LONDON: Manchester City will seek revenge against Tottenham on Saturday for their dramatic Champions League exit last season as Liverpool and Manchester United also look to build on impressive Premier League starts this weekend. City completed the first ever domestic treble of trophies in England last season, but fell short once more in the Champions League as Tottenham progressed from their quarter-final tie on away goals. VAR disallowed Raheem Sterling’s strike deep into stoppage time of a thrilling second leg 4-3 win for the English champions in April, robbing Sterling of his hat-trick on the night and City a place in the last four. Yet, Sterling has started the new campaign as he finished the last, scoring a hat-trick on the opening weekend as City thrashed West Ham 5-0 to already move to the top of the table. Tottenham were also victorious against Aston Villa, but needed to come from behind and two goals in the final five minutes from Harry Kane to secure a 3-1 win over … [Read more...] about Man City seek Spurs revenge, Lampard hoping for home comforts
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HONG KONG: Demonstrators chanted "Free Hong Kong" and sang a protest song as Premier League champions Manchester City hammered Kitchee 6-1 on Wednesday (Jul 24), underlining the political turmoil that has gripped the city.Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane scored twice, Raheem Sterling got one and set up two more and teenagers Nabil Touaizi and Iker Pozo were also on the scoresheet as Pep Guardiola's City outclassed the Hong Kong league side.In the 21st minute of each half, marking an attack by a stick-wielding mob on July 21, fans struck up "Do You Hear the People Sing", the Les Miserables song which has been adopted as a protest anthem, followed by loud chants of "Free Hong Kong!"One banner unfurled among the 20,926-strong Hong Kong Stadium crowd said: "No China extradition, HK = police state, please save HK!!"It follows weeks of protests in the semi-autonomous territory sparked by a government bid, since shelved, to allow extradition to mainland China for certain offences.The protests, … [Read more...] about Football: ‘Free Hong Kong’ protest as Man City thrash Kitchee
Defending champions City have the upper hand as they lead by a point knowing they only have to match Liverpool's result to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. Liverpool have not lifted the league since 1990, but could not have done much more to finally end that wait after posting a club record 94 points with one game to spare. Incredibly the Reds could post the third highest points tally ever in the Premier League with victory against Wolves and still miss out. "Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything," said City boss Pep Guardiola. Statistically this is the greatest Premier League title race of all-time, but AFP Sports looks at what rivals it for drama from the history books. 2011/12 - Aguero snatches the title It is rare for the title to be won on the final day, even rarer to do it in the final minute of stoppage time in the final game. Should City seal … [Read more...] about Man City v Liverpool: The best ever English title race?
Jurgen Klopp's men face a tricky trip to Newcastle on Saturday, two days before Pep Guardiola's City host Leicester, with just one point separating the pair. Below them, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United remain in the hunt to secure the remaining two top-four places despite stuttering form. And at the bottom of the table, Cardiff's Premier League future is hanging by a thread as they prepare to host Crystal Palace. AFP Sports looks at the state of play in the Premier League ahead of the penultimate weekend of the competition. The title race It is advantage City in arguably the greatest Premier League title race in history with neither side having dropped points for two months. Defending champions City, after 12 straight wins, are on 92 points, one clear of relentless Liverpool, who have lost just once in the league all season. Defeat for Liverpool at Newcastle, managed by former Reds' boss Rafael Benitez, would give City the chance to wrap up the … [Read more...] about Liverpool must dig deep to keep Man City title fight alive
Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Leicester means Chelsea now hold a two-point lead over the Gunners in the chase for Champions League football next season with United a further point back in sixth with just two games remaining. In contrast to the faltering form of all four contenders for third and fourth, as Tottenham also lost at home to West Ham on Saturday, the top two continue to cede no ground in the title race. City extended their winning run to 12 straight Premier League games and now just need to win their final two at home to Leicester and away to Brighton to retain their title and stretch Liverpool's long wait to win the league to at least 30 years. Pep Guardiola cut a frustrated figure as City laboured for the first 45 minutes at Turf Moor. However, they clicked into gear after the break and wave upon wave of attack on the Burnley goal was finally rewarded after the hour mark when Sergio Aguero's shot squeezed just 29 millimetres over the line before Matt Lowton hacked … [Read more...] about Man City back on top, De Gea costs Man Utd once more