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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday April 16 2018
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This is our proudest
victory, says Kompany
PAUL燞IRST
Vincent Kompany hailed Manchester
City?s third Premier League triumph
as their proudest after watching rivals
Manchester United hand them the
title with a limp capitulation at home
to West Bromwich Albion.
City manager Pep Guardiola played
golf with son, Marius, and the world
No 12 Tommy Fleetwood at the
Sandiway course in Northwich as
United slumped 1-0 to the league?s
bottom club at Old Trafford, giving
City an unassailable lead.
His players were spread across
Europe as Jay Rodriguez scored the
goal that sealed City?s title, but
Kompany, the captain, watched with
his City-supporting wife, Carla, their
two children and other family
members at his Cheshire home.
He called on team-mates to do
what they were unable to after their
previous two titles, and retain it. ?You
can?t take it for granted. I have been
lucky to win three but so many I have
missed as well,? he said.
?I suppose my team-mates will
perhaps roll their eyes a little bit but I
have never retained a title, so I want
to see how we react now next season.
I want to see if this team has it to be
even more successful.
?I?m probably the first one to think
about next season, I would like to stay
humble, this is not a dynasty. It is one
title, we are all delighted, but there is
a lot more to do to unlock our full
potential.?
Guardiola, speaking before City?s
title win was completed, also said he
hoped to see an improvement from
his team next season. ?You cannot
deny we were good this season, but
we have to improve,? the City
manager said.
?It is important to build up the club
because Manchester City is not like
United or Chelsea or Arsenal ? you
know, the big clubs in England who
have a big history behind them.
?So sometimes you have to do these
kinds of things to think, ?Wow, we are
good too, like the other ones.?
?That is the target. It will be more
complicated, but we want the people
to believe Manchester City is a good
club.?
City?s players decided against
gathering to watch the United match.
They were spread across the
continent. Ederson, the goalkeeper,
was in Portugal to watch his former
team Benfica play Porto. Sergio
Ag黣ro, who played a key role in
City?s third title win since the Abu
Dhabi takeover by scoring 30 goals,
watched the match at home with his
family. Leroy San�, the winger, was in
Germany watching his former club,
Schalke, play Borussia Dortmund
while United were losing.
Just after FaceTiming Kevin De
Bruyne, his City and Belgium teammate, Kompany reflected on a special
season for him and his colleagues,
who have lost only twice in the
Premier League this season.
?The first [title win] has to be the
favourite,? he said. ?It was like
carrying a massive rock or stone on
your back and you get rid of it. The
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Man City (C) ...... 33 28
Man United ........ 33 22
Liverpool...........34 20
Tottenham ......... 33 20
Chelsea .............. 33 18
Arsenal...............33 16
Burnley .............. 33 14
Leicester............33 11
Everton..............34 11
Newcastle......... 33 11
Bournemouth..34 9
Watford..............34 10
Brighton.............33 8
Huddersfield....34 9
West Ham ........... 32 8
Crystal Palace..34 8
Swansea.............33 8
Southampton...33 5
Stoke...................33 6
West Brom ......... 34 4
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14 35 42 -7 41
14 41 56 -15 38
17 42 60 -18 37
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15 33 53 -20 28
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first one was special but this one is
perhaps the one I?m most proud of.
It?s a privilege to be a part of this
team. You just want to hold on to the
feeling.
?It?s a difficult achievement and I?m
proud of the team and everyone
involved. It is the same feeling as the
first time. You can?t describe it, the
first time you think you are going to
win all of them and the first time you
lose it you think you are never going
to win it again.?
West Brom were 16-1 shots to win
at Old Trafford yesterday but
Kompany said he had an inkling that
City?s neighbours would lose to the
side that are bottom of the table.
?I had that feeling when I woke up
this morning,? he said. ?I don?t like to
wait and see a team lose but you go
into a game and think West Brom are
a good team, they don?t deserve to be
where they are and a set-piece,
wonderful goal from Jay Rodriguez,
thank you.?
Guardiola, who also won the
Carabao Cup this season, could only
finish third in his first campaign at
the club last season. Kompany claims
neither he nor his team-mates ever
lost faith in their manager.
?We all believed in it,? he said.
?There was a period of adaptation for
him coming into the league and for us
taking in his methods. They were the
right ones and the ones we believed
in, I?m sure there are differences to
how we play today compared to
Bayern and Barcelona. We survive
and live by the strength of the team.
One team was dominant in Germany
and one had [Lionel] Messi, but we
are nothing without the team.?
Kompany hailed Guardiola for
helping him improve his game. ?If I
had met Pep when I was 20-years-old
I would have been the perfect player
for him and would have been able to
improve so much,? he said.
?I think we share one thing. He has
been able to transfer to the team that
hunger and desire to never be
satisfied.?
Guardiola, right,
celebrates on the
golf course with,
from left, son
Marius, world
No 12 Tommy
Fleetwood and
Gareth Jones,
pro at the
Sandiway club
in Cheshire
Mourinho燽lames�relaxed?爌layers爁or燿efeat
PAUL燞IRST
Jos� Mourinho lashed out at his
Manchester United players after they
handed the title to Manchester City,
claiming that they got carried away
after their derby win at the Etihad
Stadium.
A week after denying City the
chance to win the title in front of their
own fans, Mourinho?s United gifted
the trophy to their near rivals with an
embarrassing
defeat
to
West
Bromwich Albion. Mourinho claims
he could feel the complacency of his
squad all week and accused them of
trying to be too elaborate against West
Brom. ?Yes. I know them, I smell, I
have lots of experience and that?s not
me because I won eight titles and I?m
not on the moon because I won against
Manchester City, a match that is only
three points,? the United manager
said.
?I saw lots of people [players] on the
moon because we won against
Manchester City, like the win against
City was the most important thing
ever. I won too much to be happy with
just one big victory.
?You see the difference of attitude of
some players today compared with
other weeks; relax, too stylish, one
more touch, one more turn, one more
flick. We were the masters of
complication. We complicated our
football from the beginning and gave
West Brom a chance to feel
comfortable defensively.?
Mourinho, who claimed earlier this
season that City over-celebrated after
winning at Old Trafford, aimed a dig at
Pep Guardiola pre-match yesterday by
writing in his programme notes that
his team ?behaved in a classy way?
after the derby win.
After clinching the title, the United
manager praised City, although he did
not mention Guardiola by name.
?They won the title because they
were the best team, because they won
a great amount of points,? he said.
?They lost only two matches because
they were the best team. I will
congratulate them face-to-face when I
have the chance to do it.?
David Silva tweeted his joy during a season in which his son Mateo was born
prematurely: ?My 3rd league but this one is the most special. Thanks to
everyone for supporting me in this tough year! Champions!!!,? he wrote
Monday April 16 2018 | the times
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Guardiola must keep
on winning the title to
join managerial greats
HENRY燱INTER
CHIEF燜OOTBALL
WRITER
Tottenham燞otspur
Eriksen 42
Manchester燙ity
Jesus 22, G黱dogan 25 (pen),
Sterling 72
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Referee J Moss Attendance 80,811
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Last night some of the City players went out to celebrate their title success with
the club?s fans. Among them were John Stones, above, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph
and Vincent Kompany, who called in at the Railway Inn in Hale. Picture: PA
onquering any sporting
summit is a great
achievement, as Manchester
City managed this weekend,
but climbing back up there
again is the sign of true
greatness. Under their driven
visionary Pep Guardiola,
Manchester City have every chance
of rivalling, potentially eclipsing, the
great sides of the modern English era.
Given the escalating intensity of the
competition, as Guardiola rightly
says, doing back-to-back Premier
Leagues will be an even greater feat.
A sport increasingly viewed
through a manic social media prism is
frequently a world shorn of
perspective, prizing the present and
devaluing the past so some
detachment is required when
evaluating City?s fifth ever title. They
are a joy to watch, delivering winning
football in every sense, but Guardiola
and his players know, as all ambitious
teams do, that retaining the trophy
will really set them apart.
This is the challenge for City now.
They are worthy champions, setting
records with their torrent of goals and
rightly showered with acclaim for
their technical elan and tactical
inventiveness. Kevin De Bruyne,
David Silva and Leroy San� are in the
running for PFA Player of the Year.
San�, Raheem Sterling and Ederson
chase Young Player of the Year
honours. City are the team of the year
by a distance.
One principal reason exists why
City may eventually bear comparison
with the Manchester United of 1999
to 2001, the Chelsea of 2005 and
2006 and arguably the most
consistent force of the Premier
League era, the United of 2007 to
2013 who won five titles, lost one by a
point and another by a goal (with a
nod to Arsenal?s magnificent
Invincibles of 2004, this comparison
is about consistency over seasons).
That reason was off playing golf
yesterday as West Bromwich Albion?s
Jay Rodriguez was sinking United.
Guardiola is the catalyst, the brains
and heart behind the Blue Moon
rising. He has the financial resources,
of course, and players will inevitably
be drawn to the wages. They will be
attracted also by the opportunity to
work for a revered talent-enhancing
case enhanced when Moss deemed
teacher like Guardiola. They will see
Ben Davies worthy of only a yellow
the camaraderie in the squad and the
card for a horrible, studs-glinting
bond with fans so uplifting to behold
lunge at Kompany. It was very unlike
at the final whistle on Saturday. City
Davies, but still. It deserved red.
supporters travelled south in their
Spurs made a contest of it when the
thousands, making light of the
ball ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte
Premier League?s cynical decision to
on to Christian Eriksen and past
stage games late on a Saturday with
Ederson but then Wembley was
no trains and no thought for fans.
reminded again of Guardiola?s control.
City fans showed their determination,
As Mousa Demb閘� began to step up
as did the team.
in midfield and Davies and Kieran
So as City prepare the open-top
Trippier started to stretch City,
ride, and salute individuals of such
Guardiola simply removed San� for
sumptuous skills as De Bruyne with
Nicol醩 Otamendi after 63 minutes
one particularly deft delivery to
and went 3-5-2 with Sterling closer to
Sterling, like conveying a crown on a
Jesus. Walker and Delph pushed back
velvet cushion, the focus must come
Spurs full backs. Silva, De Bruyne and
back to Guardiola. After a brutal few
G黱dogan were closer in the centre,
days and sniping headlines, evicted
stifling Demb閘�.
from Europe and briefly embarrassed
Sterling?s finishing still requires
by their neighbours, Saturday?s
further work but the improvement
victory over Tottenham Hotspur
tasted particularly sweet to Guardiola. was seen when he poached his 22nd
goal after Lloris pushed out Jesus?s
The 90 minutes revealed that
strike after 73 minutes. Tightening
Guardiola possessed a pragmatic
control, Guardiola made another
streak, an acceptance of the need for
defensive substitution with Bernardo
a Plan B, a willingness to make
Silva replacing Jesus. City were now
defensive substitutions, to reshape the
5-4-1 with Sterling the lone flier, his
side to snuff out the opposition?s
pace ensuring Spurs defenders
rising threat, and to mix up the style,
remained on high alert.
even unleashing devastating
Guardiola?s third
long balls. He is the
substitution, Yaya Tour�
Manager of the Year,
for De Bruyne, came with
ahead of Sean Dyche
a minute remaining, and
even with the Burnley
Points City need from
may simply have been to
manager?s miracle at
five games to become
rest the Belgian. It might
turning water into
first team to reach 100 also reveal an unexpected
vintage Claret, because
points in top flight
sentimental streak to
Guardiola is changing
season
Guardiola in allowing the
coaching in this country,
34-year-old Tour� a last stride
inspiring so many young
out at Wembley. The game was
coaches with his tactics.
won and he could have sent on Phil
Guardiola has transformed the role
Foden, and if there is one area that
of goalkeepers in English football
Guardiola needs to address it is giving
with Ederson the first line of attack
City?s youth a chance.
now, so much so that Jordan
Guardiola hailed his side?s mental
Pickford?s superior distribution has
strength. ?This [game] showed me
seen him rocket into England No 1
how strong they were,? he said. ?That
contention. One man controlled
is important to build up the club. It is
Saturday?s game ? Guardiola ? just
important to believe because
as his little grey cells shaped the
Manchester City is not like United or
destiny of this title.
Chelsea or Arsenal ? you know, the
Ostensibly starting 4-1-2-3 with
big clubs in England who have a big
Ilkay G黱dogan deep and De Bruyne
history behind them. We are here [at
and Silva floating forward, City
the top] and it is only possible
bamboozled Spurs partly because
because we have these incredible
Fabian Delph, a nominal left back,
players in terms of mentality and
stationed himself in midfield for long
everything I said they tried to follow.?
periods, assisting G黱dogan.
They listen to their leader. Guardiola
Guardiola loves an overload.
is the man for all reasons this English
Guardiola had pointed out Spurs?
season. And next season? Hold on to
high line, so Vincent Kompany?s
the trophy. The greats always go
inspired long pass after 22 minutes
again.
exploited Davinson S醤chez?s
inexperience and positioning, and
RAT INGS
Gabriel Jesus swept through to score.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): H Lloris 4 ?
K Trippier 5, D S醤chez 4, J Vertonghen 6,
Three minutes later, G黱dogan sent
B Davies 5 ? E Dier 5, M Demb閘� 6 (sub: L
Sterling through, Hugo Lloris rushed
Moura 72min) ? E Lamela 6 (sub: Son Heung-min
out, bringing the attacker down.
64, 5), C Eriksen 6, D Alli 5 (sub: M Sissoko 84) ?
H Kane 5. Substitutes not used M Vorm,
Sterling was outside the box when
V Wanyama, S Aurier, K Sterling. Booked Lloris,
contact was made but fell inside, and
Demb閘�, Davies.
Jon Moss signalled a penalty. Even for Manchester City (4-1-2-3): Ederson 6 ? K Walker
6, V Kompany 6, A Laporte 7, F Delph 7 ?
a German, G黱dogan?s penalty was
I G黱dogan 7 ? K De Bruyne 8 (sub: Y Tour� 89),
utterly unstoppable.
D Silva 8 ? R Sterling 6, G Jesus 7 (sub: B Silva
76), L San� 7 (sub: N Otamendi 64, 6).
Critics belittling the Premier
Substitutes not used C Bravo, O Zinchenko,
League for lacking the vision or
P Foden, B Diaz. Booked De Bruyne, Jesus,
courage to introduce VAR, had their
Kompany, Delph.
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday April 16 2018
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How Guardiola built a team
SPECIAL燫EPORT
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WHERE營T燗LL燬TARTED
Sergio Ag黣ro gets City?s season-long goal rush under way with
the first against Brighton. There were plenty more to come
T
he date is March 14 of this
year, and Pep Guardiola is
making the short journey
from the seven-star Emirates
Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi to
the Ministry of Presidential
Affairs, where a special guest
is waiting to greet him.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed Al Nahyan, the billionaire
owner of Manchester City, has invited
Guardiola to his office for a catch-up
and to personally thank the Catalan
for leading the team to the brink of a
third league title in seven seasons.
Sheikh Mansour, accompanied by
Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City
chairman, greets Guardiola with a
handshake and hug before showing
him around his office. Guardiola, who
is in Abu Dhabi with his squad for a
warm-weather training camp, is then
invited to take a look at something
that is of great personal pride to
Sheikh Mansour ? his trophy
cabinet.
The Sheikh, a member of Abu
Dhabi?s ruling family, has a full-size
replica of all six trophies City have
won since he bought the club in 2008.
Each is encased in a transparent box.
Sheikh Mansour points to one of
the two Premier League trophies on
display and says: ?Maybe we will have
another one soon,? drawing laughter
from Guardiola and Al-Mubarak
inside the air-conditioned room,
which offers those present a respite
from the baking temperatures outside.
That hope has turned into reality.
City?s fifth title in their 124-year
history was secured today after
Manchester United fell to a surprise
defeat by West Bromwich Albion.
The Sergio Ag黣ro-inspired title
win of 2012 may have been the most
dramatic trophy success, but this
season?s triumph seems more
significant purely because of the way
City have swept all before them. City?s
Champions League exit against
Liverpool was disappointing ? as was
their league defeat by United ? but
their performances in the league this
season have been near faultless.
Guardiola?s men have claimed the
title in record-equalling time, losing
just twice, and crucially they have
done it playing some of the best
football this country has seen.
They have made it look easy, but of
course it has not been. So how exactly
did City win the league in such
impressive fashion? Those close to
Guardiola say there are three factors
behind the club?s title triumph:
1) GUARDIOLA?S WORK RATE AND
MODUS OPERANDI
Given his touchline histrionics and
tense demeanour in press
conferences, there is a perception
from outside that Guardiola is
something of a control freak who
does not know how to switch off. But
more often than not, he is so relaxed
that he regularly potters around his
office at the City Football Academy
(CFA), the club?s �0 million training
ground, with his shoes off. He will
walk along the corridors of the firstteam building in his socks talking to
staff. ?How are you? What have you
been up to?? he will ask.
The same approach applies to his
relationship with his players.
Contrary to popular belief, he does
not insist on sitting his players down
and subjecting them to video clip
after video clip of action on his laptop.
Only on a couple of occasions per
season will he beckon a player into
the office for a chat or to point out
something he has spotted during a
video analysis session. ?Come, come,?
he will say softly. ?Let me show you
this.?
Guardiola has an unrelenting belief
in his methods, but he always wants
feedback from his players and
coaches too. He is not an
authoritarian. ?Do you like the way
we play?? he asked his players in a
training session this season, conscious
perhaps of the failures of last term.
The unanimous answer was ?yes?.
Feedback is welcomed on match
days too. In the final team meeting
before City?s coach departs from the
CFA and makes the two-minute drive
across the road to the Etihad
Stadium, Guardiola?s last words to his
players are always: ?Any questions??
The focus is on the collective. Every
time he wins the manager of the
month award, Guardiola insists on all
his coaching staff being present in the
photo. Guardiola?s coaches are well
liked and respected. The assistant
coach Mikel Arteta?s work on the
training ground and in video analysis,
has been key to improving City?s
possession game.
Guardiola becomes tense only on
match days or the day before a game
when he has to conduct his prematch press conferences. It is no
secret that Guardiola does not enjoy
media engagements. During his press
conferences, he fidgets a lot in the 25
minutes he sits on his swivel chair at
the top table in the press auditorium
at the CFA. In the press conference
that preceded the derby, he scratched
his nose repeatedly and buried his
head in his hands when asked a
question about the possibility of
winning the title against their
neighbours. At one point, he even
started lining up the voice recorders
on the desk to keep himself occupied.
His first media briefing at the CFA
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1 Manchester United..........................20
2 Liverpool...............................................18
3 Arsenal....................................................13
4 Everton.....................................................9
5 Aston Villa................................................7
=6 Sunderland, Chelsea..........................6
8 Manchester City..................................5
=9 Newcastle United................................4
Sheffield Wednesday.............................4
took place in a small 4mx3m room.
About 15 journalists crammed
inside.
Guardiola looked overwhelmed and
uncomfortable, holding himself with
his arms across his chest. It is not that
he has a hatred for the media, he just
would prefer to be out on the training
pitch. On bumping into me at the
CFA recently, he asked with genuine
concern: ?How are you? What have
you been doing? How is your
newspaper doing? I read some bad
things about jobs in the industry in
Spain . . .?
Ask those in the highest and most
influential roles within the club to
describe Guardiola in one word and
the most common reply is ?genius?.
But there is little point in having such
a brilliant technical mind if you do
not have drive and ambition to go
with it. Guardiola has those traits in
abundance.
April 1, the day after City had
recorded their 27th league win of the
season, was designated as a ?recovery
day? for the players who had taken
part in the 3-1 victory away to
Everton. Raheem Sterling, Vincent
Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne were
told they just had to report for a
massage and gym work.
Those who did not feature at
Goodison Park were told to head out
to the training pitch. Some managers
palm off recovery-day training
sessions with squad players to their
assistants, but not Guardiola. The
Catalan always wants to be in his
natural habitat ? out on the grass.
He was soaked through in the
torrential rain, bouncing up and down
on his feet, animatedly showing Lukas
Nmecha, the academy striker, how to
attack the box; advising Tosin
Adarabioyo, the 20-year-old, on
defensive positioning; and
encouraging Oleksandr Zinchenko,
the young versatile Ukrainian, to try
Monday April 16 2018 | the times
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fit to sweep all before them
THE燦UMBERS燘EHIND
CITY?S營MPROVEMENT
Goals per game
2017-18
2.8
16-17
2.1
15-16
1.9
Shot conversion rate (%)
16
12.6
11.5
Goals conceded per game
0.76
1.1
1.1
Passes per game
733
597.5
539.2
Passing accuracy (%)
88.8
85.6
83.1
Possession (%)
72.2
64.9
57.1
Long passes (%)
6
8.8
10.2
new things. ?The players appreciate
that kind of gesture,? one training
ground source said.
It is this kind of dedication that
makes Guardiola such a popular
figure and such a superb coach.
Guardiola?s working day usually
lasts about ten hours and he will work
six or seven days per week. On a nonmatch day, the 47-year-old will set off
from his �7 million flat in the
Deansgate area of Manchester at
about 8.30am and make the 15minute drive east to the CFA.
There, he will have breakfast in the
canteen in the first-team building
with his players and staff. Sometimes
Ferran Soriano, City?s chief executive,
will join his long-time friend and they
will talk about football or politics as
they eat fruit or a bowl of cereal.
After breakfast, the players head to
the gym or the massage tables while
Guardiola and his many coaches set
the training session up that they had
meticulously planned the previous
afternoon. After a warm-up lead by
Lorenzo Buenaventura, the fitness
coach, training starts at 11 with a
series of ?rondos? ? a game of keep
ball in which six players try to keep
the ball away from two tacklers
within a box no larger than a few
square metres.
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The aim is to improve a player?s
first touch and passing ability in tight
spaces. It is no coincidence that many
of City?s goals this season have come
from lightning quick one-twos on the
edge of the box.
Given how much emphasis there is
on their ability to play it out from the
back, it will come as no surprise that
Ederson and Claudio Bravo, the
goalkeepers, take part in the rondos.
Such is the speed at which the players
flick the ball to each other during this
exercise, new signings are said to take
a few days to get up to the level of
their contemporaries.
Tactical and positional work
follows, but sometimes this can be as
short as 15 minutes as Guardiola is
wary of overburdening his players.
Everyone then retreats inside.
Guardiola starts planning for the
following day while the players have a
massage or a swim in the pool before
they convene for lunch. It was not the
case during Manuel Pellegrini?s reign,
but under Guardiola, it is compulsory
for players to have lunch and
breakfast at the CFA. The former
Barcelona coach wants to ensure his
players do not gain weight and he
insists they stick to a healthy diet of
lean meat, vegetables and fish.
Instructing your players to eat two
meals per day at the training ground
is an abnormal request for
professional footballers, but City?s
squad do not mind.
?They know it helps create a
positive environment,? one official
said.
The players go home at about 2pm,
but Guardiola stays to analyse videos
of his team and the opposition, and
plan for the following day.
The players enjoy training much
more than they did under Pellegrini.
The Chilean?s sessions were more
?formulaic? according to one player.
Guardiola has made other changes
that have been welcomed by the
players too.
After matches, the squad used to
eat at home. Given that some of them
live an hour away, players were often
not eating their evening meal until
late, which was unhealthy. Now they
have a meal laid on for them in the
players? lounge at the CFA straight
after games.
