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Surging Manchester City eye title charge, Chelsea need a lift

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London (AFP) – Manchester City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form when the free-scoring Premier League leaders host Burnley on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side are two points clear of second-placed Manchester United as they chase a first English title since 2014.

Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfried Zaha, Deeney… Names of the Premier League, week 8

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Guardiola hails City’s magnificent seven

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City produced the best performance of his reign in their swaggering 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding, producing two assists and playing a part in three more goals as City scored seven goals for the first time since Guardiola took charge in July 2016.

Man City: Citizens Go Two Points Clear After Seven-Goal Mauling Of Stoke (Video)

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Manchester City moved two points clear of rivals Man Utd at the top of the table after a magnificent display against Stoke at the Etihad.

Gabriel Jesus netted the first of his two goals on 17 minutes, netting from close-range from a Kyle Walker cut-back.

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The Top 5 Contenders for Premier League Player of the Year

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We look at the players who are likely to be on the Player of the Year shortlist later on this season

We're a few weeks into the 2017-18 Premier League season and the usual suspects are forming an orderly queue at the top of the table.

Indeed, it would already be a major surprise if one of Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea failed to land the title this season, although it's much harder to predict who will land the coveted Player of the Year award.

Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne, James Tarkowski…Names of the Premier League, Week 7

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The final weekend of Premier League football before the international break didn't disappoint with late goals, battling displays and a clash between two of the teams expected to be challenging for...

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Man City: Kevin De Bruyne Nets Cracker As Sizzling Citizens Prove Too Hot For Chelsea (Video)

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Manchester City produced an outstanding display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with the Citizens deservedly beating the Premier League champions 1-0, a result which flattered the below-par hosts.

City were without Sergio Aguero, who was injured in a car crash in Amsterdam earlier in the week.

Man City: Sergio Aguero Nets Hat-Trick As Citizens Batter Watford In Ominous Win At Vicarage Road (Video)

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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as a rampant Manchester City put six past Watford at Vicarage Road.

The goalfest got underway just before the half-hour mark, with Aguero heading home a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

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Manchester City hit Watford for six as Aguero bags treble

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped Manchester City to record their highest victory under Pep Guardiola as they crushed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Aguero was in sublime form to help City move to the top of the Premier League and avoid a hangover from European success at Feyenoord in midweek.

Manchester City hit Watford for six as Aguero bags treble

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped Manchester City to record their highest victory under Pep Guardiola as they crushed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Aguero was in sublime form to help City move to the top of the Premier League and avoid a hangover from European success at Feyenoord in midweek.

Harry Kane, Jamaal Lascelles, De Bruyne… Names of the Premier League, week 4

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With the international break over, Premier League football returned for week 4. The weekend featured plenty of goals, controversy, and even a sacking, with Crystal Palace's Frank De Boer...

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Rampant Manchester City ready to march on Feyenoord

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The Hague (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City will be keen to keep the momentum going as they open the hunt for Champions League glory against a diminished Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Wednesday.

After mauling Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, City now travel to face the Dutch champions - who face a daunting prospect after a 15-year absence from the group stage of the competition.

Rampant Manchester City ready to march on Feyenoord

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The Hague (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City will be keen to keep the momentum going as they open the hunt for Champions League glory against a diminished Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Wednesday.

After mauling Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, City now travel to face the Dutch champions - who face a daunting prospect after a 15-year absence from the group stage of the competition.

From Mesut Ozil to Kevin de Bruyne: The Top 10 Most Creative Players in the Premier League 2016/17

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With the Premier League 2016/17 season done and dusted, the summer is a time for reflection. With the new season lying in wait, who were the most creative players in the Premier League...

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Guardiola wants more goals from Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must be more clinical in front of goal or they will fail to close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur next season.

And the Manchester City manager also hopes that Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will help in that aim by shedding his tag as the Premier League’s nearly man in the goalscoring stakes.

Man City: Pablo Zabaleta Says Adios As Citizens Stroll To Victory Over West Brom At The Etihad (Video)

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Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 home win against West Brom on Tuesday night, a result which sees them need just a point from their final day clash with Watford to book a place in next season's Champions League.

