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Raheem Sterling: Man City forward ‘critical’ despite best season yet

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Pep Guardiola gives us a blueprint for success – Raheem Sterling Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says he is always critical of his performances, despite enjoying the most productive season of his career.
Sterling is City's joint-top scorer with Sergio Aguero this season having netted 13 times in all competitions.
That is more goals than in any complete campaign in his career to date.
“I am always analysing myself, I am always critical of myself and always trying to improve,” the 23-year-old told Garth Crooks on Football Focus.
“I have been thinking about [how good I can be] since I was 17. Something good happens or something bad, I think 'what can I do better, what didn't I do this year'.
“I try to get better in every aspect of my life, not just on the football field. I am competitive and I just want to always get better.”
Raheem Sterling's Premier League record this seasonSterling has registered a goal..

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Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool settle on £127m transfer fee – shock report

Liverpool star Coutinho wants to join Barcelona and the Catalan club have continued their pursuit since the summer.
Liverpool issued a statement in August insisting the Brazilian won’t be sold.
But five months down the line and Barcelona are supposedly closing in on their top transfer target.
That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim a rough transfer fee is being discussed.
The newspaper claims a top Barcelona source has told them Liverpool want £127m (€145m) for the 25-year-old.
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Philippe Coutinho wanted to leave Liverpool for Barcelona in the summer However, Barca want to drive down that price.
Mundo Deportivo report that discussions are ongoing over a January deal and Barca’s main objective is to work out the instalment and bonus plan to pay off Coutinho’s transfer fee.
The Nou Camp club are already safely through to the Champions League knockout stages and ..

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Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool settle on £127m transfer fee – report

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Barcelona want to sign Philippe CoutinhoCoutinho wants to join Barcelona and the Catalan club have continued their pursuit since the summer.
Liverpool issued a statement in August insisting the Brazilian won’t be sold.
But five months down the line and Barcelona are supposedly closing in on their top transfer target.
That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim a rough transfer fee is being discussed.
The newspaper claims a top Barcelona source has told them Liverpool want £127m (€145m) for the 25-year-old.
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Philippe Coutinho wanted to leave Liverpool for Barcelona in the summerHowever, Barca want to drive down that price.
Mundo Deportivo report that discussions are ongoing over a January deal and Barca’s main objective is to work out the instalment and bonus plan to pay off Coutinho’s transfer fee.
The Nou Camp club are already safely through to the Champions League knockout stages and are eight points clear of rivals Real Madrid in the La Liga ..

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Why Tottenham have a point to prove at Man City – Jenas analysis

You can watch highlights of Manchester City v Tottenham and six other Premier League games on Match of the Day at 22:20 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.
Tottenham's title hopes are over and, whatever happens when they play Manchester City on Saturday, they are just fighting to finish in the top four.
But Mauricio Pochettino's side can still do some serious groundwork at Etihad Stadium for future success, starting with the way they approach the game.
For a team that talk about themselves as future Premier League champions, their record under Pochettino away from home against the rest of last season's top six is getting a bit silly.
Since he took charge at Tottenham in 2014, Pochettino has won only one out of 17 away league games against the other teams to finish in last season's top six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. His one win came against City at Etihad Stadium in February 2016 – he has drawn six games ..

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Arsene Wenger reveals crunch talks with Jack Wilshere as contract winds down

Wilshere has six months left on his current deal and has admitted he may need to leave in January after a lack of first team chances.
He started for the first time in the Premier League this season in the goalless draw with West Ham.
But Wenger has refused to guarantee he will stay, but says he’d like him to.
“We’ll talk next month,” Wenger said.
“He’s an Arsenal man and for him it is important for him to be happy here.”
Wilshere came in due to Aaron Ramsey’s injury and could keep his place on Saturday.
“Not sure yet,” Wenger said on his team selection.
“We’ll see how he recovers. I will have to assess a bit. He has done well.”

