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» Antonio Conte takes ANOTHER swipe at old foe Jose Mourinho
The Italian left Chelsea in the summer of 2018, just 12 months after leading the club to the Premier League title with a then-record 30 wins out of 38
» Manuel Pellegrini insists Steven Gerrard's slip didn't cost Liverpool the title in 2013/14
Liverpool needed only a point against Jose Mourinho's side to keep their ascendancy at the top of the league but blew it thanks to Gerrard's famous slip
» Ajax star hints to could stay despite huge interest from Europe's top clubs
Ajax will face Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final first leg on 30 April as they seek to reach their first final in Europe's premier competition since they won the old European Cup in 1995
» Ernesto Valverde defends Philippe Coutinho following Manchester United celebration
"I have not talked with him - he made a gesture," said the Barca boss after the Brazilian celebrated in front of his own fans at the Nou Camp on Tuesday
» Man Utd 'to listen to bids for Romelu Lukaku' as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wields axe
Federico Pastorello, Lukaku’s representative, conceded earlier this month that the striker's future is “very open”, and said his man was “someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football”
» Peter Crouch picks Premier League team of the season - with Mohamed Salah only a sub
Crouch went with Salah's teammate Sadio Mane up front alongside Sergio Aguero and Son Heung-min in a front three
» Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde reacts to Philippe Coutinho's Man Utd celebration
Philippe Coutinho was criticised for his celebration against Manchester United in the Champions League
» Andy Cole praises Liverpool for Mohamed Salah statement following racist abuse
Cole - who wants to become the new chairman of Kick It Out - has opened up on a variety of topics to do with racism in football
» Danny Ings predicts big things for Southampton next season as revolution takes shape
Danny Ings is set to join Southampton on a permanent basis from Liverpool in the summer
» Wilfried Zaha admits he's ready to leave Crystal Palace as top clubs prepare bids
Wilfried Zaha came through the ranks at Crystal Palace but is ready to leave South London for Champions League football
» Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are embracing 'positive' title race despite pressure
Liverpool continue their quest to win the Premier League title when they travel to relegation-threatened Cardiff on Sunday
» Man Utd legend Andy Cole ready to spearhead English football's fight against racism
In an unprecedented boost for Kick It Out, Andy Cole wants to spearhead English football’s racism fight by succeeding Lord Herman Ouseley as chairman
» Mauricio Pochettino tells Son Heung-min to put aside Champions League heartbreak
Son Heung-min is banned for the Champions League semi-final opener after picking up a booking in the win at Man City
» Roy Hodgson says Wayne Hennessey is 'very desperate' to learn about the Holocaust
Wayne Hennessey was pictured with his right arm in the air and left hand above his mouth in a photograph
» Paul Pogba and David de Gea 'demand new Man Utd deals to offset top four failure'
Man Utd face a fight to qualify for next season's Champions League - and failure to do so would see the current squad take a financial hit
» Nicky Butt's wife denies she has a new boyfriend following footballer's arrest
EXCLUSIVE: Shelley, who has separated from Butt and has moved into a nearby flat, is 'very upset' by the rumours about her personal life
» Pep Guardiola admits Man City uncertainty ahead of huge Premier League weekend
City host Tottenham again just three days after that crazy Champions League defeat
» The Cristiano Ronaldo gesture that has everyone talking after Juventus defeat
Juventus were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Ajax in the Champions League quarter-final
» Liverpool training: 5 things we noticed ahead of crunch Cardiff clash
Liverpool continue their quest for the Premier League title when they visit relegation-threatened Cardiff on Sunday
» Real Madrid defender out for season after training incident with Vinicius Junior
Alvaro Odriozola is set to miss the remainder of the season after breaking his collarbone in a freak training ground incident
» Virgil van Dijk compared to Arsenal and Chelsea Premier League winners
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has backed Virgil van Dijk to be named PFA Player of the Year
» England goalkeeper Jack Butland celebrates becoming a Dad for the first time
The Stoke City stopper was excused from his side's game against Middlesbrough on Good Friday to get to know the new arrival
» Lionel Messi has 'already won the Ballon d'Or' says Barcelona great
Lionel Messi has once again spearheaded Barcelona’s quest for glory this season as they fight for domestic and European success
» How Liverpool can get the better of BOTH Man City and Barcelona to earn Double joy
Manchester City's Champions League exit puts Liverpool in the driving seat to win a league and European double
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» For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay
Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs don’t want to follow their rivals’ path since 2006

The short interval since Tottenham’s wild, fun, chancy away-goals victory at Manchester City in the Champions League there has been a shared urge to draw the starkest of comparisons between the two clubs: their finances, their structure, the various degrees of faux-humble Jedi-cardigan fraudulence exhibited by their managers. It is in many ways a meaningless exercise. This is a comparison of two entirely separate things, entirely separate ways of trying to reach the same point, not to mention one that is inevitably flattering to Spurs and inevitably bruising for Pep Guardiola and the football-style soft-power project operating in the east of Manchester.

