EPL: 3 matches that could have shocking results this weekend

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures could see some shock results as Crystal Palace host champions Manchester City, Brighton take on Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur face Nottingham Forest. Crystal Palace vs Man City The Eagles have had a mixed season so far, but have the ability to cause problems for any team on their day. With Man City’s focus primarily on the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday, Palace could take advantage of any complacency and produce an upset. The likes of Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze could use their dribbling skills and strength to test City’s defence and potentially nick all three points or a draw. The kick-off time for the match is 12.30 pm. Brighton vs Arsenal Brighton have been a tough nut to crack at home, and Arsenal will have their work cut out for them against Roberto De Zerbi’s well-drilled side. Just like Manchester City, who will compete in the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, Arsenal also have a tough match against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at Emirates Stadium. …

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EPL: He became a real leader – Micah Richards salutes Arsenal star

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reserved special praise for Gabriel Magalhaes for his recent performance against Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on Sunday. According to Richards, Gabriel should be given credit for stepping up as a leader in the Gunners’ back four, aside from William Saliba who won the Player of the Match award for his defensive efforts. He believes the Brazilian has improved so much and has become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s defensive setup. Recall that Arsenal kept a clean sheet against Man City, allowing only one shot on target in a top-of-the-table clash that ended in a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Gabriel. Saliba got Man of the Match and I think there was talk about Saliba and how well he is done. “But Gabriel has improved so much as well, and become a real leader of that back four. He really has.”

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Foden now world class player, says Pep Guardiola

ENGLAND- Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, says England forward Phil Foden is now a world class performer in his own right. Gifted as he is, Foden has often been overshadowed by Manchester City’s big hitters but Guardiola noted after Saturday’s win at Bournemouth that he had grown into a top player. Foden’s ninth league goal of the season secured the unconvincing 1-0 win that pushed champions City to one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. With Erling Haaland not back to his best after injury and playmaker Kevin de Bruyne used as a late substitute on Saturday, Foden was the spark that kept City’s bandwagon firmly on track for a fourth successive title. The 23-year-old Foden has also contributed seven assists this season and has stepped up to be one of Manchester City’s leaders on the pitch. “Forget about the goals – of course they are important – but do you know how he played? “How he controlled and accelerated. He has already become a top-class football player. From a little boy, now he has already become Phil, a world …

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EPL: ‘I’m sorry’ – Guardiola apologizes to Man City star

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has apologized for how he has treated midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Phillips had barely featured for the champions, making just four Premier League appearances, none of which were starts. The England international is now being linked with a move away from the Etihad when the January transfer window opens. “I don’t know. I feel so sorry for my decisions on him. I am so sorry for the minutes I haven’t given him. “It’s just because I visualise something, where I struggle to see him in the team. I am so sorry. I will not say that, because I have to be ruthless. “If it was someone, who [made a fuss] I wouldn’t care. For the way he behaved with the team-mates, I care about him,” Guardiola told the media on Friday.

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Why we beat Man City 1-0 – Aston Villa coach, Unai Emery brags

Aston Villa boss, Unai Emery has suggested that his team defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in Wednesday’s Premier League tie because his players took control of the game for 90 minutes. Recall that Leon Bailey’s deflected strike gave Emery’s side all three points against Man City at Villa Park. “Playing against Man City, who won the title, Champions League too. It’s a difficult challenge to take control of the game for 90 minutes but we did it,” Emery said at his post-match interview. He added, “We created lots of chances and we controlled the attack in the high press. We were believing. “Today was fantastic but we must keep a balance. The dressing room is happy, but the next challenge is on Saturday. Tomorrow we are focusing again on Saturday.”

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It’s time to make history – Roberto Mancini on his new coaching job

Former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini has said that he is keen to make history after being appointed as new Saudi Arabia national team coach. Mancini signed a four-year contract worth around €30m-a-season on Sunday. This is coming less than a few weeks after he resigned as the manager of Italy national team. Reacting to his new appointment, Mancini said in a video posted on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter: “I made history in Europe, now is time to make history with Saudi.” The Italian added on his Twitter account: “I thank President Yasser Al Misehal. “I am thrilled to have accepted this new project which is based on sharing the strategic vision of growth in the football sector and in particular in the world of young people that I have always cared about. “This assignment is a recognition of the value attributed to Italian football and also in this experience I will proudly bring our Italian spirit to the world.”

