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Pep Guardiola Demands More From Manchester United in 2019-20 Season

Pep Guardiola is demanding more from Manchester City squad in 2019-2020 football season. "Next season we will be stronger, I am sure. We will be stronger. We will be better," he said.

Guardiola explained in sport news conference that this season we understand what we want to do quicker [compared to last season]. We don't change too much our patterns, our way we want to play, so that is why everyone is more comfortable in what we want to do, in how we want to defend.

Guardiola further said, "I think we attack much better. Teams when they face us that have a low, low block, an incredible low block, that means 11 playing in the box, so how we attack them, we concede not too many counter-attacks, the set-pieces we defend well."

Conversely, Manchester City are on course to become the first Premier League side to retain the title since 2008-09, as they sit on 95 points, one clear of Liverpool heading into the final round of matches.

However, the defending champions travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, while Liverpool host Wolves, and victory for the Carabao Cup winners will keep alive their hopes of a domestic treble – a feat never before achieved by an English side.

An all-Engish Champions League Final on June 1

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According to semifinal results it means an all-English final against fellow comeback kings Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 for Mauricio Pochettino's never-say-die team. Tottenham snatch a 3-2 win at Ajax and a place in the Champions League final on away goals. Consequently, Barcelona's dreams of a treble are in tatters after their hopes of reaching the Champions League final went up in smoke once again after they were stunned 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield. As such, the club suffered their heaviest ever defeat at the hands of an English opponent in all European competitions.

Barcelona became the first team to be on the receiving end of multiple Champions League knockout tie exits after holding a three-plus goal lead from the first leg, having been eliminated by Roma last season in similar circumstances. It was only the fourth time any team has overturned such a deficit to reach the next stage of the competition.

The result means that they have now been eliminated at the penultimate stage in three of their last four Champions League semi-final ties. Save for the 2014-15 campaign, where they beat Bayern Munich to reach the final and subsequently down Juventus, Barca have failed to progress beyond the final four on their last trio of visits to this stage.

Lucas Moura's incredible second-half hat-trick saw Tottenham snatch a 3-2 win at Ajax and a place in the Champions League final on away goals. As in last week's semi-final first leg, Erik ten Hag's side were smoothly into their work by the time inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt headed a fifth-minute opener.

Hakim Ziyech made it 2-0  ten minutes before half-time but, in a season now steeped in implausible Champions League comebacks, Lucas' brace had the game all-square on the night before the hour. Ziyech hit the post and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen struck the crossbar before the irrepressible Lucas steered home Dele Alli's pass deep into stoppage time.



Manchester United Have Not Won Premier League Since 2012


Manchester United have not won the Premier League since Alex Ferguson's final campaign in 2012 to 2013 as the Manchester club languish in sixth position this term, 29 points adrift of leaders Liverpool heading into their remaining two matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was permanently appointed manager in March, having impressed during his interim spell following Jose Mourinho's December sacking, but United have only won two of their past 10 games in all competitions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United face a battle to finish in the Premier League's top six next season, let alone challenge for the title, though the Red Devils manager is confident he will be granted time to lead the club back to the summit.

"I have regular meetings with Ed [Woodward, the executive vice‑chairman], I've seen Joel [Glazer, the co-chairman] and the [other] owners: they are very realistic on where we are and what we want to get to and how long that will take," Solskjaer said.

"You don't suddenly catch 27 points in one season, you've got to take it gradually. It's not just this season but the last five or six – we know where we are more or less at and it's not good enough. Hopefully we can produce better performances and they [City and Liverpool] can produce worse and we'll get closer." But Solskjaer doesn't see his club pushing for a title next campaign.

Montpellier Defeats Paris Saint-German in Coupe de France in Ligue 1 Final


Montpellier defeated Paris Saint-German in Coupe de France in Ligue 1 final with three goals to two. Interestingly, Presnel Kimpembe socered own goal in the 21st minute for PSG likewise, Ambroise Oyongo scored own goal for Montpellier in the first 12th minute.

