Women's Super League to get extra Champions League spot from 2021

Tournament being expanded to include last-16 group stage Uefa believes change will boost quality of women’s game The Women’s Super League will receive a third Champions League place when the competition is expanded to include a last-16 group stage for the 2021-22 season. Currently, the top two teams in England qualify. This season that meant that Chelsea, who reached last season’s Champions League semi-final before losing 3-2 to the eventual winners Lyon over two legs, missed out after they finished third i[..]

The Fiver | The Merseyside derby and a festive panto from Manchester

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! In 1937, the world’s first-ever live football match was transmitted by the BBC’s Television Service. Arsenal – then the best team in the land (kids, ask granny) – faced Arsenal Reserves in a training match at Highbury, the only ground the Beeb could reach from their Alexandra Palace studio with their big roll of cable. Eighty-two years on, Amazon joined the fray, and history soon repeated itself. On Tuesday night – using exactly the same vintage BBC equipm[..]

Rodri reveals Manchester City ‘partied’ in dressing room after vital Burnley win

• ‘We needed victory to bring up our confidence,’ says goalscorer • City cut gap to Liverpool to eight points before Merseyside derby Rodri has revealed Manchester City “partied” in the dressing room after Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Burnley in a mark of how significant the victory was to Pep Guardiola’s champions. City had won only one of their previous five games, yet the result at Turf Moor, which featured two Gabriel Jesus goals and one each from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez, impressed. It cut the deficit to Liverpo[..]

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City would be ‘crazy’ to think about the title

• We only think about the next game, adds City manager • Goalscorer Rodri praised for his ‘incredible physicality’ Pep Guardiola stated it would be “crazy” for Manchester City to think about retaining the title due to the deficit to Liverpool, which is eight points after Tuesday’s win at Burnley. The champions won 4‑1 and were back to their most impressive as two Gabriel Jesus goals and one apiece from Rodrigo and Riyad Mahrez were answered only by Robbie Brady. Continue reading...

Gabriel Jesus’s double gets City back on track with a 4-1 win at Burnley

Manchester City moved to within eight points of Liverpool – until Wednesday night, at least - via the relentless percussive passing play that signifies Pep Guardiola’s side at their best. His team had stuttered recently and arrived at Turf Moor to find a darkened changing room but this was a performance of light and brightness that warned Jürgen Klopp’s men they will not give up their title easily. Continue reading...

Burnley v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8.15pm GMT kick-off Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – latest score And you can get in touch with Rob here 7.06pm GMT The lights in the Manchester City dressing-room are not working, apparently. That all sounds very Beckiavellian. 6.01pm GMT Good evening and welcome to a brand new episode of Black Mirror. This one has a cracking synopsis: an American tech giant gets its paws on England’s most popular sport, and all manner of dystopian larks ensue. Well, possibly. We can only surm[..]

The surprise packages of the season

Like an underdog story? Look no further than Sheffield United, Cagliari, Osasuna, Freiburg and Angers By Martin Laurence for WhoScored The unpredictability of football was in evidence over the weekend as Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich all dropped points. Fans love underdog stories and there have been plenty across Europe’s big leagues so far this season. From newly promoted sides making waves in the top half to strugglers from the previous campaign hitting their stride, here are the surprise pa[..]

Pep Guardiola rules out recruitment by Manchester City in January

• City manager denies rebuilding will be necessary • David Silva to leave City at end of season Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City will need regenerating next summer following the departures of Vincent Kompany and David Silva but has ruled out signing new players in January. Kompany left in the close season, while Silva will finish his City career at the end of the current campaign. Fernandinho, who is 35 in May, could also depart. Continue reading...

Tyrone Mings’ quickfire response grabs Aston Villa a draw at Manchester United

Manchester United would have closed to six points behind Chelsea in fourth if Aston Villa had been beaten. Instead, after a sluggish opening-half display, they and their visitors engaged in a kind of high-speed ping-pong following which a draw felt the right outcome. The breathless fare made a fine spectacle but for Ole Gunnar Solskjær the bottom line is that United have won only four of 14 league games this season. So unless Spurs, on Wednesday, Manchester City (Saturday) and Everton (Sunday-week) are beat[..]

Gemma Bonner denies Liverpool to send Manchester City joint top

Gemma Bonner’s first-half header ensured Manchester City leapfrog Chelsea and stay level with Arsenal at the top of the Women’s Super League, despite a resolute performance from a Liverpool team still searching for a first league win of the season. “I’m still smiling,” said Liverpool manager Vicky Jepson. “The performance was there. Last week we saw Arsenal run the ball into the corner to waste time, this week we’ve seen City do it, that’s a huge compliment to our players and their work rate and effort.” Co[..]

