Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken his City side to the semi-final of a Champions League campaign for the first time since he was appointed as the club:s manager, and there are high hopes within the club that he could well guide them to a title triumph this time around as well. In the previous campaigns, the Spanish manager had never gone beyond the quarter-final of the competition, with many criticizing him for being unable to go beyond that stage despite always spending huge sums on transfers.
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes will sit out the upcoming league game at Brighton and Hove Albion with the hamstring injury sustained in the last Premier League outing. Andre Gomes picked up the hamstring problem during the league game at home to Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
His absence for the Brighton game at the Amex Stadium on Monday night was confirmed by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti during his pre-match presser ahead of the game. According to the Italian tactician, the Portuguese national team player won't be involved in the game.
Liverpool fans are probably trying to hold on to a thread of hope that their beloved club could still go all the way and get their hands on the prestigious trophy at the end of this season, but can the Reds really secure a UCL title triumph?
While the Anfield club have not been as impressive this season as they were last season in the Premier League, they have been a better side on the European stage and have even made it to the last-8 stage of the competition. After seeing off German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig to secure their passage to the current stage of the competition, there is still some belief within the squad that they could still conjure some fine performances and go all the way.
Chelsea's United States Men's National Team winger Christian Pulisic is currently a sidelined player at the club and has found playing time very hard to come by under German manager Thomas Tuchel. The winger is now a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge and even though he has been fit in their last few games, he has not been used. The former Borussia Dortmund attacker was not even included in the team that beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday, fuelling reports of him potentially leaving the Blues in the summer.
According to several reports that began to surface earlier in the week, the 22-year-old is attracting serious interest from a host of clubs across Europe, including Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool.
Chelsea were handed a double blow on the disciplinary front during the Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Spanish La Liga table toppers Atletico Madrid last night following the news that midfielders Mason Mount and Jorginho will miss the return leg next month.
England international Mason Mount and Italian international Jorginho were both walking a tight rope ahead of the first leg in Bucharest on Tuesday night as they were one booking away from suspension. The two players went on to collect that yellow card thus ruling them out of the second leg on March 17 in what is a big blow to Thomas Tuchel.
Eric Bailly was signed by Manchester United with a lot of hope that he would become the next Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand. He joined the club from Villarreal in 2016 for around £35 million but his time at Old Trafford has been ravaged by injuries.
After making 25 appearances in his first season,Bailly has never been able to make more than 15 league appearances in a single campaign since then. Now, however, the defender seems to be finally overcoming his injury problems as he has now featured in four consecutive league matches this time since 2017.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been named on a four-man shortlist for the Premier League Manager of the Month for December 2020. Dean Smith made the list after an impressive return of three wins and two draws from five league matches in the month of December.
Dean Smith has been able to lead Aston Villa into the top half of the table with 26 points from 15 league games this season. This is a significant improvement from last season as Dean Smith and Aston Villa narrowly escaped relegation from the division in their first season back with the big boys. Aston Villa are three points off the Champions League places as things stand with two games in hand.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Arsenal for making quality additions to the squad during the summer transfer window. The Gunners have endured a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign and they are currently placed 15th on the table with only 13 points after 11 matches.
As such, they have been far from impressive as a collective unit, but they have been standout displays from summer signings Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes. Carragher has also been impressed with the duo and believes the hierarchy should stick with Arteta as the head coach.
He told Sky Sports: “Mikel Arteta brought in [Thomas] Partey and Gabriel [Magalhaes]. They look like Arsenal’s two best players at this moment. I think they've had four managers and three CEOs since 2018. Just stick with Arteta, but there's going to be a lot of pain for Arsenal.”
FIFA and Adidas have already started working on the ball for the World Cup 2022.
The recent World Cup balls have attracted a lot of criticism. The recent FIFA World Cup 2018 ball, Telstar 18, received a lot of criticism from the goalkeepers especially during the group stages. This was followed by the Mechta ball, which was utilised during the knockout stages.
There are a lot of complaints from goalkeepers about the unpredictable flight of the ball, which may have been largely due to the air bladder construction. The air bladder was perfectly in sync with the outer area. As a result, striking the outer surface would almost be similar to striking the bladder.
Trevor Sinclair was talking on talkSPORT where he said Arsenal fans will love the idea of former club player Jack Wilshere returning to the Emirates in the future.
Sinclair is now a pundit after hanging his boots ending a career that saw him play for Premier League clubs including West Ham United and Manchester City.
He said that it would be a good deal for Arsenal to sign their former star, especially on a contract that will see him get paid as he plays. Meanwhile, Wilshere would feel like he'd just won the jackpot at wish casinos, with a return to the club he supported as a boy, and led into the Champions League Final all those years ago.