Tags: Manchester City (Soccer Team)

On Soccer: Its Joy Ripped Away, Manchester City Fades in Crushing Silence

MANCHESTER, England — The Etihad Stadium did not fall silent, not quite. There was noise still coming from the three tall tiers of Tottenham Hotspur fans at the far end. There must have been — they were falling over one another, thousands of them, a swaying, teetering, writhing mass of arms and legs. Inside the…

On Soccer: In Curiously Cordial Premier League Race, Rivals Lift Each Other’s Games

MANCHESTER, England — Not once, no matter how bad the temptation or how high the stakes or how deep his frustration, has Pep Guardiola done what he is supposed to do. He has not called Liverpool lucky, or hinted at a conspiracy among referees in awarding penalties at Anfield, or questioned whether his chief rival…

For Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, Another Confounding European Trip

LONDON — Pep Guardiola clasped his hands to his head, a look of sheer exasperation on his face. Even that, though, did not feel sufficient, not after one of his players had given the ball away so carelessly. And so the Manchester City manager hurled himself to the ground, curled over in his cable-knit sweater,…