You know the drill by now. City have spent £150m on defenders in the past two seasons. By comparison Spurs ended the game at the Etihad with a pair of fishing waders at left-back and a carrier bag full of discounted supermarket meat playing defensive midfield.

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» Pep Guardiola refuses to curb Manchester City’s attacking approach

• ‘We concede a lot but we score a lot. We won’t change’
• City host Champions League conquerors Spurs on Saturday

Pep Guardiola is emphatic he will never change Manchester City’s attack-first style despite being knocked out of the Champions League in draining manner by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

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» Norwich five points clear after last-gasp free-kick denies Sheffield Wednesday

This draw was greeted rapturously by the home fans at Carrow Road, but not by Norwich’s manager, Daniel Farke. The German said he was too angry to celebrate when Mario Vrancic struck a spectacular equaliser for his team in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

The point takes Norwich to within touching distance of a return to the Premier League – they will seal promotion on Monday if they win at Stoke and one of their closest pursuers, Sheffield United and Leeds United, slip up – but Farke is concerned that bad refereeing could cause more twists in the Championship run-in.

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» Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool need a trophy to fulfil his promise on arrival

• Manager vowed in 2015 to win something within four years
• ‘It didn’t happen yet. How long it will take I have no clue.’

Jürgen Klopp has said he needs to win the Premier League or Champions League this season to fulfil his promise of delivering a title to Liverpool inside four years.

Klopp made the vow at his unveiling as Liverpool manager in October 2015, saying: “If we sit here in four years, I think we win one title. If not, the next one [job] may be in Switzerland.” His team have come close on three occasions, losing finals in the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup, and have two opportunities to meet the deadline this season. Liverpool lead Manchester City by two points going into what may prove a defining week in the Premier League title race, and face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

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» Chris Hughton remains defiant but Brighton seem paralysed by pressure | Dominic Fifield

Brighton manager confident of Premier League survival but slump towards drop zone has raised questions about recruitment and leadership

Chris Hughton resorted to rattling off the positives. There were the recent away performances, “apart from the Chelsea one”, at Crystal Palace and Wembley. Going back further and Wolves, Saturday’s opponents, had been beaten last autumn in trademark Brighton fashion: plenty of robust defending, a clean sheet and a Glenn Murray finish to claim the points.

Then there was Pascal Gross’s return to fitness and that of José Izquierdo, players who have missed huge chunks of the campaign. The pair contributed 23 goals and assists last season in a team who scored only 34 times. Throw in, too, the reality Hughton’s side may need to muster only one positive result from five fixtures, starting at Molineux, to secure survival. Cardiff, the team clawing at their backs, will surely need two from four games. It should not be all doom and gloom.

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» Wayne Hennessey is ‘desperate’ to learn about the Nazis, says Roy Hodgson
• Goalkeeper’s knowledge criticised by FA following charge
• ‘Crystal Palace and Kick It Out will sort it out,’ insists Hodgson

Wayne Hennessey is desperate to improve his knowledge of Hitler and Nazi Germany following the revelation he did not know what a Nazi salute was, Roy Hodgson has said.

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was charged by the Football Association with making an offensive gesture after he was pictured with his right arm in the air and left hand above his mouth in a photograph posted on Instagram. After the charge was found not proven, the FA commission, in its written reasons, said Hennessey had showed a “lamentable degree of ignorance” about Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.

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» Ten-man Wigan stun Leeds to blow Championship promotion race open

This was the day when Leeds were supposed to hit the accelerator and watch the dual carriageway towards the Premier League open up in front of them but, instead, 10-man Wigan delighted in forcing Marcelo Bielsa’s team on to the hard shoulder.

Paul Cook’s side arrived with the worst away record in the Football League but they left their opponents as frustrated as the over-heated drivers stuck in Easter traffic on the clogged motorways surrounding the city.

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» Aaron Ramsey hopeful of returning for Arsenal before end of season
• Midfielder suffered leg injury against Napoli in Europa League
• Player tells manager he hopes to play again before Juve move

Aaron Ramsey has told Unai Emery he is hoping to play for Arsenal again before the end of the season. The Wales midfielder limped off at Napoli during his team’s 1-0 Europa League win with a hamstring injury, but when player and manager chatted on Friday lunchtime Ramsey confident he could recover quickly.

