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SHEEFFILD, England — Pep Guardiola says he won’t extend his stay in Manchester City unless he earns it and his players at least do their share. Sheffield United was beaten 1-0 at Bramall Lane on Saturday and was able to improve the city’s undisputed victory to seven games in all events with 45 minutes of beauty and 45 minutes of muscular strength.
It’s perfectly correct that Kyle Walker, who’s in grade 100, is the one who’s gonna be in grade 100. League for the club of his homeland (and against his first club), scored a goal. During the first few matches he did more than usual to help Guardiola get a new contract in the Etihad Stadium.
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Guardiola, it’s his fifth season in town, he’s tired of questions about his contract. At Friday’s press conference he was asked about the news and his answer was very short. I told him repeatedly that there was a short answer before I took a sip of the water bottle on his desk to show that the interrogation was over.
Faced with accusations that Barcelona’s most important presidential candidate, Victor Font, wants him to return to the Camp Nou, Mr Guardiola insisted that he stay in Manchester after next summer. The city also wants it to stay, but until the extension is signed, there will always be uncertainty.
What the Guardiola has done, whether he likes it or not, is leave his options open. His record in Barcelona between 2008 and 2012 means that he will always be happy to return to Catalonia – which Font knows well – although he has been asked again at Bramall Lane, Guardiola said that he would only return as a supporter. After winning the league titles in Spain, Germany and England, there is increasing speculation about the possibility of moving to Juventus in Italy. In 2022 Qatar also took over the organization of the World Cup in his country.
After two Premier League titles and a triple domestic tournament, Guardiola says he won’t judge whether he deserves to stay, but rather whether his team will play for him or not, depending on the results. The way they made breakthroughs for Sheffield United in the first half and fought back in the second half reminded them in time.
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The Guardiola is an intense coach and mental fatigue is understandable, but there is no sign of throwing a towel against Sheffield United – although the team is struggling to cope with his second season in the aerobatics. This is their worst campaign start since 1975.
It was a very good game, said Guardiola after the game. You play with a rhythm you can’t control. We played very well in the first half, we created a lot of chances but we barely scored.
The city had shot ten times through the break, five of them on goal, and only Aaron Ramsdale could convince him that he was only 1-0 down in the break after two good saves from Ferran Torres, who in turn played as an improvised centre forward. But the Sheffield United goalkeeper couldn’t help noticing that Walker shot from 25 meters into a corner in the 28th minute.
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Guardiola of the national team said that the defender of England has played the best football since leaving Tottenham in 2017, so it is difficult to argue. He certainly plays like a man who wants his boss to stay. However, goals remain a problem, and for the first time under Guardiol City they have not scored in four consecutive league games.
Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus are still on the sidelines, and without a recognized striker to end the game, they remained on the defensive in the second half to avoid a 1-1 draw, the third straight 1-1 after a draw in Leeds and West Ham.
With five goals against Lester, the city missed three goals in seven matches, which coincided with the arrival of Ruben Dias from Benfica, and with the Portuguese international with Aymeric Laport, the city looks much stronger.
They’re doing very, very well and it’s so important to us, but the reason we don’t run out of goals is not just them, Guardiola said. We’re happy with what they’re doing. Five games in 16 days. This charisma in the background helps us. They had a clear shot in 90 minutes, which is good for us.
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Ederson made a good save when Ryan Brewster was hit by a clear shot, and Laport made a good save when the hosts went straight to Olive McBurney to replace David McGoldrick.
The city has only lost once this season, but without the killer instinct of previous seasons, there is always the possibility of a pigeon – that’s what has to change if you want to regain your title. Ahero and Jesus are becoming stricter and Guardiola hopes to visit Liverpool at least once in the final destination of Etihad before the break in November of the international tournament.
We are in our last third and we are not in the clinical field, said Mr. Guardiola. If you come in the second half with a 1-0 result, anything can happen, especially because they are so good in second possession and have patience for extra passes.
Nine goals in six games is not enough. I understand the reasons.
There are issues that the Guardiola will have to resolve before they can play against Liverpool and Tottenham on both sides of the international break, but the dedication of their players is not one of them. While speculating about his future whirlwinds, he might at least be satisfied that they want him to stay.