Players can take their meals home
with them if they want and they are
given cardboard cups of mixed nuts to
take away too. And rather than stop
in the basic dormitories of the CFA
the night before matches, the players
now stay at home with their families
and travel in on the morning of the
match.
?Pep knows that because his players
play around 60 times per year ?
often twice a week ? they get very
little time with their families,? Mart�
Perarnau, Guardiola?s biographer,
says. ?If they stop in a hotel the night
before every match, maintaining a
good personal relationship with your
family is practically impossible. For
that reason, he prefers that they stay
at home. He started to do it from day
one at Barcelona and he kept doing it
at Bayern. The Bayern players were
surprised to begin with but they liked
it a lot.?
Home time for the City manager is
about 7pm. Because of his relentless
work rate, he only has a short amount
of free time, which he likes to spend
with his wife Cristina and their three
children Maria, M鄏ius and Valentina.
During international breaks and in
the summer, Guardiola likes to play
golf. He has played several courses in
Greater Manchester, one of which is
Denton Golf Club, the �0 per year
course to the east of the city. He also
likes box sets. Last season, he used to
watch Narcos, the drama series about
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar,
and American political series House
of Cards.
2) DRESSING-ROOM UNITY
An unrelenting commitment to hard
work is not the only facet required in
a title-winning team, of course.
?Unless the players are with me, it
will not work,? Guardiola tells his
staff. Luckily for City, they very much
are.
?Harmonious? is an adjective one
staff member uses to describe the
atmosphere in the dressing room.
Another says there is an ?egalitarian?
feel to the squad. Some of those who
have worked for the club for more
than a decade say this is the most
united group of players they have
seen.
Senior figures at the club have
noted during goal celebrations, there
is never one player who breaks away
to celebrate on their own. And in the
majority of cases, the first thing the
goal scorer does after the ball hits the
back of the net is turn and point to
the team-mate who set him up.
It is fair to say that at times over
the past two years, the bond between
manager and players has been tested.
It is understood that Joe Hart
complained before being loaned to
Torino at the start of last season that
not enough of the squad were
speaking English at the training
ground. Other players were mystified
by the tactics employed in last
season?s Champions League last-16
defeat against Monaco. Others
questioned why they had to fly to
Spain to take part in a friendly against
Girona, City?s sister club, which is also
part-owned by a company fronted by
Guardiola?s brother Pere, in the
second week of this season.
Overall this season, however,
observers have noted a huge
improvement in the togetherness of
the squad. It is less cliquey.
Guardiola?s staff have spotted that
unlike last year, during breakfast at
the CFA, the Argentinians (Sergio
Ag黣ro and Nicol醩 Otamendi) will
mix with the Portuguese-speaking
quintet of Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus,
Ederson, Danilo and Bernardo Silva.
John Stones and Kyle Walker will
break off from Fabian Delph and
Raheem Sterling to talk to Leroy San�
and Ilkay G黱dogan, the German
duo.
So why are the squad closer now
than they were last year?
There are several reasons. Firstly,
players have had time to adapt to
their surroundings and working
environment. Staff noticed during the
pre-season tour of America last
summer that San�s English had
improved dramatically. He got the
jokes he did not get last year. He
understood the instructions of his
team-mates that he did not
understand the previous year.
The personality of the signings City
made in the summer has also made a
big difference. In particular, the
players warmed immediately to
Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy,
the two arrivals from Monaco. Silva,
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Key for
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Ag黣ro (21)
Sterling (17)
Jesus (10)
San� (9)
D Silva (8)
De Bruyne (7)
Fernandinho (3)
Danilo (2)
Delph (1)
B Silva (4)
Otamendi (4)
G黱dogan (4)
Kompany (1)
Own goal (2)
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51
61
75
17
63
46
9
93
45
2
11
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23
54
81
60
71
26
33
56
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72
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73
38
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5
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47
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Continued from page 5
the first signing of close season,
started only four league games before
Christmas, but has been out of the
team only six times in the Premier
League since the turn of the year. ?He
is always smiling, always laughing,
always optimistic,? one colleague says.
The Portuguese does not mind
being on the end of a practical joke.
This season he has been pelted with
eggs by his team mates at the CFA,
thrown into the swimming pool fully
clothed and, on another occasion, his
colleagues spray painted his shoes
black and hung them from the ceiling
by the laces. ?It?s always Bernardo . . .
always him,? says Kevin De Bruyne,
the City playmaker, with a chuckle.
Mendy has been injured for most of
the season, but his impact on morale
at the CFA has been profound, not
just with regard to the players, but
with staff too, from the kit men to the
media team to the marketing
graduates with whom he was playing
beer pong at the Christmas party. The
Frenchman was not drinking (he is
teetotal) but he just fancied joining in
with staff, many of who were startled
to see the players mixing with
everyone else from the club. That was
a directive of the manager.
At the party, which took place at
the Menagerie bar in the city centre,
just a stone?s throw from the Lowry
Hotel where Jos� Mourinho resides,
Guardiola insisted there should be no
ropes or barriers separating players
from staff. They must mix, which does
not happen at some other big clubs
such as United. It is this kind of
approach that has made Guardiola?s
players feel a sense of belonging; they
have a strong affinity for the club and
the city. Guardiola wants to create a
family environment within the squad.
Before they headed to Menagerie in
December, the players had their
Christmas party at the CFA. They
were encouraged to bring their
families. An indoor ice rink was set up
for the children. The squad have
taken part in other activities together.
They regularly play pool in their
lounge at the CFA.
Guardiola took them to the cinema
to see La La Land last season. This
year, Kompany organised a
paintballing trip. The closeness of the
squad is no more evident than in
times of celebration and there have
been plenty of those this season.
When City flew to Abu Dhabi a
couple of hours after their win over
Stoke City last month, the players
sang the Kolo Tour�/Yaya Tour� song
during the flight, and another chant
about City?s front three to the tune of
The Archies? 1969 release Sugar Sugar.
?We?ve got Raz [Sterling], San� San�,
and we?ve got Ag黣roooo,? the lyrics
went. Every victory has been
celebrated with songs in the dressing
room. The loudest celebrations came
after the 1-0 win away to Chelsea. De
Bruyne, the match-winner, and
Delph, delayed their post-match TV
interview when they walked off the
pitch when they heard strains of
?Ooooh Kevin De Bruyne? being
sung from within the away dressing
room ten yards away. ?Give us a
couple of minutes first please, we
have to go and celebrate this with our
team-mates,? De Bruyne said to the
TV reporter.
3) THE PLAYERS
Hard work and a unified dressing
room will only get you so far in a title
race. A manager has to have a squad
blessed with an abundance of talent
playing in the right way.
There is an acceptance among the
City hierarchy that they have spent a
lot of money since Guardiola took
over. ?I?m a lucky guy,? the City
manager said recently when speaking
about the financial backing he has
received from the board.
Seventeen players have arrived at a
total cost of almost �0 million. But
for the most part, City have invested
their money wisely. Of all the players
Guardiola has signed, only Claudio
Bravo and Nolito ? now with Seville
? have not lived up to expectations.
City were ridiculed for paying
� million ? a world-record sum for
a goalkeeper ? when they signed
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at the club believe he is worth three
times as much. The same goes for
San�, a � million signing from
Schalke, and Jesus, who cost
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Although he will never say so in
public out of respect to his players,
Guardiola did not feel he had the
squad at his disposal to win the title
last season.
The improvement in the full-back
and goalkeeper positions last summer
has made City into a title-winning
team. Guardiola identified the
goalkeeper position as a weak point
when analysing Hart?s kicking during
training sessions in Shenzhen on his
first pre-season tour.
The England goalkeeper kept
putting the ball out of play when
trying to chip to Xabier Mancisidor,
the goalkeeper coach, on the
touchline just 30 yards away.
Guardiola inquired about signing
Manuel Neuer, but Bayern Munich
told him he was not for sale. Then
they asked about Marc-Andr� ter
Stegen, but he had just been made
Barcelona?s No 1. Bravo, who had been
a first-team regular with Bar鏰 the
previous season, was not a bad third
choice, but just two or three months
into last season, Guardiola reluctantly
accepted the Chilean was not up to
the task and Txiki Begiristain, the
director of football, started the
process of signing Ederson, whom
they had scouted extensively, from
Benfica. The Brazilian has been
outstanding. He has the composure
and technical ability that Bravo
lacked, and he is extremely brave.
Ederson transmits a calmness and
confidence to his back four, which is
part of the reason why City have
conceded the fewest goals in the
league.
Full back was another area of
concern for Guardiola when he took
over. Guardiola considered buying a
pair of new full backs straight away ?
H閏tor Beller韓, of Arsenal, was
sounded out ? as he knew
Pablo Zabaleta, Ga雔 Clichy,
Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary
Sagna were not quick enough, but
after a meeting with Soriano and
Begiristain two summers ago, he
decided against bringing two in
because he felt it would cause too
much upheaval after making six firstteam signings.
A year on, Walker, Mendy and
Monday April 16 2018 | the times
BRIGHTON (AWAY)
1. Sergio Ag黣ro with a low
shot across the body of
Mathew Ryan
2. Lewis Dunk turns
Fernandinho?s cross into his
own net
21. Fabian Delph?s shot from
the edge of the box curls
into the top corner
SOUTHAMPTON (HOME)
43. De Bruyne free kick
4
4. Sterling
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hot
44.
curls
shot
CHELSEA (AWAY)
22. De Bruyne thunders
home a left footed drive
EVERTON (HOME)
3. Raheem Sterling with a
with well-placed volley
STOKE (HOME)
23. Jesus strokes home Kyle
Walker?s cross
24. Sterling finish into the
bottom corner
25. David Silva stabs the
ball into the back of the net
26. Jesus places the ball out
of Jack Butland?s reach
27. Fernandinho laces in a
screamer via the crossbarr
28. San� slots his shot
through Butland?s legs
29. Bernardo Silva
scores from close range
WEST HAM (HOME)
45. Otamendi slides in to
convert from close range
46. David Silva throws
himself at a deep cross to
finish it into the corner
BOURNEMOUTH (AWAY)
4. Gabriel Jesus with a welltimed run to meet David
Silva?s through ball
5. Sterling?s effort deflects
off Andrew Surman and
bobbles over the line
LIVERPOOL (HOME)
6. Ag黣ro rounds Simon
Mignolet
7. A powerful header from
Jesus
8. Jesus places his shot
over the body of
M
Mignolet
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9. Leroy San�
ffinishes from close
range
110. San� curls an effort
in
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to
op co
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into
corner
WATFORD (AWAY)
11. Ag黣ro heads in Kevin
De Bruyne?s free kick
12. Ag黣ro finishes from
close range
13. Jesus finishes from the
edge of the six-yard box
14. Nicol醩 Otamendi heads
in David Silva?s cross
15. Ag黣ro beats three
Watford players and rolls
his shot over the line
16
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16.
Sterling
penalty
C PALACE (HOME)
17. San� finishes through
Wayne Hennessey?s legs
18. Sterling from inside sixyard box
19. Another Sterling finish
from close range
20. Ag黣ro cushioned
header creeps in at far post
Danilo joined the club and all four
full backs from the previous year
departed.
All three new signings made a big
impression on Guardiola in America,
where they beat Real Madrid and
Tottenham Hotspur. City?s only defeat
came against United in which
Ederson made an almighty gaffe,
running out of his area only to be
rounded by Romelu Lukaku, but
Guardiola did not panic. With
Bernardo Silva, three new, younger,
more vibrant full backs and a
confident goalkeeper in his squad,
everything was falling into place.
The manager and his players left
their seats to mingle with staff on the
flight home from Nashville last July.
Songs were sung. ?There was a feeling
that it was the start of something
special,? one staff member said.
Not long into the season, Guardiola
felt his decision to buy Walker and
Mendy for a combined total of more
than �0 million was justified, even
though the latter suffered cruciate
ligament damage against Crystal
Palace in September. By the sixth
match of the season, Walker and
Mendy had already recorded more
assists than Sagna, Zabaleta, Kolarov
and Clichy had between them the
previous year.
But it was not just on the attacking
front that the new full backs helped
improve City. One of the reasons why
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Guardiola bought Walker and Mendy
was because of the impact their
presence in the team would have on
Sterling and San�.
The previous season, there was a
feeling within the City coaching staff
that the two wingers were reluctant
to get forward because they knew
Zabaleta and Clichy would not be
able to provide cover if Sterling or
San� lost the ball and the opposition
hit on the break. Given Walker and
Mendy?s pace, that was no longer the
case. Mendy?s injury led to a big hole
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at left back, but Delph quickly
adapted to the position.
Guardiola does not feel he has been
let down by any of his players this
season. There are a number who have
exceeded expectations, according to
those who know him best. David Silva
is playing the best football of his
career even though he had to go
through the trauma of seeing his
partner Yessica Su醨ez give birth to
their first son, Mateo, prematurely in
MAN UNITED (AWAY)
47. David Silva converts
from close range
48. Otamendi converts
from inside six-yard box
ARSENAL (HOME)
36. De Bruyne converts
from just inside the box
37. Ag黣ro penalty
3
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off a
38.
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good move
LEICESTER (AWAY)
39. Jesus finish from inside
the six-yard box
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HUDDERSFIELD (AWAY)
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Sterling
NEWCASTLE (AWAY)
61. Sterling creeps in to
finish at Rob Elliot?s near
post
WATFORD (HOME)
62. Sterling finishes from
inside the six-yard box
63. Christian
C
Kabasele turns
the ball
b into his own net
64. A
Ag黣ro pounces on
Heu
Heurelho Gomes?s error
L
LIVERPOOL (AWAY)
6
65. San� lashes in a shot
a
at Loris Karius?s near
p
post
6
66. Bernardo Silva fires
in a left-footed shot
67. G黱dogan from six
yard
yards out
BURNLEY (HOME)
30. Ag黣ro penalty
31. Otamendi with a
towering header
32. San� with a wellplaced finish
WEST BROM (AWAY)
33. San� lashes in a left
footed shot
34. Fernandinho from 25
yards out
3
5. Sterling
Sterl ng converts
co
onv
verts
35.
Walker?s low cross
BOURNEMOUTH (HOME)
57. Ag黣ro diving header
58. Sterling gets behind the
defensive line
59. Another Ag黣ro header
60. Danilo wrong-foots
Asmir Begovic to roll the
ball inside his near post
SW
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49. David Silva header at
the back post
50. De Bruyne?s free kick
nestles into the far bottom
corner from peculiar angle
51. David Silva dinks the ball
over Lukasz Fabianski
52. Ag黣ro scores from an
acute angle, slicing a shot
across the body of the
goalkeeper Fabianski into
the far corner
TOTTENHAM (HOME)
53. Ilkay G黱dogan glances
in a header from a corner
54. De Bruyne blasts a low
drive past Hugo Loris and
into the bottom corner
55. Sterling taps-in from
Eric Dier?s mistake
56. Sterling cooly places
the ball into an open goal
December. Fernandinho?s work rate
has been phenomenal, Guardiola?s
staff concede. ?Without him, none of
this would be possible,? Guardiola
said recently. Guardiola told Sterling
he should be scoring 20 goals per
season when he arrived at the club.
This season, he has 22.
But the one man who has
impressed Guardiola more than any
other this season is De Bruyne with 15
assists and seven goals in the league.
Ask those in Guardiola?s inner circle
why De Bruyne has had such an
excellent season and they point to a
decision the manager made last
summer. In Guardiola?s first season,
he formed a four-man senior players?
group, the members of which were
Kompany, Fernandinho, David Silva
and Ag黣ro. When Kompany was out
of the team, the other three shared
the captaincy and were seen as the
link between the squad and the
management. Last summer,
Guardiola said: ?I want a fifth
[member].?
Each player cast a vote. De Bruyne
was the overwhelming winner. When
the result was announced in front of
the squad, De Bruyne was bursting
with pride according to those in the
room. That was one of the reasons
why he signed a new contract in
January. He feels more important,
more responsible. He can be seen
offering advice to younger players. He
NEW
NEWCASTLE (HOME)
68. A
Ag黣ro gets the faintest
of to
touches on De Bruyne?s
cross
69. Ag黣ro penalty
70. Ag黣ro completes his
first hat-trick of the season
with powerful finish
WEST BROM (HOME)
71. Fernandinho produces a
clinical finish
72. Sterling sets up De
Bruyne to double the lead
73. Ag黣ro produces a deft
chip
BURNLEY (AWAY)
74. Danilo places his shot
high into top corner
LEICESTER (HOME)
75. Sterling finishes off
inside the six-yard box
76. Ag黣ro finishes from De
Bruyne?s second assist
is an intelligent and humble
professional and has been earmarked
as a future club captain. That he
speaks four languages helps.
?Whoever is talking you can
understand them a bit,? he says.
There were times last season when
De Bruyne was not completely happy.
Indeed it was only about 13 months
ago that the 26-year-old finally
understood what Guardiola wanted.
?Now I get it. Now I know what he
wants from me,? he told friends after
the 2-0 win away to Middlesbrough
on March 11.
A tactical shift from the flanks to
the ?free 8? position, as De Bruyne
puts it, has helped too. Guardiola first
earmarked De Bruyne for a central
role, where he has more touches and
therefore can do more damage, after
studying footage of Belgium?s 8-1 win
over Estonia in November 2016. De
Bruyne played in a 3-4-3 formation
alongside Axel Witsel and set up
Dries Mertens for a goal. ?I watched
your match; you can play there,?
Guardiola said to De Bruyne.
And thus the idea of lining De
Bruyne up alongside David Silva and
Fernandinho in a three-man midfield
was planted in Guardiola?s head. That
midfield, possibly the best in Europe,
is in no small part responsible for
City?s title win and that the team have
passed the ball more than 6,000
times more than United this season.
77. Ag黣ro again as De
Bruyne completes a hattrick of assists
78. Ag黣ro chips the ball
over Kasper Schmeichel for
his hat-trick of goals
79. Ag黣ro adds another
with a thunderous strike
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ARSENAL (AWAY)
80. Bernardo Silva curls in a
left-footed shot
81. David Silva finishes past
the hands of Petr Cech
82. San� scores with a
nonchalant roll of the ball
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ve
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th
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over
CHELSEA (HOME)
83. Bernardo Silva shot
ccreeps
reep
ps over
ov
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th
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in
ne
STOKE (AWAY)
84. David Silva steers his
shot past Butland
85. David Silva scores from
Je
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ofted
dp
ass
Jesus?s
pass
EVERTON (AWAY)
86. San� converts from
close range with a half
volley
87. Jesus with a close range
header
88. David Silva races away
down the left and picks out
Sterling in the box with a
low cross on the far post.
S
terl ng ffinishes
n shess
Sterling
MAN UTD (HOME)
89. Vincent Kompany rises
above Chris Smalling to
head in
90. G黱dogan produces a
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neat
and
TOTTENHAM (AWAY)
91. Jesus collects
Kompany?s ball over the top
and slots home
92. G黱dogan penalty after
Lloris brings down Sterling
93. Sterling fires a rebound
into the roof of the net after
a Lloris save
SO HOW LONG WILL THIS LOVE
AFFAIR LAST?
Guardiola and his agent Josep Maria
Orobitg will sit down with Soriano,
Begiristain and Al Mubarak in the
summer to discuss an extension to his
present deal, which expires at the end
of next season.
The club are hopeful Guardiola will
extend his contract by at least one
season. The man himself has not
decided what to do. Those who know
him best say there is no chance of
Guardiola staying for ten years. That
is not the way he operates. His staff
have not ruled out extending the deal
by 12 months, but Guardiola has
genuinely not made his mind up yet.
He will wait until the season is over
before giving it serious consideration.
What is for sure is that he will be
backed in the transfer market again
this summer. Such is the strength of
his present squad that only two
players are set to arrive.
Guardiola wants a new central
midfielder to provide competition for
Fernandinho, who turns 33 next
month. Jorginho, the Napoli player,
and Julian Weigl of Borussia
Dortmund, are among a number of
candidates being assessed.
With those improvements, and
Guardiola?s drive to succeed, it will
surely only be a matter of time before
Sheikh Mansour has to clear more
room for even more trophies.
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?I think we have a dynasty in the
making. The next ten years, there?s
going to be a tremendous period for
Manchester City and for us. I think
we?re going to have a blast doing it?
Khaldoon al-Mubarak, Manchester
City chairman, September 2008
He was right, wasn?t he? The
past ten years certainly have
been a blast for City and their
supporters. It started with a
series of statements of intent,
an influx of stars and then
superstars, and then the rewards
started to come ? Champions
League football, the FA Cup, their
first trophy in 35 years, and then
three League Cups and three Premier
League titles, this season?s won by
some of the most thrilling, most
mesmerising football we have seen.
City have never had it so good, not
even in their late 1960s pomp under
Joe Mercer, but, ten years into Sheikh
Mansour?s ownership, it is time they
set their sights even higher. For Pep
Guardiola, that means not just trying
to perfect their playing style, which is
on course to break so many records
this season, but trying to win back-toback titles, something that Roberto
Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini never
came close to doing, and finally
establishing City as a serious force in
the Champions League.
Great teams are judged on the
European stage and, while Guardiola
has spoken of City?s lack of knowhow
at that level, the reality is that in the
past two seasons they have been
eliminated from the Champions
League by less experienced teams ?
Monaco and Liverpool. Both of those
teams, young and tenacious, exposed
frailties that have been immaculately
concealed in the Premier League by
City?s bountiful strengths. Tiredness
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De Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne produced an extraordinary volleyed through-ball during Saturday's
win over Tottenham, somehow diverting a huge clearance from Nicolas Otamendi
perfectly into the path of Raheem Sterling, who had a clear run on goal.
3
4
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Sterling
Vertonghen
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Dier
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was certainly an issue over the past
fortnight, but Guardiola will also need
to find a way for his team to cope
better in those periods when games
take a turn against them.
As for the Premier League, City
have been in this position before,
looking down on their domestic rivals
from a great height. They have
finished above Liverpool for each of
the past nine seasons, Arsenal for
seven of the past eight, Chelsea for six
of the past eight, Manchester United
for each of the past five. In one sense,
though, that underlines a sense of
opportunities missed. The heights
scaled in those campaigns under
Mancini and Pellegrini were not
reached again. As Sir Alex Ferguson
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Now Manchester City have
won the title, the next step is
going to be what centre
forward they bring in,
because it is clear that
they will buy one. I
have never been 100
per cent convinced
that Pep Guardiola
sees Sergio
Ag黣ro, right, as
his first choice. As
good as Ag黣ro
has been, I don?t
think he will be a
certain starter next
season. Gabriel Jesus is
wrote in his 2013 autobiography,
recalling how United struck back in
the final season before his retirement,
?Retaining a title is the next step and
City were not in the right state of
mind [to do that]. When I won the
league for the first time in 1993, I
didn?t want my team to slacken off.
The thought appalled me.?
It would appal Guardiola, too. He is
a totally different character to
Ferguson but he is intensely driven in
his pursuit of perfection. He will not
be consumed by power struggles with
the club?s hierarchy and spats with
players, as Mancini was, and neither
will he succumb to the complacent
drift that typified Pellegrini?s second
and third seasons in charge.
very young and there is still a
lot to improve on, so their
next port of call is going to be
to target a special player.
Will they entice someone
like Luis Su醨ez or Kylian
Mbapp� Or perhaps Pep will
sign someone from South
America we know nothing
about.