“We spoke about that – ‘Maybe in two or three weeks I can play some matches’ – and we are going to wait for that,” Emery said.

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» The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19

It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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» John Delaney continues to split opinion as he steps aside from FAI | Barry Glendenning

The FAI’s great survivor is heading off for some gardening leave and his days with the FAI look numbered

Although John Delaney retains support from certain loyal sections of the Irish football family, he has never been more unpopular in his native land. The long-time chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland until he stood down last month to take up a newly created role as the executive vice‑president is no stranger to controversy but now the 51-year-old finds himself clinging by his fingertips to a crumbling personal fiefdom that increasingly resembles an empire of dirt.

The business of sports administration is, by its very nature, staggeringly dreary but the subject of football governance in the Republic of Ireland has recently been little short of box office. In March a Sunday Times exclusive revealed Delaney had mysteriously loaned his employer €100,000 in April 2017. That was soon repaid and no record of any such transaction appeared in the FAI’s accounts.

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» Football League: Bolton relegated to League One, Sheffield United go second
  • Villa collect ninth successive win, Middlesbrough climb to sixth
  • Bradford relegated to League Two, Lincoln miss trophy chance

Bolton were condemned to relegation back to League One after two seasons in the second tier, losing 2-0 to Aston Villa, the form team of the division, who collected a ninth successive win after goals from Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham.

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» Ole Gunnar Solskjær says some United players need ‘a reality check’
• Manchester United manager warns: ‘There is no hiding place’
• Solskjær gearing up to make a number of summer signings

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has told his Manchester United players they require a “reality check” following disappointing form and results.

Since Solskjær was given the manager’s job on a permanent basis United have lost three times and won twice and, overall, suffered defeat in five of the past seven matches. On Tuesday they were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, losing 4-0 on aggregate.

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» Mauricio Pochettino says he feared ‘massive’ emotional toll’ of losing to City
• Pochettino: ‘It would have been lowest moment of my career’
• Spurs manager relives dramatic Champions League victory

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that had Tottenham lost against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final to a stoppage-time goal it would have represented the lowest moment of his managerial career and could have taken a “massive” emotional toll on his players.

Three of five additional minutes had been played in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday when Raheem Sterling looked to have given City a 5-3 lead on the night and a 5-4 victory on aggregate.

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» Unai Emery unsure if Aaron Ramsey will play again for Arsenal after injury

• Midfielder suffers hamstring injury at Napoli
• Ramsey set to join Juventus in summer

Aaron Ramsey’s farewell game for Arsenal is in the balance after he limped out of the Stadio San Paolo with hamstring damage suffered during the Europa League quarter-final against Naples.

The midfielder who leaves to join Juventus in the summer faces a race against time to play for Arsenal again. Unai Emery’s expression was doubtful as he considered how likely that prospect is. The best he could offer was a cautious, “I don’t know.”

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» Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland head coach after 12 matches in charge
  • ‘Performances, results … did not indicate the progress expected’
  • Defeat in Kazakhstan the decisive result for SFA

Alex McLeish has been sacked as Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association has announced.

The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role “with immediate effect” after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden on Thursday morning.

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» Arsenal in Europa League semi-finals after Alexandre Lacazette sinks Napoli

For all the moments this season when critics have scratched their heads over the identity of Unai Emery’s Arsenal, a masterclass of a European quarter-final showcased everything they are capable of. This was a responsible, smart performance from back to front that eased them into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

They did so by ticking every box required for a tough overseas assignment: the team maintained composure, Alexandre Lacazette scored a sumptuous away goal, the home crowd lost their voice, the Napoli team lost their will. Arsenal picked an excellent moment to conjure up a classic away performance, reprising the old George Graham favourite, 1-0 to the Arsenal. Perhaps Napoli should have chosen a different walk on song than Pet Shop Boys’ Go West, the symbol of that era and that result.

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» Manchester City v Tottenham: match preview

The third instalment of Manchester City v Tottenham comes with both needing victory for their title and top-four hopes respectively. What will fascinate is how each set of players react to Wednesday’s Champions League pyrotechnics at the Etihad. There will be scant surprise if this match is another humdinger. Jamie Jackson

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» West Ham v Leicester: match preview

The focus of West Ham against Leicester will be drawn to the tragedy that happened at the King Power Stadium in October. A helicopter carrying five people, including the Leicester owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, crashed killing all on board. Both sides will be looking to return to winning ways and West Ham may be more confident considering they were the better side at Manchester United last week, despite losing. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

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» Wolves v Brighton: match preview