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UCL: ‘He’s a beast’ – Thierry Henry hails Man City star after win over Real Madrid

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has hailed Manchester City defender Kyle Walker over his display during his side’s Champions League semi-final second leg 4-0 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday. Henry described Walker as a ‘beast’ in football over his performance against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. Walker nullified Vinicius Junior as Pep Guardiola defeated Real Madrid in a 5-1 aggregate win to secure their spot in the Champions League final that will take place in Istanbul next month. “Kyle Walker is a beast. Whenever you have to run with him, then you might as well stop. At one point, he was way behind Vinicius Jr, and he just caught him. “Put his arm, took the ball and said ‘bye’, then went the other way. When it comes to that, he is too good. “I have to say, he put Mbappe in his pocket at the quarter-final of the World Cup. He put a lot of players that are actually outstanding in his pocket. It is not easy to beat him. You have to give him a lot of credit,” …

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PSG offer Neymar swap deal to Manchester City – Reports

According to Le Parisien, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) offered Brazilian winger Neymar as part of a swap deal involving Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. The French club has undergone a major overhaul in recent weeks. Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos were appointed the manager and the football advisor, respectively. PSG are reportedly looking to offload Neymar, a player they signed for a world record €222 million just a few seasons ago. The Brazilian has 100 goals and 60 assists in 144 appearances for PSG across all competitions but has failed to help the team win the Champions League. According to Le Parisien, PSG wanted Neymar to be part of a swap deal that would have involved Bernardo Silva. However, the Cityzens have no intention of letting go of the Portuguese, which is why they declined to enter talks with the French club. Barcelona are another club that has been linked with Bernardo Silva in recent weeks. However, any official bid from Xavi’s team is expected to be dependent on Frenkie de Jong’s sale. What is next for 30-year-old PSG star Neymar?There is …

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Transfer: Chelsea suffer fresh blow as Man City goalkeeper, Steffen joins new club

Chelsea have suffered a fresh blow in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde. According to Goal, Chelsea had a £47million bid for Kounde rejected. That is not expected to be the end of Chelsea’s transfer chase, however, with Sevilla holding out for £55m and Thomas Tuchel’s side expected to come back for a second bid. Chelsea face a battle from Barcelona, who are also in the running for Kounde, which could make matters tricky when it comes to agreeing on personal terms. The West London club have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly to bolster their defence this summer and are also in talks to sign Presnel Kimpembe from Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, Manchester City goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, has left the club to join Middlesbrough on a loan deal. Middlesbrough disclosed this in a tweet via its Twitter handle on Tuesday. It tweeted, “We’ve completed the loan signing of @zacksteffen_ from @ManCity,” Steffen’s move was already on the cards as Manchester City have already signed Stefan Ortega to provide competition to Ederson, the first-choice keeper.

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BREAKING: Jesus Joins Arsenal From Manchester City

Premiere League club, Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus on a long-term contract from Premier League champions Manchester City. The fee for the 25-year-old is understood to be £45m and he moves to the Emirates after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Jesus will wear the No 9 shirt recently vacated by Alexandre Lacazette, who left for Lyon on a free transfer. The Gunners put in nearly six months of work with Jesus’ representative Marcello Pettinati to ensure they were in pole position to recruit him from City this summer. He becomes the north London club’s fourth signing of the summer following the additions of Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos. Arsenal technical director Edu said, “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus. “Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level. We …

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Cash-strapped Barcelona Sign Torres For Five Years

Abuja – Spanish international Ferran Torres signed for cash-strapped Barcelona on Tuesday from Manchester City, the Catalan side announced. Despite their financial struggles, Barcelona have reportedly agreed a deal worth an initial 55 million euros ($62 million, £47 million) for the 22-year-old. “FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Ferran Torres,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website. “The player has signed a contract for the next five seasons, until 30 June 2027. “His buyout clause has been set at 1,000 million euros.” Torres scored 16 goals in 43 appearances for City since joining from Valencia last year but this season has been disrupted by a fractured foot that has kept him out since October. He won the Premier League, League Cup and reached the final of the Champions League during his only full season in Manchester. City manager Pep Guardiola said last week that Torres had asked to leave and he would not stand in his way. Torres will fill the vacuum left at Barcelona by another former City striker Sergio Aguero. …