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I don?t know how
anyone can think
City have had a poor
season because they
did not win the
Champions League.
Meek title defences have been a
curious feature of the Premier League
in recent seasons; Chelsea are on
course to finish 24 points short of last
term?s winning total, which is at least
better than the 37-point drop-off
suffered by the London club in
2015-16 and the 40-point slump of
Leicester City a year later. Guardiola
has already spoken of how human
nature is to be ?a bit more relaxed?
after winning a title, and for rivals to
try even harder to topple you, but he
is determined to rail against it, just as
he did at Barcelona.
It is strange how many Premier
League champions have followed up a
title success with an underwhelming
summer in the transfer market.
The Premier League is a big
trophy and they have won it
by a country mile. I think
there is lots more to come. It
will be very hard to stop the
juggernaut now it?s rolling.
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I think we are getting ahead
of ourselves with Raheem
Sterling. I get frustrated with
comparing everyone to the
best players in the world. He
has scored 22 goals this year,
has done brilliantly well and
he is probably City?s most
improved player. He is also
very brave. It?s easier to hide
after a bad miss, but he wants
to get back into those
positions to score. He has
scored some important goals
this season and his conversion
rate of what Opta deems a
?big chance? is the tenth best
in the Premier League this
season, not far behind Harry
Kane, as the below table shows.
Big Chance Conversion %
in top flight (min ten chances)
Jamie Vardy ................................68.4
Chris Wood....................................66.7
Roberto Firmino.........................62.5
David Silva......................................61.5
Wayne Rooney.............................61.5
Jay Rodriguez.............................60.0
Glenn Murray...............................55.0
Shinji Okazaki..............................54.6
Harry Kane....................................54.3
Raheem Sterling....................54.2
(Antonio Conte?s frustrations at
Chelsea this season echo those felt by
Mancini at City in 2012 and by Jos�
Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in
2015.) City always have to keep an eye
on Financial Fair Play regulations, but
they will make significant investment
to strengthen a title-winning squad. A
midfielder such as Jorginho, of
Napoli, or Julian Weigl, of Borussia
Dortmund, will be sought to compete
with and ultimately replace
Fernandinho, 33 next month, as well
as cover for this summer?s departure
of Yaya Tour�. Another addition to
their forward line is expected as well
as a left back to cover Benjamin
Mendy, who has missed almost all of
this season with a knee injury.
City hope to tie Guardiola to a new
contract, which will keep him at the
club far beyond next season. They are
delighted with his impact, but
winning the title was just one part of
the mission. They want to do it in
style, they want to do so while
integrating players from their muchvaunted youth academy and they
want to be champions again and
again, establishing them as the
dominant force in the Premier
League. Some of those wider
aspirations are not within City?s grasp
yet, just as they have proved beyond
Chelsea, who have won five Premier
League titles in 15 seasons under
Roman Abramovich. A ?dynasty?, in
the sense al-Mubrarak envisaged, is
not yet in evidence at Stamford
Bridge.
Chelsea have won a European Cup,
though. In fact, when they won it in
the ninth year of Abramovich?s
ownership, it felt like the end of an
odyssey. They had, by that stage, lost
one final and four semi-finals. City,
approaching the tenth anniversary of
the Abu Dhabi takeover, have
reached one semi-final. A mid-table
team in 2008, they were starting from
a far lower base than Chelsea did five
years earlier, but they have built up
and up to a level where winning the
Champions League has to be a
serious target, rather than a distant
hope. Winning it is so much easier
said than done, but standing still,
living on this season?s wonderful
glories, is not Guardiola?s way.
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NIGEL RODDIS/EPA
GOAL燭HAT燞ANDED燭ITLE燭O燙ITY
Rodriguez guides the ball past De
Gea to confirm City as champions
and give Albion?s fans something to
cheer in what has been a grim season
Meek loss shows gulf in class
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West燘romwich燗lbion
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Rodriguez 73
Referee P Tierney Attendance 75,095
A
gainst a backdrop of empty
seats at Old Trafford, to the
sound of boos from many of
those who had stuck around,
one long blast of Paul
Tierney?s whistle confirmed
Manchester City as Premier
League champions. This was
the meekest of surrenders by
Manchester United, going down not
with a fight but with a whimper. It
was a reminder that this had never
been a title race ? just one long,
glorious procession for City, playing
football from what, on the other side
of town, looks like another dimension.
As Jos� Mourinho pointed out to
some afterwards, United?s surprise
defeat at the hands of West Bromwich
Albion, a team long since condemned
to relegation by most observers, is not
the reason why City are champions.
From United?s perspective, it was just
a grim reminder of the real gap
between themselves in second place
and City in first. It stands at an
unbridgeable 16 points after this and,
whatever the satisfaction drawn eight
days earlier from pooping City?s party
at the Etihad Stadium in thrilling
fashion with a 19-minute, three-goal
burst, it certainly does not flatter the
new champions.
This was a strange afternoon in all
kinds of ways. United looked woefully
short of ideas for a team who have
won two thirds of their Premier
League games this season and West
Brom looked full of belief and
purpose for a team who have been so
wretched. The decisive goal, scored by
the lively Jay Rodriguez with 17
minutes left, was celebrated wildly by
West Brom?s supporters and, if the
subsequent songs were more about
taunting United than about the
possibility of beating the dreaded
drop, it is because, sadly for them,
relegation still looks all but a
mathematical certainty with four
matches remaining.
How refreshing it was, though, to
see West Brom looking like a football
team again. Theirs has been a
dreadful Premier League campaign ?
back-to-back wins in the first week
and then only one more before midApril. Tony Pulis was sacked in
November and Alan Pardew went the
same way a fortnight ago. It has taken
until now, under the temporary
stewardship of the popular Darren
Moore, for them to rediscover a sense
of purpose. It is surely a case of far
too little, far too late, but, as Moore
said, it was ?good to send the fans
back down the M6 with something to
smile about?.
Mourinho was not smiling. It was
one of those post-match press
conferences in which he seems
determined to put the greatest
distance imaginable between himself
and his players? performance but, if it
was their worst display of the season,
there were certainly some alarmingly
familiar aspects to it. Paul Pogba,
lauded for scoring twice against City,
was coasting once more and was
substituted before the hour mark.
Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis
S醤chez offered nothing. Romelu
Lukaku worked hard but ultimately
reminded us why so many coaches
these days, not least Guardiola, prefer
a more mobile, more inventive centre
forward. Anthony Martial and
Marcus Rashford, both so fearless
when they first came on to the scene,
came on in the second half and
looked terrified of making a mistake.
United should have had a penalty
in the 18th minute, when Tierney?s
view was obscured as Herrera was
tripped by Craig Dawson, but
Mourinho did not attempt to clutch
that straw. ?I think we deserved to be
punished,? he said. ?Not the defeat ?
I think it?s too heavy ? but not to
win this match.?
United had 70.3 per cent of the
possession, but they managed four
shots on target. West Brom deserve
credit for the way they defended, with
PSG燬EAL燜RENCH燭ITLE
Hours after Manchester City?s title
was sealed, Paris Saint-Germain, like
City backed by petrodollars in the
shape of Qatar Sports Investments,
secured a fifth French crown in six
years with a 7-1 rout of Monaco.
Ahmed Hegazi excellent alongside
Dawson at the centre of the back four,
and stuck to Moore?s game plan. As
for United, for all Mourinho?s
complaints that they played
?complicated football?, a more simple
analysis would be that it was too slow
and too predictable, a team lacking
fluency and cohesion, which, has
been the case too often this season,
even in some of the matches that they
have won.
Mourinho said that West Brom
could only have scored one way ?
via a dead-ball situation, which was
indeed how they struck ? but Moore
was pleased by the way they played in
possession as well as while defending.
They even threatened to open the
scoring in the 12th minute, when
Rodriguez dispossessed Herrera,
combining with Salom髇 Rond髇 to
tee up Jake Livermore, but the
midfielder did not show enough
conviction in his attempt to beat
David De Gea.
That strong penalty appeal aside,
United barely registered as an
attacking force in the first half. There
were two half-chances for Lukaku,
after clever touches from Mata and
then Herrera, but Ben Foster, the
former United goalkeeper, raced out
to intervene on both occasions.
The half-time introduction of Jesse
Lingard, in place of Herrera, at least
brought a hint of intensity, but few
others looked interested in forcing a
higher tempo. Pogba, far too casual,
was the next to be replaced, making
way for Martial. He and Mourinho
did not give each other so much as a
glance as the Frenchman left the
pitch.
The first chants of ?attack, attack,
attack? were followed by a flurry of
action, in which Lukaku rose highest
to meet Nemanja Matic?s cross,
forcing Foster into a decent save, but
there was still no guile to United?s
play. At times it was as though the
high ball to Lukaku ? later joined up
front by Chris Smalling ? was
United?s only real idea, yet Hegazi
and Craig Dawson were comfortable
with it. If Pep Guardiola had not
opted to spend the afternoon on the
golf course, he would have been as
perplexed as the rest of us as to why a
team with so many talented, creative
players were playing in such a witless
manner.
Little had been seen of West Brom
since the opening quarter of an hour,
but they were gearing up for their big
moment, their supporters seeming to
sense it as they won a corner down
the right-hand side. Chris Brunt,
impressive throughout, swung the ball
over and, even if it was not part of the
plan that Matic should head the ball
back across his six-yard box,
Rodriguez was alive to it, stooping to
send a header past De Gea.
That was pretty much that. West
Brom had a long-overdue victory and
City were confirmed as champions.
Mourinho spoke about how, ?because
I won eight championships?, he
knows how difficult that is. If he is to
win one with United, he and his
players must make significant
improvements to rise to City?s
challenge.
RATI NGS
Manchester United (4-3-3): D de Gea 6 ?
A Valencia 6, C Smalling 5, V Lindelof 6, A Young
5 (sub: M Rashford 75min) ? A Herrera 4 (sub:
J Lingard 46, 6), N Matic 5, P Pogba 4 (sub:
A Martial 58, 4) ? J Mata 5, R Lukaku 5,
A S醤chez 5. Substitues not used J Pereira,
P Jones, M Rojo, S McTominay. Booked Pogba.
West Brom (4-4-1-1): B Foster 7 ? A Nyom 7,
C Dawson 7, A Hegazi 8, K Gibbs 6 ? M Phillips 6
(sub: G Krychowiak 77), J Livermore 6, C Brunt 7
(sub: C Yacob 90), J McClean 6 ? J Rodriguez 7
? S Rond髇 6 (sub: D Sturridge 85). Substitutes
not used B Myhill, A Gabr, S Field, O Burke,
D Sturridge. Booked Nyom.
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JAMES燝HEERBRANT
Wolverhampton燱anderers
Jota 21, Afobe 87
Birmingham燙ity
2
0
Referee A Davies Attendance 29,536
L
ast season, Wolverhampton
was one of the stops on
Brighton & Hove Albion?s
promotion tour. A 2-0 victory
at Molineux took Chris
Hughton?s side to within one
win of the top flight, and that
day Wolves, stagnating in
mid-table, hardly looked like a team
ready to make the giant leap.
Then again, that?s the
Championship for you: a place where
fortunes oscillate wildly from one
season to the next, where a team can
vault to the top of the table from a
standing start. And so, a year and a
day after that dispiriting defeat to
Brighton, Wolves were hosting their
own promotion party, with
Brentford?s late equaliser against
Fulham on Saturday having
confirmed their ascent to the
promised land.
It will be a third spell in the
Premier League, after six seasons
away, one of which was spent in the
depths of League One, but if it has
been a circuitous route back to the
big-time, encompassing six different
managerial tenures, the raucous
chants of ?We are Premier League? as
the players emerged left no doubt
that in the fans? eyes, Wolves are back
where they belong.
Even if their primary mission had
been accomplished, there was still
plenty of motivation for Wolves. This
was a derby, and there was the
deliciously sadistic prospect of
pushing their local rivals towards the
third tier, with Birmingham City
hovering two points above the
relegation zone at kick-off. The magic
100-point mark, a tally reached by
only five previous Championship
teams, was well within Wolves?s grasp
if they could take eight points from
their last four games. Perhaps
understandably, they began a little
dozily, with John Ruddy forced into a
fine double save from Maxime Colin.
Gradually though, Wolves began to
bare their teeth. H閘der Costa twice
embarked on the sort of jinking runs
that have proved an irresistible
menace for most Championship
defenders. R鷅en Neves curled a shot
over the crossbar. Then, on 21
minutes, they really got the party
swinging. Romain Sa飐s played in the
right wing-back Matt Doherty on the
overlap, and his cross was bundled in
by Diogo Jota, arriving in the six-yard
box with perfect timing. ?We?ll never
play you again!? the Wolves fans
chorused jubilantly.
Other elements of the soundtrack
were more percussive, with
Birmingham ensuring the derby lived
up to its reputation with a succession
of wince-inducing challenges on Jota
and Neves. Michael Morrison and
Jonathan Grounds were booked and
David Davis was lucky not to be.
Nothing could dent the mood of
the Wolves fans, however, who were
so demob-happy that they even
regaled Nuno Esp韗ito Santo, the head
coach, and Jorge Mendes, the
influential superagent who was in the
director?s box with chants of ?Nuno,
Nuno, give us a wave!? and ?Mendes,
Mendes, give us a wave!? Nuno
obliged.
Of course, the chants aimed at the
Portuguese power couple were a
reminder that this is a very different
Wolves side to last season?s
unsuccessful outfit: one with a rather
more distinct Iberian tinge. Only four
of the XI that lost to Brighton last
season (Doherty, Sa飐s, Conor Coady
and Ivan Cavaleiro) started here, and
most of the Mendes-influenced
additions (Neves, Willy Boly, Jota and
of course the manager himself) have
been hugely influential. It has been a
calculated gamble, coming at a
significant financial cost in fees and
wages, and that is why Wolves?
promotion represents not merely a
success, but also a vindication.
Some of their Championship rivals,
notably the Leeds United owner
Andrea Radrizzani, have griped about
their methods. ?The way this club is
run is proper,? Coady, the Wolves
captain, said. ?A lot of people have
had a lot to say this season, but we
know the club?s run brilliantly.?
No one has been more important
than Nuno himself. The Portuguese
has managed in the Champions
League with Valencia and Porto, and
at times this season, notably the
outstanding spell in November and
December, he has delivered a level of
football rarely glimpsed in England?s
second tier. ?The manager focuses
you every single minute of every
single day,? Coady said.
Wolves began after half-time with
renewed vibrancy. Jota latched on to
Boly?s through ball and forced a sharp
save from David Stockdale. Then
Costa sped through the middle after a
mistake by Morrison and Harlee
Dean was forced into a kamikaze
challenge. A red card was inevitable,
giving Dean the unenviable
distinction of having been sent off
twice this season against Wolves.
Barry Douglas had to block a
goalbound effort from Jacques
Maghoma, but at the other end
Nuno?s side continued sporadically to
showcase the sort of neat, bright
possession football that has
underpinned their rise this season
and may prove a formidable asset in
the Premier League. A crisp move on
the edge of the area ended with Leo
Bonatini threading a perfectly
weighted pass into the path of Sa飐s,
whose shot was parried by Stockdale.
Benik Afobe, on as substitute, fired
over after a cut-back from Douglas.
It felt like the occasion needed a
cherry-on-top moment, and with
three minutes to go, after Lukas
Jutkiewicz had missed a good chance
for Birmingham, Wolves provided it.
Alfred N?Diaye slid a through ball to
Afobe, and with Stockdale rushing
out, the striker coolly chipped the ball
over him. There were hugs on the
pitch and in the dugout, and when the
final whistle blew the celebrations
could really begin, with the squad
gathering in an ecstatic huddle and
champagne sprayed.
One man who was not getting
carried away with the joy, however,
Wolves players
throw Nuno, who
was one of the star
additions to the
club by Mendes,
inset, in the air
after securing
promotion
was Nuno. ?It doesn?t finish yet,? he
said. ?We know that we still have
things to go for. This season doesn?t
deserve to have any kind of bad
moment. No relax, no relax, no relax.?
Asked if he had allowed himself to
look forward to the Premier League,
he said: ?It?s not the moment.? He did
make one concession: he allowed his
players a few beers in the changing
room. ?First time,? he deadpanned.
?They must be really happy.?
R ATI N G S
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): J Ruddy 6 ?
R Bennett 6, C Coady 6, W Boly 7 ? M Doherty 6,
R Sa飐s 7, R Neves 7 (sub: A N?Diaye 70min, 7),
B Douglas 8? H Costa 7, D Jota 7 (sub: B Afobe 74),
I Cavaleiro 6 (sub: L Bonatini 16, 6). Substitutes
not used W Norris, D Batth, M Gibbs-White,
K Hause.
Birmingham City (4-5-1) D Stockdale 6 ?
W Harding 5, M Morrison 4, H Dean 4, J Grounds 5
(sub: J Maghoma 62, 6) ? M Colin 6, M Kieftenbeld
6 (sub: M Roberts 54, 6), C Ndoye 5 (sub:
C Gardner 78), D Davis 5, Jota 6 ? L Jutkiewicz 5.
Booked Morrison, Grounds. Sent off Dean.
Substitutes not used T Kuszczak, J Lowe,
J Dacres-Cogley, B Lubala.
I?m shaking my head eve
STEVE燘ULL
WOLVES?燫ECORD燝OALSCORER
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his promotion is right up there
as one of the best moments in
my life. I?ve played for England,
I?ve got an MBE, and I?m
grinning from ear to ear.
It?s so good for the city, for the
people. Local businesses will benefit
and everybody?s happy. It gives a real
buzz to the city but I was one of the
last to know about it.
On Saturday I took my daughter to
the Dancing on Ice show in
Birmingham and was eating
teppanyaki in The Cube, when I saw
that Fulham had drawn against
Brentford. But I thought we still
needed one more win to seal
promotion. When I got home and
put on the telly and saw pictures of
Wolves players cheering. I thought,
why are they celebrating? It all came
a day early for me! I was ready to
have a quiet night, a glass of wine.
If I had known I could have had
three hours in the pub celebrating,
so instead I stayed home and stared
at the ?P? next to the name of
Wolves meaning we really had
been promoted.
It has a been a long time coming,
with ups and downs. The last time we
were promoted, we didn?t spend the
money. This time we?ve got investors
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superagent
Mendes
NIGEL FRENCH/PA
FIVE燱HO燗RE燛QUIPPED燜OR燭OP燜LIGHT
Nuno Esp韗ito Santo
Head coach, 44
The Portuguese, the
only former goalkeeper
who is managing in the
Football League, has
previously coached
Valencia and Porto in
the Champions League.
Having played mostly
4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 diamond
at his previous clubs, he
has switched to a 3-4-3
formation at Wolves
with outstanding
results. Developed his
ideas after spending
most of his playing
career sitting on the
bench as a reserve
goalkeeper, and will
come up against one of
his former managers in
Jos� Mourinho in the
Premier League.
R鷅en Neves
Midfielder, 21
One of the most
technically gifted
players to grace the
Championship in recent
years, the central
midfielder already has
five Portugal caps. Each
of the six goals he has
scored this season has
come from outside the
box, including the
wondergoal he struck
against Derby County
on Wednesday. A
cultured player whose
superb passing range
lays the platform for
Wolves?s attacks and
who can hold his own
physically too.
scoring eight goals, and
has flourished in the
Championship this
season, netting 16 times
? so much so that
Wolves have already
agreed to make his loan
permanent. Has been
used on the left or up
front by Nuno, but can
also play in the No 10
role.
Boly, the giant defender, has been a
key figure to Wolves, according to Bull
Burton bounce
back in style to
dent Derby?s
promotion hopes
Performance of the weekend
Burton Albion
Put a 5-0 home defeat by Hull City
behind them to end their run of 17
games without a win at the Pirelli
Stadium by beating Derby County 3-1
to keep their slim survival hopes alive.
Player of the weekend
Junior Hoilett Cardiff City
The winger was a constant thorn in
Norwich City?s side, although
manager Neil Warnock did threaten
to replace him 20 minutes before he
scored with a stunning 22-yard volley
in time added on to seal a potentially
crucial 2-0 win.
Goal of the weekend
Paddy McNair Sunderland
H閘der Costa
Winger, 24
The first recruit of the
Portuguese revolution
at Molineux, Costa is a
skilful, pacey winger
with ample goal threat
? he has found the net
15 times in two seasons
in the Championship.
Capable of operating on
the right or the left, he
has quick feet and can
muck in defensively too.
Barry Douglas
Left back, 28
Part of the seemingly
golden generation of
Scottish left backs,
Douglas leads the
Championship in assists
this season, with 14.
One of Wolves?s
shrewdest acquisitions,
he cost just �million
from Turkish club
Konyaspor, but his form
has been revelatory, as
he has excelled in the
wing-back role in
Nuno?s 3-4-3.
Gave his side a glimmer of hope of
staying in the Championship with a
scorching effort from 30 yards out, in
their 2-2 draw away to Reading.
Rising star
Oli McBurnie Barnsley
The on-loan Swansea City man
looked threatening throughout and
kept his side?s survival hopes alive
with a last-gasp goal to grab what
could yet prove to be a priceless point
in the 2-2 draw against relegation
rivals Bolton Wanderers.
Villains of the day
Derby County
After spending 144 days in the top six
since November, a 3-1 defeat away to
Burton dropped them out of the playoff zone. It was their second
successive loss and third defeat in five,
while they have won just two in 12.
Quote of the day
Diogo Jota
Midfielder, 21
Jota, a Portuguese
forward on the books of
Atletico Madrid,
impressed on loan at
Porto last season,
e time I see how they play ? this isn?t my club!
ery
who want us to stay in the top flight
and who will back Nuno Esp韗ito
Santo, our head coach. Nuno is a very
humble man and I think he?s here for
the long run.
The foreign signings made in the
summer gelled well and so at the
start of the season I was optimistic
we would finish in the top ten ? to
be ready to push on next year. They
have exceeded my expectations and
those of all the thousands of Wolves
fans out there too. Over the years
Wolves have played one-touch-getthe-ball-up-front football. Now they
take 30 passes before the ball is in
the opposition penalty area. It is
great to see.
People used to say it was a one-
CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
man team when I played, because I
got the ball up front and then scored.
You can choose any Wolves player
now and they can score you a goal.
They have a variety of options, while
it used to be me and Andy Mutch up
front to find the goals. I?m shaking my
head every time I see the team now
thinking, this isn?t Wolves!
We have players who will thrive in
the Premier League, such as R鷅en
Neves, the 21-year-old Portugal
international, and Diogo Jota, our
striker on loan from Atletico Madrid,
who works his socks off, a real grafter
up front. Willy Boly is a mountain of
a man with a great touch, not just a
defender who heads the ball.
The goal of the whole campaign
has to be the one scored by Neves
against Derby County last week. You
can?t do that in football and yet he did
it, a 35-yard wonder goal.
I watched the game at Cardiff City,
which was controversial in that Neil
Warnock was annoyed by Nuno?s
celebrations but he?s been celebrating
like that all season, that?s who he is. I
did feel once Cardiff had
missed two late penalties that we
were within touching distance,
beating our closest rivals.
On Saturday, three hours after
everyone else, I was so, so happy.
Yesterday was busy with lots of media
requests for my time and then I
celebrated with a late Sunday lunch
and a permanent grin.