On a night which saw Pablo Zabaleta bid farewell to the Etihad faithful, the hosts were much the better side, with the in-form Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring on 27 minutes.

Cesc Fabregas, Manuel Lanzini, De Bruyne… Names of the Premier League, week 36

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We're entering the final stretch in the Premier League 2016/17 season now and Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough means the destination of the title is close to wrapped up. But who were...

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City have point to prove against ‘superb Conte’ – Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have shown they can out-play Chelsea once this season and will prove the point when they face the Premier League leaders again on Wednesday.

Guardiola’s side make the trip to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea already being hailed as champions-elect after opening up a seven-point gap over Tottenham and an 11-point advantage over City.

Manchester City dream big as Leicester wrestle Sevilla

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Paris (AFP) – Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is targeting another deep Champions League run, although Pep Guardiola’s side must first negotiate a tricky last 16 second leg against Monaco this week.

City recovered from twice falling behind to outgun the French league leaders 5-3 in the opening leg in Manchester, but Monaco’s formidable attacking threat could still shatter the Premier League club’s aspirations.

Chelsea can only lose title now, says Guardiola

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London (AFP) Pep Guardiola claimed Premier League leaders Chelsea have nothing to fear from Manchester City despite his side's 4-0 demolition of West Ham.

Guardiola's team delivered a swaggering display at the London Stadium on Wednesday as goals from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Yaya Toure secured City's biggest league win since October.

Guardiola makes his point as City crush West Ham

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London (AFP) Manchester City gave the perfect response to Pep Guardiola's ruthless team selection as they demolished West Ham with a swaggering 4-0 victory on Wednesday.

Guardiola underlined to his spluttering side that nobody is safe from the axe as he surprisingly left star striker Sergio Aguero and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on the bench at the London Stadium.

Fernandinho return can fortify Manchester City

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London (AFP) Kevin De Bruyne believes Fernandinho's return from suspension will provide the foundation for Manchester City to get their spluttering Premier League campaign back on track at West Ham on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola's side have dropped out of the top four and trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points after winning just one of their last four league games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jay Rodriguez, Azpilicueta… Names of the Premier League week 17

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The games keep coming thick and fast in the Premier League. With the fixtures piling up, fatigue, injuries and suspensions will take their toll, but the best players just keep on impressing. But who...

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Cesc Fabregas - Written off but gives such an impressive and disciplined performance against Manchester City.

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Cesc Fabregas stepped into the Chelsea side to replace Nemanja Matic for his first start in nine weeks and played a huge part in Chelsea's fightback against Manchester City.

I have to be honest here, when the team was announced and Fabregas was named in the starting eleven playing alongside N'Golo Kante in the heart of our Midfield, I was concerned as my Tweet sent out to the #CFC fans across the world would have seen below:

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Guardiola wants City to show killer instinct

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pep Guardiola acknowledged Manchester City need to develop a more ruthless instinct after they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough.

Guardiola's side made a major statement on the European stage when they beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

De Bruyne wants no City let-up against Boro

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has urged his team-mates to quickly regain their focus for Saturday's Premier League fixture with Middlesbrough after the euphoria of their victory over Barcelona.

City beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday in what was their first win over the Spanish side in six attempts.

Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City to build on Barcelona win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pep Guardiola said Manchester City had established a benchmark for future Champions League success with their stirring 3-1 comeback win over his former club Barcelona.

City lost the reverse fixture 4-0 two weeks ago, during a run of six games without a win, and fell behind in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game to a stunning breakaway goal by Lionel Messi.

Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City to build on Barcelona win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pep Guardiola said Manchester City had established a benchmark for future Champions League success with their stirring 3-1 comeback win over his former club Barcelona.

City lost the reverse fixture 4-0 two weeks ago, during a run of six games without a win, and fell behind in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game to a stunning breakaway goal by Lionel Messi.

Guardiola urges Man City to build on Barca win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pep Guardiola said Manchester City had established a benchmark for future Champions League success with their stirring 3-1 comeback win over his former club Barcelona.

City lost the reverse fixture 4-0 two weeks ago, during a run of six games without a win, and fell behind in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game to a stunning breakaway goal by Lionel Messi.