Brighton are tanking and Wolves will hope they remain on their steep downward trajectory in order to bounce back from a poor defeat against Southampton. Five successive defeats for Brighton without scoring a goal is depressing and Chris Hughton’s side are fortunate to be sitting above Cardiff. The two-point advantage could evaporate quickly if Brighton fail again to show any sign of life. Wolves have been poor against sides in the bottom half but have a fully fit squad and the incentive of European football next season. The thought of Nuno Espíritio Santo adding to his talented squad for Thursday nights next season is tantalising. Graham Searles

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» Bournemouth v Fulham: match preview

Eddie Howe takes charge of his 500th game as Bournemouth manager against Fulham and his side will be hopeful they can mark the occasion by dispatching relegated Fulham. Scott Parker would be delighted with a repeat of the showing that beat Everton last time out to continue making progress before life in the Championship begins. Fulham’s record of only two points from 17 away games is rather ominous, though. Graham Searles

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» Huddersfield v Watford: match preview

Watford will have mixed feelings about their defeat to Arsenal on Monday. They were the better sided despite being reduced to 10 men but lost owing to Ben Foster’s clanger. A chance to move swiftly on is provided by the trip to Huddersfield and a similar display will surely produce victory. Huddersfield have a glimmer of hope because Javi Gracia’s attackers are struggling with injuries and Troy Deeney’s suspension. Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra may miss out to rehabilitate respective ankle and hip problems. Graham Searles

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» Newcastle v Southampton: match preview

When the televised games were announced this seemed a banker as a tense, tea-time, six pointer but things move fast at the foot of the table and the real fear of falling into the Championship resides in Brighton and Cardiff. No matter; neither Newcastle or Southampton are mathematically safe yet and Tyneside remains reluctantly gripped by the season’s enduring, thoroughly uncertain subplot. It centres on whether Rafael Benítez will stay or go this summer and no one knows the answer. Louise Taylor

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

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» Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Hard for Manchester City and Spurs to serve up another classic, Everton can cause trouble for Manchester United and Chelsea fans should lap up Eden Hazard

Before the run-in even started, Liverpool looked like they might be consumed by nerves during it, so tentative were their performances against Leicester, West Ham and Manchester United. But they battled hard to avoid disaster, and now that the run-in is actually under way, are playing like a team who expect to be champions, either riding their good form or maintaining the patience and composure necessary to force the issue. Against both Tottenham and Chelsea, they could easily have flapped in frantic, frenetic style, but instead were able to increase intensity without sacrificing control, which brought them the goals that they needed. Or, put another way, Cardiff are in deep, deep trouble. DH

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» 'The sheer brazenness of it shocked me' – readers on racism in football

We asked readers to share their experiences of racism in football and hundreds replied. This is a selection of their stories

Warning: this article contains offensive language.

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» 'The guys I’ve tried failed miserably': could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American football

When the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was interested in pursuing a job as a kicker in American football after he retired from soccer, Westhoff replied, “I’d have no problem looking at him if it were me.”

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Kane is only 25 and made it clear in an interview with ESPN that he plans to play soccer for another 10 to 12 years, and Westhoff, the New Orleans Saints special-teams coach, already has a lethal 24-year-old kicker, Wil Lutz, who was also a high school soccer star.

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» Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani
We look at Tottenham’s meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and odds

The tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter.

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» Why a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy Bolton Wanderers | David Conn
Laurence Bassini claims to have £20m to keep Bolton afloat after the paucity of the Ken Anderson years

One of many sad elements in Bolton’s financial crisis and other current indignities is that for years they were supported by an owner most clubs would consider ideal. Eddie Davies, originally a Bolton lad, made a fortune marketing the heating elements in kettles and he brewed up £185.5m in loans to Wanderers before pulling the plug in November 2015.

By then Bolton were falling to a hard landing without the parachute payments from their second stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, with players to pay and making heavy losses. In September, just days before he died, aged 72, Davies made one last loan of £5m, to the current owner, Ken Anderson.

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» Pep Guardiola says it 'will take time' for City to recover from Spurs defeat – video

Pep Guardiola has asked his players to use Wednesday’s dramatic defeat to Tottenham as motivation as they prepare to play the north London side for the second time in less than a week. Manchester City had seemingly clinched the Champions League tie in the final few minutes only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside. Guardiola’s side are currently two points behind league leaders Liverpool, who travel to Cardiff on Sunday

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» Jürgen Klopp 'really felt' for Manchester City after Champions League exit – video

Jürgen Klopp has admitted that he 'really felt' for Manchester City after their dramatic defeat to Spurs in the Champions League. Raheem Sterling's stoppage time goal was disallowed after a VAR review deemed Sergio Agüero to be in an offside position for the assist. Klopp's side travel to Cardiff on Sunday looking to maintain top spot in the Premier League, after City host Spurs in the early kick-off on Saturday

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» Pochettino hails Spurs 'heroes' as Guardiola laments 'cruel' Champions League exit – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said his side are capable of winning the Champions League after they booked a semi-final spot with a dramatic away goals victory at Manchester City.