?He?s strutting around in there like
Cristiano Ronaldo,? midfielder Adam
Clayton reveals the confidence his
Middlesbrough team-mate Daniel
Ayala has taken from scoring a
seventh goal of the season from
centre back to seal a 2-1 victory over
Bristol City for the play-off-chasers.
W H O O PS ! 營 T V 燤 A N ?S �
WA R N O C K 燘 LO O P E R �
ITV Anglia?s Donovan Blake went
viral this weekend for almost using
the obscene anagram by which rival
fans refer to Neil Warnock (?Colin
Wanker?). He stopped himself just in
time, saying live on air ?Colin, er Neil
Warnock? to much laughter.
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C O U L D 燭 H E 燦 E W 燘 OYS �
AVOID燫ELEGATION?
Could all three promoted teams ?
Newcastle, Huddersfield and
Brighton ? avoid the drop for only
the third time since the
establishment of the Premier
League in 1992-93?
The only previous two occasions
were
2001-02
Blackburn.................................................10th
Fulham........................................................13th
Bolton.........................................................16th
2011-12
Swansea......................................................11th
Norwich.....................................................12th
Queens Park Rangers........................17th
Ben韙ez celebrates safety
as soft Arsenal wilt again
GEORGE燙AULKIN
NORTHERN燬PORTS�
CORRESPONDENT
Newcastle燯nited
P閞ez 29, Ritchie 68
Arsenal
Lacazette 14
2
1
Referee A Taylor Attendance 52,210
T
here have been episodes of
distress and disenchantment,
tension in the transfer
market and a long spell of
sobering results, but all that
hardship felt like a mirage at
St James? Park yesterday. This
has not been an easy season
for Newcastle United ? not by a long
way ? and yet the table posits a
different narrative. They are tenth and
comfortable, relishing their football
and, above all, safe, something that
even Rafa Ben韙ez now accepts.
Under this most meticulous of
managers, Newcastle are a minimarvel, victorious in their past four
matches, beaten only by Liverpool
and Manchester City in the Premier
League since the turn of the year and
improving week by week. Given the
circumstances, their recent return to
the division, their reliably baffling
ownership and the resources at
Ben韙ez?s disposal, it is an
achievement worthy of recognition.
Tyneside sang in its honour.
Ben韙ez is loved here, a man who
joined Newcastle at their nadir,
hacked his way through the nettles of
the Sky Bet Championship and, in
spite of everything, can still view a
famously febrile institution in terms
of potential. At the final whistle, when
Arsenal had been bested, he and his
players celebrated in front of the
Gallowgate End, taking applause and
returning it.
Just think what Ben韙ez might do
with an ambitious, unified Newcastle,
a club where uncertainty is etched
onto the stadium girders. It is no
wonder they want him to extend a
contract that still stretches for
another year and now that relegation
has been avoided, that intrigue will be
recharged. They are on the cusp of
something special, or could be.
?We have plenty of time to talk
about ideas for the future,? Ben韙ez
said. ?As I have said before, if
everything is right, it is a good
opportunity, but everything has to be
right. Today I was really pleased with
everything I have seen, but at the
same time we are professionals and
we have to be sure that next year we
have the tools to compete at the level
we want to compete at.?
It is not just about money and new
signings. It is about communication, a
plan for the training ground and
academy, reconstructing Newcastle?s
foundations. On the pitch, this result
was further evidence of their growth,
their mentality strong enough to
withstand an Arsenal lead and their
quality good enough to overturn it.
Arsenal?s confidence evaporated the
moment that Newcastle crossed the
halfway line. There were glimmers of
possibility in the �4 million
attacking partnership between
Alexandre Lacazette and PierreEmerick Aubameyang but, off the ball,
discomfort was the default setting for
a soft side who have won fewer games
and lost more away from home than
any of their rivals within the top-eight.
Panic spread across Arsenal?s back
four when Jonjo Shelvey launched
those long quarterback passes
towards the flanks and, behind them,
Petr Cech is a diminished force,
beaten at his near-post for Ayoze
P閞ez?s equaliser, a move that featured
more passes in the build-up ? 11 ?
than any other Newcastle goal this
season. Dwight Gayle scurried
between Arsenal?s defenders, with
Kenedy, DeAndre Yedlin and Matt
Ritchie attacking them at pace.
Shelvey was the puppet-master and
it was his pass that set Newcastle on
their way, Gayle controlling it under
minimal pressure from Shkodran
Mustafi and laying it off to the right.
Yedlin, the full back, met the ball first
time and P閞ez did the same with his
shot, ending a sharp and fluid
movement with a smartly taken shot
that beat Cech at his near post. It was
P閞ez?s third goal in three games; not
bad for a player whose output has
been questioned.
The same can be said of most
Newcastle players, but Ben韙ez has
eked improvement from all of them
and, as he always predicted, his team
have grown stronger as the season has
matured. They remained organised
and composed even as Arsenal took
ownership of the game when Mustafi?s
diagonal pass found Aubameyang in
space on the left and Lacazette
stretched to meet his cross on the
volley. It was a glorious finish.
There were other chances for
Arsenal ? including a cringeworthy
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GARY燡ACOB
Ritchie scores
Newcastle?s
winner past a
despairing Cech,
then kicks down
the corner flag
during his
celebrations (1)
at a raucous
St James? Park
before carefully
putting it back
in place (2)
2
Michael Oliver has sought the support
of Mike Riley, the head of Premier
League referees, as he prepares to take
charge of a match tonight for the first
time since suffering death threats after
awarding a penalty that knocked
Juventus out of the Champions League.
The Premier League says that there
will be no special security measures in
place but Oliver?s safety will be under
review when he officiates the crucial
relegation game between West Ham
United and Stoke City.
Oliver?s wife was sent threatening
texts after her mobile number was
posted on Twitter and threats have
been shouted through her letter box
since the referee awarded a penalty for
Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the
Champions League on Wednesday.
Police are investigating.
Riley, the managing director of the
Professional Game Match Officials
Limited, did not suggest to Oliver that
he comes off the game and it is not
known whether the referee asked for
time off. ?We are supporting Michael
and Lucy Oliver,? the group said.
Meanwhile, David Moyes is happy to
give Marko Arnautovic the freedom to
express himself tonight ? even if that
extends to provoking Stoke supporters.
The former Stoke forward goaded the
home crowd with a West Ham crossedarms salute when the east London club
won 3-0 at the Bet365 Stadium in
December but the West Ham manager
is relaxed about the chances of a repeat,
as long as he continues to see the player
working hard for the team.
?Keep showing everybody that your
energy?s big, your running?s high, you?re
not the Marko of the first three months
[of the season],? Moyes said.
?Everybody likes the Marko they?ve
seen for the last six months.?
Moyes has compared the Austrian to
Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his arrogance
and work ethic, although he admits he
had misgivings about him when he took
over last November. ?I was concerned,
because I?d seen him play for Stoke, and
I didn?t think he did all the running back
defensively,? Moyes said.
West Ham United (3-5-1-1):
J Hart ? A Ogbonna, A Cresswell, D Rice
? P Zabaleta, M Noble, C Kouyat�,
E Fernandes, A Masuaku ? Jo鉶 M醨io
? M Arnautovic.
Stoke City (probable; 4-4-1-1):
J Butland ? G Johnson, R Shawcross,
B Martins Indi, E Pieters ? M Bauer, J Allen,
B Ndiaye ? X Shaqiri ? M B Diouf.
Referee M Oliver.
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(kick-off 8pm).
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miss by Joe Willock, the England
Under-19 international, who was
making his league debut ? but they
lacked purpose and impetus. The
second half held few fears for
Newcastle, who defended higher up
the pitch and trusted that Arsenal?s
spells in possession would break
down, as they invariably did.
The introduction of Islam Slimani
for Gayle brought a bigger target to
Newcastle?s attack and his arrival bore
fruit. Two listless Arsenal clearances
switched momentum and Slimani
headed the ball with power towards
their area, where a flick from P閞ez
created space for Ritchie. One
cushioned touch, one shot later, and
Newcastle were ahead.
?I am really pleased,? Ben韙ez said.
?The way we did it, every single
player, every fan, every member of
the staff, I have to congratulate them
because it has been a fantastic
achievement in a very difficult season.
Little by little we have been growing
and, especially in this second part of
the league, the team has grown in
confidence. Some people were
dreaming that maybe we could be
here, but they were not awake. We
were awake. We were believing from
day one.?
R ATIN GS
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): M Dubravka 7 ?
D Yedlin 7, F Lejeune 7, J Lascelles 7, P Dummett
8 ? J Shelvey 8, M Diam� 7 ? M Ritchie 7 (sub:
J Murphy 85min), A P閞ez 7 (sub: Joselu 79),
Kenedy 7 ? D Gayle 6 (sub: I Slimani 63, 7).
Substitutes not used K Darlow, C Clark,
I Hayden, J Manquillo. Booked Slimani.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): P Cech 4 ? C Chambers 5 (sub:
A Maitland-Niles 78), S Mustafi 3, R Holding 4,
N Monreal 5 ? M Elneny 5, G Xhaka 5 ? A Iwobi 5
(sub: E Nketiah 86), J Willock 4 (sub: D Welbeck
68, 5), P-E Aubameyang 7 ? A Lacazette 7.
Substitutes not used D Ospina, P Mertesacker,
S Kolasinac, R Nelson.
Wenger:燰AR燿elay爒ery燽ad
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Ars鑞e Wenger has criticised the
Premier League?s decision to
postpone the introduction of video
assistant referees (VAR), claiming
that it will damage English football?s
standing abroad.
Following a series of contentious
incidents during VAR?s trial in this
season?s FA Cup, Premier League clubs
voted on Friday not to push ahead with
its implementation for next season.
Wenger, whose Arsenal side lost 2-1
away to Newcastle United yesterday,
their fifth successive away defeat in the
league, believes that the failure to
embrace technology will harm the
Premier League?s reputation for innovation and drive supporters away.
?The Premier League has been
created with people who had a
progressive mind and wanted to be in
front of the rest in Europe,? Wenger
said. ?It worked. Overall, I believe that
with that decision we are behind the
rest of the world.
?The young generation is used to
[VAR] and worldwide they might
move away from us because they see
that in other countries they do it.?
Wenger?s side have an appalling
away record in 2018 ? the worst of any
side in the top five divisions of English
football ? and yesterday?s defeat left
the manager reflecting on what he
described as a ?negative spiral?.
Wenger brought up VAR when he
was asked whether yesterday?s result
might have been different had the
V I C TO R I E S燨 N 燭 H E �
R OA D 營 N �0 1 8
Arsenal............0
Grimsby Tn.....1
Watford.............1
Stoke City.......2
Brighton..........2
Leeds Utd.......3
Bristol City.....4
Bradford City 4
Bolton...............4
Port Vale.........4
Bury...................4
West Brom.....4
Huddersfield.4
Oxford Utd.....4
Everton............4
Swansea City 4
referee, Anthony Taylor, awarded a
penalty for a handball by Jamaal Lascelles when his side were 1-0 ahead.
?The referee is the referee,? he said.
?Unfortunately the Premier League
has again decided not to go for VAR
and personally I believe that is a very,
very bad decision.
?Every big game this season has
been decided by mistakes that could
have been avoided with VAR, especially in the Champions League with
Manchester City and Liverpool.?
Wenger also admitted that Arsenal?s
poor away run is affecting his players.
?Of course it?s a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record
away,? he said. ?It has a subconscious
weight in our minds. Once you?re in a
negative spiral like that, it?s difficult to
get out.
?We just have to keep playing like
that and we?ll win games.?
Fears that Michy Batshuayi could
miss the World Cup finals this
summer receded last night. It had
been thought that the Chelsea and
Belgium striker, on loan to Borussia
Dortmund, had suffered a broken
ankle, right, in a tackle by Benjamin
Stambouli ? once of Tottenham
Hotspur ? during their 2-0 defeat
away to Schalke. However, it was
reported later that Batshuayi had
damaged ligaments. Belgium are in
the same group in Russia as
England, Panama and Tunisia.
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CHIEF燬PORTS燫EPORTER
The battle over the allocation of the
Premier League?s overseas TV rights is
set to be renewed with a fresh attempt
by the so-called ?big six? to secure a
bigger share of the money.
In October, Arsenal, Liverpool,
Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and the
two Manchester clubs were forced to
accept defeat in their attempt to have
35 per cent of the overseas TV money
allocated according to league position.
After the announcement in February that the value of the 2019-22 domestic TV rights fell for the first time in 15
years, there were fears that the big
clubs would try to force through
changes by threatening to refuse the
collective selling of TV rights. Under
the existing deal, overseas cash is split
equally among the 20 member clubs.
Richard Scudamore, the Premier
League executive chairman, brought
up the issue at a meeting of the
chairmen of the 20 clubs on Friday and
said that he wanted it settled at the
annual meeting in early June.
The bigger clubs argue that their
matches are the ones that drive the
overseas TV sales. The ?big six? were
able to persuade Leicester City, West
Ham United and Everton to join forces
but needed 14 of the 20 clubs to agree to
the change.
Since that failure in October,
however, the 2019-22 domestic TV
rights auction has taken place, with
the five main packages selling for
�464 billion, nearly �0 million
short of the existing deal.
The Premier League has been
unable to sell the remaining two
packages for an acceptable price. A
spokesman said there had been
?multiple bidders? ? understood to
include Amazon ? but they had failed
to reach the reserve price.
Across Sky and BT Sport, the cost
per match for the new deal works out
at �3 million compared with
�.19 million under the 2016-19 deal.
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Long: we?ve
made plans
for Europe
MIKE燱HALLEY
Burnley
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uropean football is very close
for Burnley now. So close that
Kevin Long was happy to
make a joke about checking
his passport was up to date.
?I hope it is,? the Ireland
central defender said. ?I?ve
got holidays planned for the
summer.? Those holidays have been
booked in the knowledge that next
season may well start in July with a
Europa League second qualifying
round tie. It is a prospect that
everyone at Turf Moor is relishing.
?European football would be
massive,? Long said. ?The fans are all
dreaming of European football, so we
hope we can get that for them.?
It seems extraordinary that the club
with the Premier League?s thirdlowest wage bill could finish in the
top seven, but it now appears almost
certain that it will happen.
Long?s headed goal, his first in the
league for a club he joined from Cork
City eight years ago, turned out to be
the winner against Leicester, their
closest challengers for seventh place.
Burnley?s fifth successive league win,
their best run in the top division since
1968, left them nine points clear of
Claude Puel?s side.
The only doubt is whether seventh
will be enough to secure the club?s
first European campaign since 1967. It
will be as long as the FA Cup winners
finish in the top six, and so every
Burnley fan is praying that
Southampton do not lift the trophy at
Wembley next month. A Chelsea
Long, second from right, is mobbed
by his team-mates after scoring his
first goal for the club he signed for
from Cork City eight years ago
GRAHAM燭HOMAS
Swansea燙ity
J Ayew 71
Everton
Naughton 43 (og)
1
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Burnley won 3-1
on agg
Second round
Lausanne-Spt....1
Burnley.................3
Burnley.................5
Lausanne-Spt...0
Burnley won 8-1
on agg
Third round
Burnley.................3
Napoli...................0
Napoli...................0
Burnley................0
Burnley won 3-0
on agg
Quarter-final
Frankfurt..............1
Burnley..................1
Burnley..................1
Frankfurt.............2
Frankfurt won
3-2 on agg
victory against Mark Hughes?s side in
Sunday?s semi-final would be received
warmly in Burnley.
If that does not happen, Burnley
will just have to try overtaking
Arsenal to finish sixth instead. ?We?re
not going to get ahead of ourselves,?
Long said. ?We?ll try to win as many
as possible and we?ll see where we are
at the end of the season.?
Tell that to the Burnley fans who
greeted the final whistle on Saturday
with chants of ?We?re all going on a
European tour?.
There are echoes of the late Brian
Clough in the way that Sean Dyche
has taken a team from the second-tier
to European contenders; perhaps that
should be no surprise, given that
Burnley?s manager learned directly
1
Referee L Mason Attendance 20,933
BURNLEY?S燫ECORD�
IN EU ROPE
IN燛U
European Cup
1960-61
First round
Burnley.................2
Stade Reims......0
Stade Reims.......3
Burnley.................2
Burnley won 4-3
on agg
Quarter-final
Burnley.................3
Hamburg..............1
Hamburg.............4
Burnley..................1
Hamburg won
5-4 on agg
Inter-Cities Fairs
Cup 1966-67
First round
Stuttgart...............1
Burnley..................1
Burnley.................2
Stuttgart.............0
Allardyce
stands firm
amid unrest
from the great man, starting out as a
youth-team central defender at
Nottingham Forest in the 1980s.
Perhaps unusually among the
Premier League managers of today,
Dyche has a major say in matters
behind the scenes, playing a part in
designing the �.5 million upgrade to
their training ground last summer.
There is a strong sense that Burnley?s
vision is his vision.
?The manager?s had a big part to
play since he?s come to the club,?
Long said. ?He?s changed everything,
including the training ground, things
behind the scenes, and he?s created a
winning mentality.?
Leicester?s own European
adventures are still fresh in the
memory, but hopes of adding to them
next season were all but extinguished
by a dreadful start at Turf Moor, as
Chris Wood and Long both scored in
the first nine minutes. Jamie Vardy?s
20th goal of the season was reflection
of their second-half superiority but
his only imminent overseas football
trip will be with England to Russia.
R ATING S
Burnley (4-4-2): N Pope 8 ? M Lowton 6, K Long
7, J Tarkowski 7, S Ward 6 ? A Lennon 6,
A Westwood 6, J Cork 7, JB Gudmundsson 7 ?
A Barnes 7 (sub: S Vokes 85min), C Wood 7 (sub:
J Hendrick 75). Substitutes not used T Heaton,
C Taylor, P Bardsley, D Marney, N Wells.
Booked Lennon, Barnes.
Leicester (4-2-3-1): K Schmeichel 6 (sub: B Hamer
86) ? D Simpson 5, W Morgan 4, H Maguire 6,
B Chilwell 6 ? H Choudhury 7, A Silva 5 ?
R Mahrez 7, S Okazaki 4 (sub: K Iheanacho 46, 7),
D Gray 5 (sub: F Diabat� 64, 6) ? J Vardy 7.
Substitutes not used A Dragovic, C Fuchs,
H Barnes, M Albrighton. Booked Iheanacho.
ou do not thrive under the
moniker of Big Sam, and survive
sackings, humiliation and the
painful discomfort of being told
to f*** off by your own fans,
without having an ego that heals
quickly.
So it should be no surprise that
within an hour of hearing the chants
of abuse from Everton?s supporters,
Sam Allardyce was giving a
vindication of his tactical approach
with patient certitude.
Allardyce was the target of criticism
for his decision to substitute Yannick
Bolasie ? Everton?s most dangerous
player ? for the defender Ramiro
Funes Mori after Swansea City?s
introduction of Tammy Abraham.
The fury had specific cause, but it
reflects a broader dissatisfaction with
a style of play that is passive, even
against struggling teams such as
Swansea.
Nor is it likely that Allardyce?s
explanation will end the doubts after
a match that Everton would have
easily lost had Carlos Carvalhal?s
team taken some of the many
chances that they spurned before
Jordan Ayew equalised Kyle
Naughton?s own goal.
?This is what happens,? Allardyce
said. ?I never get annoyed by the fans
because they wanted to see us play
better. But it was one very hardearned point because we showed a lot
of resilience.?
RATI NGS
Swansea City (4-4-2): L Fabianski 6 ?
K Naughton 6, F Fern醤dez 6, A Mawson 7,
M Olsson 7 ? L Narsingh 5 (sub: N Dyer 45min,
6), Ki Sung-yeung 5 (sub: T Abraham 65, 6),
A King 7, T Carroll 6 ? A Ayew 6, J Ayew 8.
Substitutes not used K Nordfeldt, M van der
Hoorn, W Routledge, K Bartley, C Roberts.
Booked J Ayew.
Everton (4-2-3-1): J Pickford 6 ? S Coleman 6,
M Keane 7, P Jagielka 6, L Baines 6 ?
M Schneiderlin 6, I Gueye 5 (sub: B Baningime 68,
5) ? T Walcott 5, W Rooney 6 (sub: N Vlasic 87),
Y Bolasie 7 (sub: R Funes Mori 76) ? C Tosun 6.
Substitutes not used J Robles, C Martina,
O Niasse, T Davies. Booked Baningime
We?re too nice and that has got to change, says Hughes
ALYSON燫UDD
Southampton
Tadic 21, Bednarek 60
Chelsea
Giroud 70, 78, Hazard 75
2
3
Referee M Dean Attendance 31,764
M
ark Hughes stood in his
technical area wishing he
could see more fouls, more
cynicism from his players as
they conceded three goals in
eight second-half minutes that could
come to define the hellishness of
Southampton?s entire season. It is not
over, not yet, but when these two
teams meet again on Sunday in the
FA Cup semi-final, the occasion could
feel macabre rather than carefree.
Hughes said it was ?difficult? for
him to watch the team let a two-goal
lead slip away so dramatically.
?It was that case of thinking, ?Come
on guys, you need to understand
what?s happening here?,? the
Southampton manager said.
?Sometimes you have to have the
ability, some would say it?s a skill, to
knock people over in the right areas
of the field. We are probably a little
bit too honest in that regard.?
His team did, though, pick up five
bookings and Chelsea?s third goal
came as the consequence of Oriol
Romeu giving away a free kick for his
foul on Marcos Alonso. More
worrying was arguably the slack
marking of Eden Hazard for Chelsea?s
second goal, and Olivier Giroud was
left alone to score the winner, his
second of the game.
Hughes can see his team have
ability and for the first hour were
vibrantly entertaining and energetic
but he thinks that if the club is to
avoid relegation they have to ditch
the pleasantries and issue a war cry.
Antonio Conte has issues, too, but
he absolved the players of blame for
their opening hour of sluggish play.
?It?s important to have the right
MOST燩REMIER燣EAGUE
GOALS OFF THE BENCH
GOALS燨FF燭HE燘ENCH
Player
Substitute goals
Jermain Defoe..................................24
Olivier Giroud....................................19
Kanu........................................................17
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.....................17
Javier Hern醤dez............................16
Peter Crouch......................................15
Daniel Sturridge...............................15
passion, the right enthusiasm, the
right spirit and I think the coach has
to transfer these to the players,? the
Chelsea head coach said. ?When you
are not able to do this, it means that
you have to take responsibility.?
RATI NGS
Southampton (5-4-1): A McCarthy 5 ? C閐ric 5,
J Bednarek 7 (sub: M Gabbiadini 90min),
M Yoshida 5, W Hoedt 5, R Bertrand 6 ? J WardProwse 6 (sub: C Austin, 79), O Romeu 6,
P-E Hojbjerg 5, D Tadic 7 (sub: J Sims, 83) ?
S Long 6. Substitutes not used F Foster,
M Lemina, S Boufal, S McQueen. Booked Romeu,
Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Long
Chelsea (3-4-3): T Courtois 6 ? C Azpilicueta 5,
A Christensen 5, G Cahill 5 ? D Zappacosta 5
(sub: Pedro 61, 5), N Kant� 6, C F郻regas 5,
M Alonso 6 ? Willian 6, � Morata 6 (sub:
O Giroud 61, 8), E Hazard 6 (sub: V Moses, 86)
Substitutes not used W Caballero, R Barkley,
T Bakayoko, Emerson. Booked Cahill, Willian,
Hazard.
