Thứ Hai, 17 tháng 8, 2015

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero denies his wife slept with City star Sergio Aguero

Romero, a teammate of Aguero at international level, denied that the two were "bitter enemies" after the City man's alleged fling with Guercio in 2006

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has gone on national television to blast claims that his wife, Eliana Guercio, slept with Manchester City man Sergio Aguero.

Romero, a new signing at Old Trafford but a teammate of Aguero at international level, denied the two were "bitter enemies" after the City man's alleged fling with Guercio in 2006.
The United keeper married her in 2008 after nearly a year together, while Aguero married Diego Maradona's daughter Giannina before their divorce earlier this year.
Dad-of-two Romero, 28, said of the supposed feud: “I have a great wife and a great family. It’s not nice when some people say this kind of stuff."
Lies: Sergio Romero says his wife never slept with Sergio Aguero
Sergio Romero warms up
United: Romero has been married to his wife since 2008
And he said of Aguero, 27: “I’m friends with him for over 10 years, imagine that. I couldn’t talk to him, but for sure I’m going to call him.
"Listen, we’re friends."
Eliana, 37, insisted: “It is not true. I have never had anything with Aguero. It seems terrible to me that they could link me with Kun [Aguero].
“This is over 10 years old and for 10 years I’ve had to keep denying that anything happened. I don’t even know Aguero.
Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the the first goal for Manchester City
City: Aguero and Romero are international teammates
Sergio Romero's wife waves before the World Cup Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina
World Cup: Romero's wife watches her husband play in Brazil
"I have two daughters and I am still being punished for this, I don’t know why, I don’t know what I’ve done.
"They’re inventing a soap opera."
And she said of her husband: “He is totally divine. Instead of annoying me, he calms me down.
"The two of them have played together for the national team for 10 years and I don’t think they’ve even talked about it, they get on really well."
Representatives for Aguero have been contacted for comment.

WATCH: Sergio Aguero's opener helps Man City sink Chelsea

Sergio Aguero was back to his brilliant best as he twisted and turned before beating Asmir Begovic to net Manchester City's opener against Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday.
Returning Argentina international striker Aguero caused problems all afternoon for the floundering Chelsea rearguard, but it was his skill for City's opener in their 3-0 Premier League success that has drawn acclaim.
City dominated from start to finish at the Etihad, and were worthy winners, opening up a five-point gap over the champions after just two games of the new season.
Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry was impressed by Aguero's coolness in the box, and insisted the 27-year-old was always in control.
"What a finish, what a turn, you're the boss, you have time, they are panicking," Henry said.
"He is concentrating on what he pictured before, and he does it well."