Spurs lost an electric quarter-final second leg 4-3 on the night, but ended City's quadruple dream courtesy of Fernando Llorente's 73rd-minute goal which made it 4-4 on aggregate.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who saw his side's quadruple hopes crumble, has been a strong advocate of VAR in the past, but questioned Llorente's crucial third goal suggesting the striker may have handled the ball prior to it hitting his hip.

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» Substitute poked in eye by teammate in touchline high five, then goes off injured – video

The Degerfors substitute Mattias Özgun was instantly injured after a high five with his teammate went wrong as he was being brought on. The departing Axel Lindahl accidentally poked the 21-year-old in the eye as he left the field during the Swedish second tier game on 16 April. 

Özgun, whose side ultimately drew 1-1 at  Öster, had to immediately be taken off the pitch for treatment, seconds after coming on.

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» Olivier Giroud: I need to play a 'more important role' at Chelsea or I will move on – video

Olivier Giroud has demanded a 'more important role' in order to stay at Chelsea next season - with the World Cup winner one of a number of players whose futures remain uncertain. The Blues have the option to extend the 32-year-old's deal by another year, but the striker has now revealed he has been approached by other clubs though 'the priority is Chelsea'.

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» Jürgen Klopp 'really happy' Liverpool will play Barcelona in semi-finals – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that the huge aggregate 6-1 scoreline against Porto over the two legs of their Champions League quarter-finals was a little unfair and that their opponents had made their lives very difficult in Portugal.

Though Liverpool are in contention for the Premier League and Champions League double, Klopp said that his focus now will solely be on their next opponent - Cardiff City - and that there are ‘so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona’ on 30 April

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» PSG miss another chance to seal Ligue 1 title after defeat at Nantes

Paris Saint-Germain missed another chance to wrap up the Ligue 1 title, falling to a 3-2 defeat at Nantes after being beaten 5-1 by Lille at the weekend.

Dani Alves’ long-range strike was cancelled out by two goals from the defender Diego and Abdul Majeed Waris’ strike as Nantes took control. Metehan Guclu then scored a late consolation on his Ligue 1 debut.

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» 'Ajax, the sensation of Europe': Dutch and Italian press react to Turin triumph

Dutch press exalted the long-awaited return of Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals but in Italy Juve were savaged

Ajax’s 2-1 second-leg Champions League quarter-final win at Juventus generated an understandably rapturous reaction back home in the Netherlands.

“Incredible, incredible,” said De Telegraaf. “The achievement did not come easily but it was deserved one hundred percent.”

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» ‘We are superhero girls here’: how football is helping refugees in Lebanon | Suzanne Wrack

Barcelona are running a programme in the Bekaa Valley, aiming to harness football’s ability to break down the barriers society constructs between people and cultures

“The young boys did not accept the idea of playing with girls. I used to show them that I could play to challenge the stereotypical image of a football player in their minds. I resolved the situation by building up and training one team of female players only and had one team of male players coached by a man. Then they played each other and who won in the end? The female team. That’s how we solved the problem. We showed them girls could play. This helped them to start to accept girls” – Karime Akrouche, FutbolNet coach.

Tensions are running high in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. As one embarks on the two-hour inland drive through the mountains, away from the opulence of Beirut, the once-white tents pockmarked with scraps of canvas and topped with tyres start to appear.

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» Milan get shirty with Acerbi after winning '€50m match' with Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Tensions boiled over as two Champions League hopefuls fell out over a penalty decision and a pre-match boast

Gennaro Gattuso likened it to a cup final. His Milan team, fourth in the table, were facing Lazio, three points behind with a game in hand. Both were battling to occupy Italy’s last Champions League berth. Gazzetta dello Sport billed it as “a €50m match”.

Never mind the fact that, with a month and a half of the season remaining, it would be quite possible for either side to lose and finish fourth anyway (or even overtake Inter in third). Nor indeed the prospect that both could miss out at the same time. Atalanta began the weekend level on points with the Rossoneri, and Roma just one behind.

