EPL: He became a real leader – Micah Richards salutes Arsenal star

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reserved special praise for Gabriel Magalhaes for his recent performance against Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on Sunday. According to Richards, Gabriel should be given credit for stepping up as a leader in the Gunners’ back four, aside from William Saliba who won the Player of the Match award for his defensive efforts. He believes the Brazilian has improved so much and has become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s defensive setup. Recall that Arsenal kept a clean sheet against Man City, allowing only one shot on target in a top-of-the-table clash that ended in a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Gabriel. Saliba got Man of the Match and I think there was talk about Saliba and how well he is done. “But Gabriel has improved so much as well, and become a real leader of that back four. He really has.”

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Foden now world class player, says Pep Guardiola

ENGLAND- Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, says England forward Phil Foden is now a world class performer in his own right. Gifted as he is, Foden has often been overshadowed by Manchester City’s big hitters but Guardiola noted after Saturday’s win at Bournemouth that he had grown into a top player. Foden’s ninth league goal of the season secured the unconvincing 1-0 win that pushed champions City to one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. With Erling Haaland not back to his best after injury and playmaker Kevin de Bruyne used as a late substitute on Saturday, Foden was the spark that kept City’s bandwagon firmly on track for a fourth successive title. The 23-year-old Foden has also contributed seven assists this season and has stepped up to be one of Manchester City’s leaders on the pitch. “Forget about the goals – of course they are important – but do you know how he played? “How he controlled and accelerated. He has already become a top-class football player. From a little boy, now he has already become Phil, a world …

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Man City’s Guardiola says he ‘ll retire if…

By Ogechi Okorie Pep Guardiola has joked that he will retire from management if his Manchester City side win the treble for a second successive season. City wrote their names into the history books in 2022-23 wen they became just the second English club after Manchester United to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season. The Champions League was the one trophy that had agonisingly eluded Man City, but Guardiola successfully steered the club to their first-ever triumph in Europe’s most prestigious club competition courtesy of a slender 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the final. Guardiola has now won 15 trophies as Man City manager since joining the club in the summer of 2016 and the Citizens are still chasing down further silverware this season. Man City have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and have a favourable FA Cup third-round tie against Huddersfield Town to look forward to in January, but they have a battle on their hands to retain the Premier League title this term. Indeed, the …

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EPL: ‘I’m sorry’ – Guardiola apologizes to Man City star

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has apologized for how he has treated midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Phillips had barely featured for the champions, making just four Premier League appearances, none of which were starts. The England international is now being linked with a move away from the Etihad when the January transfer window opens. “I don’t know. I feel so sorry for my decisions on him. I am so sorry for the minutes I haven’t given him. “It’s just because I visualise something, where I struggle to see him in the team. I am so sorry. I will not say that, because I have to be ruthless. “If it was someone, who [made a fuss] I wouldn’t care. For the way he behaved with the team-mates, I care about him,” Guardiola told the media on Friday.

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