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Kelechi Iheanacho aided by Pep Guardiola influence at Man City — It's widely accepted among Manchester City supporters that former manager Manuel Pellegrini criminally underused young centre forward Kelechi Iheanacho. Even as late as March in the 2015-16 season, as City's title bid fell apart with a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and a 0-0 draw at Norwich, the manager still selected Wilfried Bony ahead of Iheanacho, much to the fans' dismay.

Fabian Delph says Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world — Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph says he will be working with the "best manager in the world" after just three weeks of preseason with new boss Pep Guardiola. And the England international believes his own game will improve under the Spanish coach.

Mino Raiola XI vs Jorge Mendes XI battle of super agents — Over the past 12 years, Jorge Mendes has been by far the most influential agent in the game, but he seems to have been overtaken in prominence this summer by Mino Raiola. The latter has been more visible in bigger deals over the past two months, especially the potential move of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, home of one of Mendes' main client, manager Jose Mourinho.

Where would Paul Pogba thrive Juventus Man United or elsewhere — Paul Pogba is the hottest property in world football. The 23-year-old has been linked with the world's biggest clubs for more than a year, and every day the sport learns of a new wrinkle in the chase for his signature. A year ago, Barcelona appeared firm favourites to sign the France international.

Manchester City friendly vs Manchester United in China a unique challenge for Pep Guardiola — Fresh from their inaugural defeat in Munich, Manchester City have already moved the bandwagon on to China for their next match, against arch rivals Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in Beijing's famous National Stadium -- also known as the Bird's Nest -- on Monday.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City upbeat despite Bayern loss — Manchester City's warmup to 2016-17 kicked off on Wednesday evening with a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, but the positive for new manager Pep Guardiola was that the performance of his second string side was fairly good. Still hastily assembled at this stage of the summer, City's starting XI was made up mainly of a mixture of youngsters and fringe first-team players.

Man City and Pep Guardiola have cause for optimism as new era begins — MUNICH, Germany -- Pep Guardiola's outfit was decidedly casual, a grey polo shirt worn over beige khakis and trainers. His body language told a different story. Impatient hands refused to stay in their pockets, grabbing his face in exasperation one second and clapping furiously the next, somehow finding time to point an accusing finger in-between.

Italy and Antonio Conte treating national team like a club at Euro 2016 — Andrea Barzagli was just trying to enjoy a quiet soak. At 35, he is the oldest outfield player in Italy's Euro 2016 squad, yet he's just one of two players who have been on the pitch for every minute of the tournament so far.

Italy finally have a system to maximise the modest talent at their disposal — Vicente del Bosque described it euphemistically as "not the path we wanted". Defeat to Croatia in the final round of group games had dumped Spain into the more daunting half of Euro 2016's knockout bracket - the same part that already featured Germany, England and France.

Alvaro Morata could be key for Spain vs Italy given Juventus connections — An eventful summer lies ahead for Alvaro Morata. After the European Championships, the Spain forward has a holiday booked with his former Juventus teammate, Simone Zaza. Then comes the small matter of working out which team he'll be playing for next season.
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Jul 21, 2016

Ok, Twitter, I've got some free time in Munich this afternoon. What do I need to eat and where do I find it?

Jul 20, 2016

First Kolarov at centre-back, now Clichy. Pep's having fun.

Jul 20, 2016

Spot of preseason fun at the Allianz Arena? Sure, why not.

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