Atalanta-Brescia and a tale of the Crusades, pigs and Sherman tanks

Nov 29, 2019 Atalanta fans hold up banners in 2004 to taunt then Brescia manager Carlo Mazzone. Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT Before Manchester City played Atalanta in October, Pep Guardiola was asked whether the game, apparently innocuous and unprecedented, had personal significance to him. “It’s like an Italian derby for you,” the reporter pointed out. A former Brescia […]

Newcastle’s Shelvey matches De Bruyne brilliance to peg back Manchester City

The unbroken blue sky signified a perfect, superbly crisp, winter’s day but, for Pep Guardiola, it must have seemed anything but ideal. As a jubilant, critic-confounding Jonjo Shelvey celebrated his late Newcastle United equaliser in front of the Manchester City manager’s technical area, Guardiola was left to reflect on two more points dropped in a title race which already seems Liverpool’s to lose. It was the first time he had faced Steve Bruce in managerial combat but, if his Newcastle counterpart could n[..]

Newcastle United v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at St James’ Park Live scoreboard – keep up with all goals in Saturday’s games! Email Scott here 1.34pm GMT City - kept waiting on the pitch awhile by the hosts - finally get the second half underway. Neither side have made a half-time change. While City were left hanging around, Pep took the opportunity to remind David Silva to raise the tempo. City were uncharacteristically ponderous in the first half. And Mendy’s on the charge immediately, racing down the left and wh[..]

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s Premier League action

7:07 AM ET Everything you need to know about this weekend’s Premier League action, all in one place. Jump to: How will Arsenal react? | How will Chelsea cope without Abraham? | Man to watch | Game not to miss | Stats of the weekend | Team that needs a bit of luck | One […]

Pep Guardiola hints at extending Manchester City stay beyond 2021

• Manager comfortable at City and ‘open to new deal’ • Guardiola has never managed a club for more than four seasons Pep Guardiola is “open” to signing a new contract with Manchester City and extending his tenure into a sixth year. The manager’s deal expires in the summer of 2021 and he has never previously been in charge of a club for more than four seasons. “I’m open, yes,” Guardiola said when asked whether he would consider a new deal. “I’m so comfortable working with this club.” However he indicated the[..]

Chelsea v West Ham: match preview

West Ham are three points above the teams in the bottom three before visiting Stamford Bridge and are unlikely to find Frank Lampard in a charitable mood. The Chelsea manager will want his team to show no mercy against his former side and another defeat could force West Ham to sack Manuel Pellegrini. Lampard, who played for Pellegrini at Manchester City, is without Tammy Abraham after the forward injured his hip against Valencia. Jacob Steinberg Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: betrayal, vandalism and embarrassment

Who said goodbye? Who showed quick wits? Who was prepared? Unai Emery’s career at Arsenal ended the way it started: with a defeat at the Emirates. Who beat Arsenal in Emery’s first game in charge? Tottenham Hotspur Everton Manchester City Leicester City How many players captained Arsenal during Emery's time at the club? One Three Six Nine It was a tough week for Arsenal. Not only did they lose a game and sack their manager, but they also embarrassed themselves on social media when they tried to wish Mexican[..]

Newcastle v Manchester City: match preview

Joelinton, Miguel Almirón and Allan Saint-Maximin cost a collective £77m but have scored only one goal between them so far – but Steve Bruce will keep faith with that front three as Newcastle look to reprise last season’s win at St James’ Park. “I would love them to score a goal, but the threat that they’ve caused at the top end of the pitch and what they contribute towards the team is the thing I look at,” said Bruce. “At times they’ve been terrific and, when they do start scoring, we’ll be fine.” City fac[..]

The Fiver | Fifa, Uefa and the Premier League rupturing the space-time continuum

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! If you stand looking north-east or south-west anywhere in the English midlands, so one ear points north-west while the other faces south-east, you can probably hear, in perfect stereo, a click, a puff, cascading liquid, and finally two extremely satisfying thuds. Those are the sounds, in the wake of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur’s advancement to the knockout stages of Big Cup, of Pep Guardiola and Humility Man™ lighting up a cigar, pouring themselv[..]

Manchester City owner makes Mumbai City the eighth club in global portfolio

• City Football Group takes 65% stake in Indian club • Chairman Mubarak says deal will bring ‘transformative benefits’ City Football Group has acquired a majority stake in its eighth football club. The group, which owns Manchester City, has agreed a deal to take a 65% stake in Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League. Related: Manchester City owner sells 10% share for £389m to US private equity firm Continue reading...

