Barney Ronay at the Etihad Stadium

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Name: Barney Ronay at the Etihad Stadium
Date registered: November 2, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/premierleague

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  1. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hark back to Pellegrini era for bruising derby | Barney Ronay — April 27, 2017
  2. Raheem Sterling adds improvised flourish to Pep Guardiola’s solid lines | Barney Ronay — March 19, 2017

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Apr 27

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hark back to Pellegrini era for bruising derby | Barney Ronay

Manuel Pellegrini’s old players, a collection Guardiola has spent most of the season trying to move on from, were to the fore with the endgame on the line

At times during a frazzled, occasionally surly first season Pep Guardiola has looked a little culture-shocked, a man chafing at the edge of things. It has been an uncomfortable embrace, with a sense of a man half-in half-out of the door, pretending to like the tea, smiling politely, but still vaguely scandalised by the raggedness, the physicality, the lack of order.

Well, this was a bit more like it. On a tight, bruising night at the Etihad Stadium, with the season’s endgame on the line, Guardiola oversaw what must be the least Pep-ish Manchester City performance of his short time here.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/27/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-united-derby-pellegrini

Mar 19

Raheem Sterling adds improvised flourish to Pep Guardiola’s solid lines | Barney Ronay

The Manchester City wing tormented his former Liverpool team-mates with his attacking verve on the wing but clearer heads took centre stage at the Etihad

At one point during Manchester City’s early-season training Pep Guardiola became so frustrated by Raheem Sterling’s puppyish eagerness to cut inside and join the crowd, thereby messing with his precision fine-tuning, he drew a chalk spot on the right wing of City’s training pitch and told Sterling to stand there. When in doubt to seek the chalk spot.

Watching this wild, brilliantly entertaining Premier League game, reduced at times to a selection of bruising collisions around the centre circle, you feared for Pep’s chalk spot. Sterling did stay wide, but also found himself snared into the crush of bodies like pretty much every other player on the pitch. Guardiola raged and whirled and steadily shed his insulated layers on the touchline, a man by turns appalled and consumed by the wonderful mess of a high-class football match in front of him.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/19/raheem-sterling-pep-guardiola-manchester-city-liverpool