As Pep Guardiola celebrates at last confirming such a comprehensive Premier League title, there were some figures in the Manchester City hierarchy celebrating with a quieter sense of satisfaction. That’s because they couldn’t help thinking how much this meant to the Catalan himself, how much it vindicated him - and not just because of what happened in the Champions League, or even against Manchester United. It went deeper than that, and further back than that. It went to how very different things were just over a year ago. The roots of such record-breaking brilliance are not just found in record-breaking expenditure, but also Guardiola previously suffering by far the worst results of his career. City CEO Ferran Soriano and chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak see this season as the first reward for investment in a manager and his idea, as much as an investment in so many transfer fees. That is the wider story of the style of this league victory. It is also a victory for that idea. … [Read more...] about The inside story of Manchester City’s title win, why it wasn’t all about the money and how Pep Guardiola is only just getting started
Despite a week in which they missed the chance to win the league against Manchester United, and were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool, Manchester City are again on course for the greatest Premier League season of all time.Well, according to the record books at least. City’s 3-1 win at Tottenham reminded the football world of what the champions in waiting were capable of, as well as keeping their hopes of breaking records alive.This is how today's dramatic action leaves the top 6 in the #PL pic.twitter.com/70S5ITFomo— Premier League (@premierleague) April 14, 2018 Pep Guardiola’s team could win the league before playing again if United lose to West Brom, but when they do lift the title at the end of the season, just how many records will they hold?With one win, City now back on course for all those records. They need three wins from five to break the 95-point record, five wins from five to break 100 points, and 11 goals to break the 103-goal … [Read more...] about Despite horror week City are on course to become record-breaking champions in more ways than one
Liverpool are into their first Champions League semi-final with a thrilling two-legged victory over Manchester City. Despite falling a goal behind within two minutes to Gabriel Jesus, goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a 2-1 victory on the night, and saw the Reds progress 5-1 on aggregate. The national media were mightily impressed with Jurgen Klopp's side. Here is what they thought of it... In the Independent, Miguel Delaney believes both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have challengers to their respective crowns. He writes: Rather than one of the Champions League’s great historic comebacks, we instead saw the effect of one of its great modern players - and maybe another great Liverpool European season. That's what it feels like it's building up to, with the team following Mohamed Salah to such an elite level. The Egyptian once again displayed the wondrous standard he has reached, as well as ice-cold serenity amid the searing heat of the Etihad to kill all … [Read more...] about ‘Liverpool and Salah are now rivals to Real and Ronaldo’
It was a night to remember at Anfield as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-0 to put themselves on the brink of the Champions League semi-finals. The national media were effusive in their praise for Jurgen Klopp's side, both on the field and in the stands of the famous stadium. Here is what they made of a sensational evening on Merseyside. In The Times, Henry Winter believes City supporters' taunts would come back to haunt them. Read More Liverpool v Manchester City He writes: All over the pitch, Klopp’s players were eclipsing their City counterparts. James Milner was last seen on his new Twitter feed, checking the length of mini-eggs with a ruler, and he certainly had the measure of City. He harassed them in midfield, had an assist, and was outstanding. To think City let him go on a free. A penny, too, for the thoughts of the watching Gareth Southgate. Milner is happily retired from the England scene but at 32 is still in great physical condition. Alongside him was Jordan … [Read more...] about ‘Liverpool mocked for living in the past
Jonathan Liew is joined by Miguel Delaney and Duncan Alexander from Opta to discuss the weekend’s football action and looking ahead to Liverpool vs Manchester City in the Champions League. They also analyse the competitiveness of the Premier League, and Alan Pardew, after he was sacked by West Brom. Click play above to listen to the latest episode, which is also available on iTunes, acast and all other podcast providers (if the audio is not appearing on your mobile, you may need to view on desktop or download the podcast). And if you enjoy the show then please subscribe, rate and review the pod to help us find like-minded souls. Thanks. Follow the Independent Sport on Instagram here, for all of the best images, videos and stories from around the sporting world. More about: The Independent Football Podcast … [Read more...] about The Indy Football Podcast: How competitive is the Premier League?