Aguero looking vulnerable as City evolve under Guardiola

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City’s spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, centre back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya TourÈ and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the most decorated period in its history. One by one, it is being dismantled by Pep Guardiola. Hart has been sent out on loan to Italy. The injury-hampered Kompany no longer appears first choice. Toure has been ostracised. And the seemingly unthinkable is happening: Aguero is coming under pressure for his place. Aguero started on the bench for the English Premier League game against Everton last Saturday after playing two matches for Argentina during the international break. More surprisingly, he stayed among the substitutes for the Champions League match at Barcelona on Wednesday, when Guardiola preferred to play midfielder Kevin De Bruyne up front. Aguero has been untouchable, a guaranteed starter since joining from Atletico Madrid in July 2011. Suddenly, possibly the most popular player among City fans – and a scorer of 102 league goals in his first five seasons at the club – is vulnerable and seemingly dispensable, even if he is likely to regain his place for the Premier League match against Southampton tomorrow. When asked if Aguero was being phased out, Guardiola said yesterday that the player’s future was at City. “When Sergio decides to leave Manchester City, it will be his decision,” Guardiola said. Then, echoing comments he made about Hart in August before allowing him to leave, Guardiola added: “I appreciate him (as) a football player. I appreciate (as) a man what he did here.” It’s not just the recent selection decisions that hint at a sense of unease between Guardiola and Aguero. Guardiola has said publicly on at least two occasions this season that he wants more from Aguero than just goals, just like he wanted more from Hart than simply making saves. After Aguero’s hat-trick in the Champions League win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, Guardiola said: “I cannot teach him (about his talent in the penalty box), but he has to know that behind, the rest of the team wants to help him, and that is what I want to convince him.” While on international duty with Argentina this month, Aguero was quoted as telling Argentine media that Guardiola “is very picky about everything, (and) it’s good. “The good thing is that I’m getting used to him and automatically going straight into pressing the centre backs.” Aguero, who is contracted to City until 2020, has 11 goals in 10 appearances this season, and 19 in his last 20 dating to last season. There are few better, attainable strikers around and it will be intriguing to see how the situation pans out, especially with Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus due to arrive in December to provide competition up front. Guardiola said on Friday that he had no regrets about his decision to drop Aguero for the Barcelona game, which City lost 4-0 after having goalkeeper Claudio Bravo red-carded. That made it four games without a win for Guardiola, and a failure to beat Southampton would equal the longest streak without a victory in his coaching career. In an answer that lasted more than 61/2 minutes yesterday, he defended his tactics at Camp Nou and praised the personality of his young players like John Stones and De Bruyne. Guardiola repeated he will not change his style. “I think about that, yes,” he said. “But after that, the solution is not better than what I believe, so I cannot. Do you know why as well? Because in seven years (at Barcelona and Bayern Munich), I won 21 titles. Ö So it’s three titles per year playing in that way. “No, no, I’m not going to change. First, it’s going to happen that (if) it’s not going well in the future, next season isn’t going well in that way, I will go home.”last_img read more

Gor fans slam Daily Mail on twitter after referring the club as ‘unknown’

first_img#SomeoneTellDailyMail ‘little known ‘ my foot. Gor mahia is a big team— Evangeline karimi H (@Evangelinekari5) July 7, 20170Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) #SomeoneTellDailyMail – we are #Sirkal— GOR MAHIA FC (@OfficialGMFC) July 7, 2017 However, it is the way they referred Gor Mahia that evoked K’Ogalo fans who did not take the matter lightly.However, Daily Mail rectified their report with a headline reading “Everton confirm opponents for tour of Tanzania are Gor Mahia FC… but could it be Wayne Rooney’s first game after he returns to the Toffees?”Daily Mail had reported;“Talk of Wayne Rooney returning to Everton this summer has gathered pace after Manchester United agreed a £75m fee for the Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku. United are set to waive a fee for Rooney should he move back to the club where he started his career, making a switch to Goodson Park even more likely.”“Interests has grown as to who will be the first opponents to an Everton side featuring Rooney and they could be an unknown team from Kenya.”#Someonetelldailymail @OfficialGMFC is a well known club @DailyMailUK @kot— mugendi wa Kinyua (@martomuge) July 7, 2017 #SomeonetellDailymail That @Lupita_Nyongo is not a Mexican actress whose parents were Kenyan refugees. What is this??— Pauline Njoroge (@paulinenjoroge) January 17, 2014 The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them. #SomeoneTellDailyMail— Daniel Muhuni (@danmuhuni) January 17, 2014 #SomeoneTellDailyMail that Gor Mahia has beaten Nottingham Forest in a friendly. Little known my FOOT!!!!! #DailyMail— DAN OKETCH (@DANOKETCH) July 7, 2017 Noticed that the press tends to be quite accurate, except when they’re writing on a subject I know something about. #SomeoneTellDailyMail— Daniel Muhuni (@danmuhuni) January 17, 2014 0Shares0000Gor fans in a previous KPL matchNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7 – Gor Mahia fans popularly known as the Green Army have taken to twitter through a hashtag #SomeoneTellDailyMail to slam United Kingdom’s daily tabloid newspaper for referring the record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions as ‘unknown club from Kenya’.Gor Mahia are set to face English Premier League side Everton FC in a friendly match in Tanzania on July 13 and Daily Mail reported that the match could be Wayne Rooney’s first appearance for the Toffees if the England record goal scorer completes a return to his boy hood club. #SomeoneTellDailyMail that their article won’t affect @Everton intentions to play with@OfficialGMFC .— Elvin Mangeni (@ElvinSons) July 7, 2017center_img #SomeoneTellDailyMail @Mailonline & @Mailfootball that Gor Mahia @GMFC is bigger that @Everton— #Ochizzy (@ken_ochizzy) July 7, 2017 #someonetelldailymail Gor Mahia is the Father of all teams in East and central Africa— Dancun otieno (@Dancuno73331704) July 7, 2017 #SomeoneTellDailyMail that Rooney had to make a move to Everton to play @OfficialGMFC so, Gor Mahia can’t be referred to as ‘little known’.— Tony Anelka (@tonyanelka) July 7, 2017 #SomeoneTellDailyMail Gor Mahia cannot be referred to as ‘little known’ when we keep shining in this region. #Sirkal— Tom Bwana (@TomBwana) July 7, 2017 #SomeonetellDailymail that @Lupita_Nyongo aint mexican n’ his a father is both a proff n’ a @RailaOdinga Cycophant(not refugee) frm kisumu— Collo Moseti Collo (@collomoseti) January 17, 2014 #SomeoneTellDailyMail that Gor Mahia is known internationally …. We are Kogalo Sirkal— Faith Ogaya (@FOgaya) July 7, 2017 LRT, as if Daily Mail isn’t shitty gutter press already, they called Kenya ‘most riskiest’ place in the world! FOHWTS! #SomeoneTellDailyMail— Queen Of Saigon (@ItsLynnie) June 16, 2014last_img read more