Manchester City owner sells 10% share for £389m to US private equity firm

• Silver Lake deal values City Football Group at £3.74bn • Ilkay Gündogan warns team to improve in Champions League City Football Group, the owner of Manchester City, has sold a stake of just over 10% for $500m (£389.4m) to Silver Lake, an American private equity firm. The deal values the business at $4.8bn (£3.74bn), establishing it as one of the most valuable sports companies in the world. It puts CFG’s value more than $1bn ahead of the $3.81bn worth attributed to Manchester United by Forbes in July. At t[..]

Manchester City's owner is worth nearly $5 billion after Silver Lake deal

US private equity giant Silver Lake is investing $500 million in the owner of Manchester City, a deal that values the soccer group at nearly $5 billion and signals a concerted move by the veteran tech investors into sports.

Manchester City finish top despite Shakhtar Donetsk snatching a draw

Manchester City are through to the last 16 as group winners despite another of the stuttering displays that have been a feature of their season. Pep Guardiola’s side were never at ease against a technically bright Shakhtar, though progression with a game to spare is impressive and the manager will worry about form in the competition when the business end starts in the spring. Continue reading...

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off Agüero ruled for ‘a few weeks’ with thigh injury Get in touch with Paul on email or on Twitter 5.21pm GMT Hello. Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk meet today with both hoping to secure their place in the Champions League knockout phase - but one club’s hopes are a lot more realistic than the other’s. City, you see, only need to avoid losing at home to the Ukrainians, whom they squashed 3-0 away earlier in this group. Shakhtar’s reconnaissance missions do[..]

Wilfred Ndidi is the driving force behind Leicester's surge up the table

The midfielder has made more tackles and more interceptions than any player in Europe’s top leagues this season By Ben McAleer for WhoScored Leicester City have more points now than they did at this stage of the 2015-16 season, when they went on to win the title. They are unlikely to repeat that 5,000-1 success, but they are giving Liverpool the closest run for their money. After a run of five straight victories in which they have conceded just one goal, Leicester are second in the table a point above defen[..]

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

The top three continue to dominate, Liverpool’s struggles go on and Everton and Manchester United provide the entertainment Whisper it, but it seems we really do have a three-way title race. Everything went to form over the weekend, with the top three beating the bottom three, and all of them look like lasting the course as we near the halfway point of the season. Arsenal’s stunning form last term, and early this, meant I’d expected them to run away with it but the other contenders look convincing. Manchest[..]

Man City beats Chelsea with show of character

3:54 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have proven their footballing ability beyond doubt, but if this season is more a gauge of their character, they passed an important test by beating Chelsea 2-1. There was a point earlier on Saturday when Crystal Palace were holding leaders Liverpool, meaning a […]

Pep Guardiola stays philosophical in hunt for ‘unstoppable’ Liverpool

The Manchester City manager accepts he will be ‘disappointed’ if his side fail to retain the title but says expectations are too high If the challenge for Manchester City has been to translate their dominance of England into superiority in Europe, Pep Guardiola may instead have borrowed from his Champions League rhetoric to lay the groundwork for a Premier League near-miss. The City manager has a tendency to downplay his side’s chances of conquering the continent. A 12-point deficit to Liverpool had been re[..]

Vivianne Miedema’s strike gives Arsenal edge over Liverpool in WSL

Vivianne Miedema scored her fourth league goal of the season to give Arsenal a win against a resilient but winless Liverpool. The Dutch forward’s 16th goal in all competitions did enough to keep the Women’s Super League champions on the tails of Manchester City and Chelsea as they bid to defend their crown. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola worried by Agüero injury, praises Lampard as ‘brave manager’

• Manchester City striker may be out for ‘toughest part of season’ • Chelsea limit champions to 46.7% possession in 2-1 defeat Pep Guardiola could be without Sergio Agüero for some of the “toughest part of our season” after the striker suffered a suspected muscle injury in Manchester City’s win over Chelsea. Related: Manchester City leave Chelsea with duelling scars after high-class hoot | Paul Wilson Continue reading...

Manchester City leave Chelsea with duelling scars after high-class hoot | Paul Wilson

It was a great game to watch between two sides who prefer to attack, partly as their defences are liable to drive managers mad There was a great deal of swash and buckle in this game. Encounters between top-four sides are often dull, cautious affairs but Chelsea and Manchester City at the moment could not be boring if they tried. True, there were enough defensive mistakes to drive both managers mad and remind everyone they were not necessarily watching the most refined level of football but in terms of ente[..]

