LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A combination of goalkeeping errors and penalties earned Liverpool a return to the Premier League summit and Brighton a place in the FA Cup semifinals on...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A record-tying victory in the last 16 and a quarterfinal lineup lacking at least three of Europe's top teams suggests this just might be Manchester City's year in the...
Two months after blowing the chance to go 10 points clear, Liverpool isn't even top of the Premier League any more.
With nine matches to go, it is advantage Manchester City. Retaining the...
A club-record signing for $80 million, Riyad Mahrez has struggled to make a significant impact in his first season at Manchester City.
Scoring a huge goal in the Premier League title race...
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Bournemouth, but lost Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones to injury on...
Liverpool, City win to set up duel for EPL title
The Premier League title race looks to be a duel between Liverpool and Manchester City after the top two collected contrasting home wins on Wednesday and third-place Tottenham lost at Chelsea for...
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Manchester City will look to secure the first of a possible four trophies this season when Pep...
City overcomes stubborn Newport to reach FA Cup quarters
Manchester City broke through Newport's stubborn defense in the second half to beat the fourth-tier side 4-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, although the result wasn't as straightforward as the scoreline suggested.
Watford beats QPR to reach FA Cup quarterfinals
LONDON (AP) — Etienne Capoue sent Watford into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup by securing a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Friday.
Capoue's volley through a crowded box following a corner in the first minute of stoppage time allowed the Premier League side to see off the second-tier hosts.
In the pick of Saturday's fixtures, Manchester City goes to fourth-tier side Newport in a culture shock for the wealthy defending Premier League champions.
Man City coach Guardiola confused over Mendy’s whereabouts
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has created confusion over his whereabouts by claiming he was in Hong Kong.
Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Mendy posted a video on Instagram in which he tagged himself as being at Hong Kong International Airport.
Mendy had been in Barcelona on Thursday for assessment on his left knee following surgery in November.
Man City goes top of EPL after beating Everton 2-0
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City climbed atop the Premier League standings — at least provisionally — for the first time since December by beating Everton 2-0 on Wednesday, heaping more pressure on main title rival Liverpool.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
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After back-to-back Premier League losses saw Chelsea slip out of the top four, Maurizio Sarri's side has a home game against last-place Huddersfield on Saturday.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League in his first season at Chelsea could jeopardize the Italian coach's prospects of staying.
Schalke signs promising winger Matonto from Man City
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Struggling Schalke has signed young Wales winger Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City in a bid to boost its attacking options.
Man City stays in hunt for quadruple after big FA Cup win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola dismissed as "fantasy" the notion of his Manchester City players winning the quadruple this season.
It's certainly a long shot but, on current form, it's hard to see how or when they'll next be beaten.
Man City completes 10-0 aggregate win in League Cup semis
Pep Guardiola posed for selfies after getting off the team bus, and sat with his feet up in the dugout before kickoff.
It was not the most stressful of nights for the Manchester City manager.
City completed the formalities of its one-sided English League Cup semifinal against third-tier Burton Albion, winning the second leg 1-0 away on Wednesday for a 10-0 victory on aggregate.
Guardiola demands more after Man City beats Huddersfield 3-0
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Three goals, three points and the pressure firmly kept on Liverpool in the title race.
Surely Manchester City couldn't ask for much more in its 3-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League on Sunday?
Pep Guardiola had other ideas.
"This game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve," said Guardiola, ever the perfectionist.
Man United beats Brighton as Solskjaer sets another record
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record-breaking start to life in the Manchester United dugout continued as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford struck against Brighton on Saturday to secure a seventh successive win in all competitions.
On a day when Old Trafford stood to remember Matt Busby ahead of the 25th anniversary of his death on Sunday, the caretaker coach broke another of the Scot's long-standing United records.
‘Everybody does it’: Guardiola, others weigh in on ‘Spygate’
Pep Guardiola virtually passed it off with a shrug.
Roy Hodgson was incredulous.
Steven Gerrard called for a rule change.
'Spygate' is the talk of English soccer, and there seems to be no consensus among managers — young and old; British or from abroad — about how it should be regarded.
Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.
Maintaining his hot streak in front of goal should keep the Brazilian's spirits high.
The 21-year-old Jesus scored twice in City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday, extending his spree to seven goals across three different competitions in the past nine days.
Man City cruises to biggest win under Guardiola
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City swept to its biggest win under Pep Guardiola with a 7-0 thrashing of second-tier Rotherham in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
There were seven different scorers at Etihad Stadium. Ilkay Gundogan wasn't one of them but he set up four goals.
Man City inflicts Liverpool’s first loss of EPL season
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool can't now win the Premier League unbeaten. Manchester City has renewed hope it won't be surrendering the trophy at all.
