Pep Guardiola masterclass powers Manchester City to the finals of Champions League

Pep Guardiola masterclass powers Manchester City to the finals of Champions League

After being on the losing side in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League finals, Pep Guardiola-led Manchester City defeated defending champions Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg to reach the finals of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League. The Premier League leaders will be facing Inter Milan in the finals.

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Manchester City who are chasing the treble overwhelmed the 14-time European champions to book their place in the finals. After drawing the first leg 1-1, the Men in Blue destroyed Real Madrid’s defense to make it 5-1 on aggregate. Bernardo Silva, Manuel Akanji, and Julian Alvarez registered their names on the scoresheet.

Manchester City manager Guardiola said: “In the Premier League we are close, we know we need one more game. We play against our neighbours and against an Italian team in the finals. The season is really, really good. Now we have to lift it. We are close and of course, we are going to try.”

He further added,” Everything was there – the energy we had from a year of being criticized as players for not having character when we lost.”

Real Madrid looked a very bleak side in the second leg. Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real Madrid said, “I think that Manchester City deserved to win because they played better than us.”

The goal for Manchester City is to win the treble. The Etihad Stadium-based club will be facing Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul on 11th June. Additionally, the club will be facing fellow Manchester rivals “Manchester United” in the FA Cup final in Wembley on 3rd June.

Inter Milan reaches CL final for the first time since 2010

Inter wins Champions League derby; reaches final for the first time since 2010

Simone Inzaghi led Inter Milan have reached the finals of the 2023 UEFA Champions League after defeating AC Milan 1-0 in the second leg of the semi-final. The Italian giants were powered into the finals by Lautaro Martinez’s excellent goal in the 74th minute.

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Inter Milan who won the first leg comfortably with a scoreline of 2-0 progressed to the next round for the first time since Jose Mourinho took the team to the final in 2010. Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was very pleased with his team’s performance. In a post-match presentation, the manager said, “It’s obviously a great emotion, a dream that I had together with the guys, that we nurtured right from when the draw was made.”

He further stated, “We had a long road, with difficulties but I think we earned it. I think probably from tomorrow we’ll realize more what we have done. But it’s a wonderful night with the fans, with our family, you can’t ask for anything more.”

Inter Milan who lifted the trophy in 2010 will be looking to replicate the success the team achieved under Jose Mourinho. The club will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the finals on June 10 in Istanbul.

Marcel Sabitzer ruled out of United's campaign due to knee injury

Marcel Sabitzer ruled out of United’s campaign due to knee injury

Manchester United’s defensive cog Marcel Sabitzer has been ruled of the club’s rest of the matches as the Austrian has suffered a knee injury. The 29-year-old, who joined United on loan will be missing the FA Cup final and Manchester United‘s remaining matches in the Premier League.

“Everyone at the club is disappointed to lose Marcel’s services, as the Reds chase a strong finish to the season in the Premier League and FA Cup, and we are grateful for his contribution to our progress so far,” said a statement on United’s official website.

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It further stated, “Marcel has played an important role in the second half of our 2022/23 campaign, racking up 18 appearances and scoring three times, a cheeky backheel against Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final and a double in the Europa League last-eight first leg clash with Sevilla.

Sabitzer who was bought in to replace Christian Eriksen has impressed everyone with his defensive hold. He bolstered Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish and scored from the spot in the FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout win over Brighton that set up a showdown against rivals Manchester City on June 3.

This would be a huge loss for Manchester United who are missing their key players including Lisandro Martinez, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Raphael Varane.

Pep Guardiola masterclass powers Manchester City to the finals of Champions League

Manchester City Rout Everton, Put One Foot in the Premier League Title

Current Premier League table toppers Manchester City thrashed Everton to edge closer to its 3rd successive Premier League title. The Men in Blue won 3-0 with skipper Ilkay Gundogan scoring a double to take his side to a comfortable victory.

Manchester City’s four-point advantage over an Arsenal side who have played a game more means they will win the title on Saturday – if Arsenal loses at Nottingham Forest – or on Sunday if they beat Chelsea.

Arsenal, who have been leading the Premier League title charge have slipped massively after the huge defeat to Brighton. The Mikel Arteta-led side lost 3-0 to Brighton to remove any signs of them winning the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola, who is about to lift the trophy for the fourth time in the last five seasons was ecstatic with his team’s victory. The manager commented, “From minute one we took the game in our hands. We controlled the game. We were patient and attacked the spaces.”

Guardiola’s Manchester City are on the verge of completing their treble. The Premier League defending champions have drawn the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid. The club will host Real Madrid for the second leg on Wednesday and make another Champions League final.