Manchester City v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

• Live updates from the match at the Etihad Stadium • Guardiola pledges his future to Manchester City • Send Scott an email with your thoughts 6.10pm GMT 39 min: Willian scampers down the right and reaches the byline. He flicks a pass towards Abraham at the near post, but Stones gets in the road. City clear. Chelsea are still looking dangerous every time they cross the halfway line. 6.08pm GMT 38 min: So far, City are leading Chelsea 7-6 on attempts. How is this only 2-1? Continue reading...

Aston Villa v Newcastle United: match preview

Despite the summer of turbulence on Tyneside, Newcastle find themselves in a respectable 13th place in the table and could potentially win their third game in a row on Steve Bruce’s first return to Villa Park since his dismissal last October. Villa on the other hand, have lost their last three, albeit two of those were to Manchester City and Liverpool. Jack Grealish should be a welcome return to Dean Smith’s side after a calf injury. Will Dickson Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Premier League fans rate the season so far. Part one: Arsenal to Liverpool

Fans assess the best and worst of the opening stages – top performers, biggest mistakes and the funniest moments • Part two: Manchester City to Wolves Best performance? Comebacks against Spurs and with 10 men against Villa were decent. Otherwise, lacklustre. Maitland-Niles being forced off to remove a gold necklace in-play against Vitória sort of sums things up so far. Continue reading...

Frank Lampard’s season at Manchester City helped shape his coaching career

• ‘It opened my eyes to another club and structure’ • Lampard takes Chelsea to his former club on Saturday Frank Lampard has said his year at Manchester City introduced him to a different style of football and played a part in shaping his managerial approach. Lampard was nearing retirement when he left Chelsea in 2014 and he feels spending a season in Manchester before finishing his playing career at New York City FC gave him an idea of how he wanted to coach. He caused a stir when he joined City, who were [..]

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah may play through pain barrier at Crystal Palace

• Jürgen Klopp waits on Egyptian forward’s ankle injury • Klopp: ‘It’s still kind of there. We have to be sensible’ Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah must continue to play with pain but allayed concerns the Liverpool forward needs surgery on the ankle injury that has troubled him for seven weeks. Salah has trained during the international break although remains a doubt for the Premier League leaders’ visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 27-year-old suffered the injury when fouled by Hamza Choudhury in[..]

Pep Guardiola ‘incredibly satisfied’ and pledges his future to Manchester City

• Manager says he will not leave if City fail to win title • Guardiola’s current contract runs until summer 2021 Pep Guardiola has said he intends to stay at Manchester City even if they do not win the title this season to claim a third consecutive Premier League crown. Guardiola, contracted at the club until summer 2021, said on Friday: “I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for th[..]

Everton v Norwich City: match preview

Marco Silva believes Everton have “reacted strongly” to recent adversity, notably André Gomes’s horrific injury against Tottenham and the VAR debacle at Brighton, and three wins in their last five games in all competitions does suggest an upturn. They must exploit the lack of confidence in the league’s bottom club and give the manager’s claim greater substance. Silva’s side face a testing run of fixtures against Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United following the visit of Norwich, who are with[..]

Guardiola on Mourinho's return, Silva's ban and Lampard’s success at Chelsea – video

Ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday, Pep Guardiola praised Lampard as a 'perfect' coach for English football. The Manchester City manager also addressed Bernardo Silva’s one-match ban over a Twitter post about Benjamin Mendy and said the forward is ‘not like he is being accused’. When asked about José Mourinho's return to the Premier League, Guardiola said he was 'an incredible manager’ but admitted he was a little surprised at Mauricio Pochettino's sacking by Tottenh[..]

Pep Guardiola criticises FA over Bernardo Silva’s one-match ban for Mendy tweet

• Midfielder will miss Manchester City’s game against Chelsea • Guardiola: “he’s been accused of something he’s not” Pep Guardiola has insisted Bernardo Silva is not guilty of sending a racially aggravated tweet despite an independent Football Association commission banning the forward for one game for the message he directed at Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy. Silva will miss Saturday’s visit of Chelsea due to the commission’s verdict of last week. It concerned a tweet sent by Silva on 22 Septembe[..]

Manchester City v Chelsea: match preview

Here is a match the champions really have to win. If Liverpool beat Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday Manchester City will be 12 points behind at kick-off and so three points becomes vital against Frank Lampard’s resurgent Chelsea who arrive at the Etihad Stadium a place above Pep Guardiola’s team. The manager has Ederson back following injury and, given his side’s luck with VAR, will hope the contest will be incident-free. Jamie Jackson Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Did Bradley Wright-Philips' success show MLS's weakness or its strength?

