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Barcelona’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, has praised several of his players following their 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday. Raphinha opened the scoring for the LaLiga giants, but PSG took the lead with goals from Ousmane Dembele and Vitinha. Barcelona equalized through another goal from Raphinha, before Andreas Christensen headed in the winner. “We played well, defended well, and attacked. Tactically, we did really well. They made a lot of changes, but we defended [Kylian] Mbappe really well. “We created many chances, Raphinha and Robert [Lewandowski] made the difference, and…

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Manchester United’s challenges this season have been closely associated with the absence of Tyrell Malacia, a scenario that manager Erik ten Hag believes has been significantly overlooked, according to reports from Man Utd News. The Dutch left-back has been sidelined since last summer due to a knee meniscus injury that required surgery, ruling him out for the entirety of the current campaign. This void in Manchester United’s defensive setup, particularly in the left-back position, has been noticeable. Luke Shaw’s frequent injuries have exacerbated the situation, leading to the team playing without a natural left-back in 22 out of 43 games…

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UEFA has announced its Champions League team for the week, which includes three Manchester City players and a Barcelona duo, among others. Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Joško Gvardiol, Andreas Christensen, and Raphinha showcased stellar performances for their respective clubs during the quarter-final first-leg fixtures. Here’s the lineup: Goalkeeper – Gregor Kobel (Dortmund) – 3 points Defenders – Ben White (Arsenal) – 5 points – Andreas Christensen (Barcelona) – 6 points – Joško Gvardiol (Man City) – 11 points Midfielders – Bernardo Silva (Man City) – 9 points – Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) – 9 points – Vitinha (Paris) – 9…

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Liverpool Boss Disappointed by Team’s Performance in Atalanta Defeat Jurgen Klopp didn’t hold back in criticizing Liverpool’s display in their damaging 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. At Anfield, the Bergamo-based club found the net three times, with former West Ham United forward Gianluca Scamacca scoring twice and Mario Pasalic adding an 83rd-minute goal to seal the Reds’ fate in the match and potentially in the tie. Klopp expressed his disappointment with his team’s collapse and their lapses in possession at Merseyside as Gian Piero Gasperini’s side thwarted the German manager’s plans. “It…

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Harry Kane’s Children Reportedly “Fine” After Minor Injuries in Germany Car Crash On Monday evening, Harry Kane’s children were reportedly involved in a three-car collision near Munich, Germany. The incident occurred around 5:15 PM local time, coinciding with Kane’s arrival in London with Bayern Munich for their Champions League quarter-final against Arsenal. Kane’s children—Louis, Vivienne, and Ivy—were taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance for a precautionary check-up and were reported to be doing well. “They are fine and only went to the hospital for a routine check-up,” a spokesperson for Kane stated. The crash involved a Renault with four…

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Former Premier League standout Chris Sutton has offered his prediction for Chelsea’s upcoming Premier League showdown with Everton. In his assessment, the match scheduled for Monday is anticipated to conclude with a 1-1 draw. In his analysis for the BBC, Sutton highlighted Chelsea’s recurrent tendency to undermine themselves, a trait he believes will manifest once more in this fixture. Despite Chelsea’s current seven-game unbeaten streak, Sutton pointed out that four of those matches have resulted in draws. “In typical Chelsea fashion, I find it challenging to make a definitive call here. While they’re on an unbeaten run of seven games…

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Liverpool Faces Online Taunts After Humiliating Europa League Defeat Liverpool found themselves at the mercy of online mockery following a crushing loss against Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal clash on Thursday. Gianluca Scamacca, a former West Ham United forward, netted twice, with ex-Chelsea player Mario Pasalic sealing a late third goal, leaving the Reds reeling from a 3-0 defeat. This defeat not only marked Liverpool’s first stumble of the season at Anfield but also ended an impressive 34-game unbeaten streak at their renowned home ground, as highlighted by Squawka. The setback casts a shadow over…

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Jamie Carragher Advises Liverpool to Prioritize Premier League Over Europa League Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has advised the club to shift their focus away from the Europa League and concentrate on winning the Premier League this season. Carragher’s advice comes after Liverpool suffered a 3-0 defeat at Anfield against Atalanta in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday, delivering a lackluster performance against the Italian side. Taking to social media after the match, Carragher expressed his disappointment, suggesting that Liverpool should now prioritize their league campaign. He wrote, “Awful result & performance from Liverpool, the only consolation about…

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Inter, the Serie A leaders, could present Anthony Martial with a potential exit route from Manchester United as his contract nears expiration, as per reports. While Martial has previously been linked with a move to the Italian outfit, recent reports suggest that Inter are contemplating a fresh bid for the French striker. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter’s discussions include Martial as a potential signing, although concerns persist regarding his inconsistent form and injury record. However, Inter’s primary target for their attacking lineup remains Genoa’s Albert Gudmundsson. Despite being under contract until 2027 and drawing interest from Tottenham, securing Gudmundsson’s…

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp keeps the possibility open for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota to return against Atalanta in the Europa League. Alexander-Arnold has been sidelined since February, following his early substitution in the 3-1 victory over Burnley, while Jota sustained a knee injury the following week against Brentford. Klopp has faced challenges due to injuries, including the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for two months. Despite this, Liverpool remains competitive in both the Premier League title race and the Europa League, where they are favorites. In preparation for the upcoming quarter-final clash with Atalanta, Klopp refrained from ruling out…