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MOTD analysis: Why Tottenham have a point to prove at Man City

You can watch highlights of Manchester City v Tottenham and six other Premier League games on Match of the Day at 22:20 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.
Tottenham's title hopes are over and, whatever happens when they play Manchester City on Saturday, they are just fighting to finish in the top four.
But Mauricio Pochettino's side can still do some serious groundwork at Etihad Stadium for future success, starting with the way they approach the game.
For a team that talk about themselves as future Premier League champions, their record under Pochettino away from home against the rest of last season's top six is getting a bit silly.
Since he took charge at Tottenham in 2014, Pochettino has won only one out of 17 away league games against the other teams to finish in last season's top six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. His one win came against City at Etihad Stadium in February 2016 – he has drawn six games ..

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David Luiz issues Chelsea transfer ultimatum after Antonio Conte talks – EXCLUSIVE

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has held talks with Antonio Conte but could join Bayern MunichBrazilian Luiz was dropped by Conte after a disagreement between the two over tactics following Chelsea's Champions League defeat by Roma in Rome in October, and his reaction to being substituted in the home game against the Italians.
The flamboyant centre back then picked up a knee injury and has been out of the Chelsea side now for three weeks.
But he could be ready for a return on Saturday when Chelsea face Southampton at home (3pm).
Luiz, now 30, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid, and it is understood that Bayern Munich are also motoring his situation.
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David Luiz (left) has not played for Chelsea since his mistakes against Roma Express Sport understands that Luiz and Conte met this week.
And the manager said he wanted the defender back in his team.
Luiz, however, told the Italian that he wants regular first team football.
A source close to Luiz sa..

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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss asked to clarify comments about Man City

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What happened after the Manchester derby at Old Trafford? Guardiola and Mourinho have their say. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked to clarify the comments he made before Sunday's derby defeat by Manchester City.
The Football Association has requested observations from the Portuguese regarding his pre-match news conference on the Friday before the game.
Mourinho suggested City players go to ground easily, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”
He has until 18:00 GMT on Monday to respond to the FA.
Mourinho, 54, also said he did not think he would be allowed to make to make a political statement on the touchline like Guardiola, who has recently worn a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia.
United went on to lose the game 2-1 at Old Trafford, which sent City 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss ordered to explain ref claims before Man City game

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Jose Mourinho has been asked to clarify his comments made before the derbyManchester United boss Mourinho caused controversy during his pre-match press conference on Friday, saying of the City players: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”
He then questioned Pep Guardiola’s permission to wear a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia – on the touchline.
And in a conversation with the Sunday newspapers, Mourinho warned match referee Michael Oliver of City’s “tactical fouls”.
United lost Sunday’s game 2-1 in a major blow to their title hopes.
The Football Association have requested observations from Mourinho regarding Friday’s press conference.
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Ander Herrera was booked for diving in the Manchester derbyHe has until 6pm on Monday to respond.
Mourinho was unhappy with the result of the derby and had an altercation with City players and staff after the game, which resulted in milk being throw..

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Arsenal cheated in Invincibles season and should never have gone unbeaten – Micky Quinn

Arsenal remain the only side to go the entire 38 games in a Premier League campaign without defeat, although Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are on course to make it two this season.
Labelled the Invincibles, Arsene Wenger’s side will go down as one of the greatest in the modern era in English football.
However, former Newcastle striker Quinn has labelled them “boring” compared to the Manchester United and Newcastle teams from the 1990s.
And he says they were lucky to escape defeat in the 1-1 draw with another of his former side's Portsmouth in September 2003 after the Gunners were awarded a debatable penalty.
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The Arsenal Invincibles cheated in their unbeaten season, says Micky Quinn Longest Arsenal unbeaten runs in all competitions Sun, October 30, 2016 Click through the gallery for Arsenal’s longest unbeaten run in all competitions during a single Arsene Wenger season Play slideshow AFP/GETTY 1 of 7 Click through the gallery for Arsenal’s longest unbeaten run in all co..

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