Manchester City completed an historic domestic treble with a 6-0 rout of Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Here AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Wembley showpiece: Serial winner Guardiola addicted to silverware The champagne corks had barely stopped popping after Manchester City's Premier League triumph last weekend before Pep Guardiola issued a warning to his players. Guardiola's side have collected 198 points in winning the past two Premier League titles, but the City manager has no intention of resting on his laurels. Describing winning as "so addictive", Guardiola called on City's stars to extend their domination of English football well into the future. "We have to win again and again," he said. "It has been incredible. But from the first day of next season, we start from zero." Guardiola's message was received loud and clear on the evidence of a swaggering victory over Watford that made City the first English club to win the treble of Premier League, FA … [Read more...] about Three things we learned from the FA Cup final
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The FA Cup final used to be the biggest date in the football calendar. That may not strictly be the case anymore, but it's still a huge occasion. Today sees Manchester City take on Watford at Wembley for the oldest prize on football. Here's everything you need to know. What time is kick-off? The final kicks off at 5pm. What TV channel is it on? There are two options for your viewing pleasure. You can either watch on BBC1 and BT Sport 2. BBC's coverage goes pretty much throughout the afternoon, starting in earnest at 3.55pm. BT's coverage starts at 4pm. What is the team news? The Premier League champions have few injury concerns to concern themselves with. Kevin de Bruyne is in contention to start after coming on against Brighton last weekend. Fernandinho could also be fit enough to feature after being sidelined since late April. Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy remain the only long-term absentees. Watford expect to have semi-final Gerard Deulofeu back after the Spaniard suffered … [Read more...] about What time is the FA Cup Final and which TV channel is it on
Manchester City will bid to become the first team to complete a domestic treble of League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup this weekend when they take on Watford at Wembley Stadium. City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup back in February before pipping Liverpool, who held a seven-point lead over the Citizens in January, to the Premier League title in one of the closest, most intense run-ins in English football history. Now, they will be looking to make it their very own hat-trick when they play Watford in the FA Cup final in what will be be the traditional end of season fixture in the English football calendar. Here is all you need to know: What time is it? The match has moved away from its traditional time of 3pm and will instead kick-off on Saturday, May 18 at 5pm. Who are taking part? Manchester City, who were crowned Premier League champions last weekend, will start as strong favourites against a Watford side they have beaten in their last ten meetings. In … [Read more...] about What time is the FA Cup final and how can I watch it?
When Riyad Mahrez shifted the ball onto his right foot at the Amex Stadium on Sunday and rifled a shot into the top corner, Manchester City knew they could start to celebrate becoming 2018/19 Premier League champions. The goal put them 3-1 up at Brighton - with an Ilkay Gundogan free kick to follow - and secured the vital three points that crowned them champions ahead of Liverpool in one of the closest title races in years. But as well as effectively sealing the title for City, Mahrez also sent a message to manager Pep Guardiola that he was worthy of his place in the starting line up. The Algerian had found himself out of favour in recent weeks, even though fellow winger Leroy Sane has also spent long periods on the bench. But he took his chance on the final day to get City over the line. It could save his City career. With the FA Cup final approaching, a number of Mahrez's teammates will be looking for a similar impact in the final game of the season. For City, victory would see … [Read more...] about The Man City players with a point to prove in the FA Cup final
Manchester City's quest for the quadruple goes on after Gabriel Jesus's goal sent them through to the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Brighton at Wembley. The Brazilian got on the end of Kevin De Bruyne's cross in the fourth minute to head past Mat Ryan and despite an uninspiring performance from the Premier League champions, it was enough to see off a spirited Brighton side. City were forced to make do without Sergio Aguero for the semi-final with Pep Guardiola seemingly unwilling to risk his top scorer ahead of the title run-in. But his replacement Gabriel Jesus, who missed a number of chances in midweek, showed the Catalan coach he could be relied upon to come in and lead the line with an early goal - and what a goal it was. Aymeric Laporte floated a pinpoint diagonal pass onto the feet of Bernardo Silva and typically, the Portuguese's touch cushioned the ball as if his foot was wrapped in velvet into the path of Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian whipped in a perfect cross to the … [Read more...] about Jesus goal sends Man City through to the FA Cup final