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Ex Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is going to reject higher wages at Chelsea to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to reports from Brazil.

Goal.com Brazil reports that the 34-year-old right-back has received a €7m-per-year offer from the Blues but will reject it in favour of a €5m-per-year deal with Citizens, so that he can team up with his former coach at Blaugrana, Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves played in Juventus in the past season but decided to leave the Italian side after losing the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid, claiming he wanted to play in the Premier League before the end of his career and that before that he needed to play in Serie A to improve his tactical skills.

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Manchester City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.

Thanks also to these to signings, Pep Guardiola is confident his team can close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham and compete to win the Premier League next season.

“Always the leagues are complicated to win,” – Guardiola said. – “But of course we are going to close the gap between especially Chelsea and Tottenham, trying to be close for the next season.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not completely happy for his team’s season and he is aware they have do to better is they want to win the title next year.

“In the Premier League, we didn’t fight until the end for the results because two teams were better than us and we dropped a lot of points at home. We must improve on that next season”. – Guardiola said – “Depending on what happens the day after tomorrow, we are going to finish maybe 15 points behind the first and the second. The gap to the leaders is big. We have to have to work harder next season to reduce that gap.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte took a swipe at the two Manchester clubs claiming a lavish transfer market don’t automatically bring you wins.

Manchester City splashed nearly £ 200m on the market last summer while Man United spent around £ 160m ( Chelsea spent around £ 130m… anyway) and the Italian manager commented on this:

“I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins,” said Conte.

“Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn’t Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?

“Look at the past. It’s normal for them. It’s right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title.

Manchester City and Manchester United will face each other in a derby tonight that won’t mean anything for the title race, as many were expecting at the start of this season: the two sides will fight for

Asked to comment what Conte said, Citizens boss Pep Guardiola replied:

“I played with Barcelona and won the Champions League with eight guys growing from the academy. Zero cost to win the Champions League, that happened.

“But all the clubs are going to spend a lot of money and you cannot forget all the players that Chelsea have that cost a lot of money.

“People think that just City spend money but all the clubs around the world, in Spain, Germany, England and Italy, they spend a lot of money.

“This summer it is going to happen again. Here spends more money than the other countries because of the media, who pay a lot of money to decide when we are going to play. That’s why there is a little bit more here.”

“But all around the world there is a lot of money to spend, even Chelsea.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa will not face any retrospective FA action after appearing to kick out at Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in last night win over Pep Guardiola‘s side.

There had been suggestions Costa could miss next two-three games in the title race after appearing to kick out at Citizens defender Kompany, but the striker will not face any sanction.

The reason is that match referee Mike Dean saw the second-half incident and dealt with it at the time, meaning FA cannot take any retrospective action.

Neither Chelsea boss Antonio Conte nor City manager Guardiola saw the Spaniard striker catch Vincent Kompany with his studs in midfield.

“I didn’t see it, but during the game it’s very difficult,” Conte said after the game.

“Yes, you see this kind of contact but it’s impossible to tell, to judge this kind of contact.”

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Former English referee Mike Webb commented:

“If there was a foul before, and this happens afterwards, then maybe the FA might want to look at it as an act of violent conduct.

“But because this is the foul that Mike Dean penalises, then he has seen it, made a judgement on it and the FA don’t review situations where the referee has seen it.

“Is it violent conduct? It’s a subjective call but he puts his foot and doesn’t really follow through. I think it is worthy of a yellow card but probably just short of violent conduct.”

 

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that title race is over for his team after tonight’s defeat at Stamford Bridge:

“Today the Premier League has gone,” he said after the game.

“It’s between Chelsea and Tottenham now. Now we have to think about qualifying for the Champions League and finishing in the top four.

“Were we the better side? Absolutely. But they got six points against us [over the two games], and we got zero. And football is about results. But the way we played, I was happier today with the way we played at Arsenal on Sunday – and we got a point less. 

“We created enough more than Chelsea, to win the game. It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have. We came here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.

“It’s encouraging for the future. I’m optimistic. It’s been like this all season but in the boxes we are not good enough. We created enough to score goals. It’s our problem. But my players play in one way and that’s why I want to be here – to help Man City for years.  

“The people who are watching us must be proud of our fans. We did everything.”

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CHELSEA - Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER CITY -  Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany (c), Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

 

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Team News

CHELSEA

Victor Moses is still on doubt after missing Crystal Palace clash for a toe injury

Pedro can replace him like in the last game

– Eden Hazard played against Palace following a calf injury which saw him miss international duty with Belgium, while David Luiz is still managing a knee injury sustained against City in December.

– Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas‘ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool

– Chelsea have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games, after recording 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.
MANCHESTER CITY 

- Bacary Sagna is out for at least another couple of weeks

Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after picking up a minor injury last week

Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long-time absentess after serious injuries

– Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Pedro, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER CITY – Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne; Sane, Silva, Agüero.

 

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hailed ‘superb’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Citizens’ trip to Stamford Bridge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive”.

“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn.”

When asked about Conte’s first season in Premier League, the Spaniard said: “In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season”.

“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.

Guardiola added: “I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid.”​

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Ex Chelsea player Marcel Desailly gave his opinion about Pep Guardiola’s work at Manchester City before their visit to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

There were great expectations about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s season with Citizens, but with a current fourth place, those expectations weren’t fulfilled at the moment:

“He is doing okay, and we are expecting more,” Desailly said.

“He took a team where he did not pick the players, some of them definitely will go at the end of the season for him to bring in his system and philosophy.

“He is doing okay, he is doing what a coach has to do.”

A win over Chelsea in tomorrow night clash would push Manchester City above Liverpool and into the third place but, above all, will re-open the tile race again:

“The expectation is quite high for that first season from him, we expect him straight away to win.

“But it is tough. It’s Premier League, Champions League also is quite difficult, so actually they are present in all the competition but they are not doing super well as we were expecting.

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