Angel Di Maria had looked like securing just a second win in six games across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions but, after missing a number of golden opportunities, Andy Delort showed superb composure in the 80th minute to draw Montpellier level.

Thomas Tuchel's side threw away a two-goal lead to ultimately lose on penalties to Rennes on Saturday and never looked like returning to winning ways in a display characterised by woeful defending and scant attacking threat.

Ambroise Oyongo's own goal put them ahead after 12 minutes but Presnel Kimpembe – who endured a torrid game – put through his own net at the other end in the 21st minute to draw the hosts level.

Substitute Souleymane Camara then took advantage of a Leandro Paredes error to fire past Gianluigi Buffon five minutes from time to secure a famous win.


John O'Shea Announces Retirement From International Football


The 38 years old John O'Shea the Irishman who graduated from Manchester United in the year 1999 has announced his intention to quit international football at the end of 2019 session.

John O'Shea is a former Manchester United defender.

Further more, in an open letter when John O'Shea announced his retirement from international football in May last year, O'Shea paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson, who was recovering from a brain haemorrhage at the time.

He gained cult-hero status at Old Trafford, where he stayed until 2011, winning the Champions League, five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two FIFA Club World Cups, while he made a total of 393 appearances for the club.

"I would like to acknowledge the support I have always received from Sunderland and, prior to that, Manchester United, in particular, Sir Alex Ferguson," the defender wrote.

"I've never taken anything in life for granted and the passing in the last year of my dad, Jim, and my friend and team-mate Liam Miller has shown me that every moment in life (not just football) should be cherished."

Manchester Utd Conceded 17 Goals In Solskjaer’s 17 Games

 

The wheels have fallen off spectacularly from  Manchester United’s recovery in recent weeks, with the team having now conceded 17 goals in Solskjaer’s 17 games in charge and 46 in total in the league.

Manchester Unitetd crashed out of the FA Cup to Wolves in March, before a footballing lesson from Barcelona saw them dumped out of Europe on the end of a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

Consequently, United have conceded more goals this season than in any previous Premier League campaign as their travails under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continue to worsen.

Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half at Goodison Park gave Everton a 2-0 lead at the break, leaving United with a mountain to climb if they are reel in the sides above them in the race for the Champions League.

That run has seen them go 11 matches without a clean sheet for the first time since November and December 1998, with Solskjaer himself playing a part in eight of those matches.

It still represents an improvement on performances under predecessor Jose Mourinho. United let in 29 goals in 17 games before the Portuguese was sacked on December 17 with the club languishing in midtable in the Premier League.

Spurs Vs Ajax and Liverpool vs Barcelona Champions League Semifinal



Spurs will now take on Ajax in the semifinal while Liverpool have been pitted against Barcelona. In the other Champions League quarter-final, Liverpool coasted past FC Porto 4-1 to register a 6-1 aggregate win.

Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil Van Dijk were all on target for Klopp's side while Eder scored Porto's consolation.
Consequently, Manchester City saw their quadruple dreams come crashing down after going down to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, City needed to overhaul a 1-0 loss from the first leg but could only win 4-3 after an intense match which saw a flurry of goals at the start. However, the 4-4 aggregate score meant Spurs qualified on away goals rule.

In the competitive match, Raheem Sterling had given Spurs an early lead (4') but two goals from Heung-Min Son (7', 10') put Spurs in a commanding position. However, goals from Sterling (21') and Sergio Aguero (59') seemed to have handed City the initiative, only for Fernando Llorente to score the winner in the 73rd minute.

There was drama late on as Sterling found the back of the net in the 93rd minute but after a VAR check, the goal was disallowed and Spurs held on for a famous victory.





Spurs Marked Their First Competitive Game At Their New Stadium On Wednesday With A 2-0 Win Over Crystal Palace

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Spurs marked their first competitive game at their new stadium on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace to boost their prospects of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.

However, the Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a further four league fixtures at home as they battle with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United for Champions League qualification.

In this regard Eden Hazard has commented on their new stadium - "I think Tottenham, for two or three years, have been one of the best teams in England. That is for sure," Hazard said at Stamford Bridge after beating Brighton.

