The Sky Blues may have won the battle against arch rivals and neighbours the Red Devils on the pitch but now Manchester City wants to gain supremacy off it in the financial arena by building a profitable global sports business, even surpassing that built by Manchester United. But from the outset it was clear that in Sheikh Mansour, the club had secured a fabulously wealthy owner with the vision and deep enough pockets to buy it the success its ardent fans had long desired. Nissan to sponsor Manchester City FC.
The plan of succession for Manchester City is evident and structured. The Manchester City masterplan is working beautifully … and promises to do so for the next five years, at least. The Blues have been honed to near-perfection by Pep Guardioladeveloping a first team squad which has won back-to-back Premier League titles and cleaned up all three major English trophies last season.
The Premier League champions moved up to second with the victory over Cardiff City on Saturday, four days after their home defeat to Lyon in the Champions League. No team has defended their championship for 10 years but Guardiola, who won six titles in seven years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has targeted domestic superiority. After, we want to improve in knockout games on the ones we have made in the past.
By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail. Pep Guardiola challenged his Manchester City champions to dominate English football and feed his winning addiction after retaining the Premier League title. City recovered from a goal down to beat Brighton and pip Liverpool to the crown on what proved a dramatic final day. Guardiola became the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in to retain the Premier League crown.
The only team that looks capable of making the leap is Tottenham Hotspur. But the question to be asked is — is it really feasible? As for the EPL title, the race went down to the wire, and it was only on the very last game that City was able to keep Liverpool away from the top spot with their victory over Brighton.
For the last days, the Premier League has been a two-horse race; Manchester City, Liverpool, and everyone else. Sunday marked the one-year point since anyone other than Man City or Liverpool had at least a share of first place in the Premier League standings. Man City and Liverpool of course went on to finish in the Premier League standings, winning 32 and 30 games along the way and earning 98 and 97 points, respectively.
Football News. Comment and Analysis ghostgoal. Manchester City are losing some iconic players but they are better placed than ever to dominate the Premier League now that so many of the squad are approaching their peak years.
Hitting a six is something you usually hear in a cricket commentary but Manchester City ensured the phrase entered the football history books by beating Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The match, contrary to pre-match expectations, turned out to be a mere formality for England's domestic champions as they ran past the Hornets with ease. The build-up to the final of England's oldest football tournament was all about which Watford FC would turn up — the one that rises up to the occasion or the one that bottles.
Pep Guardiola at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Pep looked less like a happy football coach watching his side make history and more like an anguished scientist whose prototype civil defence robot has just run amok at a trade show. Pep looked less like a happy football coach watching his side make history and more like an anguished scientist whose prototype civil defence robot has just run amok at a trade show, slaughtering several bystanders.
It is the power shift that turned English football upside down. Seven domestic trophies have helped Manchester City emerge from Manchester United 's shadow to become a dominant force in the game, and right now the fortunes of the two sides could not be much further apart. While United are reeling from the loss of three of their first seven Premier League matches, City are unbeaten and top of the table. While Jose Mourinho is fighting to prove he is worthy of remaining as manager at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola remains at the top of his game and regarded—probably—as the best coach in the world.