Man City profits up, in 'critical new phase' under Guardiola


Gerard Pique says Man City are a much different team under Pep Guardiola than previous City teams they've faced.

As City disclosed its annual financial results, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said Tuesday that the Premier League club has started a "critical new phase" in the transformation that began with the 2008 takeover by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi's oil-rich ruling family. Sandro Rossell, the president, saw an opportunity to do it and we phoned him up.

Guardiola sees establishing City as a European force comparable to his former employers as a central target in his latest chapter and a goal the club must work toward over the long term.

"Aguero is one of the best players in the world inside the box due to his finishing and his all-round quality", the Argentine told the official Barcelona website.

City travel to the Camp Nou without a win in three games as draws at Celtic and home to Everton sandwiched Guardiola's first defeat in England at Tottenham Hotspur.

Wednesday's game at Camp Nou will see Mascherano reunited with Pep Guardiola and the Argentine has nothing but praise for his former coach.

"If you are talking about this summer, I never called Messi". We understand football differently now and he changed the club's history.

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When asked about Messi scoring upon recently making his return from injury, Bravo added: "That is not a surprise with Messi, he's the best player in the world".

"They will take confidence from it, but they will also think back to last season in the Europa League to know it can go the other way too".

Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson wonder if Neymar is better off at Barcelona or leaving the shadow of Lionel Messi.

As a coach Enrique has followed in Guardiola's footsteps.

"Pep is a friend and it is very easy to evaluate his work positively".

A quick scan of the penalty records of the City squad reveals that the Germany worldwide is the only player with a 100 per cent record - apart from Kelechi Iheanacho, who has only taken one.

"When he took the chance it was a 180 degree turn for the team".