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Improved Man City difficult to catch, admits Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side have little chance of catching Premier League champions Manchester City next season unless the standards set by Pep Guardiola’s side slip.

Second-placed United trail City by 16 points with four games of the league season to go after Guardiola’s men kept up their chase of a series of Premier League records by thrashing Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.

Improved Man City difficult to catch, admits Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side have little chance of catching Premier League champions Manchester City next season unless the standards set by Pep Guardiola’s side slip.

Second-placed United trail City by 16 points with four games of the league season to go after Guardiola’s men kept up their chase of a series of Premier League records by thrashing Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.

Guardiola unconcerned by celebratory Man City pitch invasion

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola played down a post-match pitch invasion that will be viewed dimly by the FA after his team celebrated their Premier League title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over struggling Swansea.

The final whistle saw hundreds of supporters storm onto the pitch, despite the best efforts of club security and appeals over the loudspeakers at the Etihad Stadium.

Record seekers Man City thrash Swansea to celebrate title

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s hope that his team’s hunger to rewrite the English football record books would see them maintain their championship-winning form proved well-founded as Manchester City swept aside Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only negative aspect of the occasion for the newly-crowned Premier League champions was a post-match pitch invasion by several hundred City supporters, who ignored pleas over the loudspeakers to burst through stewards and onto the field.

Record seekers Man City thrash Swansea to celebrate title

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s hope that his team’s hunger to rewrite the English football record books would see them maintain their championship-winning form proved well-founded as Manchester City swept aside Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The only negative aspect of the occasion for the newly-crowned Premier League champions was a post-match pitch invasion by several hundred City supporters, who ignored pleas over the loudspeakers to burst through stewards and onto the field.

Spanish authorities under fire over Cup final yellow ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish authorities are facing a backlash after Barcelona supporters were forced to ditch yellow T-shirts ahead of the club’s Spanish Cup final victory over Sevilla.

Several television stations showed pictures of police forcing Barca fans to discard their yellow T-shirts before entering the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid ahead of the 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla that earned the Catalan club a 30th Copa del Rey victory.

Spanish authorities under fire over Cup final yellow ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish authorities are facing a backlash after Barcelona supporters were forced to ditch yellow T-shirts ahead of the club’s Spanish Cup final victory over Sevilla.

Several television stations showed pictures of police forcing Barca fans to discard their yellow T-shirts before entering the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid ahead of the 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla that earned the Catalan club a 30th Copa del Rey victory.

Guardiola tells City multiple English titles key to Champions League glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must secure more Premier League titles to earn the respect necessary to win the Champions League following their tame exit from Europe’s leading club competition.

City collected their third Premier League title in seven years last weekend, with a number of all-time domestic records still within their reach ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Swansea.

Guardiola tells City multiple English titles key to Champions League glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must secure more Premier League titles to earn the respect necessary to win the Champions League following their tame exit from Europe’s leading club competition.

City collected their third Premier League title in seven years last weekend, with a number of all-time domestic records still within their reach ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Swansea.

Aguero’s ‘club season over’, faces World Cup fitness race

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London (AFP) – Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Russia after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Friday his club season was over.

Guardiola, whose side secured the Premier League title last Sunday, said the 29-year-old would be sidelined for four to five weeks following minor knee surgery.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title.

City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester United’s shock defeat at West Brom on Sunday secured their status as champions with five games to spare.

Chelsea’s Conte says Man City could dominate for years

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says Manchester City could dominate English football for years after Pep Guardiola’s side dethroned Chelsea as Premier League champions.

City were crowned champions last weekend with five games of the season still to go and boast a 16-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.

Aguero recovering from minor knee surgery

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London (AFP) – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said on Tuesday that he is “motivated” to get back on the pitch soon.

Aguero missed Saturday’s win at Tottenham after suffering an injury setback but manager Pep Guardiola said last week he remained hopeful the 29-year-old would be available for the “last games” of the season.

Aguero recovering from minor knee surgery

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London (AFP) – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said on Tuesday that he is “motivated” to get back on the pitch soon.

Aguero missed Saturday’s win at Tottenham after suffering an injury setback but manager Pep Guardiola said last week he remained hopeful the 29-year-old would be available for the “last games” of the season.

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.

City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.

City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.

Gift-wrapped: Man City champions as United crash on Guardiola golf day

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Brom as coach Pep Guardiola added a first English title to his three apiece at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.

Manchester City’s title triumph: 5 key players

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City sealed the Premier League title on Sunday when local rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom.

Despite blowing the chance to win the league against United last weekend, City still matched United’s record by claiming the title with five games to spare.

Manchester City’s title triumph: 5 key players

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City sealed the Premier League title on Sunday when local rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom.

Despite blowing the chance to win the league against United last weekend, City still matched United’s record by claiming the title with five games to spare.

