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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is confident that Josè Mourinho‘s side can reach the third spot at the end of this campaign.

The Red Devils are climbing up the table and recently took up the 6th spot with 48 points.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Scholes said: “It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years. The first two or three months weren’t great but they’ve turned it around. There’s a way of playing that the fans are enjoying.

“The only problem is they’re still sixth, which after being in such good form is a bit of a worry. But I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four.

“They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third. Probably third if I had to nail it down.

“They’re creating more than enough chances — 20-odd a game or something — but the conversion rate needs to improve. If it had been anything like decent, they would have been up there challenging Chelsea.”

Here’s the final Premier League table, according to Paul Scholes: “Chelsea, City, United and then it’s between Arsenal and Liverpool” he ended.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, speaking after his side’s away win against Bournemouth, doesn’t see chances to catch Antonio Conte’s side as their gap with Chelsea is ‘too big’.

He told Sky Sports: “The gap is still so long, so you do not expect them [Chelsea] to lose games and it is so, so difficult to win all the games.

“So the gap is too, too big. Yesterday they did not win, but they played so solid, so it is so difficult to create chances.

Then Guardiola added: “So the important thing is to focus, from the last month and a half we have talked about that – just focus on our game, game by game, and improve our performance.

“And my feeling is that in the last games, our performance is much, much, much better.

“The only regret today is we created so many chances and it is so important to score goals. But in general I am so, so happy for the performance.”

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Manchester City hosted Chelsea in a top of the table mouth watering clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City headed into the clash haven’t not one a home game since september,but momentum was with Antonio Conte‘s men who came into this fixture at the back of seven straight wins. There was the surprise inclusion of Cesc Fabregas who haven’t starred for Antonio after the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.

Pedro Chelsea

 

But Manchester City bossed early proceedings and controlled the middle of the pack and went into the lead courtesy of a Gary Cahill own goal just before half time. But Antonio Conte’s men wouldn’t back down after going into the game as favorites,and they didn’t disappoint as Fabregas who hadn’t seen much of the ball in the first half found Diego Costa with a sublime pass which the Chelsea striker coolly controlled while brushing Nicholas Otamendi apart to finish off nicely.

Numerous chances fell to Pep Guardiola‘s side with Sergio Aguero going close and Kevin De Brunye “doing a Torres”, missing an open goal from five yards. Pep Guardiola would have been left unimpressed as his side failed to be clinical in front of goal as the Diego Costa goal sparked a Chelsea revival as Pedro who has been instrumental for Chelsea was brought off for Willian and Antonio Conte’s sub paid of with the Brazilian lashing out onto a lay off by Diego Costa to put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Man City pressed high to get an equalizer but were left exposed at the back as Marcos Alonso found Eden Hazard with a long ball and the Belgian punished the City defense putting Chelsea 3-1 up.

But the game was marred by violence during the closing stages as Sergio Aguero lunged into a challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho was involved in an altercation with Cesc Fabregas which resulted in both players being sent off. Antonio Conte’s men go top of the table with 4 points away from their closest rivals,and this win made it eight on the bounce for the Blues.

Chelsea Diego Costa

Chelsea (3-4-3): CourtoisAzpilicuetaDavid LuizCahill (c); Moses, KanteFabregas, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 49), Diego Costa (Chalobah 80), Hazard.
Unused subs: BegovicAinaIvanovicOscar, Batshuayi
Scorers 
Diego Costa 60, Willian 69
Booked 
Kante 49, Chalobah 90+5

Manchester City (3-4-3): Bravo; Otamendi, Stones (Iheanacho 78), Kolarov; Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Toure 76), Sane (Clichy 69); Silva (c), Aguero, De Bruyne.
Unused subs: Cabalero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Toure
Scorers Cahill (own-goal) 45
Booked 
Otamendi 17, Navas 81
Sent off Aguero 90+6, Fernandinho 90+6

Referee Anthony Taylor

 

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MANCHESTER CITY – Bravo, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Sane, De Bruyne, Silva (c), Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernando, Iheanacho

Manager: Pep Guardiola

CHELSEACourtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Kick-Off 12:30 BST Saturday 3rd December

Venue: Etihad Stadium

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Manchester City new boss Pep Guardiola spoke about the transfer window targets for his team and, when asked over Chelsea target John Stones, said: “Stones? He is an Everton player but everybody knows we will try to sign him.” 

It is understood the Citizens are leading the race to sign the Everton centre-back, who has been heavily linked also with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United.

 

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Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda reveals he rejected the Nou Camp in favour of Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian, currently on loan at Real Betis was signed from Anderlecht, told Spanish paper Marca that he rejected an offer from Barcelona “It is true that I rejected Barcelona because Chelsea also agreed to sign my brothers,” Musonda told Marca.

“At the time, it was very important for the family that we all joined the same club. We wanted to stick together.

“Barcelona are among the best in the world, but it was important for me to have my family with me.

“Visiting La Masia was very impressive. It was a great experience that motivated me to keep working very hard. I was introduced to Pep Guardiola. It was a great visit.”

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Transfer market's doubts for Blues: can Scott Dann really be the good man to shore up the defence?

If John Stones will really be the first summer signing at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola,  Chelsea should have to look somewhere else for their defensive reinforcements after their tried and failed sign for the english defender last summer.

Chelsea have then identified Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann as an ideal summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mail, but Palace value the defender at £20m too much even for the huge Blues strongbox

The 29-year-old has recently signed a new five-year deal at Selhurst Park, which will not ease Chelsea’s hopes of getting the Eagles at a bargain.

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It has today been announced that Pep Guardiola will take charge of Manchester City.

The club released the statement at lunch time on February 1st stating that Manuel Pellegrini will step down as manager at the end of the season and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will take over at the Ethiad on a three-year deal.

It has been reported that Chelsea were after Guardiola for a number of years as owner Roman Abramovich has been attracted to the type of style his teams play. This will come as a blow to the Blues who will now turn their attention to another managerial target.

Guardiola has won back to back Bundesliga titles since joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013.

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Questioned about who was the best manager in the world at the moment, the legend Maradona didn’t hesitate and said it was Jose Mourinho

“In my opinion, Jose Mourinho is the best manager without any doubts. He’s got this quality of anticipating things and knows what people will say before they even go and say it.”

Maradona was then asked which one he would pick between Pep and Mourinho?  He said:

“Mourinho. I think Pep needs a little bit more time, if he wants to be like Mourinho. ”

He was then asked to compare the two greatest footballers of the world and admitted he couldn’t distinguish which one was better. He added:

“We can’t really say Messi is better than Ronaldo and vice-versa. They’re both great and at the same level.”

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Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a move to German champs Bayern Munich in recent weeks, but the side have decided to pursue other targets instead.

Pep Guardiola is looking to replace Rafinha who looks like he will be leaving in the summer, but Chelsea are not willing to lose one of their star defenders.

According to Sport Bild, Guardiola opted to drop the idea of recruiting Ivanovic, preferring other targets.

Jose Mourinho considers the Serbian a fundamental member of his squad and it has been claimed Chelsea are to offer a new and improved contract to keep him at the club.

Ivanovic is a hugely influential figure in the Chelsea dressing room and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.

 

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