could be without Ederson going into Sunday’s clash against Premier League
leaders Liverpool after the goalkeeper picked up a muscular injury during Wednesday’s
match against Atalanta.
shot stopper was substituted at half-time of the Champions League fixture, and
was replaced by 36-year-old Claudio Bravo, who was later sent off, forcing
right-back Kyle Walker to finish the match in goal.
boss Pep Guardiola is unsure whether Ederson will be fit in time for Sunday’s
crucial trip to Anfield.
right now, I don’t know.
muscular problem. It was not big but [we took him off] to avoid risk. He didn’t
feel comfortable in the last minutes and that’s why we decided to make a
City managed to hold out for a 1-1 draw against Atalanta, despite Walker being summoned
to play in goal for the final ten minutes.
The visitors got off to a quick start, taking the lead at the San Siro after just seven minutes – a slick passing move slotted home by English superstar Raheem Sterling.
well in control and had the opportunity to double their lead just before
half-time having been awarded a penalty, which Gabriel Jesus scuffed wide of
the upright – a miss which proved costly, as Mario Pasalic levelled the scores
the other side of the break.
Despite City’s continued possession dominance, they were unable to break through their host’s defence, before the game took an unexpected turn. The Blues replacement keeper Bravo was red carded for a challenge on Josip Ilicic, leaving Guardiola with no option but to place an outfield player between the sticks.
unavailable for Sunday’s match, will add to an ever-growing list of injuries
for Pep Guardiola to deal with. Long-term absentees Aymeric Laporte and Leroy
Sane remain sidelined, while David Silva, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all
set the miss out.
City travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon to face Premier League leaders Liverpool, with kick-off scheduled for 16:30 GMT.
Manchester City manager
Pep Guardiola has confessed that he is struggling to keep Gabriel Jesus happy
at the club.
The Brazilian centre-forward
has this week revealed that he is growing increasingly “impatient” with a lack
of game time.
Jesus, now 22, signed
for the Manchester club in 2017 but still finds himself as second-choice to Sergio
Aguero – City’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Despite Jesus starting two of Man City’s last
three matches, and scoring in both, Aguero is set to lead the attack away at
Everton on Saturday evening.
has admitted that he is finding it difficult to keep Jesus happy.
“He’s special,” said Guardolia. “Of course he
wants to play. He’s the No.9 for Brazil. I understand completely.
“All the players want to play all the games.
It’s normal. No player will be happy if they don’t play regularly.
happy when he plays, not happy when he doesn’t.
have different qualities. Sergio is one of the most outstanding players I’ve
seen in the small spaces.
I try to let them both play as much as possible. There are little details that
make the difference.
some games, Gabriel gives me something Sergio can’t – and also the other way
both guys are incredible. Sergio is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, a
top player, a legend, incredibly humble and a funny guy.
upset if they don’t play, of course. How can they be happy? It’s impossible.
All I can say is that I’m sorry.
same happened in the midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Kevin De
Bruyne or Phil Foden. I have to choose. We have many games and everyone is
City go into the match on the back of three
straight wins, scoring 14 goals and conceding none.
Their opponents have struggled of late in the
Premier League, winning just one of their previous four matches, and two of
those losses coming against newly-promoted sides.
Despite a lack of form for the Toffees,
Guardiola still expects a tough match against Marco Silva’s team.
are an incredible team with a top manager,” said Guardiola. “Goodison Park is
one of the toughest games you can play and we know it. We’ve prepared for that
and the players know how difficult it is.”
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo,
Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva; B Silva, Aguero,
Aymeric Laporte was forced off the pitch with what appeared to be a serious knee injury during Manchester City’s 4-0 victory against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The 25-year-old collided with Brighton defender Adam Webster whilst attempting to stop a counter attack in the 34thminute at the Etihad Stadium.
Laporte, who is uncapped on the international stage, hadjust been called up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the first time ahead of their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.
It is thought that the defender could be out of action for a significant period, although the extent of his injury is yet to be revealed.
A long-term absence for Laporte – who Guardiola recently hailed as the best left-sided central defender in Europe –could have asignificantimpact on Manchester City’s season, with the defender playing a key rolefor his sidesince signing in January 2018.
Theinjury adds the Frenchman to a growing listof absenteeswithin the City squad, with fellow defender John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin MendyandLeroy Sane all currently sidelined.
Stones, 25, has missed City’s previous two matches after suffering a thigh injury and was not selected in Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad.