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Barcelona emerged victorious in a thrilling Champions League encounter, securing a narrow one-goal advantage as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in the first leg of their quarter-final clash. The reigning French champions were left rueing a lackluster and inexperienced display as they succumbed to a defeat on their home turf. Xavi’s youthful Barcelona side displayed composure and determination to clinch a well-deserved victory at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night. The match unfolded with a flurry of action, as Barcelona came close to breaking the deadlock early on when Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to deal with Ilkay Gundogan’s corner, only…

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RB Leipzig is considering the sale of Benjamin Sesko this summer, with sources indicating to 90min that a deal may not require triggering his €50m (£42m) release clause. The 20-year-old striker has garnered attention as one of Europe’s most sought-after young talents following an impressive debut season with Leipzig, tallying 12 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions. Sesko joined Leipzig’s senior squad last summer after agreeing to transfer from fellow Red Bull club Salzburg a year earlier. Despite receiving immediate offers to leave upon his arrival in Germany, Sesko opted to remain within the Red Bull system. However, sources…

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The agent of Sporting CP striker Viktor Gyokeres acknowledges the challenges of his client staying with the club if manager Ruben Amorim departs this summer. Amorim is highly sought-after in Europe and is a prime target for Liverpool as they search for a new manager following Jurgen Klopp’s impending departure from Anfield. If Amorim leaves Sporting, Gyokeres may also consider leaving, as his agent Hasan Cetinkaya revealed that the manager was the primary reason Gyokeres joined Sporting initially. “I’m not surprised by the links between Ruben and Liverpool,” said Cetinkaya to Record. “It’s natural, given his exceptional work, which is…

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Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has hinted at a potential move to the Premier League in the future, shedding light on why he turned down an opportunity to join Liverpool this summer. Despite the rise of Alonso’s Leverkusen, who are on the verge of clinching the Bundesliga title, the manager was heavily linked with both Liverpool and Bayern Munich. However, he publicly confirmed his intention to remain with his current club for at least another 12 months. While an immediate move to England is not in the cards, Alonso has not ruled out the possibility of managing in the Premier…

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons have secured their place in what many consider the most challenging group of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, following a historic triumph over South Africa. The reigning African champions will now square off against reigning and former world champions, alongside Brazil, in Paris. In a tense encounter, the Super Falcons clinched their ticket to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris by prevailing over their fierce rivals South Africa. Despite a goalless draw in Pretoria, Nigeria’s 1-0 aggregate victory marked their return to the Olympic stage after a 16-year hiatus. The triumph over South Africa not only ended…

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Ruben Amorim reportedly has his sights set on his initial three signings if he assumes the role of Liverpool manager next season, as per a recent report. According to Sky Germany’s claim on Tuesday, Amorim has verbally agreed to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield once the German departs at the end of the season. However, Liverpool sources have denied these assertions, although Amorim remains the frontrunner for the position. Amorim, who guided Sporting to a treble in 2021 and famously eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League last season, currently leads Portugal’s Primeira Liga with Sporting. Portuguese outlet Jornal Noticias suggests…

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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has disclosed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is, tactically, the finest manager in the world. Owen, commenting after Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night, praised Guardiola, describing him as “absolutely exceptional.” “I believe he would impart invaluable knowledge about the game,” Owen shared with TNT Sports regarding Guardiola. “He is a true student of the game. Currently, he is arguably the best tactician in the world, perhaps even in history.” He continued, “It would be a captivating experience to spend a season in the…

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Manchester United may secure a spot in the Champions League next season, even if they end up in sixth place, as reported by talkSPORT. This possibility arises from a UEFA regulation alteration. If West Ham were to triumph in the Europa League and secure fifth place, Manchester United would qualify for the Champions League should they finish sixth. Currently, the Red Devils find themselves 11 points behind both Tottenham Hotspur, in fourth place, and Aston Villa, in fifth. Having faced a winless streak in their last three league matches, Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four seem to…

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has advised his team to brace themselves for a “super-disciplined” Atalanta as they prepare to face the Italian side in a Europa League quarter-final at Anfield on Thursday. Atalanta eliminated Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon in the previous round, although they have only managed to secure two victories in their last nine matches across all competitions. Nonetheless, Klopp anticipates challenges from Atalanta, managed by the seasoned Gian Piero Gasperini. “There are only great teams left in the competition now,” Klopp remarked during a pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “It’s truly remarkable, and we understand what Atalanta brings…

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Rodri has pleaded for some rest, acknowledging that Manchester City are feeling fatigued after their 3-3 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Observers have noted a dip in Rodri’s performance over the past week, attributing it primarily to fatigue. The Manchester City midfielder appeared uncharacteristically sloppy with his passing at the Bernabeu, losing possession on multiple occasions and seeming weary during the press. Pep Guardiola’s squad is currently navigating a demanding schedule as they aim to replicate last season’s treble success. With a crucial quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid looming next Wednesday, following Saturday’s match against Luton Town…

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