Manchester City won’t lose title focus – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City won’t lose title focus – Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola warned Manchester City’s rivals that their historic 15th successive Premier League victory proved they won’t let complacency ruin their title bid. Guardiola’s side crushed struggling Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday to set a new record winning streak in the Premier League. Just four days after their emotional 2-1 win at Manchester United — an explosive derby that reportedly ended with a brawl involving players and coaches from both teams in the dressing room area — City…

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Arsene Wenger won’t abandon Arsenal title hope

Arsene Wenger won’t abandon Arsenal title hope Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on the Premier League title despite a goalless draw at West Ham United that left Arsenal 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. Arsenal are seventh, below Burnley, having added just two points in three games after a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Southampton before Wednesday’s stalemate. The manager of third-placed Chelsea Antonio Conte and his counterpart at fourth-placed Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino, have both conceded City will be impossible…

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Jurgan Klopp defends rotation after Liverpool held again

Jurgan Klopp defends rotation after Liverpool held again Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he won’t ditch his rotation policy after the German’s decision to make six changes back-fired in a 0-0 draw against lowly West Bromwich Albion. Klopp claimed Liverpool were unlucky as they were denied victory when Dominic Solanke had a goal ruled out for handball with eight minutes left at Anfield on Wednesday. Solanke’s disallowed goal was the main talking point, but the discussion before kick-off centred around the Liverpool manager’s decision to significantly alter the team who…

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Jose Mourinho reveals Bailly could be out for season

Jose Mourinho reveals Bailly could be out for season Jose Mourinho admitted he is not certain if Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will play again this season after revealing he may need surgery on a persistent ankle injury. Bailly, 23, has not played for United since a defeat at Chelsea at the start of last month, having sustained the injury while on international duty with the Ivory Coast. And United manager Mourinho, who signed the centre-back from Villarreal last year, admits he is concerned by the lack of progress. Speaking…

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Pep Guardiola tells Man City history men to keep at it

Pep Guardiola tells Man City history men to keep at it Pep Guardiola has demanded no let-up from his history-making Manchester City side after they recorded a record-breaking 15th straight Premier League win. Guardiola paid tribute to his table-topping team after they brushed aside Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday to set a new English top-flight record for successive victories. Their win in South Wales eclipsed Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive wins in the top division, set across two seasons in 2002, and Guardiola said his players were in no mood…

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Gareth Bale bails out Madrid at FIFA Club World Cup

Gareth Bale bails out Madrid at FIFA Club World Cup Gareth Bale scored the winner for Real Madrid in the second semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Emirates, as they slugged it out with home favourites Al-Jazira. The vital goal in the 81st minute, moments after replacing Karim Benzema propelled Madrid into the final billed for Saturday, giving them an opportunity to win the cup for the third time and match the tournament record of their Spanish rival, Barcelona. Madrid will face the Brazilian team Gremio,…

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Chelsea give Conte cheer, as Burnley go fourth

Chelsea give Conte cheer, as Burnley go fourth Chelsea responded perfectly to head coach Antonio Conte’s claim their Premier League title hopes are over with a convincing 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Tiemoue Bakayoko opened the scoring midway through the first half with a deft clipped finish, offering an answer to supporters who have criticised him for a series of poor performances following his July move from Monaco. Willian headed in a second goal shortly before half-time and Pedro made it three to leave Chelsea level on points…

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Hoffenheim aim to start winning run

Hoffenheim aim to start winning run Hoffenheim had high expectations at the start of the season as they prepared to competed in the Champions League qualifying round for the first time. Four months on and Julian Nagelsmann’s team has long bid farewell to Europe’s top club competition and is also out of the second-tier Europa League after a disappointing campaign. Following a good start to the season they struggled to replicate last year’s winning form that saw them finish in fourth place, their best finish ever. A string of injuries…

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FIFA puts off Australia football takeover

FIFA puts off Australia football takeover Australian football won a stay of execution from Fifa on Thursday over a governance crisis, with officials from the world body instead opting to mediate a final round of talks to end a bitter impasse. Football Federation Australia had been under threat of a takeover by Fifa after failing to pass requested reforms at its annual general meeting last week. It had been set a November 30 deadline to expand its membership and create a more representative congress, with the world body threatening to…

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Reds through, Christiano Ronaldo claims record

Reds through, Christiano Ronaldo claims record Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool to score seven in their win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday as they joined Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qualifying for the Champions League last 16. That quartet completed the line-up on the final night of group-stage action that was also notable for another Cristiano Ronaldo goals record in the competition. The Portuguese superstar scored his ninth in the competition this season in reigning champions Real Madrid’s 3-2 win at home to Borussia Dortmund. In doing so, he…

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