Center-back shortage hands Guardiola new dilemma in defense
First it was having a quartet of aging full backs unable to deliver on his demands. Then it was going eight months without a genuine left back.
Stones injury further depletes Man City’s central defense
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City will be without John Stones for around five weeks because of an injury, further depleting the Premier League champion's central defensive...
City defender Laporte has knee op, set to miss rest of 2019
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is set to miss the rest of 2019 after undergoing surgery on his right knee, leaving the team short of center-back cover for its...
Laporte injury mars Man City’s 4-0 win over Brighton
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City's 4-0 win over Brighton that was marred by a serious-looking injury to center back Aymeric Laporte on Saturday.
Laporte rewarded for Man City displays with France call-up
PARIS (AP) — Aymeric Laporte, a key member of Manchester City's Premier League title-winning team, might finally get to play his first game for France next month.
VAR denies Man City again in latest wild match with Spurs
Four months later, Manchester City was denied another crucial late goal against Tottenham by an intervention from the video assistant referee.
City denied by late VAR ruling in 2-2 draw with Tottenham
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Gabriel Jesus was denied an injury-time winner by an intervention from the video assistant referee as Manchester City had to settle for 2-2 with Tottenham in the English...
Pogba selected in Premier League team of the season
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player not from Manchester City or Liverpool to be selected in the Premier League's Team of the Year for the 2018-19...
Man City goes top of EPL after beating Everton 2-0
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City climbed atop the Premier League standings — at least provisionally — for the first time since December by beating Everton 2-0 on Wednesday, heaping more pressure on main title rival Liverpool.
Aguero hat trick leads Man City to 3-1 victory over Arsenal
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored his 10th Premier League hat trick on Sunday to lead Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal and close the gap on leader Liverpool to two points.
It was an unconventional treble for the striker, using his head, right foot — and left arm.
Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Monday, moving the champion back to within four points of Liverpool.
The Brazil striker has seven goals across three competitions in the past nine days for City.
Leicester hands Man City second loss in 4 days in EPL
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City suffered a second surprise defeat in as many English Premier League matches when it lost at Leicester 2-1 on Wednesday.
The defending champion, which also went down at home to Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday, is down in third place, seven points adrift of leader Liverpool and one point behind Tottenham.
Man City advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw at Lyon
LYON, France (AP) — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Lyon and secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero earned the point the English champions needed to guarantee a top-two finish in Group F, heading in a corner from Riyad Mahrez in the 83rd minute — just after Maxwel Cornet regained the lead for Lyon with his second goal of an end-to-end game.
City sweeps aside Shakhtar 3-0 in Champions League
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Manchester City took a step closer to qualifying from its Champions League group Tuesday, taking the top spot with a dominant 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last season the Ukrainian team ended a 29-game unbeaten run for City, but it never came close to another win this time. David Silva and Aymeric Laporte's goals had Pep Guardiola's team 2-0 up by halftime, before Bernardo Silva ended Shakhtar's hopes of a comeback in the 71st.
As EPL resists VAR, Man City concedes goal scored with arm
LONDON (AP) — After failing to convince Premier League rivals of the need for VAR, Manchester City has contributed more evidence why the technology is needed. It came at the cost of dropping two points early in its title defense.
Man City pays price for EPL’s lack of VAR in draw at Wolves
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — The Premier League's delay in introducing VAR came under the spotlight Saturday when Manchester City dropped early points in its title defense in a 1-1 draw at newcomer Wolverhampton.
Television replays showed Willy Boly used his arm to put Wolves in front but they couldn't be viewed to rule out the goal because the English top flight is the last major European league without video assistant referees.
Van Dijk, Laporte adapt to new status after big-money moves
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — They are the world's two most expensive defenders, signed at a combined cost of nearly $200 million in the January transfer window to take Liverpool and Manchester City to the next level.
Yet, while Virgil van Dijk has stamped his authority immediately at Liverpool and looks the defensive leader the team has longed for, fellow center back Aymeric Laporte is still adapting to life in English soccer and hasn't managed to establish himself as a first-choice pick at City.
Real Sociedad signs Mexico defender Moreno
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad signed veteran Mexico defender Hector Moreno on Wednesday as the transfer window closed in Spain without any high-profile transfers involving the top clubs.
While Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid did not add any major players to their squads, Sociedad signed the 30-year-old Moreno from Roma in a deal reportedly worth 6 million euros ($7.4 million). He is joining the Basque Country club until 2021.
Athletic acts quickly, signs Martinez to replace Laporte
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao didn't take long to replace young French defender Aymeric Laporte after his move to Manchester City.
The Spanish club said Tuesday it had signed central defender Inigo Martinez from Basque Country rival Real Sociedad, spending 32 million euros ($39 million) on the player's buyout clause.
Laporte left to play for Manchester City after his clause of 65 million euros ($80 million) was paid on Monday.
Man City signs defender Laporte for club-record $80 million
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.
The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn't quite ready.
Athletic Bilbao says Laporte is leaving the Spanish club
MADRID (AP) — Defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his buyout clause and is leaving Athletic Bilbao, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been closely linked with a move to the English Premier League leader and was left out of Athletic's squad in its Spanish league match on Saturday.
Athletic said the payment of the buyout clause of 65 million euros ($80.8 million) was made on Monday, effectively ending Laporte's contract with the Spanish club.
Bilbao defender Laporte left out of Basque derby vs. Eibar
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte watched from the stands as his side drew 1-1 at home with Eibar in the Basque country derby on Friday.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been closely linked with a move to Premier League leader Manchester City, with media reports in Spain and England equally confident coach Pep Guardiola's City will pay his buyout clause of 65 million euros (US$ 81 million).
Villarreal beats Bilbao to stay in hunt for Champions League
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal stayed in the hunt for a top-four finish and a Champions League berth after beating visiting Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Friday, despite finishing the match with 10 men.
Villarreal moved to within four points of Sevilla, which is struggling after five league games without a win, and four points clear of sixth-place Bilbao.