City stun Barca, Ozil magic as Arsenal progress

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Paris (AFP) Manchester City got their revenge on Barcelona as Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in a 3-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Arsenal were one of four sides to secure progress to the last 16.

Pep Guardiola's side had lost 4-0 away in Barcelona two weeks ago but they showed tremendous character to come from a goal down and beat the Spanish champions 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

European Soccer

Wednesday Kickoff: Edinson Cavani willing to work with Neymar, Keylor Navas unfazed by speculation and more

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While two teammates appear set to work together for the good of the club, one big-name goalkeeper isn't looking over his shoulder despite rumors indicating he should be.

Edinson Cavani says that he and Neymar don't have to be friends as long as they play like professionals and lead the PSG attack.

Tuesday Kickoff: Rafa Marquez back with Atlas, Man City offer Kevin de Bruyne new deal and more

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Despite his recent issues, Rafa Marquez is back with his club.

Rafael Marquez is back with Atlas over a month afterU.S. Treasury Department named him on a list for alleged drug trafficking connections in Mexico. (REPORT)

Manchester City is reportedly set to offer Keivn de Bruyne a new contract.

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Man City: New 2017/18 Home Kit Will Go Down A Storm With Fans Of ‘Engineered Knit Zones’ (Photos & Video)

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Man City have unveiled their new home kit for 2017/18 and, quite honestly, we'd forgive you for not noticing.

Nike have proffered forth alargely generic, plain blue template (with a return to white shorts) that is supposedly inhomage to the strip of City'sleague-winning team of 1967/68.

Silva Service: Man City Demolish Crystal Palace With Five-Goal Extravaganza At The Etihad (Photos & Video)

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Man City demolished Crystal Palace at the Etihad in the Premier League's early kick-off to move into third place, above Liverpool on goal difference.

With several first-choice centre-backsmissing, Palace's defensive resistance held firm for all ofone minute and 54 seconds.

Indeed, it was David Silva who got things rolling with a smart close-range volley after being set up nicely byMartin Kelly's naffheader.

English Premier League

Lazy critics are wrong about Arsenal’s Mesut Özil

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil is a World Cup winner, a five-time Germany Player of the Year, and statistically one of the most productive midfielders in the world. Yet despite all of these accolades, the 28-year-old is still regularly slated by both fans and pundits around the world. Some say he’s too lazy, and others claim that the midfielder disappears in big matches for the Gunners.

Lazy critics are wrong about Arsenal’s Mesut Özil

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil is a World Cup winner, a five-time Germany Player of the Year, and statistically one of the most productive midfielders in the world. Yet despite all of these accolades, the 28-year-old is still regularly slated by both fans and pundits around the world. Some say he’s too lazy, and others claim that the midfielder disappears in big matches for the Gunners.

Pies’ Alternative Premier League 2016/17 Team Of The Season

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With Chelsea and Tottenham players dominating the official Premier League Team of the Yearknocked out by the PFA this morning, Pies thought we'd have a bash at concocting one of our very own.

Steering clear of any and all the players selected by the PFA, here's our alternative pick of the pops.

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/1/17

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New month, new links, and new Union game.

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Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC
The reigning MLS champions make the 3,000 mile journey to Philadelphia to face the Union on national television.

Three questions with Sounder At Heart
We spoke with Dave Clark of Sounder At Heart SB Nation's Seattle Sounders blog, about the upcoming match between the Union and Sounders.

The decline of VfL Wolfsburg: From Bundesliga champions to the brink of doom despite Arsenal influence

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Champions of Germany less than 10 years ago, VfL Wolfsburg nearly slipped down the trapdoor of relegation this season. So what went wrong exactly? Volkswagen must be casting envious glances at Red...

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Chelsea under Antonio Conte – Defending together as one.

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Much has been made of the defensive stability Chelsea have demonstrated since the decision was made to switch formation to 3-4-3. One thing is clear, Chelsea are now defending together as one.

Antonio Conte has received plenty of plaudits in recent weeks and it's a credit to him. As he prepares his rejuvenated Chelsea team to take on Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, there has been one aspect of this four match unbeaten run that stands out for me and that's teamwork.