A title defense faltering a week ago is back on track for Pep Guardiola after City beat Liverpool 2-1 on Thursday, inflicting the leader's first league loss of the season in their 21st game.
Manchester City ends losing streak, beats Southampton 3-1
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Manchester City got its faltering Premier League title defense back on track with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Sunday thanks to two quick goals just before halftime.
Fernandinho’s absence hurting slumping Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — From a 15-match unbeaten start to three losses in 18 days, Manchester City's title defense in the Premier League has unexpectedly hit a wall.
That the slump has coincided with the absence of Fernandinho is surely no coincidence.
The defensive midfielder from Brazil has been one of the unsung heroes in Pep Guardiola's remarkable team, providing protection for the defense and a robust platform for its dynamic attacking play.
Man City reaches League Cup semifinals after shootout win
On a tumultuous day for beleaguered Manchester United, crosstown rival Manchester City advanced to the English League Cup semifinals to keep in the hunt for trophies on four fronts this season.
Man City beat Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to stay on course to retain the title and give Pep Guardiola another piece of silverware, hours after his great managerial rival Jose Mourinho was fired by United.
Man City back on top of EPL; Eriksen saves Spurs
LONDON (AP) — Facing opposition decked out in royal blue for the second week running, Manchester City avoided any surprises this time round.
After watching his side crash to its first English Premier League defeat at Chelsea last weekend, Pep Guardiola was looking for a positive reaction from City on Saturday and the home team responded in style by defeating Everton 3-1 on a bitterly cold day at Etihad Stadium.
Sane double earns Man City 2-1 win, top spot in CL group
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Leroy Sane scored two goals, including a free kick from 30 meters, as Manchester City came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and secure first place in its Champions League group on Wednesday.
City recovered from losing its opening game in Group F — 2-1 at home to Lyon — to finish top by five points, and advance to the round of 16 for the sixth straight year as it bids to become European champion for the first time.
Title defense opens up as Chelsea ends City’s unbeaten start
LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions.
Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced attacking midfield role, N'Golo Kante got into space in front of goal to be set up by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the net.
Man City loses 1st game of Premier League season at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea inflicted Manchester City's first loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, winning 2-0 as the champions were replaced by Liverpool in top spot.
After losing two of its last three league games, Chelsea was forced to repel waves of City attacks before N'Golo Kante scored from the team's first shot on target in the 45th minute.
Buoyed by going in front, Chelsea controlled the second half and David Luiz headed the hosts further in front in the 78th.
Next Invincibles? Maybe, if rampant City can see off Chelsea
They've won at Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium.
They've ground out a draw at Anfield.
They've demolished their fierce local rivals at home.
The barriers to Manchester City's players emulating Arsenal's from 2004 and going a full English Premier League unbeaten are gradually being removed.
Avoid defeat at Chelsea on Saturday and the chances of City becoming the latest "Invincibles" will be hiked up even further.
Sane keeps up prolific form in latest EPL win for Man City
Snubbed by Germany for the World Cup, Leroy Sane also had to deal with being dropped entirely from Manchester City's squad early in the Premier League season.
How quickly things have turned round for the flying winger: Back in favor for club and country, he cannot stop scoring.
Man City beats Watford 2-1, moves 5 points clear in EPL
WATFORD, England (AP) — Manchester City held off a late fightback from Watford to claim a 2-1 victory that moved the defending champion five points clear in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Leroy Sane showed improvisation by using his chest to score City's opening goal in the 40th minute. Riyad Mahrez, who swung in the cross for that goal, added a second for Pep Guardiola's side in the 51st minute.
Lyon midfielders Aouar and Ndombele set for bright future
PARIS (AP) — The verdict was delivered by none other than Pep Guardiola.
"People say the French league is just PSG, but they are so wrong," the Manchester City manager said after Lyon midfielders Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele left an indelible mark on his mind.
The pair — 20 and 21, respectively — have been in the spotlight since the start of the season and their partnership was instrumental in helping Lyon to a 2-2 draw against City in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Guardiola to get creative again with Mendy out for 3 months
With Benjamin Mendy facing another long spell out with a knee injury, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is going to have to get creative again at left back.
Guardiola said Friday that Mendy would be out for up to three months after undergoing an operation on a meniscus problem during the international break.
It leaves the Premier League leaders without a natural left back for one of the busiest parts of the season, including the hectic period over Christmas.
Guardiola warned over comments about ref of Manchester derby
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been formally warned by the English Football Association about comments he made about the referee ahead of the Manchester derby.
Guardiola backed the appointment of Anthony Taylor as referee for the Nov. 11 match and dismissed accusations of potential bias. FA rules say managers are not permitted to talk about referees ahead of matches.
