Carabao Cup semi-finals: Man City face Man Utd, Leicester draw Aston Villa

Holders Manchester City will face local rivals Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Leicester City will take on Aston Villa in the other last-four clash, with the ties to be played over two legs in the weeks commencing 6 and 27 January. Manchester United and Leicester will be at home in their first legs. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have won the tournament in each of the last two seasons and four times in the last six years. Manchester City beat League One Oxford United 3-1 on Wednesday, while Manchester…

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Man City manager expects ‘quick’ decision on Mikel Arteta after holding Arsenal talks

Pep Guardiola expects a quick decision on whether Mikel Arteta will become Arsenal’s new manager and says he cannot make an argument for the former Gunner not taking the job. Manchester City expect to have Arteta in the dug-out for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Oxford on Wednesday. City’s assistant manager has spoken with senior Arsenal figures about the possibility of replacing Unai Emery. “I think it [the decision] is going to happen quick,” said Guardiola. “Why not [go]? It’s a good argument.” Arteta, 37, took part in City training…

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Arsenal: Freddie Ljungberg has flatlined and lifeless Gunners are heading south

Mikel Arteta’s pained expression, caught on camera as he watched Manchester City embarrass and dismantle Arsenal, could be interpreted in a variety of ways by the cynics. Pep Guardiola’s highly regarded assistant could have been frustrated by Manchester City’s failure to add to the tally that gave them a 3-0 half-time lead – or maybe he had let his mind wander to the horror that might await him should he become Arsenal’s preferred target to succeed sacked Unai Emery. Former Gunners midfielder Arteta was, of course, fully focused on Manchester…

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Pep Guardiola: What next for Man City and their manager?

Pep Guardiola finds himself in unfamiliar territory, 14 points adrift of an unbeaten Liverpool and further from the top of the table than he has been with any of his previous sides. No-one knows better than the 48-year-old himself that his Manchester City team is in need of regeneration. The manager knows exactly what is happening with his side and what he needs to do. Rumours about his future abound. So what is the truth about his current situation, what are his plans for the future and what, if anything,…

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Pep Guardiola: ‘Man City might not be able to compete with top teams’

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City “might not be able to compete” with the best teams in Europe and have to “accept that reality”. His side lost 2-1 to local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday and trail leaders Liverpool by 14 points. Last season, City won the domestic treble and retained the league title but have lost four games in 2019-20. “We have to improve and accept it and move forward,” said Guardiola. “[Manchester] United have the quality to defend and the quality to attack on the…

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Man City owners to add Mumbai team to their collection

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The owners of Premier League champions Manchester City are set to acquire a majority stake in Indian Super League (ISL) football team Mumbai City FC, a source with direct knowledge of the development told Reuters on Thursday. Manchester City is the crown jewel of the City Football Group (CFG), which is majority owned by Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “The investment will showcase the interest of the world in Indian football,” said the source, who asked not to be named as the talks were…

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