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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ one of the best players never to have won The European Cup
    Today was his last Premier league game for City.
    He's in the team for the champions league next month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Today was his last Premier league game for City.
    He's in the team for the champions league next month
    Yeah, what a player.

    I have an unfortunate feeling that he may be a Champions League winner soon.

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    Check out the pass to David Silva

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    You probably won't be interested, but this article comparing Silva's recognition with YaYa Toure's is worth reading imo.

    I think it's a bit laboured at times like a lot of Liew's stuff, but...thought provoking.

    Yaya Toure was one charismatic player.

    David Silva adulation shines light on curious denial of Toure’s greatness | Jonathan Liew | Football | The Guardian

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    The German magazine Der Spiegel has published new “leaked” emails relating to Manchester City’s past sponsorships by Abu Dhabi state companies, which it claims cast doubt on the court of arbitration for sport judgment that overturned City’s ban by Uefa.

    In one of the emails, a City director, Simon Pearce, who was also a senior executive in an Abu Dhabi government authority, set out that he was “forwarding” the airline 91m of 99m that Etihad owed to the club for its sponsorship, with Etihad providing only 8m.

    One of the new emails was sent by Pearce in December 2013, from his Executive Affairs Authority address to Peter Baumgartner, then Etihad’s chief commercial officer, with the subject “payments”. Pearce set out that under its sponsorship agreement Etihad had owed City 31.5m for the 2012-13 season, and 67.5m for the 2013-14 season, a total of 99m.

    “So we should be receiving a total of 99m – of which you will provide 8m,” he wrote to Baumgartner.

    City refused to comment on the substance of the new emails.
    Der Spiegel claims new Manchester City emails cast doubt on Cas verdict | Football | The Guardian

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    We know CAS chickened out because Scabby Dhabi threatened to bury them in legal fees.

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    The City v Real Madrid digital matchday programme is now available!

    MENS TEAM
    'El Mago: David Silva - A Decade of Magic' now available


    During the behind closed doors era of football, we’ve provided a digital matchday programme for our fans to enjoy as we try and keep game day as normal as possible.
    The digital offering has proved to be hugely popular and we have provided one for each home game since the restart.
    In our Real Madrid edition, you can find out Pep Guardiola’s pre-match thoughts in his manager’s notes column.
    You can view the programme here
    Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee looks ahead to Friday’s big game and pays tribute to David Silva.
    We’ve also an in-depth look at Real Madrid’s season and their Champions League campaign so far.
    Former City winger and England Under-20 boss Paul Simpson shares a very personal Dream XI, while we have a head-to-head featuring Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.
    All this as well as regular columnists Marc Riley and Kevin Cummins plus plenty more.
    So, get in the mood for Friday’s big game… countdown to kick-off starts here...
    VIEW PROGRAMME

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    The City v Real Madrid digital matchday programme is now available!

    Surprisingly readable.

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    Interesting team-sheet. New signings, I presume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Surprisingly readable.
    Makes more sense than the usual chitty post.

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    Let's av it you slags!!!

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    This is exciting stuff. Could be a goalfest.

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    It's a clash of titans, probably better than the final.

    3-2 to City on aggregate.

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    I wonder how much the Sheikh is paying Varane.

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    Juve are out as well.

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    Interesting how RM never got to grips with City's pressing at all.

    Their defence was pathetic.

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    Manchester City might have to cope without Sergio Aguero for the rest of their Champions League campaign, but the way they played against Real Madrid showed they are capable of conquering Europe without him.
    Of course they will miss Aguero if he is not back from his knee injury in time for what is now an eight-team mini-tournament in Portugal, starting next week.
    Aguero is a world-class striker and none of City's other players are as clinical as he is in front of goal. I really hope he is ready, and he makes it, because their chances are improved if he can play.
    But, even when he is not in the team, they have different options that bring plenty of other qualities to their forward line - and complement the rest of their team too.
    We saw that when City saw off Real at Etihad Stadium on Friday, just as we did when they beat the Spanish champions in the first leg at the Bernabeu in February - when Aguero was fit but was left on the bench.
    This time it was the pace and energy up front from Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling that unsettled Real with their relentless pressing and led to both of City's goals that sent them through.


    The graphic on the left shows where City's intensive pressing game won them the ball back against Real Madrid with 36% (28/78) of their successful tackles (green triangles), interceptions (blue) and ball recoveries (yellow) taking place in the Real half. The graphic on the right shows the same data for Real's successful challenges, with only 20% (13/65) occurring in City's halfWhat really impressed me about City's performance, though, was the way the whole team worked so well together, whatever their different roles were on the night.
    Again, their energy was important, but so was the way they were organised and how they showed an understanding of how to win as a group.
    We know City have got some outstanding individuals but this victory was down to the way they operated as a team - if they are going to go all the way in Lisbon, they will need more of the same.


