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. Raheem Sterling adds improvised flourish to Pep Guardiola’s solid lines | Barney Ronay — March 19, 2017
  2. David Silva’s creativity allows Pep Guardiola to focus on big picture | Barney Ronay — December 18, 2016

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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

Dec 18

David Silva’s creativity allows Pep Guardiola to focus on big picture | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s playmaker dovetailed beautifully with Kevin De Bruyne to wrestle control of the Premier League match with Arsenal for a 2-1 victory

Much has been made of the fact that this Pep‑project Manchester City is a work in progress, a mutable thing, still looking to find its rhythms and shapes. At the Etihad Stadium, for 20 minutes either side of half-time, City seemed to be evolving at an irradiated speed as first David Silva and then Kevin De Bruyne dug their fingernails into this game and wrenched it their way.

Until that point Alexis Sánchez had been the outstanding figure on show. So keen right now to assert his own market value, Sánchez had whirled and sprinted at Manchester City’s defence in that familiar amphetamine-crazed Action Man-style,so barrel-chested he looks from a distance like a yellow‑shirted cube, propelled about the place by two furiously pumping pistons, arms paddling the turf.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2016/dec/18/manchester-city-arsenal-david-silva-kevin-de-bruyne