Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

Manchester City wins Premier League after Watford stuns Man United

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Manchester City has won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion confirmed their fierce rivals as champions.

United, who won 3-2 against City before their game against West Brom, are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with only five games left to play.

It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown — their first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge, after dominating the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice.

This Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ managerial career, after the 47-year-old has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with FC Barcelona.

City also set numerous Premier League records in the journey to this title victory including 18 consecutive wins, and have beaten every other side in the division this season at least once.

Their match at Everton also saw them retain 82.13% possession, the highest recorded in the Premier League, and broke passing records, completing over 900 against Chelsea.

They have only failed to score in a league match once this season and lead the stats in terms of possession, touches, passes, shots and goals.

In Europe however, City were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after their quarter-final defeat by Liverpool, and were beaten by League One side Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February, although they did win the Carabao Cup by beating Arsenal at Wembley.

“I am Gigi Buffon.” — Juve keeper stands by Michael Oliver comments

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Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says that he stands by the comments he made about referee Michael Oliver after their dramatic Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.

The 40-year old was sent off for dissent after Oliver awarded Real an injury-time penalty, and later said the official had “a trash can for a heart” after Juve had come back from losing 3-0 at home to lead 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the second leg of the last-eight tie on Wednesday.

However, Oliver awarded the Spanish side a 93rd-minute penalty for Mehdi Benatia’s foul on Lucas Vazquez, which Cristiano Ronaldo scored to send Real through 4-3 on aggregate.

Buffon said after the game that it was a “dubious incident” and, speaking again on Saturday, he said he had been defending “my teammates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion”.

“The content remains and I stand by all of it,” the keeper said. “I’d say them all again – maybe with a different type of language.”

“You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive – but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.”

He added that he still believed 33-year-old Oliver lacked experience.

“I’m sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he’s too young to officiate a match like that. A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match. He would have left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time. Let the pitch do the talking.”

Police are currently investigating threatening text messages sent to Oliver’s wife, Lucy, after she was abused on fans on social media.

Paris Saint-Germain wins Ligue 1 title after stylish rout over Monaco

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Paris St-Germain regained the Ligue 1 title in style after an emphatic 7-1 victory over defending champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

The leaders gathered an unassailable 17-point lead over second-placed Monaco to reclaim the French top flight title with 5 games left.

Dani Alves crossed for Giovani Lo Celso in the 14th minute and he tapped home to begin the rout. Edinson Cavani then added a second with a powerful header from Julian Draxler’s cross before Angel Di Maria scored the pick of the goals; with Danijel Subasic advancing from his line, the Argentine winger calmly lobbed the ball over the Monaco goalkeeper.

Lo Celso then nodded in Javier Pastore’s cross to give PSG a 4-0 lead after 27 minutes but Rony Lopes reduced the deficit when he finished at the back post.

Di Maria then steered the ball home after smart play by Pastore and Monaco’s misery was complete when Radamel Falcao put through his own net from a corner before Draxler added a seventh on the counter attack.

PSG has already beaten Monaco 3-0 in the Coupe de France final at the end of last month and this performance was even more emphatic.

Former Barca player Neymar did not appear to be in attendance at the Parc des Princes, but told Brazilian media earlier on Sunday that he is “recovering well” from his foot injury and “feels no pain.”

“I am stepping little by little,” he said. “I cannot walk freely without the shoe, but I am in treatment, I am working out at the gym too.”