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Football transfer rumours: Bayern's Joshua Kimmich to Manchester City?

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Today’s fluff came to town like a midwinter storm The potential transfer claxon is sounding at the Etihad this morning after Joshua Kimmich, versatile German ace and former Pep Guardiola protégé, declared of his current situation at Bayern Munich that “I’m not satisfied with it and I want to change it”. The 22-year-old has completed 90 minutes of league action only once since the start of December, starting seven of the 11 games he has been fit for on the bench and remaining on it three times. Manchester City are now, the Mirror declares, “on red alert” and preparing a summer splurge. Meanwhile Bayern could steal a midfielder away from England, and Arsenal in particular, with the former Bavaria bench-warmer Ottmar Hitzfeld declaring the German giants “certainly have Granit Xhaka on...

Premier League and FA Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

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Arsène Wenger overcomes resistance to change, Aitor Karanka wants fighters more than Stewart Downing, and José Mourinho has more pressing concerns than getting revenge at ChelseaOne of the many criticisms routinely directed at Arsène Wenger concerns his tactical conservatism and it is fair to say that he has seldom deviated from his preferred and predictable 4-2-3-1 in recent years. But on the back of a crucial drop in form Wenger has actually started the last two games with a new plan, playing 4-3-3 against Bayern Munich and Lincoln to address the malfunctioning midfield by adding an extra man. He thinks some of his midfielders, namely Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, benefit from being in a three and perhaps it is also designed to relieve some pressure on the struggling G...

Sydney FC's underwhelming crowds should be cause for alarm | Mike Ticher

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The A-League premiers-elect may not have been helped by scheduling or some inclement weather, but the low average is remarkably at odds with their successThis A-League season has been one of unprecedented success for Sydney FC, with only one defeat so far and the Premiers’ Plate all but sewn up with four games to go.They have scored pretty freely, defended meanly and won convincingly, often against their bitterest rivals, with the single exception of a 1-0 defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers last month. New signings have performed brilliantly, injuries have been scarce and as a result the team has barely changed all season. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Sydney FC's underwhelming crowds should be cause for alarm | Mike Ticher

Manchester United’s striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie

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• Rooney, Rashford and Martial ill or injured; Ibrahimovic suspended• Mourinho may push Mkhitaryan forward in Stamford Bridge quarter-finalManchester United’s hopes of defending the FA Cup were dealt a severe blow after Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all ruled out on the eve of Monday night’s quarter-final against Chelsea.With Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting a three-match suspension it means José Mourinho is without all of his frontline strikers for the trip to Stamford Bridge. The manager had planned to field one of Rooney, Rashford and Martial at No9 in the absence of Ibrahimovic. But with Rooney injuring himself in an training accident with Phil Jones on Sunday, Rashford falling ill on the same day and Martial also suffering an unspecified problem Mourinho wil...

Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City | Louise Taylor

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The Catalan has not had the easiest start in England but the manner of his side’s dispatching of Middlesbrough suggests his ideology is starting to take holdPep Guardiola’s eyes sparkled with the evangelical glint of a conviction politician. Manchester City’s manager does not care much for consensus, compromise or pragmatism and his barely contained post-match excitement at Middlesbrough reflected the Catalan’s belief that his philosophy is, once again, being vindicated. Related: Manchester City and David Silva catch Middlesbrough cold to reach semi Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City | Louise Taylor

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