Guardiola unsure over length of Aguero injury absence

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he does not know how long he will be without star striker Sergio Aguero.

Aguero will miss City’s trip to Tottenham on Saturday after a challenge by Ashley Young in last weekend’s Manchester derby aggravated a problem in his knee.

Guardiola unsure over length of Aguero injury absence

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he does not know how long he will be without star striker Sergio Aguero.

Aguero will miss City’s trip to Tottenham on Saturday after a challenge by Ashley Young in last weekend’s Manchester derby aggravated a problem in his knee.

UEFA to probe Guardiola, Liverpool

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Lausanne (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his “improper conduct”.

Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Guardiola’s worst week leaves work still to be done at Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – In a week of new experiences for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, a comprehensive Champions League 5-1 aggregate exit at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool was an all too familiar feeling.

City have now lost three consecutive games under Guardiola for the first time – having also blown the chance to win the Premier League in the sweetest style by letting a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 to local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Guardiola’s worst week leaves work still to be done at Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – In a week of new experiences for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, a comprehensive Champions League 5-1 aggregate exit at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool was an all too familiar feeling.

City have now lost three consecutive games under Guardiola for the first time – having also blown the chance to win the Premier League in the sweetest style by letting a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 to local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Guardiola blasts referee as Salah sends Liverpool into semi-finals

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.

Guardiola blasts referee as Salah sends Liverpool into semi-finals

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.

Guardiola dreams of miracle, Klopp of holding City at bay

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City are destined to win the Champions League one day, even if they fail to overcome a 3-0 quarter-final first-leg deficit against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Reds are sweating on the fitness of striker Mohamed Salah.

‘Maybe it’s me’ – Guardiola laments City lapses

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he is at a loss to explain how conceding multiple times in short spells continues to cost his side.

City must overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit when they host Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday after being hit by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes at Anfield last week.

‘Maybe it’s me’ – Guardiola laments City lapses

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he is at a loss to explain how conceding multiple times in short spells continues to cost his side.

City must overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit when they host Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday after being hit by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes at Anfield last week.

Mourinho plays down Guardiola’s ‘mistake’ in Pogba claim

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola, but believes his counterpart made a mistake in claiming he had been offered the chance to sign Paul Pogba by the player’s agent on the eve of Saturday’s Manchester derby.

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Manchester City deal with Barcelona ‘already on the table’ for £180k-per-week ‘cornerstone’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester City have an offer “already on the table” for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. Manager Pep Guardiola wants the Spanish international as a potential replacement for Fernandinho and is hoping a deal can be agreed this summer.

The £180k-per-week deep-lying playmaker has risen through the youth ranks to the Barcelona first-team, becoming a cornerstone of the side, making over 470 appearances in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola ‘convinced’ Manchester City can agree deal with Bayern Munich for £197k-per-week marksman

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According to Don Balon, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is ‘convinced’ the Sky Blues can lure Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to the Etihad Stadium this summer. The Polish international has an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena and could be the subject of a lucrative bid from City as a result.

Is a change of Playing Style required?

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Problems at Arsenal based on player analysis and playing style analysis:-

Keeper:

This hasn't traditionally been our big problem area over the last few seasons, so is not the right place to look to for our consistent failings. It may be that in the here and now a new keeper is needed with father time catching up with Cech and a lack of world class options behind him.

Official: Man City Are Your 2017/18 Premier League Champions!

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Man City have clinched the 2017/18 Premier League title thanks to a timely assist from their ever-obliging nextdoor neighbours.

After Pep Guardiola's side bowled Tottenham aside on Saturday, Manchester United followed up by slumping to a pathetic 1-0 away defeat to rock bottom West Brom on Sunday that left City's lead at the summit mathematically unassailable.

Pies’ 10 Most Impressive Players Of The 2017/18 Premier League Season

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With the season nearly done and dusted, Pies thought it timely to present unto you a list of the players we've been most impressed by over the course of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Remember, we're not necessarily talking about the best players here, but those instead who have been good enough to make indelible marks in our wider consciousness.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola critical of referee, Atletico push to keep Griezmann and more

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One manager was highly critical of a referee following a Champions League exit while one of La Liga's biggest stars remains the subject of transfer talk.

Pep Guardiola criticized referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after being sent to the stands in Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Liverpool, stating that the referee "likes to be special".

Champions League: Liverpool Win At Etihad To Round Off 5-1 Aggregate Thumping Of Man City (Photos & Video)

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Liverpool will line out in a Champions League semi-final for the first time in 10 years after the Reds beat Manchester 2-1 at the Etihad to round off an impressive 5-1 aggregate victory.

The odds were stacked against the Citizens coming into the tie, but they got off to a dream start, with Gabriel Jesus scoring on two minutes.