Manchester City’s great start to the Premier League has been greatly contributed to by their tight defence, with their last four games in all competitions finishing goalless at half time.
Speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester, multiple Guinness World Records holder and widely-regarded world’s best freestyler John Farnworth from Preston believes its unique nature and wide appeal could see it break into sport’s highest echelons.
It has been widely speculated that 28-year-old Barcelona winger Pedro is a target for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, and last night the Spaniard gave the clearest hint yet that a move away from Barcelona’s Nou Camp is on the cards.
The Gillette Flexball Cup, a nationwide 5-a-side football tournament kicking off on April 19, is offering players the chance to watch the world’s most famous club fixture, El Clasico, as Barcelona and Real Madrid do battle.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he’s not worried about his own job despite his side limping out of the Champions League against Barcelona.
Barely midway through March, the buzz around the Etihad has diminished and the hopes of Manchester City lifting silverware this season are hanging by a thread.
A first-half Luis Suarez double put Barcelona in control of the Champions League last 16 tie before Sergio Aguero got one back for the hosts then Joe Hart saved a last-gasp Lionel Messi penalty.
City, bereft of any inspiration all season apart from their painfully last-gasp qualification for the Champions League knockout stages, have no chance of progressing past Barcelona this year.
With crucial Champions League ties coming up, could it be the Premier League has hamstrung its own clubs’ progression in Europe by forcing upon them such a rigorous schedule over the festive period?
Former Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes joined United this week having trained with Louis van Gaal’s side since October after leaving the Catalan giants in June last year.
In a repeat of last season’s draw, Manuel Pellegrini’s men will welcome the Catalan club to The Etihad in February before travelling to the Nou Camp in March.