintroduce Barkley in matches without much recovery time. He also said that the game of Liverpool’s magnitude was also not the right for a player who had spent the last few weeks on the sidelines. (more…)
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Raja Nainggolan’s performances with Cagliari have attracted the interest of Serie A clubs including Juventus, Ac.Milan and Napoli but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport he will be making his move to As.Roma.
All of those clubs are believed to already have made offers and bids for Nainggolan but he is set to sign a contract that will see him transferring to As.Roma for 4 years on a deal worth around €9 million.
While Nainggolan is likely to be seeing his way into As.Roma, Miralem Pjanic might be making his way out of the club as Manchester United are determined on signing the player and are preparing a bid of around € 25 million for Pjanic.
Manchester United’s midfield crisis is not a secret to anyone and the addition of Pjanic to the Premier League side will help solve some of their problems or at least that is what Moyes believes. The Sporting director of As.Roma has already confirmed the interest of Manchester United as well as other clubs that are attempting on making a move for the midfielder.
Before the start of the season there was predictions on which side was going to make a title charge and As.Roma had lost Marquinho and Erik Lamela in the past summer and they weren’t expected to be doing so well as they are doing now.
The signings of Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Strootman and Gervinho proved to be good additions to the team and are good enough to fight for the Scudetto as they are topping the Serie A alongside Juventus and Napoli.
The addition of Nainggolan from Cagliari and their other target Marco Parolo might just give As.Roma the boost they need to claim the top spot of Serie A back from Juventus.
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Bayern Munich managed to extend their unbeaten run in the league after a comfortable 3-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday. This win means that last season’s treble winners have gone 37 matches unbeaten in the league, while they only recently went past record that had been held by Hamburg for several decades. It has been a great season so far for the club under the new management of Pep Guardiola. The fact that Borussia Dortmund lost their match against Wolfsburg means that by Munich going to the international break comfortable at the top of the table.
Franck Ribery, who is one of the players on the shortlist to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, has said that this victory was extremely essential because it helped Bayern Munich to extend their advantage at the top of the table during the international break. It is also very crucial because Bayern will be facing their arch rivals Dortmund when the league resumes in a fortnight.
“We started well and the early goal made it easier, but we didn’t play so well after that. It was better in the second half; we controlled the game and created a number of big chances. Now I hope my players come back fit after the international break,” said Guardiola.
Jerome Boateng scored after just four minutes on the clock, which helped settle any nerves amongst the Bayern team. Ribery goal just before half-time gave them a 2-0 lead, while Thomas Müller penalty in the 90th minute was enough to give them a convincing win.
“The second goal was important for myself and the team. We did well, were very aggressive and played better than last time out. The next game against Borussia Dortmund is vital for us. It’s a great chance to build a lead at the top and extend our record,” said Ribery.
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