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England Premier League news: Man City top of table

Manchester City win five out of five games remaining on top of the EPL table

Going into Match Week 6, Manchester City is unbeaten, sitting on top of the England Premier League with 15 points in five matches to date. Everton is in second with 13 points; Tottenham Hotspur in third with 11 points; Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool are tied for fourth with 10 points; Manchester United is in fifth with 9 points; and EPL champions Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, and Hull City are tied for sixth with 7 points each. At the bottom of the table, West Ham has 3 points; while Stoke City and Sunderland have 1 point apiece.

Top goal scorers in the England Premier League to date after playing 5 games are Chelsea’s Diego Costa and West Ham’s Michail Antonio with 5 goals each. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Watford’s Etienne Capoue, and Manchester United’s celebrity superstar signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic have 4 goals apiece. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass, and Swansea City’s Leroy Fer each have scored 3 goals.

Manchester City update

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has high praise for Kevin de Bruyne, however Pep wants an apology from Yaya Toure or Yaya will not play for Manchester City ever again. Touré may have played his last game for City due to the footballer’s blunt agent declaring “war” on Pep Guardiola for leaving Toure off the Champions League squad. Guardiola demanded an apology from Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk on Tuesday after Seluk went to the media and accused Guardiola of “humiliating” the Ivorian by omitting him from Pep’s Champions League side, Seluk reportedly said he will “apologize only if Guardiola says sorry to Manuel Pellegrini for taking his job, and to Joe Hart for ousting the goalkeeper”.

Guardiola replaced Pellegrini as manager at the end of the 2015-16 season. Hart joined Torino on loan in August after Guardiola told the goalie he did not fit in his plans as number 1.

“If Pep Guardiola wants a war, then he can have one,” Seluk said. “I will apologize to Guardiola if he will apologize to Pellegrini for what he did to him. He took his job when he was still fighting for titles. If you are a gentleman this just does not happen. Colleagues should have respect for each other, especially in England where it is important to act like a gentleman. He signed a new contract last year, then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.”

“Guardiola also needs to apologize to Joe Hart. It’s not right to come to England and then get rid of a few English players. Guardiola wants a new future for Yaya, for Hart, and they won’t be the last. We will see what happens. His contract expires at the end of the season and in January he will be free to go,” Seluk went on. “I spoke out because I felt that Pep was being vindictive to Yaya. Unfortunately for Pep, we live in a world where you have the right to free speech. He has reacted to what I have said about him by punishing Yaya again. But I’m not surprised. Pep doesn’t want players with personality. He only wants players who are scared of him and will do what he says.”

“The first thing he did when he arrived at City was to pick a fight with Yaya and Joe Hart, two of the club’s biggest players. They have both been big personalities in the dressing room at City, and Guardiola doesn’t like that,” continued Seluk. “He was the same at Barcelona. He forced Samuel Eto’o to leave the club. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player who cost £57 million, was sold for just £18 million. It has to always be about Pep Guardiola, no-one else. Will I apologize? Well, I have learned that you must never say never. But will Pep apologize to Yaya? Will he apologize to Joe Hart or Manuel Pellegrini?”

Guardiola said he is of the "old generation" when players and agents did not tell the team manager what to do or who to play. The row between the men began when Seluk reacted to Touré’s Champions League omission by telling Guardiola that if he did not win the tournament “then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya”. In the past Seluk found fault with City for failing to get Touré a birthday cake at the Etihad Stadium. Touré’s contract is over next summer. To date, Toure has been excluded from seven of Guardiola’s eight squads this season, playing only once under his former coach at Barcelona. Toure trained on Monday and Tuesday after overcoming a migraine problem.

“I know how much Dimitri Seluk loves Yaya Toure,” said Pep. “If he loves him, show me by apologizing to Manchester City for what he did in the papers. It was so difficult for me to leave Touré out of the Champions League. I know him and I know he’s a good guy. It was difficult as well for Aleix Garcia. But the day after his agent spoke, and in that moment Yaya is out. Unless Mr. Dmitri Seluk comes back in the press conference or speaks to his friends in the media – because he has not the courage to call me – and says he apologizes to Manchester City, firstly, secondly to his team-mates and after the trainer. When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.”

“I cannot imagine in my day when a player’s agent would go to the media and speak against Johan Cruyff. Maybe it’s the new era but I’m old generation, and an old generation agent has to make his players his job and the coach his job. Today agents believe they are more than they are. If you have a problem, we can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya isn’t going to play.”

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Tottenham Hotspur update

Amazing England international Dele Alli’s new contract signing is important news for the Spurs. However the bad news that Harry Kane will be out with a leg injury confirmed by Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino as ankle ligament damage, although Kane’s return date has not been announced. Reportedly Kane could be out for up to two months. Pochettino does not want to put a timeframe on Kane’s recovery amid fears the England striker will be out for a long spell. The ankle swelling is so bad that Kane will require further scans.

However to assure worried fans that the Spurs can succeed even without Kane, Pochettino has promised an exciting debut of the teenager who is earning comparisons to superstar Lionel Messi. Spurs will give opportunities to two upcoming stars in Wednesday night’s League Cup tie against Gillingham at White Hart Lane. Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers will reportedly start the game, and forward Marcus Edwards is likely to come off the substitutes’ bench at during the match. Edwards has already been nicknamed ‘mini-Messi’ by some Tottenham fans. Pochettino remarked that the small 17-year-old left-booted Edwards reminds Pochettino of a young Messi.

“He is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player but now it's how he builds his future, that's very important. And it's our responsibility to tell him.” Pochettino also highly rates 18-year-old Carter-Vickers, who has been on the substitutes’ bench in the Premier League this season. “I already told you that, for me, he can be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future,” said Pochettino. “He has a strong mentality, quality, all the qualities for playing centre-back. Does he remind me of myself? No, he is better than me! I said one of the best centre-backs in England.”

Pochettino is confident that summer signing Dutchman Vincent Janssen’s talent will help the Spurs side in Kane’s absence. “It’s not a risk, he’s a good profile for us,” said Pochettino. “It’s tough to bring in a number one player when you have another number one like Harry Kane. Very difficult,” continued Pochettino. “Look at the example of Manchester City. The main striker is Sergio Aguero. The second is Kelechi Iheanacho. They paid £30million or something for Wilfried Bony and then he left. Vincent ticked all the boxes for us. He gave us the option of playing him with Harry and alone too. They were the qualities I wanted to find in the player we brought in.”

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