That leaves Nicolas Otamendi as the only recognisedcentre-back currently fully-fit in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The summer departure of formercaptain VincentKompany,whore-joinedboyhood club Anderlecht in July, could come back to hauntCity’shierarchyhavingdecided against securing a replacement during the summer transfer window.
However, Guardiolaclaims thatCitycould not afford to sign a new central defender in the summer.
Guardiola said:“We could not buy like opponents or teams offer us or ask for players.
“Of coursewe spent a lot two seasons ago, but last season one player, this season a little bit more, so we could not pay the money wanted.
“But we have an alternative and sometimes when that [an injury like Laporte’s]happens,the team unitesbetter and we are going to find solutions to do that.”
John Stones could be in contention to return toCity’ssquad following the international break, whileBrazilian midfielder Fernandinho–who replaced Laporte during Saturday’s win–is said to be a further optionatcentre-half.
Guardiola added that Kyle Walkercould also beutilised centrally, along with academy graduates Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, despiteneither ofthe youthful pairhaving appeared in the Premier League.
Manchester City return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to newly-promoted Norwich City on September 14.
Despite the transfer window for England’s top two divisions being closed for almost three weeks, clubs across Europe have until Monday to add to their squads.
Wetake a lookat the latest news and gossip from across the continent with just under a week of the window remaining.
Barca continue Neymar pursuit
Barcelona are making a last-ditch attempt to land Brazilian playmaker Neymar, who departed the CampNoutwo years ago for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
The forward’s world-record transfer to the French champions in 2017 has gone far from to plan, and Neymar refused to report for pre-season training back in July. He remains to train alone in Paris, although this is thought to be as a result of a specific training plan, rather than the speculation over his future.
Representatives of the Catalan club have flown to Paris for talks with the French champions over a possible loan move for the 27-year-old, a deal which would include an obligatory £155m permanent transfer next summer.
AS have reported that Barcelona are willing to sell out-of-favour midfielder IvanRakiticbefore Monday’s deadline, and PSG is the most likely destination for the Croatian international, so it remains to be seen whetherRakiticcould be used as part of the Neymar deal.
Real Madrid are still interested in signing the Brazilian, but AS are also reporting that PSG would demand Vinicius Junior as part of any deal.
Inter confident over Sanchez loan
Inter Milan remain in talks with Manchester United over a loan move for Alexis Sanchez, according to Sky in Italy.
It is understood the season-long loan for the Chilean forward would cost the Serie A outfit up to £11m.
Sanchez has been subject to a move away from Old Trafford all summer having been less than impressive since his move from Arsenal 19 months ago, scoring just three league goals in 32 appearances.
The 30-year-old is yet to appear for United this season, however a recent injury to Anthony Martial, sustained in their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, could tempt Ole GunnarSolskjaerto pull the plug on Sanchez’s late move away.
But Inter are confident thatMartial’sinjury won’t be a stumbling block and are hopeful of completing a deal in the coming days.
Eriksen set to remain in North London
Christian Eriksen looks set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur with the European transfer deadline less than a week away, despite suggesting earlier in the summer that he wanted to leave the club.
Speakingto Danish news outletEkstraBladetback in June following Spurs’ Champions League final loss to Liverpool, Eriksen stated his intention to move on, saying that he was eager to ‘try something new’.
It is thought that Eriksen was hopeful of a move to Spain, with interest reported from both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but a deal has failed to materialise for the midfielder.
The Danish playmaker has less than a year remaining on his current contract at Spurs and, according to the Daily Mail, is set to snub a bumper new £200k-per-week contract.
Eriksen has started just one of Tottenham’s opening three Premier League fixtures amid his uncertain future, and he will be available to open pre-contract talk with another club in January if a new contract is unable to be agreed.
Spurs full-back SergeAuriercould also be on the move before Monday’s deadline, with reports in France suggesting AC Milan are interested in the Ivorian. However, it is unlikely the Italian club will match Spurs’ £25m asking price.
United target ‘offered’ to Real Madrid
Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes is being linked with a late move to Real Madrid after his club have offered his services for just £64m, according to The Sun.
Both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur passed up the opportunity to sign the sought-after attacking midfielder earlier in the summer with his valuation not being met by either club.
But LosBlancosare considering a late move for Fernandes if they are unable to land either Paul Pogba or Neymar.
The Portugal international netted an impressive 32 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions for Sporting during the 2018/19 season.