    Pep's latest surprise - Foden the false nine

    Pep Guardiola's plan worked to perfection in the first leg, and he got it right again at an empty Etihad Stadium.
    It was not a shock to see him using a false nine again, but it was a surprise to see Foden asked to play that role.


    When I first saw Pep's team, I thought Foden would be on the right but, when City were out of possession early on, he played the role of a number nine and 10 too.
    That left Jesus on the left and Sterling on the right but, as Pep said afterwards, they were not very wide in the first half.
    Instead it felt like Sterling, for example, would come inside and operate in that channel between Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao on the left of Real's defence.


    Part of the reason Pep switched his front players around at half-time was to give City more width, so Jesus moved central, Foden was pushed wide on the right and Sterling went over to the left.
    By then, City were operating with a more orthodox three-man attack when they had the ball, but they did not let the tempo drop when they were out of possession.
    That was possible because Foden, who had given so much, was replaced by another really hard-working player in Bernardo Silva.
    Some people have questioned why Foden was taken off when he was playing so well but, when he was substituted, after 67 minutes, the rest of the City team had covered an average of just over 7km. Foden had done over 9km in the same time.
    Right from the start, he was everywhere, putting pressure on the Real defence. Yes, they made some bad errors, including for both of City's goals, but that was because they were never allowed to settle down.
    It was the same all over the pitch - City were brilliant in transition, and they were so quick to react when they lost the ball. That set the tone for what was to come.
    Walker an example of City's disciplined display



    Kyle Walker made 95 touches against Real at Etihad Stadium - the most of any player on either team, but only three were in the final third of the pitch (l). Walker gained possession for City nine times, again a game-high, shown by the yellow triangles (r). He also made one successful tackle (green triangle), one interception (blue), two clearances (purple) and one unsuccessful tackle (red)City's backline gets a lot of criticism but I thought the whole team did extremely well defensively against Real.
    Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte have hardly played together at the back recently - this was only the second time they have been centre-half partners since February - but Rodri dropped in to help them out when it was needed and Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were also working hard to fill any gaps.
    The only time Real got behind them, they scored, and it took a really pinpoint cross from Rodrygo and a trademark finish from Karim Benzema for that to happen.
    Otherwise, though, Real were restricted to snapshots and efforts from distance, because of the balanced and disciplined way that City were set up.
    Kyle Walker was a great example of that at right-back. Defensively, he was right up for the challenge of dealing with Eden Hazard and he was always ready for him.
    Walker saw the one-twos coming and said "go on then, beat me in a race" and Hazard did not want to do it. He was coming back inside because he knew he wasn't getting any joy out wide.
    Normally, you would expect to see Walker flying forward too but he barely made it into the final third this time because his job was to stop Hazard and he did not want leave the door open for a counter-attack.
    So, City got it right at both ends of the pitch and, as well as their high levels of organisation, the other big positive for them was their composure.
    Yes, things got a bit tense when Real equalised on the night but there was never a sense that the home side were panicking.
    In the second half they always felt in control of the tie, and they probably should have won it by a greater margin.
    There is still lots to do if they are going to go all the way and win the Champions League, but this was an impressive way to book their place in Lisbon.

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    Like Salah, how much did Jose sell him for again?

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    "Pep Guardiola has spent 750m at Manchester City since joining the club in 2016 and has still yet to go further in the Champions League than David Moyes for Manchester United in 13/14."



    Ohh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    "Pep Guardiola has spent 750m at Manchester City since joining the club in 2016 and has still yet to go further in the Champions League than David Moyes for Manchester United in 13/14."



    Ohh.
    I think the Sheikh is just waiting to see who wins it this year before deciding who his next manager will be.

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    Or which club to buy next.


    I hate Bayern. Probably more than any other European team.


    But also hate everything that PSG 2020 represents.



    So I hope some health and safety Hitler steps in and calls it off with no winner declared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Or which club to buy next.


    I hate Bayern. Probably more than any other European team.


    But also hate everything that PSG 2020 represents.



    So I hope some health and safety Hitler steps in and calls it off with no winner declared.
    Nah. You know what will happen. The Qatari will do what the plastics did and throw lawyers at it until UEFA award it to the cheese eating surrender monkeys.

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    On this day 2014
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    First well deserved call up for England
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    So is the Scabby Dhabi shaikh going to outbid the Qatari then chitty?

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