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» Sevilla's resurrection continues under Caparrós in the 'holy derby' | Sid Lowe

Exhilarating, passionate and very sevillano, Saturday’s derby saw Joaquín Caparrós oversee another triumph over Betis

Somewhere in the middle of the smoke and the bodies, Sevilla’s bus began its 640-metre journey, slowly opening a path through the palms hammering at its side. Police vans escorted it along Calle Luis de Morales and, as the crowd parted, fireworks turning everything red, fans saw their manager sitting on the front row. Joaquín Caparrós wore a slightly manic smile, shook his fists, applauded, and thumped at the window. Outside, some ran to keep up. There wasn’t far to go: the bus turned left, left again and drew to a halt in front of the 480-square-metre, 200,000-tile mosaic, the finest façade in football, with its 50 club shields – including that of rivals Real Betis, whose bus pulled up alongside three minutes later. There, more fans waited with more flares.

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» Lille hammer 'beginners' PSG as they close in on the Champions League

This time last season Lille were second bottom. Now they are second only to PSG at the top of the table

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Stade Louis-Dugauguez, Sedan, December 2000. Laurent Robert scores PSG’s only goal as they lose 5-1 to Sedan, who now play in the fourth tier. On Sunday night, nearly two decades later, Lille became the latest team to put five goals past PSG in a Ligue 1 fixture. While the scoreline was an unfamiliar one, it was the type of defeat PSG know only too well.

Lille put PSG under pressure from the start. Xeka’s flicked header rebounded off Thomas Meunier and into the next to give Lille the lead and, although Juan Bernat swiftly responded with the equaliser, PSG appeared brittle in what was a fraught and open game. After Bernat was dismissed for bringing down Nicolas Pépé, the second half was a riot.

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» Bullish Julian Nagelsmann may yet go out with a bang at Hoffenheim | Andy Brassell

Coach will leave his present club in rude health and showed against Hertha why he could take Leipzig to another level

“The teams surrounding us are consistently playing good football. We’re trying our best to climb the table and if they bend, then we’ll attack.” Since coming into the Bundesliga Julian Nagelsmann has never been backward in coming forward, and there’s no sign he’s planning to start now. His days at Hoffenheim are numbered and despite his side’s defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt six weeks ago standing alone as their sole loss in the last 11, they still have their hands full in order to get themselves back into European competition.

Yet with time ticking towards the date of his long-since agreed departure to RB Leipzig, there’s no suggestion that Nagelsmann’s eye is wandering just yet. His Hoffenheim have been the dictionary definition of implicated this season, reflecting his burning desire to go out with a bang, reinventing themselves while playing with the same level of enterprise they’ve always displayed under his stewardship. They’ve not been faultless, certainly, and there has always been the sense that they might do better stymying the ambitions of others this season than fulfilling their own.

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» Perth Glory end A-League silverware drought with Premiers' Plate

Perth Glory’s 15-year silverware drought is over, but coach Tony Popovic says his team still has unfinished business as they attempt to cap a fairytale season.

Glory’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday saw them claim the A-League Premiers Plate with two rounds to spare.

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» 'Humble, no-fuss' – model leader Carl Valeri hangs up A-League boots

As the last of the Socceroos ‘golden Generation’ call it quits, Carl Valeri’s quiet contribution back home deserves due respect

Carl Valeri announced his retirement last week, elegantly concluding an A-League career executed to near perfection. It’s been a stint the likes of which we may not witness again for some time.

Nearing the end of his fifth season Valeri has already contributed to two A-League championships (one as captain), one premiership, and one FFA Cup, while the club he skippers is again in the running for another gilded toilet seat. His service has earned him the Victory Medal and his club’s player of the season award.

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» From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football
A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be ‘an explosion’ unless the problem is tackled

‘He was too shocked to talk,” Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys’ teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. “The other boys told us that he was subjected to vile abuse by the opposition players,” Siminas says. “He was called a Paki on their way off the pitch.” The racial abuse was too much for Siminas to bear. He went over to talk to the other team’s coach and defend his player. Yet the response shocked him. The other coach refused to accept there had been any abuse. All he could do was walk away and go home. “Because there were kids involved we didn’t want it to escalate,” Siminas says. “We left.”

Related: Have you witnessed racism in English football?

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» Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson
Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbed

There is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each other so well will treat it as a pumped-up Premier League encounter rather than showing the respect and caution they might have afforded continental opponents, and the memorably frenetic showdown between Manchester City and Tottenham was an instant classic of the genre.

Never mind the woeful defending in the first 20 minutes, the inability of either side to hold on to an advantage or manage the game professionally, this was English football at its most appealing because both teams were going for goals and glory. Cagey it was not; it was simply a question of who could score more, and when the dust has settled on a thrilling and often controversial ding-dong between two of the best teams in the country it will be seen that the much-maligned away-goals rule had a lot to do with that.

