Pep Guardiola will take over from Manuel Pellegrini as coach of Manchester City in the summer after signing a three-year contract, the English Premier League club announced on Monday.
The Current Bayern Munich boss won the Bundesliga twice in his first two full seasons at the German giants and is Barcelona’s most successful manager with 14 trophies in four years, including three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns.
In the statement on the club’s website Man City said: ‘‘The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
‘‘Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
‘‘Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club.’‘
Pep Guardiola has won 19 titles in 384 games as a manager.— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) February 1, 2016
A trophy every 20 matches!
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At Man City Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini in 2013 and the following season guided the North West club to a Premier League and League Cup double.
At the time of the Guardiola announcement Pellegrini has won 64 of his 99 Premier League games as a manager, a record only bettered by Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss.
Barca take control
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored to help Barcelona come from behind and beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in a feisty La Liga affair at the Camp Nou that saw the visitors reduced to nine men.
Koke put Atletico ahead in the top-of-the-table clash but Messi equalised and then Suarez struck his 31st goal in as many games to hand Barca the win and a three point advantage at the summit of the league.
Valdes begins Standard Liege career with win
Victor Valdes made a winning start to the newest chapter of his career after helping his new club Standard Liege beat Leuven 2-0 in Belgium’s Pro League.
The Spaniard suffered a miserable time in England which saw him play just twice for Manchester United and suffer a public fall out with coach Louis Van Gaal.
He is at Liege on a six month loan deal and is out of contract at United this summer.
Happy for first Win for Standard! and for play after 8 months working alone. Thanks to the Standard Supporters !🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/BzxR8hOZYp— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) January 30, 2016
PSV sit at the summit
PSV Eindhoven propelled themselves to the top of the Eredivisie following a 4-2 victory over De Graafschap.
Luuk De Jong, Davy Proepper and Luciano Narsingh gave PSV a three-goal lead at half-time.
De Graafschap pulled two back after the break courtesy of Ted van de Pavert and Bart Straalman but But Gaston Pereiro scored late on to make sure of the win that put PSV top a point clear of Ajax, who drew with Roda JC.
Up and down
Now lets see who has made our Up & Down list from the week’s action.
Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuaín is on the up with 22 goals in 22 Serie A matches.
He has scored 8 in the last 6 games, including one in Sunday’s 5-1 win over Empoli.
The Argentina international is the top scorer not only in the Serie A but also across all topflight European leagues.
On the down is Dutch club Feyenoord who for the first time in its history lost five league matches in a row in the Eredivisie. Their latest defeat came in the form of a 2-0 loss at the hands of ADO Den Haag. Feyenoord remain 3rd but trail PSV by 14 points.
Joining Feyenoord on the down is French first division side Olympique Lyonnais who lost 1-0 at Bastia.
They collected only 5 points out of 30 in their last 10 fixtures. Three of those points came against relegation strugglers Troyes at the inauguration of Lyon’s new stadium at the beginning of January.
Lyon are now a lowly 11th place in Ligue 1.
Road to Euro
The European Football Championship enjoyed a bit of a face lift in 1996. It went from eight to 16 participating nations. Two points for a victory was changed to three while it also saw the back-pass rule finally introduced.
The 10th edition of the UEFA European Championship took place in England in 1996. It was the first European Championship to feature 16 finalists. Germany won the tournament, beating the Czech Republic 2–1 in the final with a golden goal during extra time.
Oliver Bierhoff scored the golden goal in the 95th minute. Bierhoff had earlier equalised in the 73rd minute after Patrik Berger scored a penalty for Czech Republic on 59 minutes after Karel Poborský had been brought down in the box.
This was the first major competition to be decided using a golden goal while it was also Germany’s first major title won as a unified nation.
We might be wrong
There are some interesting clashes this coming weekend in England, Germany and France. We have attempted to predict the outcome of these fixtures. If you disagree, why not send us your results forecast on social media using #TheCornerScores.
Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Bayern Munich
Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain.