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MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016
Pep Guardiola hopes his players will have
learned from the harsh lesson dished out
by Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp when
Manchester City take on Barcelona again
in the Champions League.
Messi, whom Guardiola managed at
Barcelona for four years, appeared to be
having a quiet night after opening the scoring
early on 11 days ago, at times seemingly just
strolling around the pitch.
But the FIFA World Player of the Year had
lulled City into a false sense of security with
what Guardiola describes as his "X-ray"
awareness, and he ended up scoring a hat-
trick in a 4-0 victory for the Spanish cham-
Guardiola thinks Messi is most dangerous
when he is standing still and has warned his
City players to take heed ahead of the return
match at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.
"Messi spends the match making a mental
X-ray of every space, every moment," said
"It looks like he s walking. It seems like
he is alone---detached. Or when he sees the
defenders are watching him, he will wander
off into a space of his own.
"It looks like he s just ambling around and
maybe he s the guy who runs least in the
Spanish league but, boy, when that ball reach-
es him he knows the complete time-space
X-ray of who is where. Then... pow!"
After picking up only one point from their
last two Champions League games away at
Celtic and Barcelona, City need a positive
result with only the top two teams in the
group progressing to the knock-out stages.
Borussia Monchengladbach could leapfrog
Guardiola s side into second spot if they beat
Celtic at home and City still have to go to
Guardiola made the surprise decision to
leave out Sergio Aguero in the Nou Camp
---for tactical reasons.
The striker underlined his importance to
the City team with a terrific display, and two
goals, in the 4-0 win at West Brom on Sat-
urday and Guardiola revealed the Argentina
international will start against Barcelona this
"I think so. But I m not going to tell you
in which position he s going to play!" joked
Guardiola, who then went on to explain why
Aguero did not start in Spain.
"I have already said I thought to play one
more man in the middle. I wanted more con-
trol and I decided I wanted players to arrive
in the box, not stay in the box, that s the
reason why. It was a tactical decision."
West Brom boss Tony Pulis felt his players
suffered from an inferiority complex against
City on Saturday and plans to address the
problem with his players ahead of next week s
trip to face Premier League champions Leices-
"You try to convince the players they are
good enough to be on there (with City)," said
"Obviously the team sheet comes through
and you see the players City have got and
they re fantastic players. But you ve still got
to be up for it and in their faces.
"I ll have a good chat with them because
it s the third time it has happened against
the bigger clubs.
Bale agrees new
Real Madrid deal
Gareth Bale has agreed a contract
extension with Real Madrid, the Spanish club
The new deal ties the 27-year-old Wales
international to the European champions until
June 30, 2022.
Bale joined Real from Tottenham in 2013
for a then-world record fee of £85.3million,
signing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.
A club statement read: "Real Madrid and
Gareth Bale have agreed an extension to the
player's contract, keeping him at the club until
the 30th of June 2022.
Bale has scored 62 goals and recorded 34
assists in 135 official games for the Spanish
giants, forming part of the team's much-
vaunted 'BBC' strikeforce alongside Cristiano
Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
He has also helped Madrid lift five trophies
during his three years at the club, including
winning the Champions League in 2014 and
Mourinho could face
Jose Mourinho could be set for a second
Football Association charge in a matter of
days today after he was sent to the stands
for the second half of Manchester United's
goalless draw with Burnley on Saturday.
The Portuguese, who has until 6pm today
to respond to a misconduct charge related to
comments he made about referee Anthony
Taylor prior to United's match against
Liverpool earlier this month, must await news
from the FA after this latest incident.
The former Chelsea boss was banished to
the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg, who
had rejected a penalty claim from United
towards the end of the first half. The FA will
now look at the official's report of the match
before deciding whether to charge Mourinho.
The draw extended United's winless run in
the Premier League to four games, with
forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic having failed to
net in his last six league matches.
Koeman wants Rooney
back at Everton
LIVERPOOL---Everton manager Ronald
Koeman has spoken again of his desire to see
Wayne Rooney back at Goodison Park.
Koeman said Sunday that "Rooney is very
welcome at Everton" and that his club "can
hope" to sign the striker, who is currently out
of favour at Manchester United.
Koeman was speaking after Everton's 2-0
win over West Ham, and two days after
saying he would be "very pleased" if Everton
had the chance to sign Rooney because he "is
a great player, and he has still not finished his
Rooney left Everton in 2004 at the age of
19 to join United. He has lost his place in both
the United and England teams this season.
Rooney said in June he will never play for
another English club than United. United
manager Jose Mourinho said Friday that
Rooney would not be allowed to leave in the
January transfer window.
...Pep wants Man City to learn from them
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, second right, duels for the ball against Granada's Mehdi Carcela Gonzalez, right, during the Spanish La Liga
match at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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