And yet even a genius such as he must struggle to find much sense in the chaos of what happened at the Etihad on Wednesday. Yes, he could point to the way Tottenham’s midfield diamond put pressure on the heart of his side, prompting the errors that led to Son Heung-min’s two early goals. And he could note that same diamond left Tottenham’s full-backs exposed, which was a contributory factor in each of City’s first three goals. And he could observe the injury to Moussa Sissoko and Tottenham’s dearth of midfield alternatives changed the balance of the match late in the first half. … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?
At the start of the second half, Barcelona’s fans serenaded United’s keeper as he occupied the goal at the north end, singing: “De Gea, how bad you are!” How good Messi is had been shown – again – just before the half-time whistle. Jones was holding his shirt, but that didn’t stop Messi turning him and turning the referee too. He hadn’t finished with Jones: he nutmegged the Englishman, cutting inside, outside and away, almost leaving the defender’s legs in a cartoon knot, hips snapped in two. The pass was perfect for Jordi Alba, whizzing up the wing, and his superb cross found Sergi Roberto, denied by De Gea. … [Read more...] about Lionel Messi’s one-man show draws curtain on Manchester United dreams
It is with great sadness that we have heard the tragic news that Debbie Makki, Yousef’s Makki’s mother, has sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning. Our thoughts go out to Debbie’s family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/HQJRJpoPW3 … [Read more...] about Mother of stabbed teenager Yousef Makki dies ‘with a broken heart’
With Pep Guardiola making clear his preference for a ball-playing keeper, Willy Caballero was preferred to Hart for the opening three Premier League matches of the season by the new manager, with the arrival of Bravo then in effect pushing Hart down to third place. … [Read more...] about Joe Hart joins Torino: ‘I’m very excited to test myself in the beautiful Serie A’
Hart flew to Turin on Tuesday morning before undergoing a medical and his expected completion of the loan from Manchester City. Both City and Torino will contribute to the 29-year-old’s salary of around £135,000 a-week. However it is understood that his contract has no stipulation in it he can be transferred in the winter window should a club wish to bid for him. … [Read more...] about Joe Hart set to join Torino on season-long loan from Manchester City