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Man City's Pep Guardiola influenced by chess and rugby, book claims

After seeing a Pep Guardiola training session, what did England rugby coach Eddie Jones make of Manchester City's new man?

Pep Guardiola is influenced by many games and sports, including chess, and uses them to help formulate new strategies and tactics, according to a new book on the Manchester City coach.

Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau's latest book, "Pep Guardiola: La Metamorfosis," was released in Spain on Thursday and is due to be published in English next month.

Perarnau writes in the book: "He is very interested in the influences of other sports: like how Magnus Carlsen approaches his chess openings, and he...

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus 'has all the time in the world' - Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has returned to training following his groin injury.

Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has completed his first full training session since returning from injury.

Reus suffered an adductor muscle injury during the DFB-Pokal final in May and coach Thomas Tuchel warned that a first-team return for the Germany international could still be some time away.

"I won't put a sign with a comeback date on him," Tuchel said. "He'll get all the time in the world.

"He trained really well yesterday, and it can certainly continue like that."

Meanwhile, Dortmund...

Man City's Pep Guardiola shouldn't be judged on Barcelona loss - Del Bosque

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says benching Aguero could come back to bite Guardiola in a big way.
Pep Guardiola says he saw an open match between Barcelona and Manchester City before Claudio Bravo was sent off.

Former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has come out in support of Pep Guardiola following criticism of the Manchester City manager after his team's 4-0 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday.

Guardiola was criticised for omitting Sergio Aguero from the starting XI for the Champions League clash, while his tactics were also said to have left City vulnerable at the back. 

"You cannot judge him on the last game," Del Bosque told Cadena Cope. "In recent years, he has always made Bayern Munich Bundesliga...

 By Ian Holyman

Rudi Garcia targets European football with Marseille

We take a look ahead to the big match in Ligue 1 this weekend, Le Classique between PSG and Marseille.

Rudi Garcia said he hopes to propel Marseille up the table and qualify for European football at the end of the season after being unveiled as the Ligue 1 club's coach.

Garcia, 52, signed a three-year contract at OM on Thursday, becoming the club's first permanent coach since Michel was sacked April, leaving the team in the hands of his assistant, Franck Passi.

Passi steered the side away from the relegation zone, but their 13th-place finish last term represented their worst performance since 2000-01,...

AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang could move to Paris Saint-Germain 'one day'

M'Baye Niang would be open to joining PSG in the future.

M'Baye Niang has told La Repubblica he is happy at AC Milan but would be open to moving to hometown club Paris Saint-Germain "one day."

Niang, a former France youth international who hails from the Parisian region of Meulan-en-Yvelines, has scored three goals in seven Serie A appearances for Milan so far this season.

The 21-year-old said he feels like "a leader" but not "irreplaceable" for Milan and wants to help Vincenzo Montella's men "prove we belong in the Champions League."

"I've already rejected...

Arsenal much better at preventing muscle injuries - Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has given injury updates on Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, along with Spaniard Santi Cazorla.
Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson talk whether Arsenal have the team chemistry this year to win the League.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have improved "tremendously" when it comes to preventing muscle injuries after adopting more scientific measures to monitoring players.

Arsenal have long been plagued by injuries, with players like Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere becoming known for spending more time on the sidelines than on the pitch.

However, while the club have seen a number of serious knee injuries over the last year, the only first-team regular currently sidelined with a muscle problem is Aaron...