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Premier League talking points

Premier League talking points

TALKING points from the weekend's Premier League matches: NEWCASTLE'S GORDON LOOKS EUROS-BOUND Anthony Gordon was not on the scoresheet, but in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, he ran the show in attack for Newcastle United in their 4-1 success at Burnley to boost his chances of going to the Euro 2024 finals in Germany. If Newcastle qualify for European football next season, Gordon will have played his part with 10 goals and 10 assists so far. England has an array of attacking talents, but with UEFA having expanded squads for Euro 2024 to 26 players, the irrepressible Gordon is finding…
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Premier League talking points

Premier League talking points

TALKING points from the latest round of Premier League games. POROUS TOTTENHAM JOIN 50 CLUB AS DEFENCES STRUGGLE Tottenham Hotspur's concession of three goals before halftime against Arsenal meant they became the 16th club to let in 50 in the top flight this season. That is the most in a top-flight season consisting of 20 clubs since the 1909-10 season when 17 clubs reached that landmark and there could be more yet with Everton having shipped 48 with three games left. The reasons are complex, however, with VAR, teams playing out from the back and a glut of top-quality strikers…
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Premier League talking points

Premier League talking points

TALKING points from the weekend's Premier League games: GUARDIOLA SHOWS RUTHLESS TOUCH AS DE BRUYNE HOOKED When Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was substituted after 69 minutes of a rip-roaring contest at Anfield with the game locked at 1-1 and the top spot up for grabs there was widespread surprise, not least from the Belgian playmaker. De Bruyne, a key component of five Premier League title triumphs, was not impressed and made his feelings known to manager Pep Guardiola who sent on the more defensively-minded Mateo Kovacic. City hung on for the draw in the face of a Liverpool onslaught,…
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Mac Allister penalty earns 1-1 draw for Liverpool in Man City thriller

Mac Allister penalty earns 1-1 draw for Liverpool in Man City thriller

ALEXIS Mac Allister fired home a second-half penalty as Liverpool claimed a point against Manchester City in a breathless 1-1 Premier League blockbuster at Anfield that left Arsenal top of the table. Liverpool is second, level on 64 points with the Gunners who lead on goal difference, with 10 games remaining of a thrilling three-way title race. Holders City, who is unbeaten in 21 games across all competitions, is third on 63. Arsenal climbed top with their 2-1 win against Brentford on Saturday. City looked poised to hand manager Pep Guardiola his second victory in nine trips to the cauldron…
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Invest in Man Utd with Ratcliffe? I support Guardiola, says Wolff

Invest in Man Utd with Ratcliffe? I support Guardiola, says Wolff

MERCEDES Formula One boss Toto Wolff has suggested his support of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would make it hard to join team co-owner Jim Ratcliffe in buying into rivals Manchester United. Ineos's Manchester-born billionaire chairman Ratcliffe is poised to take a 25% stake in the Premier League side. Asked whether he might be tempted to join the Briton, Austrian Wolff -- also a co-owner of the Mercedes team -- distanced himself from any immediate involvement. "Here we go," he told Sky Sports television when the question was put to him. Wolff said Ratcliffe was "such a clever person" that he would…
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‘Arsenal are back’ and will be title contenders again, Man City’s Guardiola says

‘Arsenal are back’ and will be title contenders again, Man City’s Guardiola says

ARSENAL were Manchester City's biggest rivals last season and the London club will once again be contenders for the Premier League title, City boss Pep Guardiola said. Arsenal led the league for several months last season before City caught up on the home stretch and snatched the title away from them en route to a historic treble. But Mikel Arteta's side beat City to win the Community Shield and are one of two unbeaten teams in the league this season. Arsenal sit third in the table, a point behind leaders City ahead of Sunday's game at Emirates Stadium. "Arsenal was…
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How Man City 2023 stack up against Guardiola’s 2009 Barcelona

How Man City 2023 stack up against Guardiola’s 2009 Barcelona

PEP Guardiola became the first manager in Europe to win two trebles as Manchester City completed a dream season by beating Inter Milan 1-0 to secure their first Champions League title on Saturday. City completed the treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup titles, matching Manchester United's feat in 1999 and drawing comparisons with Guardiola's 2008-09 Barcelona team. Here is how the 2022-23 City side stacks up against that Barca team. TEAM STRENGTHS Guardiola's 2008-09 Barca had a squad including some of the best Spanish players of their generation, defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, and midfielders Sergio…
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