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Pep Guardiola has attacked his rivals for what he claimed had been a “whispering” campaign against Manchester City and described the decision to overturn its two-year ban from European competition as a “great day for football.”
Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt have been fined by UEFA for fans displaying offensive banners at European games.
Manchester City scored two late goals five minutes apart to defeat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City will get a chance to win the English League Cup for a third straight season after advancing to the final despite losing 1-0 to Manchester United in the second leg of their last-four matchup.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he trusts the Abu Dhabi ownership saying the club has followed financial rules. He was speaking after a 6-0 rout of Watford ensured the FA Cup joined the Premier League trophy, League Cup and Community Shield already in City’s possession.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City completed the first sweep of English men’s football trophies by routing Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final. Victory came a week after the Premier League trophy was retained to join the League Cup and Community Shield already in City’s possession.
Manchester City’s possible one-year ban from the Champions League is in the hands of a panel of independent judges. UEFA says its club finance investigators have sent the file on the Premier League champions to the judges but the governing body did not publish the recommended punishment or a timetable for the verdict. City is suspected of breaking rules that monitor commercial income and spending on player transfers and wages.
Manchester City and Watford contest the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. City is looking to complete an unprecedented domestic treble that would bolster its status as possibly the greatest ever team in English soccer. It has already won the Premier League and League Cup. Watford is trying to capture a major trophy for the first time in its history. City finished 48 points ahead of Watford in the recently completed Premier League.
A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League for violating financial monitoring rules. City has released a statement saying the club has provided “comprehensive proof” that it did not break financial regulations but the person said the Champions League ban is being pursued by UEFA financial investigators.
Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and seeing off Liverpool’s relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday. The quality and intensity of the title race was emphasized by City requiring a 14th successive league victory to finish a point above a Liverpool side chasing a first championship crown in 29 years as the top two finished with a record 195 points combined.
Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden have made such giant strides at Manchester City this season that the thought of David Silva being phased out of the team isn’t accompanied with so much trepidation anymore. Bernardo has been virtually undroppable this season and the 18-year-old Foden has finally broken into the first team. David Silva remains a crucial member of City’s side but his influence is on the wane.
Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years by ending Manchester City’s quadruple hopes on a breathtaking night in the Champions league that produced that produced seven goals – four in the opening 11 minutes. Tottenham lost 4-3 at the home of the Premier League champions but advanced 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday to set up a meeting with Ajax.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described himself as a “failure” in the Champions League. He has won it twice as a coach, with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. Guardiola never reached the final of the competition in three seasons at Bayern Munich and his City teams have been eliminated in the last 16 and then the quarterfinals. City trails Tottenham 1-0 after the first leg of the quarterfinals. The second leg is at City’s Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
A record-tying victory in the last 16 and a quarterfinal lineup lacking at least three of Europe’s top teams suggests this just might be Manchester City’s year in the Champions League.
Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League.
American goalkeeper Zack Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in July.
Manchester City set the Premier League record for most points, most goals and most wins in a single season by beating Brighton 3-1. City moved onto 97 points, two more than Chelsea’s final total from the 2004-05 season. City has scored 105 league goals, two more than Chelsea’s previous record haul from the 2009-10 season. Pep Guardiola’s team also now has 31 wins, surpassing the previous record of 30 set by Chelsea last season.
Pep Guardiola’s wait for a third Champions League title goes on. He won the European Cup twice with Barcelona but failed at three attempts with Bayern Munich. At Manchester City, he hasn’t even reached the semifinals in his two seasons in charge. The runway Premier League leaders fell short in the quarterfinals this time against northwest England rival Liverpool – losing 2-1 at home to go out 5-2 on aggregate.
Liverpool reached the Champions League semifinals after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against Manchester City to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes by Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on Tuesday. Gabriel Jesus’ early goal raised belief inside Etihad Stadium that one of the most unlikely Champions League comebacks was on, with Liverpool having won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield last week.
Liverpool blew away Manchester City with three goals in the first 31 minutes to secure a 3-0 first-leg win at a rocking Anfield and close in on a first UEFA Champions League semifinal in a decade. Liverpool reduced the best team in England to a rattled wreck as Mohamed Salah – with his 38th goal of the season – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all scored in front of The Kop. It was another European night that will go down in the Liverpool’s storied history.