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GETTY IMAGES
LIVERPOOL
MARK�TH�
ANNIVERSARY
The Liverpool
manager J黵gen
Klopp, right, is
joined by Jordan
Henderson, his
team captain, in
laying a wreath
at Anfield?s
Hillsborough
memorial
yesterday, which
marked the 29th
anniversary of
the disaster
where 96
football fans died
at the FA Cup
semi-final
between
Liverpool and
Nottingham
Forest in
Sheffield on April
15, 1989.
Klopp: I want clean sheets, not fun
PAUL燡OYCE
Liverpool
Man� 7, Salah 69, Firmino 90
Bournemouth
3
0
Referee C Kavanagh Attendance 52,959
F
or the first time in recent
weeks there was a goalscoring
milestone that did not belong
to Mohamed Salah. While an
instinctive header gave him
his 40th strike of an
exceptional campaign, it was
when Roberto Firmino
completed the scoring that another
significant landmark was reached.
His neat finish at Asmir Begovic?s
near post gave Liverpool their 300th
goal under J黵gen Klopp, a feat
achieved in just 148 matches and in a
little over two-and-a-half years since
his appointment as their manager.
Those numbers fit with the image
that Klopp brought with him as the
exponent of full-throttle football,
although the club?s careful
transformation means that he craves
something more than that now.
?I love watching that kind of
football, but I don?t want to be the
entertainer or whatever and it is like,
?Oh, we had fun but we didn?t win
anything?,? Klopp said.
?It?s about winning football games.
It?s about creating moments and
knowing how to use them. That?s the
thing. We scored a lot of goals before
but nobody was really happy about
not having clean sheets because it
makes winning quite difficult.
?We had the set-piece issue. It?s not
always easy, especially with stats being
kind of, I don?t have the word, but it is
like fixed that you have a set-piece
problem and it?s difficult to start new
in the middle of the season. But all
these things we sorted step by step.?
Bournemouth stand as a barometer
of how balance lies at the heart of
Klopp?s vision. Last season Liverpool
capitulated on the south coast,
leading 3-1 with 14 minutes remaining
only to lose 4-3, while in the reverse
fixture at Anfield a year ago Eddie
Howe?s side scrambled a late point
having caused havoc in the home
defence from a long throw-in.
Here, the outcome felt inevitable
once Sadio Man� opened the scoring
in the seventh minute. A ninth clean
sheet in 14 matches followed, while
they have not conceded a goal after
the 24th minute in any of their past
Ince revels in change of fortune
CHRIS燘RERETON
Huddersfield燭own
Ince 90+1
Watford
1
0
Referee C Pawson
T
om Ince, who scored a lastminute goal to all but seal
Huddersfield Town?s Premier
League survival, said that it was
the best moment of his career
and hopes that a corner has now been
turned after a season in which he has
struggled for form. ?It was the biggest
positive I have had in my career so
far,? he said. ?I?ve been disappointed
with myself this season. I wanted to
produce a lot more.?
R AT I N G S
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1): J L鰏sl 6 ?
T Kongolo 6, C Schindler 6, M Zanka 6,
F Hadergjonaj 5 ? J Hogg 7, A Mooy 6 ?
R van La Parra 5 (sub: P Billing 77min),
A Pritchard 5, C Quaner 6 (sub: T Ince 60, 7) ?
S Mouni� 5 (sub: L Depoitre 71). Substitutes not
used J Coleman, T Smith, S Malone, C L鰓e.
Booked Zanka, Pritchard.
Watford (5-3-2): O Karnezis 6 ? K Femen韆 5
(sub: Richarlison 58, 6), S Pr鰀l 5, A Mariappa 6,
C Cathcart 5, D Janmaat 5 ? A Doucour� 6,
W Hughes 7 (sub: J Sinclair 90), � Capoue 6 ?
R Pereyra 5, T Deeney 6 (sub: A Gray 81).
Substitutes not used H Gomes, M Britos,
C Kabasele, S Okaka. Booked Janmaat, Pereyra.
MATCHES燭O燫EACH�
300 LIVERPOOL 燝OALS
300燣IVERPOOL
GOALS
Bill Shankly...............................................144
251 came in the Second Division
Kenny Dalglish........................................145
J黵gen Klopp.........................................148
George Patterson..................................169
Gerard Houllier.......................................170
Roy Evans..................................................183
George Kay...............................................184
Don Welsh.................................................188
Bob Paisley...............................................188
Rafa Ben韙ez............................................. 193
Tom Watson.............................................195
Matt McQueen.......................................204
nine games. The attacking triumvirate
of Salah, Firmino and Man�
commands attention, contributing 82
of those 300 goals since August, but
Georginio Wijnaldum boasted a 100
per cent pass completion, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain combines
forward bursts with defensive
diligence and Jordan Henderson
patrolled the rest of midfield to
set the standard to which
Bournemouth?s England hopeful
Lewis Cook must aspire.
R ATING S
Liverpool (4-3-3): L Karius 7 ? T AlexanderArnold 8, D Lovren 7 (sub: R Klavan 83min),
V van Dijk 7, A Robertson 7 ? A OxladeChamberlain 8, J Henderson 7, G Wijnaldum 7 ?
M Salah 7, R Firmino 7 (sub: D Solanke 90+1),
S Man� 7 (sub: J Milner 77). Substitutes not
used S Mignolet, A Moreno, D Ings, B Woodburn
Booked Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Bournemouth (5-4-1): A Begovic 6 ? R Fraser 5,
S Francis 5, S Cook 5, N Ak� 6, C Daniels 5 ? J Ibe
5 (sub: L Mousset 58, 5), L Cook 5 (sub: A Surman
73), D Gosling 5, J King 6 ? J Defoe 5 (sub:
C Wilson 69, 6). Substitutes not used A Boruc,
M Pugh, B Smith, J Simpson. Booked Ak�.
This is the new improved Liverpool.
The one that needs two wins to
cement a top-four finish for the
second successive season for the first
time since 2008-09. The team that
Roma must tame, and breach, in the
Champions League semi-finals.
Should defeat be avoided in their
remaining home games against Stoke
City and Brighton and Hove Albion, it
will be only the second time since
1987-88 that Liverpool have gone
through a home league campaign
unbeaten. And it is not just within
Anfield?s corridors that the feeling
something is stirring emanates.
?I think the players who were here
last season have all grown and
improved,? Howe, the Bournemouth
manager, said. ?The new signings
have made a big difference too.
?I see them improving again. It is
going to be an exciting time here.?
Hughton燽acks燘ong燾omplaint
ALAN燬MITH
Chris Hughton has expressed his
disappointment at an independent
commission?s decision not to punish
Jay Rodriguez for allegedly racially
abusing Ga雝an Bong after the
Brighton & Hove Albion defender
reiterated that he remains certain the
West Bromwich Albion forward had
told him ?you?re black and you stink?
during their game in January.
The FA-appointed commission
ruled on Friday that Bong?s allegation
was ?not proven?. Rodriguez, who
requested an individual hearing which
was held last Wednesday, stated that
he told Bong ?your breath f***ing
stinks? and, despite two lip readers
being employed to determine what
was said, the panel was unable to reach
a definitive conclusion.
?I?m disappointed with the
outcome,? the Brighton manager
said. ?The process by the FA and
communication from the FA was
excellent, so I certainly have no
problem with that. The wording in
both statements, from the FA and the
committee, says the right things.?
Hughton hopes that the distinction
between the accusation being not
proven and Rodriguez being found not
guilty validates that Bong?s complaint
was justified. ?Some of the wording, in
effect, says he was right to make the
complaint,? Hughton added.
Loftus-Cheek
presses case
for World Cup
ALAN燬MITH
Crystal燩alace
Zaha 5, 24, Tomkins 14
Brighton�&燞ove燗lbion
Murray 18, Izquierdo 34
3
2
Referee A Marriner Attendance 24,656
W
elcome to the fish bowl,
Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Once you become part of
the England World Cup
squad conversation, it is
hard to escape.
The Crystal Palace
midfielder, on loan from
Chelsea, may have started only two
games since returning from almost
three months out with an ankle
injury, but already the discussion has
moved on to how he can make an
impact in Russia.
Every pass and move between now
and the end of the season will be
scrutinised and it is hard not to
ponder whether such pressure is
unfair considering that Loftus-Cheek
admits he is still ?not used to? starting
games every week.
While it will become increasingly
difficult to argue against him
deserving a place in Gareth
Southgate?s squad if he maintains his
performance level in the final four
games of the season, severe caution
must be preached.
Not least because at 22 years old he
has made a grand total of 23 Premier
League starts. Compare that with his
contemporaries. Dele Alli is three
months younger but considerably
wiser as he approaches 100 top-flight
starts. Marcus Rashford is 20 and
has almost twice as many. John
Stones is 23 and has surpassed 100,
while Lewis Cook, 21, has played 100
senior league games.
?We?ve all got different journeys
and I try not to compare myself with
players my age,? Loftus-Cheek said.
?They?ve had a lot more experience
than me and I?m just trying to focus
on myself and trying to improve.?
The potential is evident but LoftusCheek?s growth has been stunted by
Chelsea?s aversion to giving their
young players sufficient first-team
opportunities and, to a lesser extent, a
series of injuries. His longest run of
consecutive starts, coming before the
ankle injury sustained at Christmas, is
12, which could be looked at as a
positive and a negative.
?If he can play regularly for the last
part of the season, I think we will see
him doing more and more,? the
Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.
?For us he is an important player
because of the pure and simple
football qualities he possesses.?
RATI NGS
Crystal Palace (4-1-3-2): W Hennessey 6 ? J Ward
4, J Tomkins 6, M Sakho 5, P van Aanholt 6 ?
J McArthur 5 ? Y Cabaye 6 (sub: C Benteke
71min), L Milivojevic 7, R Loftus-Cheek 8 (sub:
J Riedewald 80) ? W Zaha 8, A Townsend 6.
Substitutes not used J Speroni, A Sorloth,
L Chung-yong, A-W Bissaka, M Kelly. Booked
Milivojevic, Zaha, Hennessey.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): M Ryan 4 ?
E Schelotto 5, S Duffy 5, L Dunk 5, G Bong 6 (sub:
S March 86) ? J Locadia 4 (sub: A Knockaert 46,
6), D Stephens 5, B Kayal 6, J Izquierdo 6 ?
P Gross 7 (sub: L Ulloa 71) ? G Murray 7.
Substitutes not used T Krul, Bruno, S Baldock,
C Goldson Booked Stephens, Kayal.
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EDDIE KEOGH/FA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Kirby finds the net for Chelsea in
their 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory
over Manchester City and they will
now face Arsenal in the final
LEAGUE燨NE�
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Performance of the
weekend
AFC Wimbledon
Trailing 2-0 away to
Walsall at the interval,
Wimbledon made a
storming comeback,
and a winning penalty
in the sixth minute of
stoppage time from
Dean Parrett secured a
vital 3-2 win that lifted
them to 18th place.
Player of the weekend
Duckens Nazon
Oldham Athletic
The 24-year-old Haiti
striker on loan from
Kirby fires Chelsea into final
WOMEN?S燜A燙UP
Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager,
hailed the impact of two-goal Fran
Kirby as she overcame serious injury
concerns to help her side book an FA
Cup final meeting with Arsenal,
scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over
toothless Manchester City (Molly
Hudson writes).
Kirby, who was doubtful because of
a hamstring injury, delivered a matchwinning performance at
Kingsmeadow as Hayes?s weakened
side ? she was able to name only
four substitutes ? produced a
counter-attacking masterclass.
The England international looked a
class above the majority of players on
the pitch, capitalising on some poor
City defending to fire past Ellie
Roebuck in the fifth minute. She then
finished City off in the 74th minute
with her 22nd goal of the season.
?We?ve had a challenging week
with injuries, sickness [and] returning
from international camp, but we
made no excuses, we counted on
every member of the team and it
showed,? Hayes said. ?We are down to
our bare bones but it was so gutsy
from the team. We have had to
nurture Fran through the week. I
didn?t think she was going to play
today but that shows how tough she is
and how much she wants to put it on
the line.?
In the other semi-final there was
late drama, with a last-gasp goal by
Louise Quinn sealing Arsenal?s place
at Wembley with a 2-1 win away to
Everton. Danielle Carter put Arsenal
ahead, and after Chloe Kelly
equalised against her former club,
Quinn nodded in the winner from a
corner in the first minute of stoppage
time.
LEAGUE燭WO�
ROUND璘P
Wolverhampton
Wanderers scored and
was a constant threat
against Gillingham,
only to see his
struggling side held to
a 1-1 draw by an injurytime penalty.
Goal of the weekend
Ian Henderson
Rochdale
The Rochdale captain
scored the only goal in
a 1-0 win away to
Peterborough United
that maintains his
side?s hopes of avoiding
relegation. But he was
given a red card for a
shocking challenge in
the second half.
Rising star
Ike Ugbo MK Dons
The 19-year-old
Glosico? was marred
by crowd trouble
before the match.
Player of the weekend
Richard Duffy
Notts County
Performance of the
weekend
Forest Green Rovers
Christian Doidge
scored the goal that
decided a vital
Gloucestershire derby
in Rovers? favour at
Cheltenham Town,
lifting them six points
clear of the bottom
two. Unfortunately, ?El
The defender grabbed
the final goal in a 3-1
comeback win away to
Colchester United that
kept alive the visitors?
chances of automatic
promotion.
Rising star
Aaron Ramsdale
Chesterfield
The 19-year-old
forward, on loan from
Chelsea, scored his
second goal for the
Dons, although it was
not enough to prevent
a 2-1 home defeat to
Doncaster Rovers that
left the club four
points from safety.
Villains of the day
Bury
Northampton Town?s
first win in 11 games,
3-2 at Gigg Lane,
meant Bury became
the first EFL side to be
relegated this season.
Stat of the weekend
Scunthorpe United
won at Charlton
Athletic for the first
time since 1963, which
also ended a run of 11
games without a win.
goalkeeper, on loan
from Bournemouth,
has faced a baptism of
fire with a club
seemingly doomed to
relegation but still did
his reputation no harm
in the 1-0 home defeat
to Mansfield Town.
Villain of the weekend
Chris Hussey
Swindon Town
The defender had an
alleged altercation
with one of his club?s
fans after a 2-1 defeat
at Newport County
hurt their play-off bid.
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THE燡OURNEYMAN
GREGOR燫OBERTSON燰ISITS燞AMPDEN燩ARK�
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here is tradition at the end of
victories of a magnitude such as
Celtic?s 4-0 humiliation of Rangers in
the Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday.
The Celtic supporters, arms low and
outstretched, wait, hushed. They let
the anticipation build until one player
emerges from the group to signal it is
time for the chant to begin. At Hampden Park
yesterday, as is invariably the case, Kieran
Tierney was the man who leapt up before the
jubilant crowd to get the party under way.
Celtic?s 20-year-old left back joined the club
aged seven and is steeped in the traditions of
the club, but his talent is such that his
reputation continues to grow apace and
admiring eyes are being drawn his way.
Manchester United are the latest team south
of the border to be credited with an interest in
luring Tierney away from his boyhood club
and reportedly sent scouts to Hampden to cast
an eye over him once again yesterday.
They will not have been alone, of course,
but, strange as it may sound, Jos� Mourinho,
or any other potential suitor, may have their
work cut out in convincing Tierney to depart
just yet. ?I?m not thinking about anyone other
than Celtic just now,? he said. ?I?m enjoying
my career here; I?ve just signed a six-year deal,
so if that doesn?t say long-term, I don?t know
what does.?
For Celtic?s part, it may take a bid in excess
of � million to consider selling a prize asset
with such an affinity to their fanbase. So how
good is he? And would he be worth that?
When the football editor suggested this
assignment (along with a quip that Tierney
may be the hottest Scottish prospect since
yours truly ? they can be cruel on the
desk) there was, of course, only one
game to watch: the Old Firm. Yet,
despite a raucous atmosphere and
deafening prelude, Celtic handed
their closest rivals ? who, along
with Aberdeen, are 13 points
adrift of the SPL champions in
waiting ? a humiliation.
It is the perennial
question: how can
you judge Scotland?s
brightest talent
against lesser
opposition?
Though it was
widely felt, north of
the border, that
Virgil van Dijk and
Victor Wanyama were
good enough to play for
one of England?s best ?
and so it has proved ?
Southampton were the
only club willing to make
a move for the pair
during their Celtic days.
Brendan Rodgers,
however, believes
Tierney is different, and
puts the young tyro on a
par with fellow left backs
Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand, players the
Celtic manager has worked with previously.
?This is a young player who can play in the
top four of the Premier League, if that?s where
he wanted to go,? Rodgers said.
What is clear is that Tierney possesses the
required levels of professionalism,
determination, application and character to
play on any stage. ?I just concentrate on going
into training every day, with a smile on my
face, working hard, and doing what I can to
help the team,? Tierney, who is humble and
self-assured, says.
So far in his nascent career, he has been
fazed by nothing. He has been deployed at
right back and centre half for Scotland ? who
Tierney captained while winning his ninth cap
in the friendly against Holland in November
? as the national team seek to accommodate
their two most talented players, and in his
former position on the wing, for Celtic. He has
emerged from each with distinction.
It does feel a little cruel that the first
genuinely elite-level players to emerge from
Scotland in some years are both left backs.
Andy Robertson has, of course, flourished
since cementing his place in Liverpool?s
starting XI in December, but despite his
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striking progression this season there remains
a weight of opinion in Scotland that Tierney
is the more accomplished all-round full back.
Tierney has, like Robertson, faced elite
opposition in the Champions League and
although his team endured a torturous
campaign this season he certainly held
his own, personally, against vaunted
opponents, excelling against Arjen
Robben in the 2-1 defeat by Bayern
Munich in October.
Like Robertson,
Tierney revels in making
those thrusting forward
runs required of a
modern full back and
is perhaps the more
tactically astute of
the two, though
both are equally
tenacious.
Tierney?s physical
prowess has
developed
dramatically
since he made
his debut as a
skinny 17-yearold in April
2015. Yesterday
was his 55th
game of a
Tierney was
too good for
Rangers in
yesterday?s
semi-final, as
Celtic ran out
comfortable
4-0 winners
gruelling season and his 125th for Celtic. He
has already gleaned much experience and will
not be 21 until June.
When Tierney robbed James Tavernier, the
Rangers right back, of the ball as he advanced
towards the Celtic byline four minutes into
yesterday?s game, then drove out of defence to
launch an attack, it was a portent for Rangers?
afternoon down Tierney?s flank.
Daniel Candeias, Rangers? Portuguese
winger, tried in vain to evade Tierney?s close
attention with a series of flicks and dummies
but spent much of the game tracking his
opposite number before he was withdrawn in
the 53rd minute. Opponents have been known
to field two right backs in their attempts to
nullify Tierney?s surging runs and he had a
significant hand in Celtic?s second goal, even if
it will not go down as his tenth assist of the
season.
Tom Rogic had already given Celtic the lead
in the first half when Tierney collected a pass
from Kris Ajer on the touchline, midway
inside the Rangers half, controlled with his
first touch and skipped beyond Candeias with
his second. Tierney?s cross was heading
towards Moussa Demb閘� until Russell
Martin, the Rangers defender, intervened. His
his clearance fell into the path of Callum
McGregor and the Celtic winger found the
corner from 12 yards. McGregor and Tierney
combined to good effect but the left back?s
final ball was poor on a number of occasions
and his eagerness to advance can, at times,
leave Celtic open to the counterattack on
transition of possession.
Still, when Demb閘� made it 3-0 from the
penalty spot seven minutes into the second
half ? and Rangers were reduced to ten men
? the game became a procession. Olivier
Ntcham added the fourth with another
penalty with 12 minutes remaining and the
misery for those dwindling numbers in the
blue half of Hampden was complete.
Last year?s Scottish Cup final was both
traumatic and iconic for Tierney: a swinging
elbow by the Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley
ended his afternoon prematurely and left
Tierney in need of an emergency dental
procedure. Surgery complete, he raced back to
Hampden and bounded up the steps just in
time to lift the silver trophy aloft, beating the
badge on his chest, to a roar from the Celtic
faithful.
Celtic will return to Hampden to face
Motherwell in this year?s final next month,
aiming to complete an unprecedented
consecutive domestic treble. Then both
Tierney and Celtic?s resolve could be tested
this summer.
