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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk wins PFA Players’ Player of the Year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk beats Manchester City

It has been reported that Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has beaten Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling to become the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 2019.

The official announcement is due on Thursday but the Liverpool centre-half has won the backing of his fellow professionals for his outstanding contribution in the best defence in the Premier League this season, according to Daily Mail.

Victory for the Dutch defender means the prize remains with Liverpool, following Mohamed Salah’s triumph last season.

The 2019 PFA Awards will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, April 28.

The Holland international joined Liverpool in January 2018 in a £75million transfer from Southampton has made 44 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool so far this season.

Football: Manchester City crash out of the Champions League

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have been sent out of the 2018/19 Champions League despite beating rivals Tottenham 4-3 on Wednesday night, April 17. Pep Guardiola’s men crashed out on the away goal rules as the first leg ended 1-0 in favor of Tottenham and qualified on 4-4 aggregate. It was goal galore encounter as the duo of Raheem Sterling and Heung Son scored a brace each at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City opened scoring in the 4th minute through Raheem Sterling who benefited from an assist by Kevin De Bruyne.

But Spurs restored parity in the 7th minute through their man of the moment Heung Son who went ahead to give his side the lead in the 10th minute. Bernardo Silva scored City’s second goal in the 11th minute after an assist from Sergio Aguero before Sterling netted his brace in the 21st minute with an assist from De Bruyne.

Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City fans a great hope when he scored the fourth goal in the 59th minute gaining an assist from Kevin De Bruyne. But the visitors scored again in the 73rd minute through Fernando Llorente who was set up by Kieran Trippier for the match to end 4-3.

UCL quarter-final draw : Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw revealed: Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Football fans have been arguing over UCL draw that was made earlier today. The draw  revealed, Premiership club, Manchester United will take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Tottenham will face Manchester City.

Dutch club, Ajax, will take on Italian giants, Juventus with Liverpool facing Porto.

Whoever wins between Manchester United or Barcelona will play Liverpool or Porto in the Semi-final, while Tottenham or Manchester City will play Ajax or Juventus.

Man City makes 50 Million Pounds from PUMA new deal

Image result for manchester city playersNo doubt, Manchester City are enjoying good time in England. It has been reported that Puma has signed a long-term strategic partnership with English Premier League champions, Manchester City, taking over from Nike, as it seeks to make up for the loss of Arsenal to German rival, Adidas, the sportswear company said on Thursday.

British media have reported the deal could be worth 50 million pounds a year, more than double what Nike was paying, making it the third biggest in English soccer, behind Adidas’s sponsorship of Manchester United and Nike’s partnership with Chelsea.

Puma Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden declined to comment on the cost but said the agreement included a fixed retainer, a bonus depending on sporting achievements and a royalty component.

“We think we are getting a fair deal,” Gulden told Reuters. “Man City is the best team in that league.

“They are very forward-thinking and extremely analytical with the way they approach the game and the business,” he said.

Man City beat Chelsea to retain the Carabao Cup on Sunday and is second in the Premier League, with a chance in the FA Cup and European Champions League.

Under Gulden, Puma has sought to rebuild its reputation in sports performance gear, signing a raft of sponsorship deals with top soccer sides including German league leaders Borussia Dortmund, Italy’s AC Milan and France’s third-placed Marseille.

“We need a major club in each market,” he said.

Football: Tottenham Boss admits at last only Man City Or Liverpool can win EPL title

Image result for mauricio pochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it is “impossible” for his side to fight Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title following back-to-back defeats.

Tottenham’s hopes were dealt a major blow with Wednesday’s 2-0 reverse against London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after a 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Pedro’s opener that went through Hugo Lloris’ legs and Kieran Trippier’s own goal left third-place Tottenham nine points behind leaders Liverpool and eight adrift of defending champions Manchester City after 28 matches.

“In the small details, we lose. We made mistakes and lost the game, that is why we are disappointed, we weren’t capable of playing our way,” Spurs manager Pochettino told the BBC.

“Chelsea had one shot on target and one goal and we didn’t shoot – it’s difficult that way to win and we weren’t solid enough. In the small details the result was decided for Chelsea.

“The competition will put us in our place. It’s a 10-month competition, not just three or four months. We are disappointed now.”

“After Burnley I said it was difficult, and tonight makes it impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool. Only they can win the league – we must fight to win games and to be fair.”

In his post-match news conference, Pochettino told reporters: “Chelsea is a difficult place to play, as history shows. I think we won last season here after 27 years.
“Today we competed. We maybe didn’t compete at our best. We didn’t show the quality we have, for different reasons. We are in a period now that looks like it started against Burnley – up to Burnley, the team were getting a lot of praise.

“But two games in a few days, two defeats, and very disappointed. But it’s about being calm. It won’t change my assessment of the players. We need to support them, lift them and help them to compete on Saturday.”

Following the loss, Tottenham are now closer to fourth-place Arsenal – who are within four points – than City.

In-form Manchester United are only a point further back as Tottenham prepare to welcome rivals Arsenal to Wembley on Saturday.

“After two defeats, maybe we’re not there and not content, but we need to keep going and try to be ready for the next game. But it’s not a drama.”

Pochettino added: “I don’t care about the pressure to play against Arsenal, Chelsea or Burnley. It’s the same feeling for me. We need to be ready to compete and give our best.

” If we win, I’ll be happy. If we don’t win, I’ll be as unhappy as I am now.

“Everyone from the beginning of the season should be satisfied with that position before playing on Saturday.

Everyone should have said that eight or 10 months ago, to be with the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points [would be good]. The pressure is on them, not only us.”

Chelsea lobbies to move for ‘Zinedine Zidane’ as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement

Chelsea to move for It has been reported that premiership club, Chelsea is reportedly considering a move for former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Gianfranco Zola.

This comes after Chelsea’s humiliating 6 – 0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday that saw them slump to sixth place, with the club current Maurizio Sarri’s future hanging in the balance.

According to The Sun UK, Sarri is running out of backers among the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and talks have taken place among top brass at Chelsea about when they should make their move for French coach Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane who won his third straight Champions League crown with Real Madrid last year has been out of work since stepping down from his role.

Chelsea defeat Tottenham to reach Carabaro Cup Final

David Luiz after scoring the winning penalty for Chelsea.

Last night was celebration galore in England as Chelsea are through to the finals of the Carabao Cup after they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 on penalties following an enthralling 90 minutes encounter which saw the tie end 2-2 on aggregate.

The Blues will face Manchester City who beat Burton Albion 10-0 on aggregate in the other semi-finals in the finals on February 24th.

Trailing 1-0 from the semi-final first leg at Wembley a fortnight ago, Chelsea drew level on aggregate when the unmarked N’Golo Kante drilled in a first-time shot from 20 yards through three pairs of legs after a corner.

Eden Hazard, shot Chelsea into a 2-1 aggregate lead with an arrowed finish after being picked out by captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Tottenham failed to produce a shot on target in the first half but forced the tie into penalties when Fernando Llorente converted Danny Rose’s cross.

After regulation time Chelsea scored all four of their spot kicks – Willian, Azpilicueta, Jorginho and David Luiz all keeping their composure.

In contrast, Tottenham missed two of their four kicks – Eric Dier, a World Cup penalty shootout hero for England in Russia, firing over the bar before Lucas Moura kick was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Prior to the shootout,Chelsea had lost four of their past five penalty shootouts in the tournament.

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