(Reuters) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is expecting a much closer Premier League title race this season compared to the last campaign. Defending champions City romped to the title in record-breaking fashion under Guardiola last season, finishing 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. But with the top five teams separated by two points after the first nine games, Guardiola says his league leaders will have a far tougher fight on their hands to defend their title this season. "I don't have doubt about that. Two points difference in five, six teams. It's strong," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. City, who are top on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, face fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday and Guardiola is wary of the tactical surprises his opposite number Mauricio Pochettino is capable of springing. "Spurs play with five at the back sometimes, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again," Guardiola added. … [Read more...] about Manchester City’s Guardiola expects close Premier League title race
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Brighton vs TottenhamPremier League 2018/19Amex Stadium Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to get Tottenham's season back on track as they head to Brighton off the back of a run of three straight defeats. Tottenham beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford to spark early talk of a potential Premier League title challenge, but back-to-back losses against Watford and Liverpool hit Spurs' confidence. Pochettino's men followed up those defeats with a 2-1 Champions League loss at Inter Milan - particularly damaging due to the fact that they led 1-0 in the final 10 minutes - and they must now pick themselves up for a trip to the south coast. Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport! Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2018-09-22T15:00:27.346Z Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Brighton vs Tottenham!We will have team news for you in around 30 minutes, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm BST as Mauricio Pochettino looks to end Spurs' losing streak of … [Read more...] about Brighton vs Tottenham: Premier League – LIVE!
News 34 // 28 Aug 2018, 03:49 IST SHARE Jose Mourinho reminded the media that he has won more Premier League titles than the division's 19 other managers combined as he demanded respect in a fiery news conference following Manchester United's crushing 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on Monday.The loss was the heaviest defeat Mourinho has suffered at home in any competition, with Tottenham riding an early storm before eventually running out deserved victors thanks to Lucas Moura's double and a fine header from Harry Kane. Defeat heaps further pressure on Mourinho, who has cut an agitated figure for several weeks after a frustrating transfer window and difficult start to the season, including a shock 3-2 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion. And when a reporter highlighted the fact many United fans left early in the second half, Mourinho snapped."We lost last season here against Sevilla [in the Champions League] and were booed because we … [Read more...] about I’ve got more Premier League titles than the other 19 coaches combined – Mourinho
reds on the rise Reds overcame a stubborn Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park following their 4-0 opening day win over West Ham LIVERPOOL’S odds of lifting the Premier League title are shorter than they have ever been in recent years. The Reds’ price of becoming champions has been cut to 3/1 by the bookies after just two games following last night’s 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace. City are clear favourites to win the title but Liverpool have proved they have the beating of Pep Guardiola’s men, winning three of their four meetings last season. Jurgen Klopp’s side appear to have ironed out their defensive issues which have held them back in the past after keeping clean sheets in their opening two games. This has partly been down to heavy investment, which has seen the arrivals of Virgil van Dijk for £75million and goalkeeper Allison for £67m. Last night James Milner scored from the spot to send Liverpool on their way to victory … [Read more...] about Liverpool’s odds of winning Premier League title slashed to 3/1 after dominant start to new season
(Reuters) – Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes winning the FA Cup on Saturday would boost their Premier League title bid next season. Having finished the league campaign 19 points behind Pep Guardiola’s title-winning Manchester City, United are looking to collect a piece of silverware in their final game of the season when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. “It will be our last game of the season – if you win that, you finish on a positive note and you go into the next season feeling confident, ready to go and ready to battle again for the title,” Jones told the British media. “I really don’t think we’re far away. In another season we might have been challenging. Sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say that Man City have done ever so well to win the league this year. “They’ve competed well in every game and won games where you’re thinking they probably would have drawn. … [Read more...] about FA Cup triumph can boost Man United’s Premier League title bid, says Jones