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1
1 53 13 14
2
1 40 12 68 87
W
2 Man United...............33 13
2
2 35
8
9
3
4 28 18 37 71
W
3 Liverpool...................34 11
6 0 41 10
9
4
4 37 25 43 70
W
4 Tottenham................33 10
4
2 32 12 10
3
4 33 18 35 67
W
5 Chelsea......................33 10
3
4 28 15
8
3
5 29 18 24 60
W
6 Arsenal
33 13
2
2 45 19
3
4
9 17 26 17 54
W
7 Burnley......................33
7
4
5 14 13
7
6
4 19 16
4 52
W
8 Leicester....................33
6
5
5 22 19
5
5
7 27 28
2 43
W
9 Everton......................34
9
3
5 26 21
2
6
9 13 33 -15 42
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7
4
6 18 16
4
4
8 17 26 -7 41
W 11
Bournemouth..........34
6
5
6 25 28
3
6
8 16 28 -15 38
W 12 Watford.....................34
6
5
6 25 30
4
2 11 17 30 -18 37
W
W 13 Brighton....................33
6
7
4 22 24
2
4 10
Y 14 Huddersfield............34
6
5
6 16 22
3
3 11 11 32 -27 35
Z 15 West Ham..................32
6
4
5 19 20
2
6
9 21 38 -18 34
Y 16 Crystal Palace..........34
5
5
7 22 27
3
5
9 14 27 -18 34
9 22 -15 35
Z 17 Swansea....................33
6
3
7 16 20
2
6
9 11 26 -19 33
W 18 Southampton...........33
3
7
7 18 24
2
6
8 15 29 -20 28
W 19 Stoke..........................33
5
4
8 18 27
1
5 10 12 36 -33 27
W 20West Brom................34
2
8
7 18 27
2
4 11
9 25 -25 24
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West Ham (a)
Huddersfield (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Arsenal (h)
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Man United (h)
Southampton (a)
Swansea (h)
Crystal Palace (h)
Totternham (a)
Newcastle (h)
Tottenham (h)
Burnley (a)
Man Utd (h)
Everton (h)
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(2) 2
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(0) 1
Leicester
Wood 6
Long 9
Vardy 72
21,727
(3) 3
Crystal Palace
Huddersfield
(0) 1
Watford
(0) 0
(1) 3
Bournemouth
(0) 0
Man� 7 Salah 69
Firmino 90
52,959
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West Brom
75,095
Rodriguez 73
(1) 2
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(0) 1
(1) 1
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P閞ez 29
Ritchie 68
129
106
100
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L燚unk�(Brighton)
N燤atic�(Man燯td)
P燴abaleta�(West燞am)
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65
65
62
60
59
58
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60
60
55
55
51
49
49
48
47
47
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52,210
(1) 2
Southampton
Tadic 21, Bednarek 60
31,764
Hazard 75
Giroud 70, 78
(0) 1
Swansea
(0) 3
Chelsea
(1) 1
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J Ayew 71
20,933
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(1) 1
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80,811
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R燬terling�(Man燙ity)
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17
17
15
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122
114
112
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102
100
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Vanarama National
Barrow
(0) 0
Ebbsfleet
(1) 1
1,189
Rance 32
Boreham Wood(2) 4
Chester
Folivi 6
Andrade 44 (pen)
Ferrier 58, Shakes 90+1
Akintunde 73, 90+4
551
Gateshead
Eastleigh
(1) 2
(0) 2
(0) 0
Johnson 45, Burrow 52
612
Macclesfield (1) 1
Leyton Orient (1) 1
Whitaker 17
3,110
Koroma 42
Maidenhead (0) 3
Dover Ath
Hyde 52, Upward 60
Kilman 90+4
Jeffrey 49, Parry 54
1,155
Maidstone
AFC Fylde
Boston Utd
(1) 1
(0) 2
(0) 0
2,254
Solihull Moors(2) 3
Guiseley
Frempah 6 (og)
Osborne 19, Kelleher 60
Southwell 49
915
Sutton Utd
Hartlepool
(1) 1
Lafayette 9
2,272
(0) 1
(1) 1
Hawkes 26
(0) 1
Reid 58
Halifax
(0) 0
1,567
(0) 2
Norwood 70, 80
Woking
Wrexham
Aldershot
(0) 0
5,444
(0) 0
2,027
Bromley
(1) 2
Higgs 32, Johnson 68
(1) 1
Rutherford 23
4,193
P
Macclesfield........44
Tranmere ............ 42
Sutton United.....43
Boreham Wood...44
AFC Fylde............44
Aldershot............43
Wrexham ............ 44
Dover Athletic .... 43
Ebbsfleet ............42
Bromley...............42
Dagenham & Red 42
Dag and Red (0) 2
Okenabirhie 50
Raven 75 (og)
W
25
22
21
19
20
19
17
18
17
17
17
D
11
10
10
15
11
14
18
13
16
12
11
L
8
10
12
10
13
10
9
12
9
13
14
F
63
73
63
59
81
61
49
57
57
67
62
13
18
12
15
17
11
14
13
9
14
10
13
12
15
12
16
16
14
19
18
18
23
18
23
24
23
57
57
54
48
61
45
49
49
52
48
40
39
35
62
46
53
56
68
54
63
61
73
60
67
75
75
-5
11
1
-8
-7
-9
-14
-12
-21
-12
-27
-36
-40
55
54
54
54
53
50
50
49
45
44
40
34
30
(1) 1
Keane 3
992
Brackley
Bradford PA (1) 2
Boyes 36, 90
(0) 1
Alfreton
(3) 3
Chorley
(1) 2
Blyth Spartans(0) 0
Newby 42, Carver 64
1,165
FC Utd of Ma(1)
Darlington
1
Kay 45
2,269
(1) 2
Gillies 26
Styche 64
Gainsborough (0) 1
York City
Worsfold 54
1,014
A
46
42
50
43
55
49
38
40
46
50
54
Harrogate
Southport
(0) 0
Topley 75
Evo-Stik Premier: North
Chippenham (1) 2
Truro
Sandell 45, Jones 84
667
Hungerford
Bognor Regis (0) 2
Hemel H
Pearce 82
Amaluzor 89
Watt 2, 14
Moyo 71
(0) 2
Chelmsford
Fenwick 3, 43 (pen),
57 (pen), 67 (pen)
1,821
Eastbourne Boro(0) 0
Dartford
(0) 0
Curzon Ashton(0) 0
733
Mills 33
(0) 0
Salford City
Hampton & R (1) 1
Gloucester
Kretzschmar 42
822
Parker 39
937
Haughton 19
Piergianni 44
Spennymoor
P
Stockport Co (0) 1
North Ferriby
P
AFC Telford (0) 0
Fogden 25
Prior 38
Stephenson 74
3,546
Poole
L
6
7
6
9
F
74
94
68
71
A
43
43
34
46
Havant & W
GD Pts
31 85
51 82
34 74
25 68
(0) 0
Higgins 22, Smith 75
508
Leamington
W D
26 7
25 7
21 11
19 11
(2) 3
East Thurrock (1) 2
Ironside 63, Ngwatala 66
P
Salford City.........39
Harrogate ...........39
Brackley ............. 38
Kidderminster.....39
(0) 0
847
Tamworth
(2) 2
Welling
Barrington 87
Allen 90
(2) 5
Richards 9 (pen)
Edwards 43, Watkins 51
Batten 63, Jarvis 90
Kidderminster (0) 2
531
(1) 2
(2) 2
St Albans
(2) 4
(1) 1
(1) 1
(1) 1
Sendles-White 10
1,051
(0) 2
Devlin 66 (pen)
Bentley 71
Wealdstone
(1) 1
Sellers 13
442
Weston-s-Mare(2) 4
Oxford City
Hill 5 (pen), 79
Welch 40, Parsons 52
Cotter 26, Sinclair 31
(2) 2
(0) 1
Macklin 18
Durojaiye 49
Benyon 78
294
Sent off: G Omotayo (Whitehawk) 44,
T Bradbrook (Welling) 90
Concord Rangers(0) 1
Vanarama South
1,386
(0) 0
Whitehawk
P
Dartford .............. 39
Havant & W ........ 39
Chelmsford .........38
Hampton & R ...... 39
Hemel H .............39
Truro .................. 38
St Albans ...........39
Braintree.............38
Welling................39
Bath ....................39
Weston-s-Mare .. 39
Wealdstone.........36
East Thurrock .... 37
Chippenham........40
Gloucester ..........39
Eastbourne Boro.40
Oxford City..........38
Concord Rangers.38
Hungerford .........38
Poole ................... 38
Whitehawk ......... 38
Bognor Regis ......38
Braintree
(0) 0
19 7 13 72 55 17 64
15 13 9 44 32 12 58
17 7 12 65 59 6 58
16 9 14 63 57 6 57
15 9 15 60 54 6 54
17 1 19 70 64 6 52
14 9 15 45 52 -7 51
13 11 14 53 52 1 50
14 8 16 60 64 -4 50
13 8 16 55 64 -9 47
13 8 18 57 69 -12 47
13 7 20 66 70 -4 46
11 12 15 48 57 -9 45
12 9 18 47 59 -12 45
13 5 20 49 65 -16 44
11 9 20 52 70 -18 42
12 4 23 41 70 -29 40
3 8 27 21 96 -75 17
Beck 4, Thomson 58
Nuneaton
GD Pts
17 86
31 76
13 73
16 72
26 71
12 71
11 69
17 67
11 67
17 63
8 62
(1) 2
Stockport Co ......39
Chorley................37
Spennymoor .......36
York.....................39
Bradford PA........39
Blyth Spartans....37
Nuneaton............38
Darlington...........38
Boston Utd..........38
Southport............37
FC Utd of Man 39
40
Alfreton
Curzon Ashton....38
Leamington.........39
AFC Telford ........38
Tamworth ........... 40
Gainsborough .....39
North Ferriby .....38
Bath City
Williams 61
Sharp 2, 40
495
Daniels 30
Sent off: C Westcarr (Alfreton) 67
Sent off: B Fleming (Gainsborough) 24
Sent off: B Tomlinson (Halifax) 74
Tranmere
14
12
14
13
12
13
12
12
12
10
10
7
6
Vanarama North
Turgott 23
Torquay
Maidenhead ....... 42
Gateshead...........42
Leyton Orient......42
Halifax.................44
Eastleigh.............43
Solihull Moors.....43
Maidstone ..........44
Hartlepool...........43
Woking................44
Barrow ................ 42
Torquay...............43
Chester................44
Guiseley .............. 41
W
23
22
18
16
17
18
18
16
16
15
15
14
13
14
14
13
12
10
11
9
7
5
D
8
11
11
17
13
8
8
12
10
12
7
9
11
8
8
7
8
10
7
8
9
12
L
8
6
9
6
9
12
13
10
13
12
17
13
13
18
17
20
18
18
20
21
22
21
F
76
59
61
53
66
65
65
64
65
60
63
55
66
59
52
57
55
41
43
43
46
39
A
43
27
43
35
49
51
52
51
55
45
67
53
70
66
62
74
66
57
64
71
83
69
GD Pts
33 77
32 77
18 65
18 65
17 64
14 62
13 62
13 60
10 58
15 57
-4 52
2 51
-4 50
-7 50
-10 50
-17 46
-11 44
-16 40
-21 40
-28 35
-37 30
-30 27
Altrincham 4 Barwell 0; Coalville 2 Marine 3;
Farsley Celtic 0 Warrington 2; Halesowen 1
Ashton Utd 1; Mickleover Sports 2 Buxton 2;
Nantwich 1 Rushall Olympic 2; Shaw Lane 0
Lancaster 0; Stourbridge 4 Stalybridge Celtic
1; Sutton Coldfield 4 Hednesford 1; Whitby 0
Matlock 3; Witton Albion 1 Stafford Rangers
2; Workington 0 Grantham 2.
P
Altrincham..........41
Warrington ........ 42
Grantham............41
Ashton Utd ......... 42
Farsley Celtic......43
Shaw Lane .......... 40
Witton Albion.....41
Barwell................41
Buxton.................41
Rushall Olympic..41
Nantwich ............42
Stafford Rangers 43
41
Stourbridge
Workington.........41
Hednesford ......... 42
Mickleover Spts..41
Lancaster ...........42
W
25
22
22
20
20
21
17
16
16
17
16
15
15
16
15
14
14
D
9
11
7
13
11
7
11
11
10
7
9
12
11
8
10
11
11
L
7
9
12
9
12
12
13
14
15
17
17
16
15
17
17
16
17
F
93
68
82
78
76
67
73
55
66
63
59
50
62
65
57
60
65
A
40
45
50
54
65
52
57
56
63
72
61
56
51
59
71
54
68
GD Pts
53 84
23 77
32 73
24 73
11 71
15 67
16 62
-1 59
3 58
-9 58
-2 57
-6 57
11 56
6 56
-14 55
6 53
-3 53
Matlock ..............41
Marine.................41
Whitby................42
Stalybridge ......... 39
Coalville ............. 42
Halesowen..........42
Sutton Coldfield .44
15 6 20 61 70 -9
13 9 19 62 68 -6
11 13 18 53 73 -20
13 6 20 54 73 -19
12 7 23 61 87 -26
12 8 22 45 74 -29
9 6 29 50106 -56
51
48
46
45
43
40
32
Evo-Stik Premier: Sourth
Basingstoke 2 Dunstable 0; Biggleswade 3
Stratford 1; Bishop?s Stortford 0 Hereford 1;
Chesham 3 Gosport 0; Frome 1 Farnborough 1;
Kettering 4 Hitchin 1; Merthyr 4 Kings
Langley 1; Slough 2 Kings Lynn 2; St Ives 1
Dorchester 2; St Neots 2 Redditch 1; Tiverton
1 Royston 2; Weymouth 1 Banbury 1.
P
Hereford .............42
Kings Lynn .........44
Weymouth..........43
Kettering.............41
Slough.................42
Royston ..............43
Chesham ............. 43
Tiverton .............. 41
Banbury...............42
Hitchin.................41
Basingstoke........42
St Neots .............43
Frome .................43
Biggleswade .......41
Redditch..............43
Stratford.............43
Merthyr ..............43
B Stortford..........42
Dorchester..........42
Farnborough........44
Kings Langley ..... 44
St Ives ................40
Dunstable............42
Gosport .............. 42
W
32
29
28
27
26
23
20
22
18
18
18
16
17
14
14
14
13
13
13
14
8
7
3
2
D
5
9
7
7
9
5
11
4
13
8
7
12
7
10
9
9
12
9
9
6
14
7
4
5
L F A GD Pts
5101 32 69101
6 95 37 58 96
8 97 44 53 91
7104 47 57 88
7103 48 55 87
15 79 59 20 74
12 82 56 26 71
15 70 63 7 70
11 85 53 32 67
15 66 59 7 62
17 82 65 17 61
15 75 74 1 60
19 75 87 -12 58
17 50 52 -2 52
20 68 68 0 51
20 61 77 -16 51
18 71 89 -18 51
20 67 74 -7 48
20 61 81 -20 48
24 78114 -36 48
22 58 91 -33 38
26 49 93 -44 28
35 25132-107 13
35 28135-107 11
Bostik Premier
Billericay 2 Wingate & Finchley 2; Dorking
Wanderers 5 Folkestone 3; Dulwich Hamlet 2
Thurrock 1; Harlow 2 Brightlingsea Regent 0;
Harrow Borough 1 Tooting & Mitcham 1;
Kingstonian 0 Hendon 0; Leiston 2 Burgess
Hill 0; Merstham 1 Leatherhead 1;
Metropolitan Police 0 Lowestoft 1; Staines 2
Margate 2; Tonbridge 1 Enfield Town 4;
Worthing 1 Needham Market 0.
P W D
Billericay.............41 27 7
Dulwich Hamlet..42 25 10
L F A GD Pts
7 98 48 50 88
7 85 40 45 85
Folkestone ......... 43
Hendon................43
Margate .............. 44
Leiston................43
Leatherhead........41
Staines ...............42
Wingate & F........42
Tonbridge ...........43
Met Police...........43
Merstham ........... 43
Dorking Wandrs..41
Enfield ................44
Thurrock..............43
Harrow Borough . 43
Worthing.............44
Kingstonian.........41
Needham Mkt.....42
Brightlingsea .....43
Harlow.................42
Lowestoft T........43
Tooting & M .......44
Burgess Hill ....... 44
24
22
20
22
22
20
18
18
16
15
15
14
16
16
14
15
13
13
12
12
9
9
9
10
16
9
6
11
7
6
12
10
9
12
6
6
11
5
10
8
7
6
9
8
10100 65
11 89 57
8 75 50
12 77 49
13 56 44
11 97 73
17 57 69
19 56 60
15 69 69
18 67 74
17 67 71
18 70 78
21 64 72
21 61 74
19 68 82
21 48 66
19 65 72
22 65 79
23 54 85
25 50 81
26 52 98
27 61101
35
32
25
28
12
24
-12
-4
0
-7
-4
-8
-8
-13
-14
-18
-7
-14
-31
-31
-46
-40
81
76
76
75
72
71
61
60
57
55
54
54
54
54
53
50
49
47
43
42
36
35
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P W D
L F A Pts
13 8 5
0 34 9 29
Chelsea
12 8 2
2 33 13 26
Man City
13 6 4
3 30 14 22
Reading
13 7 1
5 22 15 22
Birmingham
11 6 3
2 22 12 21
Arsenal
12 7 0
5 24 17 21
Liverpool
12 4 1
7 11 28 13
Sunderland
11 3 1
7 14 16 10
Everton
11 2 1
8 5 29 7
Bristol City
12 0 0 12 0 42 0
Yeovil
Results
FA Cup: Semi-finals: Everton 1 Arsenal 2;
Chelsea 2 Man City 0.
League Two: London Bees 1 Durham 3; Sheffield
FC 4 Watford 0.
Fixtures
Wednesday: Super League: Arsenal v Reading
(7.30); Bristol City v Liverpool (7.0); Everton v
Chelsea (7.0); Man City v Sunderland (7.0);
Yeovil v Birmingham. League Two: London Bees
v Brighton; Millwall v Aston Villa.
Thursday: League Two: Doncaster v Durham
(7.30); Oxford Utd v Tottenham.
Sunday (2.0 unless stated): Super League:
Chelsea v Birmingham; Reading v Everton.
League Two: Aston Villa v Oxford Utd; Brighton
v Doncaster; Durham v Millwall (12.0);
Tottenham v Sheffield FC (1.0); Watford v
London Bees (3.0).
Monday April 16 2018 | the times
THE燝AME | 19
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燭O燢NOW,燭HE燯LTIMATE燫ESULTS燬ERVICE
S KY燘 ET 燙HAM PIONSHIP
HOME
SKY燘ET燣EAGU E燨 NE
AWAY
P W
D
L
F
A W
D
L
F
A GD Pts
W 1 Wolves (P)................. 43 16
4
2 47 18 13
4
4 31 18 42 95
Y 2 Cardiff.........................42
Z 3 Fulham........................43
15
3
3 38 15 10
5
6 26 20 29 83
12
8
2 38 16 11
5
5 35 26 31 82
W 4 Aston Villa..................43 14
6
2 41 18
9
4
8 26 22 27 79
Y 5 Middlesbrough...........43
13
3
6 31 17
7
6
8 30 25 19 69
W 6 Millwall.......................43 11
7
3 32 18
7
8
7 23 22 15 69
Z 7 Derby..........................42
Y 8 Preston.......................43
10
5
5 33 18
8
9
5 28 25 18 68
8
7
6 25 21
9
8
5 29 24
9 66
W 9 Sheffield United.........43 12
5
5 33 19
7
4 10 25 31
8 66
8 10
3 34 22
9
4
9 25 26 11 65
7 26 30 10 65
W10 Brentford....................43
Z11 Bristol City.................43
11
5
5 34 20
6
9
W12 Ipswich.......................43
9
5
7 27 21
7
3 12 24 33 -3 56
W13 Norwich......................43
7
8
7 23 24
7
6
W14 Leeds...........................43
8 23 30 -8 56
8
6
7 28 26
7
3 12 26 35 -7 54
W15 QPR.............................43 11
5
6 35 30
3
6 12 19 35 -11 53
Y16 Sheffield Wed............43
Y17 Nottingham Forest....42
Z18 Hull..............................43
6
7
8 29 30
6
7
9
2 10 22 27
5
5 11 23 33 -15 49
7
8
7 41 30
4
6 11 23 32
W19 Reading.......................43
5
8
9 25 31
5
5 11 23 32 -15 43
Y20 Bolton.........................43
Z21 Birmingham...............43
8
4
9 22 27
1
9 12 14 39 -30 40
8
3 10 16 22
3
4 15 16 41 -31 40
W22 Barnsley......................42
4
9
9 23 32
4
5 11 21 31 -19 38
Y23 Burton Albion.............43
Z24 Sunderland.................43
3
5 14 17 43
5
6 10 16 35 -45 35
2
7 12 19 37
4
9
25,503
Barnsley (1) 2 Bolton
Gardner 22
McBurnie 90+3
14,138
Burton
(0) 2
QPR
(1) 1
(0) 2
(1) 1 Preston (1) 2
Robinson 45, 74
Reading (1) 2 Sunderland(0) 2
Kelly 20 (pen)
Kermorgant 79
17,348
Maupay 90+4
McNair 47
Cattermole 66
Sheff Utd(0) 1 Millwall (0) 1
(0) 0 Sheff Wed(1) 1
16,417
TOP� ASSISTS
14 R Snodgrass
(Aston Villa)
14 B Douglas
(Wolves)
12 I Cavaleiro
(Wolves)
TOP燬AVE S
143
B Bialkowski
(Ipswich)
132 A Gunn
(Norwich)
131
S Johnstone
(Aston Villa)
Clarke 74
27,454
Rhodes 18
Morison 76
Middlesbro(1) 2 Bristol C (1) 1
Wolves (1) 2 Birminghm(0) 0
Friend 18
Ayala 68
Jota 21, Afobe 87 29,536
Sent off: H Dean (Birmingham) 52
Djuric 13
24,812
Archer (Millwall)
Ayala
(Middlesbrough)
Lees (Sheff Wed)
Naylor (Burton)
Friend
(Middlesbrough)
Hoilett (Cardiff)
Besic
(Middlesbrough)
Cattermole
(Sunderland)
L Evans (Sheff U)
McBurnie
(Barnsley)
Brereton
(Nottm Forest)
(2) 4
Rangers
(0) 0
Rogic 22, McGregor 38 49,729
Dembele 52 (pen)
Ntcham 78 (pen)
Sent off R McCrorie (Rangers 51)
(2) 3
Main 20, 66
Bowman 22
Aberdeen
(0) 0
18,470
Ladbrokes Premiership
Hamilton Acad(0) 1
Kilmarnock
Templeton 73
4,348
Broadfoot 63
Boyd 79
P
Celtic...................33
Rangers...............33
Aberdeen.............33
Hibernian ............ 33
Kilmarnock..........33
Hearts.................33
Motherwell ......... 33
St Johnstone.......33
Hamilton Acad....33
Dundee................33
Ross County........33
Partick Thistle....33
W
22
19
19
16
15
11
10
10
8
8
6
6
D
9
5
5
11
10
13
8
8
6
6
8
7
L
2
9
9
6
8
9
15
15
19
19
19
20
F
64
67
50
49
45
35
36
32
43
31
38
26
A
21
38
36
35
39
30
43
47
60
53
57
57
(0) 2
GD Pts
43 75
29 62
14 62
14 59
6 55
5 46
-7 38
-15 38
-17 30
-22 30
-19 26
-31 25
Championship
Dundee Utd
(1) 1
Falkirk
(0) 0
Mikkelsen 7
5,170
Dunfermline (2) 4
Brechin
Ashcroft 2, Aird 25
Ryan 72
Higginbotham 87 (pen)
4,898
Inverness CT (2) 5
Dumbarton
Doran Cogan 17
Austin 41, 50, 66
Vigurs 63
Gallagher 13
2,355
Morton
(0) 0
Queen of the South(0) 1
(0) 0
Livingston
1,514
St Mirren
(0) 0
(1) 1
Dykes 69
(0) 0
6,172
P
St Mirren (C) ...... 33
Livingston...........33
Dunfermline .......34
Dundee United....33
F
D
L
12
7
2 35 10 14
2
4 46 17 54 87
13
6
2 41 18 12
6
3 35 19 39 87
W 3 Shrewsbury................41 13
3
3 28 12 11
7
4 27 21 22 82
W 4 Rotherham.................42 13
3
5 42 23
8
4
9 26 28 17 70
Y 5 Scunthorpe.................42
Z 6 Plymouth....................41
7
7
6 24 22
9
9
4 35 27 10 64
12
3
7 35 29
6
7
6 18 19
5 64
W 7 Portsmouth................42 11
3
7 31 20
8
3 10 23 31
3 63
Z 8 Charlton......................42
Z 9 Peterborough.............42
Y10 Blackpool....................43
Z11 Bristol Rovers............42
Y12 Fleetwood Town........43
Z13 Bradford..................... 40
10
6
6 30 24
7
5
8 24 26
4 62
11
4
7 35 26
5
9
6 29 26 12 61
9
7
6 36 28
5
7
9 20 25
11
4
6 36 28
5
4 12 22 34 -4 56
W D L
22 5 6
16 11 6
15 10 9
16 7 10
F
60
53
54
45
A
32
34
33
39
GD Pts
28 71
19 59
21 55
6 55
Morton................34 13 11 10 46 35
Inverness CT.......32 13 8 11 46 35
Queen of South...34 12 10 12 51 52
Falkirk.................33 9 11 13 37 46
Dumbarton..........33 7 9 17 25 53
Brechin City (R)..33 0 4 29 19 77
11
11
-1
-9
-28
-58
50
47
46
38
30
4
Fixtures: Tomorrow: Brechin v Dundee Utd;
Dumbarton v Inverness CT; St Mirren v
Falkirk. Saturday: Dumbarton v Falkirk;
Inverness CT v Dunfermline; Livingston v
Brechin; Queen of South v Dundee Utd; St
Mirren v Morton.
League One: Airdrieonians 2 Albion Rovers 0;
Ayr United 1 Stranraer 2; East Fife 0 Arbroath
5; Forfar Athletic 0 Alloa Athletic 1; Raith
Rovers 2 Queen?s Park 0.