Chủ Nhật, 2 tháng 8, 2015

Are Man City in danger of falling behind the leading pack

The last decade has seen Manchester City go through some incredible changes. The club has gone from mid table mediocrity to a side considered as regular title challengers.
This is all down to the club’s owner Sheik Mansour, who since 2008 has been bank rolling mass spending sprees that transformed the club completely.
During this time City have won two Premier League titles, one in the 14/15 season, when Liverpool infamously threw their lead away, and most notably in 2012/13 after that unforgettable Sergio Aguero goal.
However, for a side that has spent over £700million on players during that time, a crazy amount for any side, City are not in the position they should be and currently look as if they are stepping backwards.
This summer has highlighted this fact in particular, with manager Manuel Pellegrini completing some pretty average business thus far.
The squad at the Etihad has gotten dramatically weaker, with a number of first team players, including James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, Frank Lampard, Alvaro Negredo and Matija Nastasic, all departing on a permanent basis. Additionally, there are ongoing rumours that Edin Dzeko will also be joining the exodus.
Incomings at City have been affected by the side’s lack of home grown talent, too. The club were falling short of the required quota and needed to add several players that have been trained in England from a youth level.
Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts have all been bought in to solve this problem, with Sterling becoming the club’s record signing, costing £49m. None of these three are the world class players that should be playing week in week out for supposed Premier League title challengers.
Delph has been a good player in a very average Villa side, but should be nothing more than a back up at City, Roberts was playing in the Championship last season and is only a youngster who needs time to develop further, without the pressure of filling a first team role.
As for Sterling, £49million is ridiculous. The ex-Liverpool player has been fairly average since Luis Suarez departed Liverpool. Suarez made the whole Liverpool side look like world beaters, and when he left Sterling was looked to to help fill the void. Though it’s fair to say he failed to live up to that challenge.
Unless Manchester City are planning a swoop for the Barcelona star to help improve the England international, it remains questionable about how good Sterling can be at his new club.
All of the club’s main league rivals have been very active in the transfer window, improving their squads a significant amount. Arsenal have bought in Petr Cech, Manchester United have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is one of the best midfielders in the world, and Chelsea have bought in Falcao who, once he regains his form, has to be regarded as one of the best strikers on the planet.
Even Liverpool have bridged the gap between the sides with some of their business. Christian Benteke, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne are equally as good as the likes of Wilfred Bony, Fabian Delph and Pablo Zabaleta, all players considered first team players at City.
No wonder Pellegrini’s position is under such constant pressure and scrutiny.
Looking at the existing City side, there are two stand out individuals – David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Both are incredible talents and easily up there amongst the best in the world.
Many of the other ‘stars’ at the Etihad, like Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Yaye Toure, are very hit and miss and lacking any real consistency in their performances.
It is evident from last season just how much the team rely on both Aguero and Silva. There is no plan B for when things go against the side. If either player were to get a serious injury that rules them out for a long time, then the Manchester side would certainly struggle.
For a title contender they don’t have a real impressive strength in depth in any position, which is very surprising and ultimately worrying for fans.
Whilst their best backup stars like Navas and Bony are good players, none will strike fear into opponents in the same way Aguero and Silva do, If they had to step up to fill a gap, it wouldn’t be with much confidence.
City face a massive season and have their work cut out to maintain a title challenge against so many improving rivals. Something has to change and soon, otherwise it won’t be long before City are falling even further behind.

Real Madrid ‘ready to launch £63.9m transfer bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’

Real Madrid 'raid Manchester for CLASS star' (not De Gea)

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to launch a £63.9million transfer bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
The Spanish giants are long-term admirers of the Argentine frontman and see him as a marquee signing this summer.
Madrid are set to allow Karim Benzema to leave this summer and believe Aguero would be the ideal replacement, according to AS.
Aguero, 26, is City’s prized asset and won the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
But Madrid’s financial muscle and lure means that they can land virtually any player they want.
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Sergio Aguero Transfer News: Latest Rumours, Speculation on Manchester City Star

Sergio Aguero Transfer News: Latest Rumours, Speculation on Manchester City Star
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a reported transfer target for Real Madrid after finishing the 2014-15 season as the Premier League's top scorer with 26 goals. 
Continue for updates.

Aguero Insists He'll Stay at City Despite Real Madrid Link

Aguero reassured City fans he has no plans to leave, per David Anderson of The Mirror
The only reason a player should leave a club is to achieve things, and I can achieve all I want to at City.
I can’t stop rumours. I can’t stop people writing things. But what I can do is repeat what I have already said, and that is that I’m very happy at Manchester City. I have had success over the last four seasons there and I’m hungry for a lot more.
"(Madrid President Florentino) Perez, feels that a player such as Aguero would inject a fresh dose of optimism into the Real Madrid fans," reported J.L. Guerrero of AS on June 18.
Guerrero's report suggests Aguero would cost in the region of €60 million (approximately £43 million) and that Los Blancos would be forced to sell a star of their own if he and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea are brought in.
However, this cost appears low for a player who is rarely out of goalscoring form when fit. Aguero's contract also runs until 2019, per Guerrero, meaning City could demand top dollar for his departure.
A recent report by the CIES Football Observatory (h/t Stuart Brennanof the Manchester Evening News) suggested Aguero's value rests at approximately €88 million (£63 million).
He joined City from Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid's rivals, in 2011. Since then, the 27-year-old has won two Premier League titles with the mega-rich side.