Additionally, the English club will be facing fellow Manchester rivals; Manchester United in the FA Cup finals on 3rd June at Wembley Stadium.

Yashasvi Jaiswal slams the fastest fifty of IPL

Yashasvi Jaiswal slams the fastest fifty of IPL

Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored the fastest fifty in the Indian Premier League. In their league match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the left-hander slammed a magnificent half-century off just 13 balls.

Jaiswal went after the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling, scoring across the ground; breaking the joint record of KL Rahul and Pat Cummins who slammed 14-ball fifties.

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This is always in my mind, to go out there and play well. It was a nice feeling today. It is not like everything I wanted happens, I prepare well and I trust in myself. I know the results will come,” said Jaiswal at the post-match presentation. Jaiswal, who started tonking the ball from the very first ball made an unbeaten 98 runs off 47 balls.

Jaiswal’s smashing half-century was the second-fastest in the T20 format. The record for the fastest half-century belongs to Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh. Back in the T20 World Cup 2007, Yuvraj had slammed a 12-ball half-century against England. The famous match saw Yuvraj score six successive sixes off the bowling of Stuart Broad. Additionally, Chris Gayle, Hazratullah Zazai, Wayne White and Kaushalya Weeraratne have also slammed 12-ball fifties.

Jaiswal is in amazing touch this season. The left-hander has amassed 575 runs in just 12 innings at an average of 57.60 and a fantastic strike rate of 157.81. Currently, he is just second to Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis in the race for Purple Cap.

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Rafael Leao agrees to a new deal with AC Milan

Rafael Leao agrees to a new deal with AC Milan

Manchester United’s target Rafael Leao has extended his contract with Ligue 1 club AC Milan. As per 90min, Leao has now agreed to a new five-year contract at San Siro, with the player’s representatives informing interested parties of the decision.

Rafael Leao has announced himself as one of the world’s premier forwards in recent years, firing Milan to their first Scudetto in over a decade last season. He won Serie A’s MVP award for his stellar performances last season.

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Rafael Leao, who has won 18 international caps for Portugal, joined Milan from Lille in 2018 and has since racked up over 125 appearances for the club. Whilst bidding to make the Champions League final this season, Milan’s future in the competition is still uncertain ahead of the next campaign, with Pioli’s side sitting fifth in Serie A behind Inter, Lazio, Juventus, and champions Napoli.

Not only would Champions League glory earn the club their first European triumph since 2007, but it would also secure their status in the competition ahead of next term.

To make matters worse, the San Siro-based club lost the first leg of their semi-final tie against Inter Milan. The Milan vs Milan tie saw Inter scoring two wonderful goals to win the first leg. The two clubs will go head-to-head in the second leg on May 16.

Surya's blitz helps Mumbai climb to third position in the IPL points table

Surya’s blitz helps Mumbai climb to third position in the IPL points table

The World Number 1 T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav who was having a torrid time at the crease is back to his groove. After making a couple of fifty-plus scores, the 360-degree batsman wreaked havoc in Wankhede yesterday against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Chasing a target of 200, Mumbai Indians started excellently with Ishan Kishan going after the RCB bowlers. But as soon as he departed, the 5-time IPL champions witnessed a dull period in the middle. However, Suryakumar Yadav had other plans. The unorthodox batter started slowly but once he was comfortable went ballistic.

Surya made 83 runs off 35 balls with 7 boundaries and 06 maximums. He stitched a 140-run partnership with Nehal Wadhera to take his team easily toward victory.

Suryakumar Yadav, who is fondly called SKY was adjudged the Man of the Match for his magnificent batting performance. At the presentation ceremony, the right-handed batter said, “I am very happy to win a home game like this. I mean they come up with a plan. They tried to make me hit to the bigger part. Take the pace off and bowl slow.”

Surya’s batting partner Nehal Wadhera who also got a fifty was all praise for his senior. He stated, “I am happy with my fifty but I am more happy that my team won and I hope we continue to do so. I have the confidence within me that if I keep on batting till the end, I can finish the game for the team. Surya bhai is a top-class player and I also try to copy some of his shots but I cannot. While he was batting I was talking to him and he was saying ‘keep playing, keep playing’ and he was giving me confidence. He told me, ‘If both of us bat till the 15th-16th over, we can finish the game even early.’ And that’s what we did.”

With this win, Mumbai Indians have climbed up the points table. They are currently sitting in the third position in the Indian Premier League 2023 table. The Men in Blue next face Gujarat Titans at their home; Wankhede Stadium on May 12th.