The Englishman routinely tore through defences in North America after a humdrum career in Europe. But his Red Bulls career was far from a joke Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robbie Keane, Wayne Rooney, David Villa … they all left their mark on Major League Soccer, but none quite as profound (at least statistically) as Bradley Wright-Phillips. That’s right, the same Wright-Phillips who failed to make the grade at Manchester City before becoming a lower-league journeyman at Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, C[..]

Premier League news and buildup to Euro 2020 play-off draw – live!

West Ham v Tottenham and Man City v Chelsea buildup Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Email Scott your thoughts or comment below the line 9.10am GMT Where else to start but here? So many questions. Can Wilfried Zaha prosper against depleted leaders Liverpool? Will Teemu Pukki prosper at Goodison Park? Is there any chance of Chelsea upsetting Manchester City? All this and more. Clickity click, be about your business. And enjoy! Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this week[..]

'Absolutely heartbreaking': how Macclesfield Town fell into crisis

Late wages, a players’ strike and high-court dates are part of a cycle of bad news at the League Two club Tis almost the season to be jolly, just not at Macclesfield Town. Thirty-five miles south of the shell of Bury FC and a splutter away from the riches of Manchester City and United, another swell of supporters feel they have been reduced to pawns, collateral damage as another rudderless club beset by off-field turbulence fumbles around in the dark, seemingly squeaking by week on week, trapped in a cycle [..]

José Mourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January

• New manager says that he ‘feels happiness’ with squad • Academy is giving the talents the first team needs, he says José Mourinho has been told that he will have to work with Tottenham’s existing squad as there is no money for an overhaul in January. The manager, who has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino on a three-and-a-half-year contract, has entered the role with his eyes open as to the financial realities at the club and it was noticeable that on Wednesday evening he talked up the players he has inh[..]

Mourinho for Pochettino: are Spurs run by Amazon’s documentary makers? | Max Rushden

Hiring Mourinho feels like a step backwards and it would be peak Spursy to hire this serial winner and still win nothing Just how much have Amazon paid for this season’s Spurs documentary? Is this the first football reality show – Made in Tottenham – where if things aren’t quite interesting enough the producers can suggest things to keep it interesting? It was already turning into a reasonably interesting show. Did they have to go this big this early? Perhaps they were bored by the Manchester City one. Team[..]

Wales v Hungary: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Updates from Wales’s key match and the other qualifiers Live scoreboard! Follow all of the day’s goals and games And you can email Scott here with your thoughts 6.55pm GMT Tom Flanagan replaces Jonny Evans in the Northern Ireland defence for the dead rubber in Germany. The Sunderland defender makes his first competitive start, standing in for the Leicester man, who has succumbed to illness. Jordan Thompson also starts a meaningful international for the first time, replacing fellow midfielder Stuart Dallas. [..]

Manchester City target new highs after announcing record £535m revenues

• Financial results show 6% rise on 2017-18 figures • City could overhaul Manchester United’s results next year Manchester City have announced club record revenues of £535.2m, an increase of around 6%. The champions are confident this will rise again next year because of a lucrative new kit deal with Puma. City posted the results in their annual report for 2018-19, which also shows that wages rose from 52% to 59% of turnover, having spent £259.2m in 2017-18, compared with £315.6m last year. Continue reading[..]

Football rumours: Julian Nagelsmann to replace Pochettino at Spurs?

Today’s fluff is running the gauntlet In news that could have been written at any given point in the past 15 years, Arsenal need defensive reinforcements. Consequently, the Gunners are training their sights on Villarreal’s Pau Torres. The 22-year-old centre-back, who made his Spain debut last month, is admittedly weighed down by a £43m release clause, but Unai Emery is undeterred, according to The Sun. However, they may face competition from Manchester City. Emery is not the only manager in north London sub[..]

Football transfer rumours: Dayot Upamecano to Manchester City?

Today’s piffle is blinded by the light Being a child of the 70s, The Mill knows that you can only build something meaningful with Mecano if you’re an absolute obsessive. So when we heard that Pep Guardiola was interested in Dayot Upamecano it made perfect sense. The Manchester City manager is is just the right kind of studious nerd to be able to grab his tools and bolt the Leipzig centre-back on to his broken defence in time for a renewed tilt at defending their Premier League title in January. The 21-year-[..]