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» Lionel Messi’s one-man show draws curtain on Manchester United dreams | Sid Lowe

Barcelona’s talisman broke a personal hex and exorcised last year’s demons with yet another mesmerising big-game display

Ernesto Valverde said Lionel Messi had left Old Trafford “dazed”. Six days later, it was Manchester United’s turn. Chris Smalling’s challenge had left him with a bloody nose but on a night where he sometimes seemed to be playing a different sport, he was the one who delivered the knockout blow. He did so early in the second leg, two goals inside 20 minutes enough to end this as a contest – taking Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years – and turn it instead into a performance, a show, an exhibition of superiority. Ultimately there was little United could do but at least they are not alone.

Messi’s victims are many, and one of them is him. He is a victim of his own ability, of over a decade spent making the extraordinary routine, normalising genius. There are 880 words in this article, but maybe two are enough: Lionel and Messi. For years there’s been a severe shortage of superlatives, all those adjectives inadequate, and this was another of those nights. Sometimes the simplest judgment is the best: Messi is just better.

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» Football transfer rumours: Barcelona move for Everton's Richarlison?

Today’s fluff is here and there

Chelsea’s delight at making it through to the last four of the Europa League may be somewhat tempered by reports from Spain suggesting the summer move of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid will be agreed by the two clubs in the next few days. According to Spanish news outlet Marca, Hazard will swap clubs for a fee of approximately €100m and become Real’s third acquisition ahead of next season along with 18-year-old Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes and his 21-year-old compatriot, the defender Éder Militão. In other news, Chelsea are understood to have appealed to have their transfer ban postponed so they can buy some players, which the Rumour Mill can’t help but feel would defeat the entire purpose of having it imposed upon them in the first place.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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» The Fiver | The vibe of Brazil v Uruguay at the 1950 World Cup: the Etihadaço

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If managing Manchester United is hard, something we scientifically proved beyond all doubt yesterday by equating Ole Gunnar Solskjær with Frank O’Farrell on the basis of five results, then managing Manchester City is all but impossible. Even the greats struggle. Howard Kendall, who turned relegation-haunted Everton into the best team of the mid-80s, couldn’t see how to make the job work. Sven-Göran Eriksson, who inspired Lazio to their first Serie A title for 27 years, had no routemap to revival. Kevin Keegan … and there’s the rule of three working its rhythmic magic again.

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» Absurdity at the Etihad, vibrant Ajax and cones of shame – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Eliot Rothwell discuss the chaos of Manchester City’s 4-3 win over Tottenham, the vivacity of Ajax’s 2-1 win at Juventus and a telegraphed Troy Deeney red card

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We look back at the last few days of football, starting with the extraordinary game between Manchester City and Tottenham, which ended 4-3 to Manchester City, but saw Spurs getting through to the semi-finals of the Champions League. They’ll face a young and vibrant Ajax side, who travelled to Turin and beat Juventus 2-1 in their own back yard.

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» Which footballers have won player of the year awards at relegated clubs? | The Knowledge

Plus: teams ‘winning’ the 20th century, John Fashanu on Gladiators and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Has a player ever won his league’s player of the season award when playing for a relegated club?” tweeted Lucy Keating.

Jim McEleny was on hand to answer this with a fine example from Scotland. “It was 1985 when, if I remember correctly, Jim Duffy, then playing sweeper for Greenock Morton, won the SPFA players’ player of the year award while being at the heart of a badly relegated defence. As a lifelong Morton fan I still hate to think how bad that season would have been without his regular and reliable man-of-the-match performances with last-ditch tackles behind the back four week after week. Amazingly, when Duffy won this in 1984-85, Morton came bottom of the Scottish Premier Division with 12 points from 36 games and a goal difference of -71.”

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» The Joy of Six: sporting 'sliding doors' moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equal

Australians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests England won in the 2005 Ashes were the ones Glenn McGrath missed.

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» David Squires on … the Premier League's game of thrones

Our cartoonist looks at the title race, unexpected objects behind dugouts and a dagger through the heart of ancient zombies

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» The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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» Sports quiz of the week: Masters, macaroni cheese and match point

Who found love? Who served steak? Who had a massive boost?

Who hosted a dinner party this week and laid on a menu of rib-eye steak, mac and cheese, creamed spinach and creamed corn?

Jordan Spieth

Patrick Reed

Sergio García

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is aiming to complete his “career slam” at Augusta this weekend. Which of these golfers also won the Open, US Open and PGA Championship, but never won the Masters?

Arnold Palmer

Nick Faldo

Lee Trevino

Phil Mickelson

Formula One celebrates its 1,000th race at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Where was the first Grand Prix held back in 1950?

Silverstone

Monaco

San Marino

Dakar

Watford have made it to the FA Cup final for only the second time in their history. Who beat them the first time they reached the final?