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Euro 2020 Semi-final: Sterling Defends Dubious Penalty Awarded To England

By Our Reporter. Abuja – The foul on me that led to England’s winning goal in their 2-1 extra-time victory over Denmark in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final was a “clear penalty”, Raheem Sterling has said. The Manchester City forward went to ground following a challenge by Joakim Maehle after bursting into the Denmark area in the first half of extra time. Harry Kane had his spot-kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel but the England captain tucked away the rebound to send his team through to Sunday’s final against Italy. “I went into the box and he stuck his right leg out, and it touched my leg so it was a clear penalty,” Sterling told ITV. “It was a top performance — we had to dig in deep after the first goal we conceded in the tournament, and we regrouped well and showed a good team spirit to come back and win the game. “It was difficult going behind but we knew we had to stay patient — we knew with the legs we’ve got, the aggressiveness and the power we have …

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UEFA Champions League title Cup: Slick Chelsea outwit Manchester City to win for second time

Porto – Kai Havertz’s goal earned Chelsea a second UEFA Champions League crown nine years after their first with a deserved 1-0 victory over domestic rivals Manchester City in Porto on Saturday. Thousands of Chelsea fans were in the crowd of 14,110 to see their team lift the trophy in the Dragao Stadium. The final match had been moved from Istanbul with Portugal operating under less severe coronavirus restrictions. Havertz sparked the celebrations with his 42nd minute goal, created by a super pass from Mason Mount. It split the defence and allowed the 21-year-old German to escape goalkeeper Ederson and tap home. Manchester City won the domestic championship by a distance but lost to Chelsea both in the league and FA Cup. It now means Blues manager Thomas Tuchel completed a whirlwind story of success since taking over from Frank Lampard in January. Defeat in their first UEFA Champions League final means Manchester City remain without the biggest prize in European football. This is in spite of billions of dollars being spent over the years by their Abu Dhabi owners. …

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Like Man City, Nigeria will overcome security challenges – Femi Adesona

Abuja – Despite the current challenges, peace and security will be restored under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has said. Adesina compared the present situation of Nigeria to the buildup to Manchester City winning the 2020/21 English Premier League (EPL). In an article published on Thursday, and titled “Lessons for Nigeria from EPL”, the presidential spokesman said some people, who know what Buhari can achieve, have been working to sabotage the current administration’s efforts. According to him, just like other English clubs challenged Man City at the beginning of 2019/20 EPL season because of the team’s overwhelming success in the previous season, many critics of Buhari are focused on setting themselves against the government. “Recall what happened in the 2019/2020 season. Man City was eyeing a treble. Three back-to-back seasons as champions, and a record in English football. But the adversaries knew the record that was to be set, so they arrayed themselves against the team. Just as some forces knew the record that was to be achieved by Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, and which …

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Champions League final moved to Portugal

UEFA has confirmed that the 2021 Champions League final will now take place at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, with 12,000 Chelsea and Manchester City supporters set to be in attendance. The Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul had been due to stage a European showpiece, but the UK government’s decision to place Turkey on a red list of Covid-19 travel destinations has forced a scheduling change. Two Premier League heavyweights will still lock horns on May 29 and will also be cheered on by 6,000 fans from each club as lockdown restrictions at major sporting events begin to ease. UEFA has said in an official statement, with various stadiums in England initially offered up as alternate venues: “UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements. Read Also; Top Sports TV to broadcast UEFA Euro 2021 matches live“The Portuguese authorities and the FPF stepped in and worked quickly and seamlessly with UEFA to offer a …

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Chelsea Beat Man City To Delay Premier League Title Party

Abuja (Precise Post) – Chelsea forced Manchester City to put their Premier League title party on hold on Saturday, winning 2-1 to boost their own chances of a top-four finish in a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final. Raheem Sterling gave the home side the lead at the empty Etihad Stadium just before half-time but Hakim Ziyech levelled in the second half and Marcos Alonso bundled in the winner in the dying seconds. The point lifts the Londoners to 64 points, six clear of fifth-placed West Ham with just three games to go. City could be crowned champions before they play again. Manchester United face three matches before Guardiola’s men are next in action, against Newcastle on Friday. AFP

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