Ishan Kishan named KL Rahul's replacement for WTC Final

Ishan Kishan named KL Rahul’s replacement for WTC Final

Mumbai Indians opener Ishan Kishan has been named as the replacement for KL Rahul in next month’s World Test Championship against Australia at The Oval. Rahul, who recently got injured is set to undergo surgery followed by rehab in India.

Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI stated, ” KL Rahul suffered an injury to his right upper thigh while fielding during Match 43rd of TATA IPL 2023 between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 1st May. After consultations with specialists, it has been decided that Rahul will undergo surgery at the earliest followed by rehab at the National Cricket Academy for the same.”

Ishan Kishan, who is still uncapped in Test cricket has played 14 ODIs and 27 T20Is so far. Kishan has played 48 first-class matches so far for 2985 runs at an average of 38.76 with six hundreds, and in the recent Ranji Trophy season he played just two games and scored 180 runs while averaging 45. He is the second wicketkeeper besides KS Bharat in Team India’s WTC squad.

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In addition to KL Rahul, pace bowlers Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat are also under the scanner for injuries but find themselves still in the WTC squad for now.

“Jaydev Unadkat sustained a left shoulder injury by tripping over the side rope while bowling in the nets. A specialist consultation has been sought and the left-arm fast bowler is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru undergoing strength and rehab sessions for his shoulder. A decision on his participation in the WTC final will be taken at a later stage,” said the BCCI in a media release.

“Umesh Yadav sustained a minor left hamstring injury during Match 36 of TATA IPL 2023 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 26 April. The fast bowler is currently under the care of the KKR Medical Team and has started low-intensity bowling as part of his rehab process. The BCCI Medical Team is in regular touch with KKR Medical Team and is closely monitoring Umesh’s progress,” BCCI further added.

Additionally, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar, and Suryakumar Yadav have been named as the standby players for the WTC final.

Revised Team India squad for WTC Final: Rohit Sharma (capt.), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (wk)

Standby Players: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav

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David de Gea howler costs Manchester United the game against West Ham United

Manchester United who were comfortably sitting on the third position in the Premier League have been dropped down from their position as the Red Devils lost to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

West Ham won 1-0 as Said Benrahma’s long-range strike went in as star goalie David de Gea missed the easy shot. De Gea let Said Benrahma’s hopeful shot from 20 yards slip over his glove to condemn Erik Ten Hag’s side to back-to-back defeats.

The defeat has left Manchester United in the fourth position, two points behind third-placed Newcastle United. Also, the Red Devils now lie just one point ahead of a rapidly advancing Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand.

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United boss Erik Ten Hag was seen being frustrated with the result. In a post-match interview, he commented, “Frustrating? Yes, I’ve seen it in the same way. I think we started well, dictated the game, created chances, didn’t take them and then one mistake.” He further stated, “Twice individual mistakes and you lose games. But it is what it is. Now we have a full week, we have to reset, reload and keep going.”

West Ham United manager David Moyes was happy with his team’s efforts. The former Manchester United boss felt that playing consecutive games within a space of three days was the major factor that contributed to his team’s win. In one of the post-match interviews, Moyes stated, “I feel a lot for Manchester United. They played Brighton on Thursday, they’ve had to play here on Sunday night. That two-day recovery… took the edge out of Manchester United tonight.”

Manchester United now have four games left. The Old Trafford-based club will look to put this loss behind them and make the most of the games ahead. Manchester United next face Wolverhampton Wolves on May 13 at Old Trafford.


Erling Haaland sets a new Premier League record

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has created a new record in the English Premier League. The Norwegian scored his record-breaking 35th Premier League goal of the season to help secure a 3-0 victory against West Ham United that sent his side back to the top of the Premier League table.

Haaland’s 35th top-flight goal of the season came via a deft finish in the second half of a 3-0 win against the Hammers that sent Manchester City back to the top of the league. He was given a guard of honor by his teammates, boss Pep Guardiola, and the club’s backroom staff after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.

Haaland, who has been prolific for Manchester City this entire season, has surpassed the previous best mark held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. In a post-match interview, the star striker said, “It’s a special night and a special moment. I’m really happy and proud.”

He further stated, “It feels amazing and I’m really happy and I’m also happy for the three points.” The Norwegian has another five games to add to his tally.

Haaland, in his debut season in English football, has set the new marker in just his 31st game of the year. His 35 goals are also the most by a player in a single campaign in the English top division since Ron Davies scored 37 for Southampton in 1966-67, while Dixie Dean boasts the record with 60 in 39 games for Everton in 1927-28.

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