Plymouth Argyle

Ipswich Town

Sunderland

Everton

Why did an international wheelchair tennis tournament have to move venues this week?

The arena did not have wheelchair access

The organisers had mistakenly booked a table tennis venue

The tennis court was built on a slope

The building was not tall enough and balls kept hitting the ceiling

British tennis player Tara Moore was losing 0-6, 0-5 and facing match point. What happened next?

The rain came on, the game was delayed and officials ended up calling it a draw

The lights in the arena went off due to a power cut and the match was called off

Her opponent tripped on the court, injured her ankle and conceded the match

She came back and won 0-6, 7-6, 6-3

What did a referee do on the pitch before kickoff in a Romanian fourth division game this week?

He sent off three players who were laughing at his new haircut

He took a pee in the centre-circle

He got down on one knee and proposed marriage to his assistant referee

He took the ball and performed 100 keep-ups to impress the players and "discourage any disrespect"

FC Zurich tweeted the news that Florent Malouda had stopped coaching at the club "by mutual consent" this week. How did Malouda reply to the tweet?

"You better pay my wages this month!"

"I'm unfollowing you now"

“Really, I didn’t know that??”

"Your job was a massive waste of my time anyway"

Which two cities are involved when the Falcons play the Tigers and City play United on Friday night?

Melbourne and Sydney

Newcastle and Leicester

Austin and Dallas

Toronto and Vancouver

Who did Scotland women’s football team beat this week? Clue: Scotland men's team has played this country 10 times without ever beating them.

Germany

Brazil

England

Northern Ireland

1 and above.

Oh dear

2 and above.

Oh dear

3 and above.

That's respectable – just about

4 and above.

That's respectable – just about

5 and above.

That's a respectable score. Have a good weekend

6 and above.

That's a fine score. Have a good weekend

7 and above.

That's an excellent score. Have a great weekend

8 and above.

That's a mighty fine score. Have a great weekend

9 and above.

That's a mighty fine score. Have a great weekend

0 and above.

Oh dear

10 and above.

Perfection. You are awesome

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» Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair? | Jonathan Wilson
Manchester City manager last won competition in 2011. Away goals, missed penalties and a volcano have tripped him since

The Champions League final this year will be the eighth in a row without Pep Guardiola, which perhaps should not feel as extraordinary as it does. This is, after all, knockout competition; odd things happen. Nobody, not even in the superclub era, has a divine right to be in the final.

And yet given Guardiola has won seven league titles in his nine completed seasons as a manager – and may next month make it eight out of 10 – and has managed three of the most powerful clubs in the world, it is notable.

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» ‘Baby Ajax’ make big boys cry with Daley Blind’s and Dusan Tadic’s help

Champions League wins at Real Madrid and Juventus have made side led by a 19-year-old the talk of world football

Matthijs de Ligt was the first Ajax player back out on the pitch in Turin, shortly after 11pm, and then his teammates followed. A 19-year-old captain leading the way in every sense, scoring the winning goal with a towering header and now orchestrating a second round of celebrations in front of the Ajax supporters located in the far corner of the Allianz Stadium.

Related: 'Ajax, the sensation of Europe': Dutch and Italian press react to Turin triumph

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» Manchester United squad verdict: who should stay and who should go?
After defeat to Barcelona, Ole Gunnar Solskjær admitted he faces a rebuilding job at Old Trafford. How many players he needs exactly is open to debate ...

David de Gea The Spaniard’s howler for Lionel Messi’s second goal on Tuesday was not his first this season but it would still be good business for Manchester United if their No 1 signed a new deal in the summer. Verdict Stay.

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» Undercover: female football fans in Iran

For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, one of the first women to disguise herself as a man to watch matches

It takes Zeinab about 15 hours to travel from Ahvaz to Tehran by train to watch Persepolis, her favourite football club. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, women have been banned from attending stadium football matches. Despite the ban, female football fans have never given up and have tried different methods to enter stadiums, including disguising themselves as men.

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» Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – as it happened

Mario Vrancic jumped off the bench to rescue Championship leaders Norwich a priceless point against Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road

Daniel Farke, the Norwich head coach, talks. “The lads are brilliant and this spirit and attitude is carrying us through the season,” he says. “Again, we had ridiculous decisions against us and to come away, 11 games unbeaten, it is outstanding. We have a really unique attitude. We have a world-class winning mentality. This team never knows when they have lost a game. We always fight against the odds and were able to find a answer.”

Read Paul Doyle’s dispatch from Carrow Road:

Related: Norwich deny Sheffield Wednesday win with last-gasp free-kick

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