Man City surges clear of United but EPL title race wide open
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — However strong Manchester City looks in its title defense, Pep Guardiola's leaders are facing more competition than anticipated in the Premier League.
It's not coming from Manchester United, which was beaten 3-1 by City in the derby on Sunday and is 12 points adrift in eighth place.
Guardiola raises prospect of new action over City finances
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola raised the prospect Friday of soccer authorities punishing the Premier League champions over attempts to circumvent financial fair play rules.
In-form Sterling no longer the fall-guy at Man City
Forget about Raheem Sterling tripping himself up and still winning a penalty. He's no longer the fall-guy at Manchester City.
In fact, the oft-criticized winger has become one of the most appreciated and important members of Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side and might be in the form of his career heading into the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Sterling earns farcical penalty, Man City wins 6-0 in CL
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the sublime in helping Manchester City to a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.
Man City powers on, Chelsea up to 2nd after win
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City displayed ruthless efficiency on Sunday to raise more questions over who can stop Pep Guardiola's team powering to a second straight English Premier League crown.
Raheem Sterling scored twice and goal-poacher Sergio Aguero was also on target as City marched back to the top of the standings with a 6-1 victory against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City’s De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is facing another six weeks out with a fresh injury.
De Bruyne, who has only just returned from two months out with ligament damage in his right knee, now has the same problem in his left knee. The ligament was damaged in City's 2-0 victory over Fulham in the League Cup on Thursday.
De Bruyne gives Man City injury scare in cup win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City a scare by coming off with a left knee injury near the end of a 2-0 win over Fulham in the English League Cup round of 16 on Thursday.
City sweeps aside Shakhtar 3-0 in Champions League
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Manchester City took a step closer to qualifying from its Champions League group Tuesday, taking the top spot with a dominant 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last season the Ukrainian team ended a 29-game unbeaten run for City, but it never came close to another win this time. David Silva and Aymeric Laporte's goals had Pep Guardiola's team 2-0 up by halftime, before Bernardo Silva ended Shakhtar's hopes of a comeback in the 71st.
Liverpool, City in Anfield stalemate, Hazard lifts Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Premier League title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty. Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield, however, was a drab affair that only came to life in the closing stages.
City substitute Leroy Sane was sent sprawling by Virgil van Dijk with five minutes remaining and, just when it seemed as though the visitors might snatch victory, Riyad Mahrez sent his penalty sailing way over the crossbar.
Mahrez penalty miss costs City victory at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Riyad Mahrez missed an 85th-minute penalty as Manchester City wasted a chance to move clear of Premier League title rival Liverpool following a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
The two teams started the highly anticipated encounter locked together at the top of the standings and City looked set to beat Juergen Klopp's Liverpool when Mahrez ballooned his spot kick way over the crossbar, after substitute Leroy Sane had been brought down by Virgil van Dijk.
Mourinho irritable as pressure mounts at Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There are "many different reasons" behind Manchester United's poor start to the season, Jose Mourinho said.
He's just not willing to discuss them.
The United manager held another terse news conference Friday, refusing to answer one question and giving brief replies to three others. The whole thing lasted 3 minutes, 32 seconds — shorter than one answer given by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to reporters later in the day.
De Bruyne could return for Man City against Liverpool
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could make his return from injury against Liverpool on Sunday after a two-month absence.
The Belgium international, who was City's best player in its run to the Premier League title last season, was back in training this week after recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in the first week of this season.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
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Manchester City looks to end a 15-year wait for victory at Anfield when the champions visit Liverpool in a meeting of the top two teams in the Premier League on Sunday.
The sides are tied on 19 points after winning six of their seven games this season.
City heads to Anfield with score to settle against Liverpool
Among the more illuminating parts of Manchester City's recently released, fly-on-the-wall documentary was Pep Guardiola discussing his fears about playing Liverpool, and in particular its prolific front three.
"They scare me," a pensive-looking Guardiola told two members of his technical staff as he paced around a locker room inside the stadium of Liverpool's Merseyside neighbor, Everton.
David Silva rescues City with late strike to beat Hoffenheim
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — David Silva scored late for Manchester City to end its four-game losing streak in the Champions League with a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
The Spanish forward struck from a narrow angle with three minutes remaining after pouncing on a loose ball ahead of 21-year-old defender Stefan Posch.
Man City’s flaws, fan apathy highlighted in CL loss to Lyon
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — If Manchester City wants to finally win a first Champions League title, it will have to start taking the competition a bit more seriously — on and off the field.
Surrounded by swathes of empty seats in the Etihad Stadium, City's players were humbled 2-1 by Lyon in a sloppy and apathetic display at the start of their European campaign Wednesday.