Sterling brace takes Man City top once more

PREVIEW Pep addresses the media ahead of our trip to Goodison Park

Whenever you see a top club like Chelsea fetishizing tippy-tappy keep-ball or a youth coach ordering his players to take only one touch and make a minimum of eight passes before shooting, you are seeing someone locked into the expression of Guardiola's philosophy without understanding it conceptually.

To put this into perspective, no other side in Europe who are featuring in the quarter-finals of the Champions League played on Sunday. Jose was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally, I said, 'But ... some of these guys have played 15, 20 games. I don't see us slowing down now.

"You could feel it, they are all on their toes, so let's try to do that seven more times and then we see what we get for it".

This is not a flattering interpretation of Pep Guardiola's success, and yet I write this as a fan of Guardiola. This is axiomatic. Every manager would be more successful with better players.

'Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the players, staff, officials and supporters of Chelsea for their compassionate marking of the Hillsborough Anniversary during our fixture at the weekend, ' a club statement read.

The Reds now sit two points clear of Manchester City ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace in today's 14.05pm kick-off - although the defending champions do hold a game in hand. I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure. 'So the club ended up selling me, and there was no big problem at all.

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'The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit, ' he says. "I've had this feeling for weeks", Guardiola said.

"We didn't know the City result beforehand but because we hadn't heard anything we just guessed they had won". I had never met him, and from what I'd read about him in the English press, I thought he was going to be a very different character.

Fernandinho is City's midfield enforcer who specialises in shutting down counter-attacks before they lead to danger.

As we enter the final stretch, it's Spurs who remain in the drivers' seat in the race to finish third, even accounting for their huge dip in form that saw them lose four in five prior to their first home game at their new stadium against Crystal Palace.

"City for me is one of the best teams in the world and a clear favourite to win the Premier League and Champions League".

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