P
Ayr United...........34
Raith Rovers.......34
Arbroath..............34
Alloa Athletic......34
Stranraer.............34
East Fife..............34
Airdrieonians......34
Forfar Athletic....34
Albion Rovers ..... 34
Queen?s Park.......34
W D L F A GD Pts
23 4 7 89 40 49 73
21 8 5 65 32 33 71
16 8 10 68 48 20 56
16 8 10 54 42 12 56
15 5 14 55 61 -6 50
13 3 18 47 63 -16 42
10 11 13 45 56 -11 41
10 4 20 37 63 -26 34
7 6 21 56 78 -22 27
6 9 19 38 71 -33 27
Fixtures: Saturday: Albion v East Fife;
Arbroath v Airdrieonians; Forfar v Queen?s
Park; Stranraer v Raith. Sunday: Alloa v Ayr
(4.10).
League Two: Clyde 2 Stirling Albion 1; Elgin
City 1 Edinburgh City 1; Montrose 1 Berwick
Rangers 0; Peterhead 1 Cowdenbeath 0;
Stenhousemuir 3 Annan Athletic 2.
P
Montrose ............ 34
Peterhead............34
Stirling Albion .... 34
Stenhousemuir...32
Clyde ................... 34
Elgin City.............34
Annan Athletic ... 34
Edinburgh City....34
Berwick Rangers.32
Cowdenbeath......34
W D L F A GD Pts
22 7 5 57 34 23 73
22 4 8 76 38 38 70
16 6 12 59 48 11 54
15 6 11 53 42 11 51
13 9 12 48 47 1 48
14 6 14 53 59 -6 48
10 11 13 44 40 4 41
7 9 18 35 57 -22 30
7 8 17 26 56 -30 29
4 10 20 23 53 -30 22
Fixtures: Tomorrow: Berwick v
Stenhousemuir. Saturday: Annan Athletic v
Stirling; Berwick v Cowdenbeath; Edinburgh
City v Clyde; Elgin v Peterhead;
Stenhousemuir v Montrose.
F
A GD Pts
3 56
6
6
9 30 31
9
3 10 27 31 -5 54
7
3
9 22 28
9
3
9 27 33 -12 54
9 22 27
W14 Doncaster...................40
7
7
4 27 19
6
7
Z15 Southend....................42
11
6
4 34 21
3
5 13 15 41 -13 53
W16 Gillingham..................42
4 11
5 21 20
8
5
W17 Oxford United.............42
8
6
8 32 31
5
Y18 AFC Wimbledon.........42
Z19 Walsall........................42
Z20 Oldham.......................41
8
4
9 21 26
5
6 10 21 27 -11 49
8
6
8 29 31
4
6 10 22 31 -11 48
8
5
8 31 30
3
8
W21 Rochdale.....................41
5
9
5 21 22
5
6 11 24 31 -8 45
Y22 Northampton.............43
Z23 MK Dons.....................42
6
4 11 16 33
5
6 11 23 41 -35 43
6
8
8 24 28
4
4 12 18 33 -19 42
W24 Bury (R)......................42
6
4 12 19 30
1
5 14 15 35 -31 30
Bristol R (0) 1 Blackburn(0) 1
Lines 90+4
10,029
Bury
Mulgrew 65 (pen)
(1) 2 Northamptn(2) 3
Clarke 11
Mayor 74
3,117
Taylor 6, 88
Hoskins 33
11,877
Toney 31
MK Dons (1) 1 Doncaster(0) 2
Ugbo 19
8,954
Marquis 49, 63
Athletic Bilbao 2 Deportivo La Coruna 3;
Atletico Madrid 3 Levante 0; Barcelona 2
Valencia 1; Eibar 0 Alaves 1; Getafe 1
Espanyol 0; Las Palmas 0 Real Sociedad 1;
Leganes 1 Celta Vigo 0; Malaga 1 Real Madrid
2; Seville 2 Villarreal 2. Played Friday: Girona
0 Real Betis 1.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Barcelona.............32 25 7 0 81 17 64 82
Atletico Madrid...32 21 8 3 54 15 39 71
Real Madrid.........32 20 7 5 79 35 44 67
Valencia...............32 20 5 7 60 33 27 65
Real Betis............32 16 4 12 53 53 0 52
Villarreal..............32 14 6 12 43 39 4 48
Seville..................32 14 5 13 41 52 -11 47
Girona..................32 12 8 12 44 49 -5 44
Celta Vigo............32 12 7 13 50 44 6 43
Getafe..................32 11 9 12 36 30 6 42
Real Sociedad......32 11 7 14 57 52 5 40
Eibar.....................32 11 7 14 36 46 -10 40
Athletic Bilbao .... 32 9 12 11 35 38 -3 39
Leganes ............... 32 11 6 15 27 39 -12 39
Alaves..................32 12 2 18 29 45 -16 38
Espanyol..............32 8 12 12 26 39 -13 36
Levante................32 6 13 13 28 48 -20 31
Dep La Coruna.....32 6 8 18 32 65 -33 26
Las Palmas..........32 5 6 21 22 64 -42 21
Malaga.................32 4 5 23 20 50 -30 17
L I G U E �Caen v Toulouse (postponed); Lille 2 Guingamp
2; Lyons 3 Amiens 0; Montpellier 1 Bordeaux
3; Nantes 1 Dijon 1; PSG 7 Monaco 1; Rennes 1
Metz 2; Strasbourg 0 St-Etienne 1; Troyes 2
Marseilles 3. Played Friday: Angers 1 Nice 1.
P
PSG......................33
Monaco................33
Lyons...................33
Marseilles...........33
Rennes................33
Nice.....................33
Montpellier.........33
St-Etienne...........33
Nantes.................33
Bordeaux.............33
Guingamp............33
Dijon....................33
Angers.................33
Amiens................33
Caen .................... 32
Strasbourg..........33
Toulouse ............. 32
Lille......................33
Troyes ................. 33
Metz....................33
W
28
21
19
19
13
13
10
12
12
12
11
11
8
10
10
8
7
7
8
6
D
3
7
9
9
8
8
16
10
9
7
9
9
13
7
5
10
9
8
5
7
L F
2103
5 78
5 72
5 67
12 42
12 44
7 32
11 38
12 32
14 39
13 38
13 46
12 38
16 29
17 23
15 38
16 29
18 32
20 27
20 31
A
23
41
36
40
40
45
29
45
36
43
48
61
44
37
42
58
44
53
49
64
GD Pts
80 87
37 70
36 66
27 66
2 47
-1 47
3 46
-7 46
-4 45
-4 43
-10 42
-15 42
-6 37
-8 37
-19 35
-20 34
-15 30
-21 29
-22 29
-33 25
W 1 Accrington Stanley....41 15
3
3 39 19 11
3
6 29 22 27 84
W 2 Luton Town................43 16
2
4 59 23
8
9
4 31 21 46 83
W 3 Wycombe................... 42 11
5
5 42 31 11
6
4 34 24 21 77
Y 4 Notts County..............43
Z 5 Exeter City..................42
Y 6 Coventry.....................42
Y 7 Mansfield Town.........43
Z 8 Lincoln City.................41
13
6
2 39 18
7
7
8 27 27 21 73
13
3
4 29 16
9
4
9 29 32 10 73
12
3
5 31 19
8
5
9 22 22 12 68
10
8
3 40 24
7
8
7 22 24 14 67
11
6
3 35 21
7
7
7 22 22 14 67
TOP� ASSISTS
W 9 Swindon......................43
8
5
8 26 35 11
2
9 38 29
0 64
W10 Carlisle........................43
7
8
6 29 21
9
6
7 29 30
7 62
16 M Maddison
(Peterboro)
12 J Payne
(Oxford and
Blackburn)
12 G Carey
(Plymouth)
W11 Colchester..................43
9
6
7 30 23
7
7
7 22 26
3 61
Y12 Newport County.........41
Z13 Crawley Town............43
7 10
4 28 22
7
5
8 23 30 -1 57
4 10 29 28
8
5
8 25 33 -7 57
8
F
A GD Pts
4
7 10 17 35 -9 57
5
4 12 17 34 -4 52
9 23 28 -4 52
8
6
8 30 25
5
6 10 32 36
5 10 25 31 -5 50
W17 Crewe..........................43
8
4
9 29 31
6
1 15 28 42 -16 47
W18 Yeovil..........................41
8
4
9 27 23
4
6 10 28 42 -10 46
W19 Port Vale.....................43
7
6
9 25 27
4
7 10 22 32 -12 46
193 T Holy
(Gillingham)
165 L Nicholls
(MK Dons)
133 B Amos
(Charlton)
W20 Morecambe................42
6
8
7 22 26
3
9
Y21 Forest Green Rovers..42
Z22 Grimsby Town............43
9
2 10 31 32
3
5 13 18 38 -21 43
5
9
8 18 25
5
3 13 18 40 -29 42
W23 Barnet.........................43
6
6
9 19 25
3
4 15 21 40 -25 37
W24 Chesterfield................41
7
3 11 25 31
2
5 13 18 41 -29 35
T E A M燨 F�
T HE 燱 E E K
R E S U LTS
9 23 38 -14 46
7,332
Henderson 16
Plymouth (0) 0 Portsmth (0) 0
9,630
L
5 29 20
Sent off: I Henderson (Rochdale) 53
Wigan
D
5 39 26
Peterboro(0) 0 Rochdale (1) 1
Fitzwater 6
Ngoy 45
4,663
A W
26 J Marriott
(Peterboro)
21 B Pitman
(P?smouth)
17 W Grigg
(Wigan)
16 B Dack
(Blackburn)
15 N Powell
(Wigan)
F
5
14,634
Charlton (0) 0 Scunthorpe(1) 1
L
9
Henry 6
Ricardinho 45+4
Walsall
D
8
Nazon 45
Eaves 90+2 (pen)
3,850
Sent off: W Moimb� (Oldham) 90
5,496
AWAY
P W
Y15 Stevenage..................43
Z16 Cheltenham................43
Oxford U (2) 2 Southend (0) 0
SolomonBurns 75
Otabor 88 7,371
Gnanduillet 90+4
HOME
L E A DI NG�
SCORERS
W14 Cambridge United......42 11
3 53
Oldham (1) 1 Gillinghm (0) 1
L A 燣 I G A
William Hill Scottish FA Cup
Semi-finals
Motherwell
A W
Blackpool(0) 2 Fleetwood (0) 1
SC OT L A ND
Celtic
L
R E S U LTS
TEAM燨F�
THE燱E E K
SKY 燘E T燣 E AG U E 燭 WO
AWAY
D
Y 1 Wigan.........................41
Z 2 Blackburn....................42
19 M Vydra
(Derby)
18 B Reid
(Bristol City)
18 L Clarke
(Sheff Utd)
17 L Grabban
(Aston Villa)
9 28 39 -29 34
Zohore 86
Hoilett 90+3
Smith 13
13,760
Fulham (0) 1 Brentford(0) 1
Hull
2 47
Brereton 89 (pen) Ward 38
Lolley 90+5
25,093
Nugent 29
5,563
Mitrovic 70
20,877
P W
Nottm F (0) 2 Ipswich (1) 1
Le Fondre 82 (pen)
Noone 85
(2) 3 Derby
Boyce 24
Murphy 44
Akins 68
LEAD ING�
SCORE R S
9 22 29 -8 50
Norwich (0) 0 Cardiff
R E SU LTS
HOME
(2) 2 Wimbledn(0) 3
Pigott 48
Taylor 65
Parrett 90+6 (pen)
(0) 0 Rotherham(0) 0
TO P 燬AVE S
Lillis (Rochdale)
Threlkeld
(Plymouth)
Wood
(Rotherham)
Clarke
(Portsmouth)
Taylor
(Northampton)
Ledson (Oxford)
Lines (Bristol R)
Solomon-Otabor
(Blackpool)
Grimes
(Northampton)
Nazon (Oldham)
Taylor
(Wimbledon)
PSV 燬ECUR E
THEIR �TH�
L EAG UE燭ITL E
PSV Eindhoven
claimed a 24th Dutch
league title at a
jubilant Philips
Stadion after a
comprehensive 3-0
victory yesterday
over Ajax, who
finished the match
with nine men.
Gast髇 Pereiro and
Luuk de Jong fired
first-half goals and
Steven Bergwijn
scored a third after
the break for PSV.
The victory took
Phillip Cocu?s side to
80 points from 31
games, a ten-point
lead over Ajax with
three rounds of the
Eredivisie season
remaining. It is their
third championship
in four seasons.
Six days after
confirming that he
will leave Atletico
Madrid at the end of
the season, Fernando
Torres, the former
Liverpool and
Chelsea striker,
scored his 100th La
Liga goal in a 3-0 win
over Levante.
Accringtn(1) 1 Exeter
Jackson 38
3,135
(1) 1
Stockley 21
Cheltenhm(0) 0 Forest Gr (1) 1
4,744
Doidge 43
Chesterfld(0) 0 Mansfield (0) 1
7,967
9 19 28 -13 44
Grimsby (1) 2 Barnet
Benning 67
Collins 6
M Rose 82 (pen)
5,416
1 51
Devitt 14
Newport (2) 2 Swindon (0) 1
Amond 15
Tozer 35
Mullin 62
3,911
Colchester(1) 1 Notts Co (0) 3
Sent off: R Menayese (Swindon) 66
Wright 9
3,599
Port Vale (0) 1 Lincoln (0) 0
Forte 51
Ameobi 69
Duffy 76
Crawley (1) 1 Coventry (1) 2
Young 13
3,294
Luton
Ponticelli 5, 77
(2) 3 Crewe
(1) 1
Hylton 39, Lee 45+2 Bowery 35
Mpanzu 51
9,202
Atalanta 0 Inter Milan 0; Bologna 2 Verona 0;
Cagliari 2 Udinese 1; Chievo 0 Torino 0;
Fiorentina 0 SPAL 0; Genoa 1 Crotone 0;
Juventus 3 Sampdoria 0; Lazio 0 Roma 0;
AC Milan 0 Napoli 0; Sassuolo 2 Benevento 2.
W
26
24
18
18
16
15
14
14
13
11
11
10
10
9
7
7
5
7
7
4
D
4
6
7
7
12
8
9
7
10
13
5
8
3
5
10
9
13
6
4
2
L
2
2
7
7
4
9
9
11
9
8
16
14
19
18
15
16
14
19
21
26
F
74
66
75
50
50
43
44
50
47
46
37
25
40
30
23
29
30
29
26
28
A
18
21
40
26
22
36
33
46
34
38
43
31
50
52
53
51
52
57
64
75
GD Pts
56 82
45 78
35 61
24 61
28 60
7 53
11 51
4 49
13 49
8 46
-6 38
-6 38
-10 33
-22 32
-30 31
-22 30
-22 28
-28 27
-38 25
-47 14
BUNDESLIGA
Bayer Leverkusen 4 Eintracht Frankfurt 1;
Bayern Munich 5 Borussia M鰊chengladbach
1; Schalke 2 Borussia Dortmund 0; Hertha
Berlin 2 Cologne 1; Werder Bremen 1 RB
Leipzig 1; Hoffenheim 2 Hamburg 0; Stuttgart
1 Hanover 1. Played Friday: Wolfsburg 0
Augsburg 0. Today: Mainz v Freiburg.
P
Bayern Munich....30
Schalke ...............30
B Leverkusen......30
B Dortmund ........ 30
RB Leipzig...........30
Hoffenheim.........30
E Frankfurt..........30
B M?gladbach......30
Hertha Berlin......30
Stuttgart.............30
Augsburg.............30
Werder Bremen..30
Hanover ..............30
Wolfsburg...........30
Freiburg...............29
Mainz ................. 29
Hamburg ............. 30
Cologne ............... 30
Stevenage(0) 0 Camb Utd(0) 2
Yeovil
Corr 54, 83
(0) 0 Wycombe(0) 1
3,307
TOP� ASSISTS
12 M Taylor
(Swindon)
12 A Akinfenwa
(Wycombe)
9 G Cooper
(Crewe)
9 S McConville
(Accrington)
9 A Sheehan
(Luton)
TO P 燬AV ES
163 C Pym
(Exeter)
144 D Forde
(Cambridge U)
144 S Walker
(Colchester)
142 C Logan
(Mansfield)
Williams 79
TEA M 燨 F �
TH E燱EEK
Chapman
(Accrington)
Duffy (Notts Co)
Pipe (Newport)
Hill (Carlisle)
Benning
(Mansfield)
Virtue (Notts Co)
Mpanzu (Luton)
Tozer (Newport)
Williams
(Wycombe)
Ponticelli
(Coventry)
Amond
(Newport)
F I X TU R ES
S ER I E 燗
P
Juventus ............. 32
Napoli..................32
Lazio....................31
Roma...................31
Inter Milan..........32
AC Milan ............. 32
Fiorentina ........... 32
Sampdoria...........32
Atalanta..............32
Torino..................32
Bologna...............32
Genoa..................32
Udinese...............32
Cagliari................32
Sassuolo..............32
Chievo ................. 32
SPAL....................32
Crotone ............... 32
Verona.................32
Benevento...........32
Kay 63
5,580
3,269
22 B Kee
(Accrington)
20 M Eisa
(Cheltenham)
20 D Hylton
(Luton)
19 J Collins
(Luton)
18 M McNulty
(Coventry)
(0) 2
Akpa Akpro 62
Weston 79
Morecmbe(1) 1 Carlisle (1) 1
Lang 29
3,319
L EA D I N G �
SCO R ER S
W
24
16
14
14
13
12
13
11
9
11
9
9
9
5
6
6
5
5
D
3
7
9
9
8
10
7
7
12
6
10
10
9
15
12
9
7
6
L
3
7
7
7
9
8
10
12
9
13
11
11
12
10
11
14
18
19
F
81
47
55
57
45
55
41
39
35
27
38
34
38
30
26
30
23
29
A
22
33
37
41
42
42
37
48
35
35
40
36
44
37
48
47
48
58
GD Pts
59 75
14 55
18 51
16 51
3 47
13 46
4 46
-9 40
0 39
-8 39
-2 37
-2 37
-6 36
-7 30
-22 30
-17 27
-25 22
-29 21
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Premier League: West Ham v
Stoke (8.0).
TOMORROW
Premier League: Brighton v
Tottenham.
Sky Bet League One:
Bradford v Portsmouth;
Doncaster v Bury; Gillingham
v Rotherham; Rochdale v
Oldham; Shrewsbury v
Charlton; Wigan v Oxford
Utd. League Two: Accrington
Stanley v Yeovil. Exeter v
Chesterfield. Lincoln City v
Wycombe.
Vanarama National:
Aldershot v Gateshead;
Bromley v Dagenham & Red;
Dover v Tranmere; Eastleigh
v Ebbsfleet United; Guiseley
v Barrow; Hartlepool v
Leyton Orient; Maidenhead
Utd v Sutton Utd.
WEDNESDAY
Premier League:
Bournemouth v Man Utd
THURSDAY
Premier League: Burnley v
Chelsea; Leicester v
Southampton.
Sky Bet League One:
Blackburn v Peterborough.
Vanarama National: Guiseley
v Dagenham & Red.
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship:
Millwall v Fulham. League
Two: Coventry v Stevenage.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
SATURDAY
FA Cup: Semi-final: Man Utd
v Tottenham (Wembley
stadium, 5.15).
Premier League: Watford v
Crystal Palace.
Sky Bet Championship:
Birmingham v Sheff Utd;
Bolton v Wolves; Brentford v
QPR; Bristol City v Hull;
Cardiff v Nottm Forest
(7.45); Derby v
Middlesbrough; Ipswich v
Aston Villa; Leeds v Barnsley;
Preston v Norwich; Sheff
Wed v Reading; Sunderland v
Burton Albion.
League One: AFC Wimbledon
v Oldham; Doncaster v
Oxford Utd; Fleetwood Town
v Wigan; Gillingham v
Blackpool; Northampton v
Plymouth; Portsmouth v
Charlton; Rochdale v
Bradford; Rotherham v
Bristol Rovers; Scunthorpe v
Walsall; Shrewsbury v Bury;
Southend v MK Dons.
League Two: Barnet v
Newport County; Cambridge
Utd v Cheltenham; Carlisle v
Luton; Crewe v Morecambe;
Exeter v Crawley Town;
Forest Green v Chesterfield;
Lincoln City v Colchester;
Mansfield v Port Vale; Notts
County v Yeovil; Swindon v
Grimsby; Wycombe v
Accrington Stanley.
Vanarama National: AFC
Fylde v Solihull Moors;
Aldershot v Barrow; Bromley
v Boreham Wood; Chester v
Maidstone Utd; Dag & Red v
Maidenhead Utd; Dover v
Gateshead; Eastleigh v
Macclesfield; Ebbsfleet
United v Sutton Utd; Halifax
v Tranmere; Guiseley v
Woking; Hartlepool v
Torquay; Leyton Orient v
Wrexham.
Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership: Dundee v St
Johnstone; Partick v
Hamilton; Ross County v
Motherwell; Hibernian v
Celtic (12.30); Kilmarnock v
Aberdeen.
SUNDAY
FA Cup: Semi-final: Chelsea v
Southampton (Wembley
stadium, 3.0).
Premier League: Arsenal v
West Ham (1.30); Man City v
Swansea (4.30); Stoke v
Burnley (1.30); West Brom v
Liverpool (4.30).
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2G G
MATTHEW燬YED
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couple of years ago, my wife and I
applied for permission to build a
small extension to our home. We
were keen to do it as it would have
made things easier for our growing
family, and we felt that there were no
reasonable grounds to object. Our
neighbour disagreed, however, filing
an appeal with the local council.
The planning committee sided with our
neighbour. One of those things, you might
think, but we were more furious than we
imagined possible. It was not the decision
per se, but the rumour that our neighbour was
friends with some people on the committee.
My wife and I fumed, fretted and planned
elaborate reprisals. We rather lost the plot.
Eventually, we discovered that we could
appeal against the decision to the ombudsman
as a final court of appeal. When he came to
our home to examine the extension, he
seemed both reasonable and competent. That
night, I turned to my wife and said: ?win or
lose, I will accept this guy?s decision with good
grace. At least he is fair.? And I can honestly
state that I meant it. The neighbour,
incidentally, is now a good friend and was not
involved in any collusion with the council.
Last week, Michael Oliver awarded Real
Madrid a penalty in added time of their
Champions League quarter-final second leg
against Juventus on Wednesday. Oliver was
jostled by Juventus players in the aftermath
and manhandled by Gianluigi Buffon. The
referee responded by sending off the
goalkeeper, but Buffon continued to harangue
Oliver in post-match interviews, condemning
his judgment and competence. ?If you can?t
handle the pressure . . . you should just sit in the
stands with your family, eating your crisps and
drinking a Sprite,? he said.
The tragedy, as many pundits have noted, is
that this kind of dissent has become all too
common in football, not just at the top of the
game but throughout the pyramid. The men in
the middle are shouted at, impugned and
maligned by players, fans and even parents.
Respect is conspicuous by its absence.
The question is: why? Rugby union is by no
means perfect, but decisions are (typically but
not always) met with good grace, even when
contentious. The same is broadly true in
cricket and golf. Why the difference? I would
suggest that a part of the problem is contained
in my opening story. I was furious with what I
took to be a biased decision by the council but
would have been perfectly happy to accept the
very same decision if I felt it had been
honestly taken. This is sometimes called
?procedural justice? ? fairness in process ?
and it turns out to be a cornerstone of why
societies (and institutions) function.
