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Frenchman Pogba wins hearts as Manchester United wins by 2-1



Manchester United wins

Last updated on September 24th, 2018

On Friday night, Manchester United wins by 2-1 from Leicester City, as the 2018-19 Premier League season opened at Old Trafford. The two goals were scored Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.

Pogba was named the captain for the match by Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager. Besides, Leicester City had Jamie Vardy on the bench, while Manchester United had Lukaku.

Mourinho praised Pogba, calling him “monster” as he scored the opening goal in the win over Leicester City.

Winning a penalty in the third minute, the hosts made a quick start. Pogba scored the first goal as Daniel Amartey handled Alexis Sanchez’s deflected shot.

Sealing the victory, Luke Shaw scored the second goal for the winning team. This was the first senior goal of his career.

After Ricardo Perreira’s cross had hit a post, substitute Jamie Vardy headed a late consolation for Leicester. Besides, Foxes goalkeeper Schmeichel appeared for an injury-time corner, but his header went wide.

Before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini, Pogba lasted 84 minutes. Mourinho said that he didn’t expect him to play for so long.

The United boss said, “Pogba was a monster. We thought maximum 60 minutes but he managed over 80. The decision belonged to Paul. I asked him, and he made himself available and he was very good.”

In a statement, Pogba said, “I didn’t have any pre-season games, I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs. Winning the World Cup is in the past. I like challenges, I want to progress and win more trophies.”

The sole goal of the opponents was scored by Jamie Vardy, later into the stoppage time and was nothing but a mere consolation.


Man City Crushes Watford; Adds FA Cup to Much Coveted Trophy Cabinet



FA Cup

Last updated on May 20th, 2019

The juggernauts of English football, Manchester City, only a week after winning the Premier League have now added the FA Cup to their cabinet. Crushing Watford by 6-0 on the night, the champions of England marked another emphatic feat for the club.

Blooming in the Sky Blues, Pep Guardiola’s army at Wembley scored for fun, as the Hornets looked despaired and annihilated by such level of performance. Just like the final day of Premier League, City started as favourites, but never really let expectations pressure mount to them.

Guardiola hailed Manchester City’s feat, claiming the feat ‘bigger than winning the Champions League’. The competition where they were undone by Spurs in the last-8-stage. With victory over Watford, City have also become Triple champions across English leagues.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus each scored twice, while David Silva and Kevin de Bryune netted a goal each on the day. The margin of triumph for City is also the biggest since 1903 in the FA Cup Final.

However, winning the Europe’s most elite league for the first time, still remains a holy grail for Guardiola, who has certainly come to party with his team walking out as favourites each match day.

“It means being consistent every three days during 10 months,” said Guardiola. “I love the Champions League, but do that (the treble) is more difficult than winning the Champions League,” he added.

Meanwhile, Watford’s wait for a their first ever major piece of accolade still goes on, as the team now looks forward to accomplishing their dream in 19/20 season.

Though City were dominant on the night, but the result still could have been different had Roberto Pereyra not messed up with first chance to break the deadlock. “You have to score that chance if you want some chance to win the game,” Watford boss Javi Gracia expressed after the match.

There was no returning from that point for Gracia’s team, as the Sky Blues’ sheer dominance made each effort by the Hornet’s cry foul. City have now won all the 11 meetings between the two sides, since the takeover by UAE’s Sheikh Mansour, a decade ago.

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Antoine Griezmann to Hang his Atletico Madrid Boots for Barcelona



Antoine Griezmann to Hang his Atletico Madrid Boots for Barcelona

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has announced that he will leave the club five years after he joined from Real Sociedad. The Frenchman, who has driven his club to new heights will part ways on Saturday in his last game against Levante.

Barcelona is understood to have shown the maximum interest in buying the player, yet there are rumors that English clubs Arsenal and Manchester United are also looking forward to signing him. According to BBC, Barcelona will pay the buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of 120m euros.

“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything,” he said. “Wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” the 28-year-old added, in a video posted on Twitter.

In what has been an absolutely phenomenal journey for Antoine Griezmann, his record at club with 133 goals in 256 appearances speaks volumes about the talent. Besides, the world cup winner has also lifted Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Supercup since joining back in 2014.

Barcelona made the offer to Griezmann even last year, which was rejected by the 28-year-old. However, Atletico Madrid alleged at that time that Catalan Giants reached the player without any legal procedure.

Griezmann will be the third player to leave the club, amongst other prominent names this summer. Before Frenchman, Lucas Hernandez agreed to join Bayern Munich, and the side’s captain, Diego Godin also announced his departure. Though club still retains the likes of Diego Costa, Koke, and Thomas Lemar, but it would still be a tough ask for the them to fill in the shoes for the outgoing campaigners.

On the other hand, with a severe possibility that Antoine Griezmann would join Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho’s position will also be under a shadow of doubt. The forward hasn’t been in the best of the forms since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, January 2018.

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Manchester City Crowned English Champions for the 4th Time



Manchester City Crowned English Champions for the 4th Time

Last updated on May 14th, 2019

The title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, which went down to the last match day, once again crowned defending Champions Manchester City as the Premier League winners.

By winning 14-in-a row to being crowned again as the English Champions, Manchester City not only gave their fans all the reasons to celebrate, but also proved why they are the worthy winners.

