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Guardiola’s Winning Mentality Effectively Puts Tittle Race To Bed

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When you think of Premier League football this season, the first thing that comes to mind is Manchester City and with good reason from bettingtop10 soccer betting guide.

The Citizens have been absolutely unstoppable so far, racing to an unprecedented 15 point lead with only one game played in the New Year. The closest teams to Pep Guardiola and his side are neighbours Manchester United – who it must be said have played some brilliant football this season but have like the rest of the league been unable to keep up with City as they have completely blown the others away – and champions Chelsea 1 point further adrift.

As we head into what is usually tagged ‘the business end’ of the season, the league appears all but decided. With 16 games to go, City’s 15 point lead at the top is not the major reason why most pundits believe the title race is decided but rather the manner in which Guardiola’s side has approached games this season – with absolute focus and ruthlessness in from of goal.

The fact that Pep Guardiola has a point to prove does not make the task easier for the chasing pack. Having been told on many occasions in the past that his brand of football will not be effective in the Premier League – a fact he brought up after his side’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last month.

“People said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona in England,” Guardiola said. “But it is possible and we did it.”

Complacency just doesn’t seem to be a problem for this vastly talented and experienced Manchester City team as their manager will undoubtedly be drilling utter focus into his players with so many games to play.

Although mathematically, there is a chance for any of the teams behind them to catch up and possibly overtake the current runaway leaders, the former Barcelona coach’s winning mentality and drive makes that very unlikely.

As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said after the derby; “I’m pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage is a very good one.”

The rest of the league must have conceded defeat and will be looking towards the 2018/2019 season for a better title challenge but most managers will also be trying to stop Manchester City when the opportunity arises and reduce this massive point deficit come May.

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Premier League Transfer News Update: Ozil, Morata, Paquet, Martial, Ramsey

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Though the transfer market is currently closed, clubs are being linked with some players ahead of the upcoming winter transfer window.

Here are some players making headlines in the transfer media.

Mesut Ozil and Anthony Martial could be engaged in a swap deal

Manchester United are reportedly set to offer want-away striker Anthony Martial plus cash to Arsenal so as to receive Mesut Ozil in return.

According to Daily Mirror, Mourinho is willing to reunite with the retired Germany international at Old Trafford and he’s ready to do everything to see that happen in January.

Arsenal target Brazilian Lucas Paquette despite United’s interest

Le10 Sports are reporting that United and Arsenal are set to compete for Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paquette, who has two caps for the Selecao. The youngster is valued at £44m by Flamengo but it’s yet to be seen if both clubs are ready to spend big on his signature.

West Ham target Chelsea striker

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be joining the Hammers in January as Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to lure the Spaniard to the Bet365 Stadium.

The former Manchester City manager hasn’t hit the ground running with the team after five round of matches this season and he’s looking to bolster his team’s attacking prowess in the second half of the season.

Ramsey’s uncertain future

Arsenal are yet to convince the Welshman to commit his future to the Emirates stadium, despite all their efforts to see that happen before the end of this month.

Though talks are still ongoing but the Express claims both parties are not having a smooth talk as many would have wanted.

Pirlo sees nothing stopping Pogba’s return to Juventus

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It is surprising to see that Liverpool star is still carrying a strap on his shoulder

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Liverpool fans got the shock of their lives after Egypt International, Mo Salah took off his shirt to change to another one.

However, the camera moves close to the Liverpool star and we noticed that he is still carrying a strap over his shoulder after the face-off between him and Sergio Ramos in the Uefa Champions league.

Mo Salah has suffered a shoulder injury that saw him leave the field of play in tears after a collision between him and Spain International, Sergio Ramos.

The injury had dampened the morale of the  Reds players as the went on to lose the final to Real Madrid.

This injury affected Mo Salah in the world cup tournament in Russia as he was unable to perform for his home country Egypt.

With four months passed in the injury that took place at Kiev, many would have believed that Salah will have been back to normal.

However, the strapping may be a precaution owing to the fact that shoulders that have been dislocated are prone to popping out of the joint again.

With this new revelation, Liverpool fans hatred for Real Madrid defender and Spain International has just soared higher as fans still believe he injured Salah on purpose.

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Video: What PSG fans did to Xerdan Shaqiri whenever he wanted to play a corner

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The first leg of the UEFA champions league between Liverpool and French side, Paris Saint Germain, which went down on Tuesday ended in victory for the Reds but the effect from the match still lingers on.

Liverpool had led the scoreboard in the first half with goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner only for Kylian Mbappe and another PSG player to equalize the goals for their club.

However, before the late goal from Roberto Firmino, Coach Jurgen Klopp brought in 26-year-old Swiss player, Xherdan Shaqiri to find a last-minute goal.

The Swiss player was seen making diverse efforts in other to get a victory goal for the Reds.

One of the efforts from Shaqiri was playing corner kicks for the Reds.

However, the shocking thing was that every time Shaqiri moves to play a corner kick for Liverpool, PSG threw bottles of water at him.

Despite this, Xherdan Shaqiri would turn to the Reds fans and urge them to jeer their team on and cheer up.

Well, it turned out the match ended in a victory not just for Liverpool but for Shaqiri, who refused to give up.

The winning goal for Liverpool came from Brazil star, Roberto Firmino.

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