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Pep Guardiola Concedes Title Race

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Pep Guardiola has given up on the title race but ruled out prioritizing cup competitions for fear of missing out on the top four after Manchester City’s latest crushing defeat.

The Premier League champions failed to reduce their 14-point deficit to leaders Liverpool after Wolves completed a stunning comeback victory on a fiery night at Molineux.

Guardiola claimed he will not allow the Champions League or domestic trophies to take precedence – even though defending the title for a second consecutive year now looks impossible. City still have an eight-point cushion over fifth-placed Wolves.

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Chelsea Close In On Jadon Sancho

January Transfer Window

Chelsea are looking to beat both Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

The England international, rated at £120million, is currently a man in huge demand after shining in Germany with Dortmund and a return to the Premier League could very soon be on the cards.

According to media reports, Chelsea are now working on a deal which could see them fork out a club-record fee for one of the world’s biggest talents.

The Blues have reportedly emerged as the most likely destination for the 19-year-old winger after indicating they will match Dortmund’s big-money valuation.

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Champions League Probability

Chelsea could well find themselves on a collision course with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League with that the most likely outcome from Monday’s draw.

A calculation of the probabilities of each pairing shows that Liverpool and Manchester City are most likely to face a trip to Madrid to play either Real or Atletico.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be thrilled if they avoid the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and pull out their most likely tie against Valencia.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

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Pep Says Not Thinking About Liverpool Despite Eight-Point Gap

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Pep Guardiola called Manchester City’s defeat at Wolves a “bad day” but isn’t thinking about Liverpool despite slipping eight points behind in the title race.

Adama Traore’s second-half double helped Wolves stun City 2-0 to leave Liverpool in control of the title race at this very early stage heading into the international break.

Regarding the title race, Guardiola said:

“It is a lot of points [difference].

“They [Liverpool] don’t drop points for many reasons.

“But it is better not to think about that. It is better to think about what is next.”

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Most Valuable Players In World Football

The Football Observatory has updated their list of the most valuable players in the world and it has a very English flavor to it, with seven of the top 10 players either being English or they play in the Premier League.

That is a huge turnaround from even three years ago, when the list was dominated by La Liga stars.

The three most valuable players are all forwards: Kylian Mbappé (€252M), Mohammed Salah (€219M) and Raheem Sterling (€208M).

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FIFA Bottles It Over Man City Transfer Ban

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Most neutral observers expected FIFA to hand Manchester City a two window transfer ban for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. That is what Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea all received.

But when you are dealing with state run teams the rules are different and Manchester City have instead been hit with a £315,000 fine and no transfer ban.

City was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

A Fifa statement read:

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Manchester City Try To Preempt Champions League Ban

Manchester City have revealed how much they fear a UEFA Champions League ban by launching a legal challenge to halt the governing body’s investigation into whether they have violated football spending regulations.

The Premier League champions have asked the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to throw out the case that they deliberately tried to cheat Financial Fair Play, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday night.

There is a growing belief in football that City will be found guilty and face a subsequent Champions League ban in 2020-2021, as well as restrictions on transfer market spend.

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Pep Guardiola To Juventus Rumors Will Not Go Away

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The story was broken by Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli of Radio Sportiva over the weekend. That Pep Guardiola has agreed a deal to leave Manchester City and take up the vacant managerial role at Juventus.

While Manchester City have continued to deny that there is any truth to the story, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed to indicate that it was true when local newspaper Sport Legnano reported that Allegri was asked by a Juventus fan who his successor would be. He replied: “A manager of Manchester is coming.”

Well we know its not Ole Gunnar Solskjær that is heading to Turin!

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Manchester City Furious At UEFA Over Champions League Ban Leaks

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Manchester City are furious about the UEFA investigation into their financial dealings after reports emerged that they are facing a ban from the Champions League.

The Premier League champions could face heavy sanctions for alleged breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, with the New York Times revealing on Monday that members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA’s financial control board will push for a one-season ban from European football elite competition, probably in 2020-21.

Investigators have spent months reviewing evidence first detailed in a series of leaks and reported by the German publication Der Spiegel.

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Will Man City Be Hit With Champions League Ban?

Manchester City’s title celebrations have been tempered by news that UEFA investigators will push for a Champions League ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.

Insiders at UEFA believe any potential ban would not apply until the 2020-21 season because the process is ongoing but it could coincide with a FIFA transfer ban over the signing of under-18 players.

A ban from the Champions League would certainly increase the pressure on Pep Guardiola to deliver the prize his employers covet most in the next campaign.