"We are Chelsea, and it is a big derby. I don’t like that to be fair, but we have to accept it. For the Premier League it is good – a new stadium, they have top players.

"But, at the end, at Chelsea, we won a lot of trophies, they have not, so I hope this continues. I think that I like that because people are not talking about Chelsea for the top four. We are quiet, fifth, sixth and then we can be ready for the game."

Wolves Made No Secret Of Their Desire To Retain Raul Jimenez’s Services

After seeing the 27-year-old star in Premier League and FA Cup competition, Wolves made no secret of their desire to retain Raul Jimenez’s services.


The Mexico international made his way to Molineux in the summer of 2018 on a season-long loan from Benfica.
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A productive debut campaign in England has delivered 15 goals in 37 appearances.

An agreement which had been hinted at for some time has now been pushed through, with a four-year contract put in place.

Wolves have now completed a club-record £30 million ($40m) deal to sign Jimenez on a permanent basis from Benfica

Cesc Fabregas Reactions To Arsene Wenger’s Departure

The Gunners bid farewell to an iconic French coach in the summer of 2018. After 22 years of stability and continuity in north London, a page was turned as Wenger walked away a year before his contract was due to expire.

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More so, Cesc Fabregas admits the manner of Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal, with his reputation tarnished by back-to-back finishes out of the top four, left him feeling “sad” for a former boss.

Fabregas hopes history will be kind to the man who gave him his big break, with it important to remember all of the good that Wenger did in England before reflecting on a forgettable end.

Quizzed on the criticism aimed at the ex-Gunners boss prior to his departure, Fabregas said,  “Some moments I was sad, yes. He doesn’t deserve it for what he’s done.

“In football, it’s all about today. What you’ve done yesterday, unfortunately, doesn’t count.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjær Has Been Appointed As Manchester United Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as Manchester United manager for next three years. He scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007 and also managed the club’s reserve team until the end of 2010. He was appointed caretaker manager on 19 December 2018 and won his first eight games in charge on the way to an overall record of 14 victories and two draws in 19 games, amassing more Premier League points than any other club during that time.

“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjær. “This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”

Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, comments: “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves."
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Cristiano Ronaldo Faces the Consequences for Mocking Diego Simeone

Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a hat-trick in the second leg of Juve's last-16 clash with the Rojiblancos, and celebrated by mocking Diego Simeone's own celebration from the first leg when the Atleti boss intended to illustrate the 'cojones' his team had shown in their own 2-0 victory.

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Due to this act,  the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) opened disciplinary proceedings against Ronaldo for the gesture, and have decided a €20,000 is punishment

FIFA Confirms The Use Of VAR In 2019 Women World Cup

The Women's World Cup runs from 7 June to 7 July and features 24 teams, including England, Scotland and defending champions the USA. The Video Assistant Referee ( VAR) system will be used at the Women's World Cup in France this summer, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed.
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More so, it has been observerd that no senior women's domestic or international competitions use VAR. This will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup last year in Russia.

The 27 referees and 48 assistant referees selected for the Women's World Cup took part in VAR training at a camp in Qatar last month.

The training was to gauge whether to use the technology at the tournament, with world football's governing body approving its use at a FiFA Council meeting in Miami .

Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League for 2019 Draw

The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League has been drawn. The first legs of the matches will be played on 9-10 April while the second legs will take place on 16-17 April.

Ajax vs Juventus -W1

Liverpool vs FC Porto -W2

Tottenham vs Manchester City -W3
Manchester United vs Barcelona -W4

Semi-final draw:
W1 vs W2
W3 vs W4

In words,  the winner of Liverpool vs FC Porto will take on the winner of Man Utd vs Barca in the semifinals while the other one will see Ajax or Juventus play Tottenham or Man City.

