Can City Make it Two in a Row against Tottenham?

first_imgTottenham ended City’s European ambitions last season and they will be looking to dent Guardiola’s side’s hopes of winning a third successive Premier League title when they meet at the Etihad Stadium today.A rare setback in a near impeccable season from City came in April with a dramatic exit to Spurs in the Champions League quarter-final.City won the second-leg 4-3 but went out on away goals after a late goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent City through, was dramatically ruled out for offside following a VAR video review.Just three days later the pair met again in the league as Guardiola’s side kept their title run on track with a 1-0 victory.Both teams began their Premier League campaigns in winning fashion with City sweeping aside West Ham United with a 5-0 win at London Stadium while Spurs struggled before emerging as 3-1 victors at home to promoted Aston Villa.City will be relieved that Spurs’ South Korean winger Son Heung-min will miss the game while he serves a three-game suspension.Son scored the only goal of the Champions League first leg and struck twice in the second-leg but Harry Kane, who missed the last two meetings, has begun the season in form with a double against Villa.The main question is whether Pochettino brings Christian Eriksen into the fold from the beginning or not. The midfield diamond had its problems against Aston Villa, and it’s not unreasonable to expect the same sort of growing pains against City. Eriksen is expected to provide the much-needed creativity in the absence of Dele Alli.Aston Villa Soccer News, Schedule, Roster, StatsCome fan with us. SB Nation is the largest independent sports media brand, consisting of SBNation.com, MMAFighti…Come fan with us. SB Nation is the largest independent sports media brand, consisting of SBNation.com, MMAFighti…Liverpool will need to recover quickly from their penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday as they face a trip to Southampton today.Juergen Klopp’s side began the season well with a 4-1 win over Norwich City but are without their first choice keeper Alisson Becker who picked up a calf injury in that opener.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea suffered a 4-0 loss at Manchester United in their first outing but showed plenty of promise in Istanbul and have an extra day to recover before taking on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Manchester United have a tricky trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, returning to the venue where they were beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final in March.Arsenal will look to follow-up their win at Newcastle United with another three points against Sean Dyche’s Burnley at the Emirates today.The Gunners rested a number of new signings at St James’ Park but could unleash their new strike trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and new arrival, winger, Nicolas Pepe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After some thrilling results in the first week of the Premier League, defending champions, Manchester City will welcome UEFA Champions League finalist, Tottenham Hotspurs to the Emirate Stadium in the standout fixture of the week. While, the Citizens demolished West Ham 5-0, it took the Lilly Whites a late rally to beat Aston Villa 3-1. Pep Guardiola will however be hoping to make it two wins in a row against SpursWhile Tottenham Hotspur certainly have had their difficulties with Manchester City over the past number of years, they beat Pep Guardiola’s side perhaps where it counted the most last season: over two legs in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and City have definitely not forgotten this.Spurs may in theory have closed the gap between themselves and the defending champions, but City is still far and away the best club in England, and quite possibly all of Europe. Spurs’ first trip to the Etihad this weekend will be no walk in the park.last_img read more

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‘You don’t sell your best players!’ – Koeman planning to keep Romelu Lukaku

first_img1 Ronald Koeman has revealed he has no desire to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer, as ‘you don’t sell your best players’ when manager of a club.The Dutchman was appointed Goodison Park boss earlier this week, replacing Roberto Martinez, with the aim to mould a promising group of players into one of the best teams in the Premier League.His first job is to keep hold of his promising starlets; the most important being John Stones, Ross Barkley, and the aforementioned Lukaku.Whilst the first two seem content to remain on Merseyside, Belgian forward Lukaku has voiced his desire to join a club who are able to win silverware.His goal record makes him a keen target for a number of sides – Chelsea and Manchester United included – but Koeman has revealed he will have meetings to convince his ‘best players’ to remain at Goodison Park.The 53-year-old said: “I have had that experience in my last two years, always a lot of interest in players.“Like everybody, we like to keep all these key players, because you don’t sell your best players. But that is about meetings I will have with these kind of players and then we will see what happens.”Koeman left Southampton after two years, and he has admitted that Everton’s ambition to grow and develop into a European force was one of the reasons he left the South Coast for the North West of England.He added: “Always the most important (thing) is if they show that ambition to grow, and everybody knows the history of Everton.“It is a big history and it is nice to be part of that, to win, to play European Cup football, to win titles.“Everybody at the club is ready to take the next step and I am one of them. From the start, when we had the discussions about Everton, (everyone) was lovely.“Everyone is hungry from the beginning – the people in the club, the fans – to come back and put Everton in a place where they need to stay. We will do everything to take the next step.” Ronald Koeman wants Romelu Lukaku to stay at Everton last_img read more

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