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Man City Will Be Without Goalkeeper Ederson For Liverpool Clash

Manchester City will be without goalkeeper Ederson for their key game against Liverpool on Super Sunday.
The Brazil goalkeeper suffered a muscular problem in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.
City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side trail leaders Liverpool by six points, has confirmed Claudio Bravo will start at Anfield.
Bravo, who was sent off in Italy in midweek, last started a league game for the club in May 2018.
“Ederson is not able to play on Sunday,” said Guardiola. “How long is he out for? I don’t know.
“We have another top goalkeeper. We won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup thanks to Claudio Bravo. He is an exceptional goalkeeper and has played a lot of games for Chile.
“Why shouldn’t I be confident in my players? I would not like to be a player if my manager doubts me.
“I see him every day in training sessions, how good a player he is. We’re not going to lose because of Claudio.
“He has had a long career at the top, won the Copa America. Respect that guy, he is an incredible, top, top ‘keeper.”
Manchester City have not won at Anfield since 2003 and defeat on Sunday would see them fall nine points behind the Premier League leaders.
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EPL: Guardiola reveals why Man City will not buy more players in January

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted that they “won’t be able to buy in January”, after injuries and departures have reduced his defensive options.
Long-standing captain, Vincent Kompany, left for Anderlecht before injuries in quick succession to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, saw Guardiola’s centre-back choices significantly decimated.
But Guardiola, who has been playing defensive midfielder Fernandinho at the back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, insists that he will not be bringing in back-up when the transfer window reopens in a few months time.
“That is not my business but in January, we are not going to buy because we don’t have money to pay a huge amount in the summer so we cannot do it in winter.
“We are going to stick to the players we have, with [Taylor] Harwood-Bellis and Eric [Garcia] and with the new players in the academy. We have young, talented players and we can count on them.
“Vinny [Kompany] was an incredibly personality and he was incredibly helpful to me and the whole club, but he decided to go to Anderlecht and we have to move forward. That is what it is and so far, it has been perfect,” Guardiola told Soccer Saturday.
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EPL: Carragher blames one Man City player for shock 3-2 loss to Norwich

Former Liverpool star, Jamie Carragher, has slammed Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi following the club’s shock defeat against Norwich at the weekend.
Carragher claimed that the defender has never been good enough for the club.
Man City suffered a surprised 3-2 defeat to Norwich on Saturday being their first loss of the season.
The Argentina centre-back struggled as Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road on Saturday night.
The loss also saw the defending Premier League champions fall five points behind leaders Liverpool , who are yet to drop a point.
31-year-old Otamendi has played in all-but one of the club’s games this season following the summer departure of former captain Vincent Kompany
“He dives in, he has done it all his career,” Carragher about the defender on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“He will never change and that’s why he’s not good enough to play for Manchester City.
“I have never believed it from day one and nothing I have seen in the last four or five years has changed my mind.”
Carragher added that Aymeric Laporte’s injury combined with the summer departure of Kompany, has left Pep Guardiola’s without a leader in defence and vulnerable at the back
“John Stones, in some ways, over the next three or four months, is almost fighting for his Manchester City career in that, if it doesn’t go well for him they are going to buy someone.
“I think what City have now in terms of centre-backs is what I call big brother and little brother.
“Now at Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk is the big brother and Joel Matip is the little brother. Matip without Van Dijk does not look the same.
“With Van Dijk, he’s calm and he’s confident with the big fella next to him. It’s like when your ma lets you go to the shops with your big brother, you’re OK, you’re safe.
“Pep Guardiola has got two little brothers playing at centre-back. They have got no help. Laporte is not there to help. Kompany is not there to help.
“At this moment, I don’t think Guardiola wants to put those two on the pitch together but he has got no option because he has not gone big in the summer.”
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Champions League: Guardiola speaks on being called ‘Fraudiola’

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has praised his players for helping him to lose the “Fraudiola” tag, that was aimed at him during his first season in England.
Guardiola failed to win a trophy in his first campaign at the Etihad and his tactics were questioned.
He has since won back-to-back Premier League titles with City and steered the club to an unprecedented domestic Treble last season.
“They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola.
“This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.
“And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me,” he said at a news conference on Monday.
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Transfer: Guardiola tells Man City to sign £111m rated Isco, Ake

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told the club to sign Real Madrid outcast Isco and Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake before the close of transfer window.
Both players will cost Man City £111million.
Guardiola wanted to sign a centre-back this summer following the departure of skipper Vincent Kompany and showed interest in signing Harry Maguire.
City were unable to meet Leicester City’s £80 million valuations of the England international.
Having missed out on Maguire, Guardiola has told the club hierarchy to make late moves for Isco and Ake.
Isco did not have the best of seasons in 18/19 with Real Madrid scoring only 6 goals and provided an assist in 37 appearances across all competitions.
It seems very unlikely that the 27-year old will have a regular playing time at the club in the upcoming season, particularly with the possible arrival of Donny van de Beek.
Real Madrid are valuing Isco at €80 million £71 million.
On the other hand, 24-year-old Ake has been a key player for Bournemouth and the club value him at £40 million.
With Kompany gone and David Silva departing next summer, Man City could do with the likes of Isco and Ake.