Manchester City have confirmed Juanma Lillo has joined the backroom staff as part of the coaching team.
Pep Guardiola has been without a permanent No.2 since Mikel Arteta left to become Arsenal head coach in December 2019; Arteta had stepped up when Domenec Torrent departed for New York City in 2018 but the manager was keen to bring in a new body ahead of next season.
“I am delighted to have joined Manchester City’s coaching staff,” he said.
“My relationship with Pep goes back many years and I am thrilled to be joining him as part of this exciting team. Manchester City has enjoyed much success over recent seasons and played a brand of beautiful football we have come to expect from this club and its manager.
“It’s a pleasure to become a part of this group and I hope to make an important contribution to the club’s success going forwards.”
City vs Real Madrid ‘could be played in Lisbon’
BBC Sport say that Lisbon is currently leading the race to hold a ‘mini-tournament’ for the final rounds of this season’s Champions League.
The final was originally meant to be staged in Istanbul, but the prospect of teams travelling across Europe for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final appears slim given the coronavirus crisis.
Instead, UEFA are apparently considering staging all remaining games in the same city, with Lisbon leading the race due to its location and the fact that Portugal has no remaining teams in the Champions League.
A final decision will be made on June 17, the report says, but it’s also claimed that any outstanding last-16 fixtures could be played in the same neutral location.
City, of course, are still due to play their home leg vs Real Madrid after a 2-1 away win at the Bernabeu. It is noted that clubs are resistant to playing these ties away from home as it would relinquish home advantage in a tie where one leg has already been played.
City’s fixture list to finish the season
Confirmed Man City fixtures:
- June 17 – Arsenal (H), 8.15pm – Sky Sports
- June 22 – Burnley (H), 8pm – Sky Sports
- June 25 – Chelsea (A), 8.15pm – BT Sport
- June 28 – Newcastle, FA Cup (A), 6.30pm – BBC
- July 2 – Liverpool (H), 8.15pm – Sky Sports, venue to be confirmed
Provisional Man City fixtures:
- July 4 – Southampton (A), 3pm
- July 8 – Newcastle (H), 8pm
- July 11 – Brighton (A), 3pm
- July 15 – Bournemouth (H), 8pm
- July 18 – Watford (A), 3pm
- July 26 – Norwich (H), 3pm
City ‘enquire’ about Hakimi
City are among three Premier League clubs who have reportedly enquired about Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi.
90min say City, Chelsea and Tottenham have asked Real over the availability over Hakimi, who is set to return to the Bernabeu this summer after a productive two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund.
Hakimi will find plenty of competition at right-back for Real, with first-team football not guaranteed, so may be tempted to leave again in search of regular playing time.
Day three of three
It’s City’s final day of their three day hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in their appeal vs UEFA.
CAS have previously told MEN Sport that they don’t expect the hearing to overrun past today, and that there is no time-frame on when a verdict could be reached.