Despite going a goal down to Brighton (1-0), City did not let the nerves play their part and replied with a goal only a minute after; courtesy Sergio Agureo. The Champions never really looked back from that position, eventually winning (1-4) on the night. With the victory over Brighton, the club has now added 4 league titles to their cabinet.

“I think it was the hardest and most satisfying,” Man City captain Vincent Kompany told Sky Sports, “reflecting on his three previous titles with the club.”

The win meant that Citizens finished on 98 points, second most points in the Premier league history. Interestingly, the record for the most points is also associated to their name, which the club achieved by scoring a perfect-100-point in the 17/18 season. With the back-to-back titles, it also makes them the first ever team since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to have achieved this feat.

On the other hand, in what was a remarkable season for Liverpool, the hunt for maiden Premier League title still goes on. Ending on 97 points, solitary point behind City, the team would have never thought of finishing second, especially after losing only a game in their 38 match weeks. For Liverpool another big night awaits in Madrid where they will face-off against Spurs for the Champions League glory.

“We have to say congratulations to Liverpool and thank you so much — they pushed us to increase our standards,” Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s Manager, told Sky Sports.

“It’s incredible, 98 points, to go back to back. We made the standard higher last season and Liverpool helped us. To win this title we had to win 14 in a row. We couldn’t lose one point. It’s the toughest title we have won in all my career, by far,” he added with a sigh of relief on his face.

Meanwhile, the English Champions are also to face Watford in the FA cup final, where they will look to add another piece of silverware to their exceptional season 18/19 season.

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Arsenal and Chelsea to face-off in Europa League final



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On Thursday, both the Arsenal and Chelsea made their ways into the finals of Europa league. While Arsenal defeated Valencia on their home ground in Spain, Chelsea led their way to finals by winning the match in penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The final will be held in Baku Olympic Stadium on May 29th, in Azerbaijan, with both the clubs set for the final faceoff.

Arsenal continued to display one of their best games till date and won the semi-final of the second leg with 4-2. Despite a lead of a 3-1 from the first leg, Arsenal continued to build pressure in the second semi-final. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a crucial role in securing the team’s place in final of the Europa League and scored a hat-trick in the game.

However, Chelsea had to work hard to get past the Eintracht Frankfurt and score a win of 4-3 from the penalties. The match ended with a draw of 1-1 and aggregate of 2-2 despite the extra-time in the second semi-final. With the draw, the match was entirely dependent on penalties, amidst which Kepa Arrizabalaga emerged as the hero for Chelsea.

The win can be said special for Arsenal because Alexandre Lacazette also appeared to be in the form along with Aubameyang. The qualification to final is also special for Arsenal as its coach Unai Emery is looking forward to winning the Europa league trophy for the fourth time.

The win against Eintracht Frankfurt FC in the penalty shootout and qualification for final was a chance of redemption for Kepa. Previously, Kepa was held responsible for the defeat in the Carabao Cup final, by Manchester City on February 24, as he refused the substitution with Willy Caballero.

After scoring a win, Arsenal’s hero Aubameyang said, “It means a lot. I think we have learned from last season [when they were eliminated in the semi-finals]. This year we didn’t make the same mistakes, so now we are through to the final and we are all happy.”

On the other hand, with respect to the win, Kepa said, “Penalties are down to luck. Today we won and in the Carabao Cup final we lost, but this is football.”

“Today was really good and we played against a very difficult team and we are very happy,” he added.

With Aubameyang in good form and Kepa encouraged from the win in the last match, both the clubs might have to pull of their best game and display the flair they are known for. As the final of the Europa League is still a couple of weeks away, the fans can’t keep calm for the final face-off.

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Spurs def. Ajax to Setup an All English Champions League Final



Spurs defeat Ajax to Setup an All English Champions League Final

Last updated on May 12th, 2019

No less than a roller coaster ride, the 2nd Semi-final between Tottenham and Ajax following the dramatic tie between Liverpool and Barcelona, once again gave fans all the reasons to celebrate football. In a neck-to-neck contest that it had for all the neutral fans, saw Spurs progressing to the Champions League finals (3-3) on away goals.

Ajax who were leading 1-0 after the first-leg, scored twice in the first half of the second-leg and looked on course to go through to the final. However, they were undone by Lucas Moura who scored thrice in the second half; including a stoppage time goal to knock out the Dutch side. The win sent Spurs to their first ever Champions League final.

“We saw Liverpool last night, and it goes to show it’s not over until it’s over,” defender Danny Rose said.

Ajax were on a dream run in the Champions League having defeated Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the last four stage. However, Spurs’s second half yielded a chance-after-chance and the team accomplished what looked like an impossible task.

“It was a ridiculous game,” midfielder Christian Eriksen said (via The Guardian). “We were far down and fought back, and we were just lucky. I feel sorry for Ajax, because they played better football than us over two games. But we created more chances. We were lucky and we scored.”

He added, “It’s a relief, and it’s great to be in the Champions League final. We wouldn’t have been able to look ourselves in the mirror afterwards if we’d lost four or five-nil. The ball fell in the right direction. It was tactics-free! Heart plus Lucas Moura. I hope he gets a statue in England after this. An English final will be fun.”

Spurs will now face off against Liverpool on June 1 in Madrid for the Europe’s most elite trophy.

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