Sterling not equipped to justify fee - Hoddle

Raheem Sterling will not justify his price tag as a "defining player" for Manchester City this season, according to Glenn Hoddle
Sterling became the most expensive English player of all time when joining City from Liverpool for £49million earlier this summer, but Hoddle believes he is some way off being able to influence games with the regularity the likes of Eden Hazard does for Chelsea.Raheem Sterling: Under pressure to deliver for Manchester City
"There are two ways of looking at the £49million Manchester City paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling," Hoddle told the Daily Mail.
"On one hand, I can imagine the accountants justifying it. If you break it down over the length of his five-year deal, it's just under £10m a year and, even when you take into account his wages, that doesn't seem so bad.
"But great price tags bring great expectations and players such as Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva will be looking to Sterling to prove he's worth so much.
"Does Sterling at the age of 20 have the temperament and character to walk into a City team of superstars and say to those players: 'Give me the ball, I'm the man who will make the difference'?
"I don't think he's at that stage yet and I feel he would have been better spending another season at Liverpool, developing his game and getting another year's experience.
"He's a really good player with loads of potential but for £49m you're not buying potential. You're buying someone who can drive you on to the Premier League title or into the Champions League final. You're buying a player who needs to be performing at the level Eden Hazard was last season for Chelsea.
"The investment that City have made in him would suggest he will be better than Silva, maybe even better than Aguero, and that's doesn't seem likely at the moment.
"That kind of money demands not occasional moments of brilliance in 15 games a season but a decisive impact over 40 games. And when the most important fixtures come along, against the Premier League top four and in the latter stages of the Champions League, he will be expected to win games.
"He has done excellently for England so far and for Liverpool - more so in 2013-14 when he was relatively unknown and there wasn't so much expectation. When Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard carried the burden of expectation, he shone. Now he has to bear it and show he carries it well.
"He's not equipped to do so yet. He might be in two or three years' time. The size of the fee, however, suggests he is the finished article and a genuine superstar of the game.
"I hope that he proves me wrong and hits the ground running, as it will be fantastic for England with Euro 2016 coming up.
"In two or three years I think there is a chance he will deliver. But I'm not sure we'll see him as defining player for City this season. It may be the right move at the wrong time."

Man.City hope Sterling proves sound investment with new Premier League season set for kick-off next week

LONDON: Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League begins next weekend.

Unless, of course, you support Manchester City who made the 20-year-old forward the most expensive English player in history when they paid a fee of up to 49 million pounds to end his increasingly toxic relationship with Liverpool.

City have been relatively restrained during the transfer window but the signing of Sterling, described by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as the best young player in Europe, could prove to be a sound investment by Manuel Pellegrini.

Splashing such a fortune on a player yet to score a Champions League goal, let alone win any silverware, and still far from a polished diamond, appears bold.

Yet Sterling offers City a spark they lacked last season when they trailed in behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race and under-achieved again in the Champions League.

With Sergio Aguero expected to play as a lone striker this season, Sterling’s head-spinning pace and dribbling will compliment an attacking midfield boasting the vision and craft of David Silva and Samir Nasri and the power of Yaya Toure.

Surrounded by players of such international pedigree Sterling will not be the focal point he was last season at Liverpool, despite the huge price tag, so with a fresh start and the right attitude, his boots should do the talking.

“He has a lot of things we didn’t have in our squad,” Pellegrini said. 

“He has a lot of pace and I am sure in the future he will demonstrate why we paid so much money for him.”

If Sterling clicks into gear and hits the form that almost helped Liverpool to the 2013-14 title and briefly lit up England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, Pellegrini’s faith will be fully justified.

The snipers will be taking aim if things do not go to plan though, especially after a trophy-less season last time out when points were surrendered too easily against clubs who ended up being relegated, allowing Chelsea to cruise home.

Trumping Jose Mourinho and regaining the Premier League is Pellegrini’s priority but he also talks about going “a stage” further in the Champions League after falling in the round of 16 in 2014-15 -- their best, albeit modest, showing to date.

“I’m sure we are going to be a very competitive team in all competitions,” he said. 

“I see the players are hungry to win another title.”

Apart from Sterling, City also spent around 20 million pounds on two other young English players -- midfielder Fabian Delph signed from Aston Villa and teenage winger Patrick Roberts from Fulham -- a sign the club is trying to snap up the cream of home talent.