Conversely, the Europa

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 124th goal in the Champions League to Send Jenventus into Last Eight

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his  124th goal in the Champions League and eighth hat-trick in the competition. He  was back to justify his status as the best ever in Europe's elite competition as his hat-trick overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid to send Juventus into the Champions League last eight.
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He brought the tie level with two headers on either side of half time, before capping off a remarkable performance by smashing in the tie-winner from the spot four minutes from time.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City underlined their credentials as one of the favourites in the competition by thumping Bundesliga's Schalke, 7-0.



The Citizens won the tie on aggregate comprehensively(9-1). After their last-gasp win in the reverse fixture, they were ruthless at home, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Bernado Silva and Gabriel Jesus getting on the scoresheet.


Sarri Faces An Uncertain Future At Chelsea


Sarri faces an uncertain future at Chelsea, with the club understood to be considering potential replacements for their head coach and fans growing frustrated with his tactical approach.

He said: "The situation is a little bit different. In my first year, the club never doubted me. It was never in the media that I'd be sacked if they lose this game or the other game. It never happened.

"Sometimes the situation is difficult and it needs time. The first season with Maurizio is the same. You need time but the people supported me here.

"The players knew who the manager was and everybody is in the right situation. After that you can win or lose but it is stable. That is the best way to build something for a long time, not just a short period."

Manchester City manager Guardiola, who was an admirer of Sarri's Napoli team, offered his support for the Italian earlier this month, saying his tactics had been misunderstood at Chelsea.

Europa League Round 16 Starts on 7th of March

The Europa League round 16 commences on the 7th of March 2019. The match schedule is as follows;

7 March: Round of 16, first leg  
14 March: Round of 16, second leg  
15 March: Quarter-final and  semi-final draw
11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg  
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg  
2 May: Semi-finals, first leg  
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg

The three time Europa League winner and ambassador of the competition Andres Palop was in charge of the draw. However, here  are the matchups:

Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica

Napoli vs Salzburg

Valencia vs Krasnodar

Sevilla vs Slavia Praha

Arsenal vs Stade Rennais F.C.

Zenit vs Villareal

More over, the final will take place on Wednesday 29 May at Olympic Stadium, Baku.

Kepa Is A Concern For The Wembley Final


Kepa is a concern for the Wembley final, with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri admitting he is hopeful but not convinced he will be available for selection.

"We have some problems at the moment," said Sarri.

"We have Zappacosta with fever, we have Pedro with a very strong stomach ache, and then we have a problem with Kepa, with his hamstring."

Moreso, the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is in danger of missing the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

The Spaniard is one of three players - along with Pedro and Davide Zappacosta - who are rated doubtful for Europa League game with Malmo at Stamford Bridge.



Juventus Have Won The Previous Seven Serie A Titles

Juventus have won the previous seven Serie A titles to become the dominant force in Italy, and Ibrahimovic thinks going to a lesser side and taking them to glory would have been a greater challenge.

The Portugal star has fared well in Serie A thus far with 18 goals, the best tally in the Italian top flight, and seven assists so far this season.

"I didn't say his transfer wasn't great,” Ibrahimovic,  clarifying the belief the striker had previously criticised Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.

"I said that it wasn't a challenge to join Juventus. It's not a challenge to go to one of the best teams in the world.

"Maybe it depends on what you mean by challenge. For me, a challenge is joining a team and taking them far. That's a challenge.”

Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer for the Bianconeri in a €100 million (£90m/$114m) deal and previously called his move to Turin a challenge, even encouraging Lionel Messi to undertake something similar.

Moreover, Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has presented the Portuguese forward with a new challenge, noting the Serie A giants were already a great club.

Mauro Icardi Has Been Heavily Linked With A Move To Real Madrid

Argentina international Mauro Icardi has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, as talks over a new contract at San Siro continue to stall.
Wanda has stated her belief that Icardi should be offered a much larger wage packet to reflect his standing in European football while also admitting that several top clubs from Spain, England and France have already expressed an interest in him.

The 25-year-old hitman has scored nine goals in 20 Serie A matches this season but he will no longer serve as captain, with Handanovic set to take up the role starting  in the Europa League.
Inter have named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new club captain, stripping star striker Mauro Icardi of the role amid persistent transfer rumours.