In his book Why People Obey the Law,
Tom R Tyler, a professor of law at Yale
University, documents evidence that shows
that most people are comfortable with human
fallibility. They know that people make
mistakes. They recognise that not every
decision handed down by a boss, judge or
planning official will be correct. But they are
prepared to accept such decisions so long as
they are impartially and competently taken.
As Tyler puts it: ?The key factor shaping
behaviour is the fairness of the process
authorities use when dealing with individuals.?
In rugby, the perception of procedural
justice is part and parcel of the culture. It is
broadly accepted that referees make errors.
They are human, after all. There is also a
prevailing notion that referees are essentially
honest. This is why their mistakes are, on the
whole, met with something approaching good
grace even when highly consequential. The
same kind of story can be told in most other
sports. The idea is that bad decisions even
themselves out over the long run.
In football, on the other hand, there has
been a systematic assault on the very notion of
procedural justice from people at the pinnacle
of the game. There is insufficient room to fully
Buffon, who was sent off by Oliver, said that
the referee has a ?trash bin? where his heart
should be, prompting obscene online abuse
explore the precedents but think of Sir Alex
Ferguson?s insinuation that Martin Atkinson
was not ?fair?, Jos� Mourinho?s claim that
Anders Frisk had invited an opposition
manager into his room at half-time in a
Champions League game, or Tony Pulis?s
allegation that Stoke City players were treated
differently to those from other clubs. Better
still, search for ?referee bias? and glance at the
thousands of results on Google.
So ingrained is the insinuation of bias that
Four Four Two recently published a spoof
letter from Mike Riley, head of Premier
League referees. ?All those times you threw
your slippers at the television because the
referee was biased against you, you were
completely right,? it read. ?He wasn?t
interpreting the laws of the game in a manner
consistent with his observations, he was
deliberately doing you over because he hates
you and he hates your club. Every single
referee in the country is in on it . . . We hope
your team loses every week.?
I would suggest that you can draw a straight
line from the allegations against referees made
by many top managers to the lurid anger you
see across the game. On Saturday, Oliver Kay,
our chief football correspondent, wrote about
one referee ending up in A&E. ?Twenty years
ago you would expect the verbals,? the referee
said, ?then it moved on to threats . . . Sunday
football is a powder keg waiting to explode.?
Should referees be subject to high
standards? Yes. Should there be a continuous
attempt to improve competence? Absolutely.
Indeed, I would like to see the training of
referees go farther, given the impact of their
deliberations. But the key point is that referees
could become oracle-like in their judgments
without gaining an iota of respect so long as
the errors that are inevitably made in such a
fast-flowing game are subject to insinuations
of procedural injustice.
Buffon is a symptom of a deeper malaise. It
is not coincidental that his most pointed
allegation against Oliver was that he has ?a
trash bin where his heart should be?. This was
not merely an attack on Oliver?s competence,
but his integrity. In the last couple of days,
Oliver has been subject to vile online abuse,
which has extended to his wife, Lucy. Buffon,
for his part, has stuck by his comments.
Red cards should be used more regularly in
response to dissent and managers should be
more stiffly punished for attacks on the
impartiality of officials. Most of all, however,
the game needs to wake up to its deepest
pathology. Referees are not all biased against
your team. They do not hope you lose. They
do not hate you, and you alone.
Alexander Pope wrote that to err is human.
If so, to allege bias whenever a referee errs is
not just unfair, but shamefully inhumane.
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rsary of
the disaster
where 96
football fans died
at the FA Cup
semi-final
between
Liverpool and
Nottingham
Forest in
Sheffield on April
15, 1989.
Klopp: I want clean sheets, not fun
PAUL燡OYCE
Liverpool
Man� 7, Salah 69, Firmino 90
Bournemouth
3
0
Referee C Kavanagh Attendance 52,959
F
or the first time in recent
weeks there was a goalscoring
milestone that did not belong
to Mohamed Salah. While an
instinctive header gave him
his 40th strike of an
exceptional campaign, it was
when Roberto Firmino
completed the scoring that another
significant landmark was reached.
His neat finish at Asmir Begovic?s
near post gave Liverpool their 300th
goal under J黵gen Klopp, a feat
achieved in just 148 matches and in a
little over two-and-a-half years since
his appointment as their manager.
Those numbers fit with the image
that Klopp brought with him as the
exponent of full-throttle football,
although the club?s careful
transformation means that he craves
something more than that now.
?I love watching that kind of
football, but I don?t want to be the
entertainer or whatever and it is like,
?Oh, we had fun but we didn?t win
anything?,? Klopp said.
?It?s about winning football games.
It?s about creating moments and
knowing how to use them. That?s the
thing. We scored a lot of goals before
but nobody was really happy about
not having clean sheets because it
makes winning quite difficult.
?We had the set-piece issue. It?s not
always easy, especially with stats being
kind of, I don?t have the word, but it is
like fixed that you have a set-piece
problem and it?s difficult to start new
in the middle of the season. But all
these things we sorted step by step.?
Bournemouth stand as a barometer
of how balance lies at the heart of
Klopp?s vision. Last season Liverpool
capitulated on the south coast,
leading 3-1 with 14 minutes remaining
only to lose 4-3, while in the reverse
fixture at Anfield a year ago Eddie
Howe?s side scrambled a late point
having caused havoc in the home
defence from a long throw-in.
Here, the outcome felt inevitable
once Sadio Man� opened the scoring
in the seventh minute. A ninth clean
sheet in 14 matches followed, while
they have not conceded a goal after
the 24th minute in any of their past
Ince revels in change of fortune
CHRIS燘RERETON
Huddersfield燭own
Ince 90+1
Watford
1
0
Referee C Pawson
T
om Ince, who scored a lastminute goal to all but seal
Huddersfield Town?s Premier
League survival, said that it was
the best moment of his career
and hopes that a corner has now been
turned after a season in which he has
struggled for form. ?It was the biggest
positive I have had in my career so
far,? he said. ?I?ve been disappointed
with myself this season. I wanted to
produce a lot more.?
R AT I N G S
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1): J L鰏sl 6 ?
T Kongolo 6, C Schindler 6, M Zanka 6,
F Hadergjonaj 5 ? J Hogg 7, A Mooy 6 ?
R van La Parra 5 (sub: P Billing 77min),
A Pritchard 5, C Quaner 6 (sub: T Ince 60, 7) ?
S Mouni� 5 (sub: L Depoitre 71). Substitutes not
used J Coleman, T Smith, S Malone, C L鰓e.
Booked Zanka, Pritchard.
Watford (5-3-2): O Karnezis 6 ? K Femen韆 5
(sub: Richarlison 58, 6), S Pr鰀l 5, A Mariappa 6,
C Cathcart 5, D Janmaat 5 ? A Doucour� 6,
W Hughes 7 (sub: J Sinclair 90), � Capoue 6 ?
R Pereyra 5, T Deeney 6 (sub: A Gray 81).
Substitutes not used H Gomes, M Britos,
C Kabasele, S Okaka. Booked Janmaat, Pereyra.
MATCHES燭O燫EACH�
300 LIVERPOOL 燝OALS
300燣IVERPOOL
GOALS
Bill Shankly...............................................144
251 came in the Second Division
Kenny Dalglish........................................145
J黵gen Klopp.........................................148
George Patterson..................................169
Gerard Houllier.......................................170
Roy Evans..................................................183
George Kay...............................................184
Don Welsh.................................................188
Bob Paisley...............................................188
Rafa Ben韙ez............................................. 193
Tom Watson.............................................195
Matt McQueen.......................................204
nine games. The attacking triumvirate
of Salah, Firmino and Man�
commands attention, contributing 82
of those 300 goals since August, but
Georginio Wijnaldum boasted a 100
per cent pass completion, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain combines
forward bursts with defensive
diligence and Jordan Henderson
patrolled the rest of midfield to
set the standard to which
Bournemouth?s England hopeful
Lewis Cook must aspire.
R ATING S
Liverpool (4-3-3): L Karius 7 ? T AlexanderArnold 8, D Lovren 7 (sub: R Klavan 83min),
V van Dijk 7, A Robertson 7 ? A OxladeChamberlain 8, J Henderson 7, G Wijnaldum 7 ?
M Salah 7, R Firmino 7 (sub: D Solanke 90+1),
S Man� 7 (sub: J Milner 77). Substitutes not
used S Mignolet, A Moreno, D Ings, B Woodburn
Booked Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Bournemouth (5-4-1): A Begovic 6 ? R Fraser 5,
S Francis 5, S Cook 5, N Ak� 6, C Daniels 5 ? J Ibe
5 (sub: L Mousset 58, 5), L Cook 5 (sub: A Surman
73), D Gosling 5, J King 6 ? J Defoe 5 (sub:
C Wilson 69, 6). Substitutes not used A Boruc,
M Pugh, B Smith, J Simpson. Booked Ak�.
This is the new improved Liverpool.
The one that needs two wins to
cement a top-four finish for the
second successive season for the first
time since 2008-09. The team that
Roma must tame, and breach, in the
Champions League semi-finals.
Should defeat be avoided in their
remaining home games against Stoke
City and Brighton and Hove Albion, it
will be only the second time since
1987-88 that Liverpool have gone
through a home league campaign
unbeaten. And it is not just within
Anfield?s corridors that the feeling
something is stirring emanates.
?I think the players who were here
last season have all grown and
improved,? Howe, the Bournemouth
manager, said. ?The new signings
have made a big difference too.
?I see them improving again. It is
going to be an exciting time here.?
Hughton燽acks燘ong燾omplaint
ALAN燬MITH
Chris Hughton has expressed his
disappointment at an independent
commission?s decision not to punish
Jay Rodriguez for allegedly racially
abusing Ga雝an Bong after the
Brighton & Hove Albion defender
reiterated that he remains certain the
West Bromwich Albion forward had
told him ?you?re black and you stink?
during their game in January.
The FA-appointed commission
ruled on Friday that Bong?s allegation
was ?not proven?. Rodriguez, who
requested an individual hearing which
was held last Wednesday, stated that
he told Bong ?your breath f***ing
stinks? and, despite two lip readers
being employed to determine what
was said, the panel was unable to reach
a definitive conclusion.
?I?m disappointed with the
outcome,? the Brighton manager
said. ?The process by the FA and
communication from the FA was
excellent, so I certainly have no
problem with that. The wording in
both statements, from the FA and the
committee, says the right things.?
Hughton hopes that the distinction
between the accusation being not
proven and Rodriguez being found not
guilty validates that Bong?s complaint
was justified. ?Some of the wording, in
effect, says he was right to make the
complaint,? Hughton added.
Loftus-Cheek
presses case
for World Cup
ALAN燬MITH
Crystal燩alace
Zaha 5, 24, Tomkins 14
Brighton�&燞ove燗lbion
Murray 18, Izquierdo 34
3
2
Referee A Marriner Attendance 24,656
W
elcome to the fish bowl,
Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Once you become part of
the England World Cup
squad conversation, it is
hard to escape.
The Crystal Palace
midfielder, on loan from
Chelsea, may have started only two
games since returning from almost
three months out with an ankle
injury, but already the discussion has
moved on to how he can make an
impact in Russia.
Every pass and move between now
and the end of the season will be
scrutinised and it is hard not to
ponder whether such pressure is
unfair considering that Loftus-Cheek
admits he is still ?not used to? starting
games every week.
While it will become increasingly
difficult to argue against him
deserving a place in Gareth
Southgate?s squad if he maintains his
performance level in the final four
games of the season, severe caution
must be preached.
Not least because at 22 years old he
has made a grand total of 23 Premier
League starts. Compare that with his
contemporaries. Dele Alli is three
months younger but considerably
wiser as he approaches 100 top-flight
starts. Marcus Rashford is 20 and
has almost twice as many. John
Stones is 23 and has surpassed 100,
while Lewis Cook, 21, has played 100
senior league games.
?We?ve all got different journeys
and I try not to compare myself with
players my age,? Loftus-Cheek said.
?They?ve had a lot more experience
than me and I?m just trying to focus
on myself and trying to improve.?
The potential is evident but LoftusCheek?s growth has been stunted by
Chelsea?s aversion to giving their
young players sufficient first-team
opportunities and, to a lesser extent, a
series of injuries. His longest run of
consecutive starts, coming before the
ankle injury sustained at Christmas, is
12, which could be looked at as a
positive and a negative.
?If he can play regularly for the last
part of the season, I think we will see
him doing more and more,? the
Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.
?For us he is an important player
because of the pure and simple
football qualities he possesses.?
RATI NGS
Crystal Palace (4-1-3-2): W Hennessey 6 ? J Ward
4, J Tomkins 6, M Sakho 5, P van Aanholt 6 ?
J McArthur 5 ? Y Cabaye 6 (sub: C Benteke
71min), L Milivojevic 7, R Loftus-Cheek 8 (sub:
J Riedewald 80) ? W Zaha 8, A Townsend 6.
Substitutes not used J Speroni, A Sorloth,
L Chung-yong, A-W Bissaka, M Kelly. Booked
Milivojevic, Zaha, Hennessey.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): M Ryan 4 ?
E Schelotto 5, S Duffy 5, L Dunk 5, G Bong 6 (sub:
S March 86) ? J Locadia 4 (sub: A Knockaert 46,
6), D Stephens 5, B Kayal 6, J Izquierdo 6 ?
P Gross 7 (sub: L Ulloa 71) ? G Murray 7.
Substitutes not used T Krul, Bruno, S Baldock,
C Goldson Booked Stephens, Kayal.
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1G G
EDDIE KEOGH/FA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Kirby finds the net for Chelsea in
their 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory
over Manchester City and they will
now face Arsenal in the final
LEAGUE燨NE�
ROUND璘P
IAN燱HITTELL
Performance of the
weekend
AFC Wimbledon
Trailing 2-0 away to
Walsall at the interval,
Wimbledon made a
storming comeback,
and a winning penalty
in the sixth minute of
stoppage time from
Dean Parrett secured a
vital 3-2 win that lifted
them to 18th place.
Player of the weekend
Duckens Nazon
Oldham Athletic
The 24-year-old Haiti
striker on loan from
Kirby fires Chelsea into final
WOMEN?S燜A燙UP
Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager,
hailed the impact of two-goal Fran
Kirby as she overcame serious injury
concerns to help her side book an FA
Cup final meeting with Arsenal,
scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over
toothless Manchester City (Molly
Hudson writes).
Kirby, who was doubtful because of
a hamstring injury, delivered a matchwinning performance at
Kingsmeadow as Hayes?s weakened
side ? she was able to name only
four substitutes ? produced a
counter-attacking masterclass.
The England international looked a
class above the majority of players on
the pitch, capitalising on some poor
City defending to fire past Ellie
Roebuck in the fifth minute. She then
finished City off in the 74th minute
with her 22nd goal of the season.
?We?ve had a challenging week
with injuries, sickness [and] returning
from international camp, but we
made no excuses, we counted on
every member of the team and it
showed,? Hayes said. ?We are down to
our bare bones but it was so gutsy
from the team. We have had to
nurture Fran through the week. I
didn?t think she was going to play
today but that shows how tough she is
and how much she wants to put it on
the line.?
In the other semi-final there was
late drama, with a last-gasp goal by
Louise Quinn sealing Arsenal?s place
at Wembley with a 2-1 win away to
Everton. Danielle Carter put Arsenal
ahead, and after Chloe Kelly
equalised against her former club,
Quinn nodded in the winner from a
corner in the first minute of stoppage
time.
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Wolverhampton
Wanderers scored and
was a constant threat
against Gillingham,
only to see his
struggling side held to
a 1-1 draw by an injurytime penalty.
Goal of the weekend
Ian Henderson
Rochdale
The Rochdale captain
scored the only goal in
a 1-0 win away to
Peterborough United
that maintains his
side?s hopes of avoiding
relegation. But he was
given a red card for a
shocking challenge in
the second half.
Rising star
Ike Ugbo MK Dons
The 19-year-old
Glosico? was marred
by crowd trouble
before the match.
Player of the weekend
Richard Duffy
Notts County
Performance of the
weekend
Forest Green Rovers
Christian Doidge
scored the goal that
decided a vital
Gloucestershire derby
in Rovers? favour at
Cheltenham Town,
lifting them six points
clear of the bottom
two. Unfortunately, ?El
The defender grabbed
the final goal in a 3-1
comeback win away to
Colchester United that
kept alive the visitors?
chances of automatic
promotion.
Rising star
Aaron Ramsdale
Chesterfield
The 19-year-old
forward, on loan from
Chelsea, scored his
second goal for the
Dons, although it was
not enough to prevent
a 2-1 home defeat to
Doncaster Rovers that
left the club four
points from safety.
Villains of the day
Bury
Northampton Town?s
first win in 11 games,
3-2 at Gigg Lane,
meant Bury became
the first EFL side to be
relegated this season.
Stat of the weekend
Scunthorpe United
won at Charlton
Athletic for the first
time since 1963, which
also ended a run of 11
games without a win.
goalkeeper, on loan
from Bournemouth,
has faced a baptism of
fire with a club
seemingly doomed to
relegation but still did
his reputation no harm
in the 1-0 home defeat
to Mansfield Town.
Villain of the weekend
Chris Hussey
Swindon Town
The defender had an
alleged altercation
with one of his club?s
fans after a 2-1 defeat
at Newport County
hurt their play-off bid.
Monday April 16 2018 | the times
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here is tradition at the end of
victories of a magnitude such as
Celtic?s 4-0 humiliation of Rangers in
the Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday.
The Celtic supporters, arms low and
outstretched, wait, hushed. They let
the anticipation build until one player
emerges from the group to signal it is
time for the chant to begin. At Hampden Park
yesterday, as is invariably the case, Kieran
Tierney was the man who leapt up before the
jubilant crowd to get the party under way.
Celtic?s 20-year-old left back joined the club
aged seven and is steeped in the traditions of
the club, but his talent is such that his
reputation continues to grow apace and
admiring eyes are being drawn his way.
Manchester United are the latest team south
of the border to be credited with an interest in
luring Tierney away from his boyhood club
and reportedly sent scouts to Hampden to cast
an eye over him once again yesterday.
They will not have been alone, of course,
but, strange as it may sound, Jos� Mourinho,
or any other potential suitor, may have their
work cut out in convincing Tierney to depart
just yet. ?I?m not thinking about anyone other
than Celtic just now,? he said. ?I?m enjoying
my career here; I?ve just signed a six-year deal,
so if that doesn?t say long-term, I don?t know
what does.?
For Celtic?s part, it may take a bid in excess
of � million to consider selling a prize asset
with such an affinity to their fanbase. So how
good is he? And would he be worth that?
When the football editor suggested this
assignment (along with a quip that Tierney
may be the hottest Scottish prospect since
yours truly ? they can be cruel on the
desk) there was, of course, only one
game to watch: the Old Firm. Yet,
despite a raucous atmosphere and
deafening prelude, Celtic handed
their closest rivals ? who, along
with Aberdeen, are 13 points
adrift of the SPL champions in
waiting ? a humiliation.
It is the perennial
question: how can
you judge Scotland?s
brightest talent
against lesser
opposition?
Though it was
widely felt, north of
the border, that
Virgil van Dijk and
Victor Wanyama were
good enough to play for
one of England?s best ?
and so it has proved ?
Southampton were the
only club willing to make
a move for the pair
during their Celtic days.
Brendan Rodgers,
however, believes
Tierney is different, and
puts the young tyro on a
par with fellow left backs
Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand, players the
Celtic manager has worked with previously.
?This is a young player who can play in the
top four of the Premier League, if that?s where
he wanted to go,? Rodgers said.
What is clear is that Tierney possesses the
required levels of professionalism,
determination, application and character to
play on any stage. ?I just concentrate on going
into training every day, with a smile on my
face, working hard, and doing what I can to
help the team,? Tierney, who is humble and
self-assured, says.
So far in his nascent career, he has been
fazed by nothing. He has been deployed at
right back and centre half for Scotland ? who
Tierney captained while winning his ninth cap
in the friendly against Holland in November
? as the national team seek to accommodate
their two most talented players, and in his
former position on the wing, for Celtic. He has
emerged from each with distinction.
It does feel a little cruel that the first
genuinely elite-level players to emerge from
Scotland in some years are both left backs.
Andy Robertson has, of course, flourished
since cementing his place in Liverpool?s
starting XI in December, but despite his
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striking progression this season there remains
a weight of opinion in Scotland that Tierney
is the more accomplished all-round full back.
Tierney has, like Robertson, faced elite
opposition in the Champions League and
although his team endured a torturous
campaign this season he certainly held
his own, personally, against vaunted
opponents, excelling against Arjen
Robben in the 2-1 defeat by Bayern
Munich in October.
Like Robertson,
Tierney revels in making
those thrusting forward
runs required of a
modern full back and
is perhaps the more
tactically astute of
the two, though
both are equally
tenacious.
Tierney?s physical
prowess has
developed
dramatically
since he made
his debut as a
skinny 17-yearold in April
2015. Yesterday
was his 55th
game of a
Tierney was
too good for
Rangers in
yesterday?s
semi-final, as
Celtic ran out
comfortable
4-0 winners
gruelling season and his 125th for Celtic. He
has already gleaned much experience and will
not be 21 until June.
When Tierney robbed James Tavernier, the
Rangers right back, of the ball as he advanced
towards the Celtic byline four minutes into
yesterday?s game, then drove out of defence to
launch an attack, it was a portent for Rangers?
afternoon down Tierney?s flank.
Daniel Candeias, Rangers? Portuguese
winger, tried in vain to evade Tierney?s close
attention with a series of flicks and dummies
but spent much of the game tracking his
opposite number before he was withdrawn in
the 53rd minute. Opponents have been known
to field two right backs in their attempts to
nullify Tierney?s surging runs and he had a
significant hand in Celtic?s second goal, even if
it will not go down as his tenth assist of the
season.
Tom Rogic had already given Celtic the lead
in the first half when Tierney collected a pass
from Kris Ajer on the touchline, midway
inside the Rangers half, controlled with his
first touch and skipped beyond Candeias with
his second. Tierney?s cross was heading
towards Moussa Demb閘� until Russell
Martin, the Rangers defender, intervened. His
his clearance fell into the path of Callum
McGregor and the Celtic winger found the
corner from 12 yards. McGregor and Tierney
combined to good effect but the left back?s
final ball was poor on a number of occasions
and his eagerness to advance can, at times,
leave Celtic open to the counterattack on
transition of possession.
Still, when Demb閘� made it 3-0 from the
penalty spot seven minutes into the second
half ? and Rangers were reduced to ten men
? the game became a procession. Olivier
Ntcham added the fourth with another
penalty with 12 minutes remaining and the
misery for those dwindling numbers in the
blue half of Hampden was complete.
Last year?s Scottish Cup final was both
traumatic and iconic for Tierney: a swinging
elbow by the Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley
ended his afternoon prematurely and left
Tierney in need of an emergency dental
procedure. Surgery complete, he raced back to
Hampden and bounded up the steps just in
time to lift the silver trophy aloft, beating the
badge on his chest, to a roar from the Celtic
faithful.
Celtic will return to Hampden to face
Motherwell in this year?s final next month,
aiming to complete an unprecedented
consecutive domestic treble. Then both
Tierney and Celtic?s resolve could be tested
this summer.
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