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Guardiola says Man City ‘want more’ after reaching semis

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Guardiola says Man City 'want more' after reaching semis

Man City manager Pep Guardiola says his team “wants more” as they advance to the Champions League semi-finals, with the Premier League champions on track to win four titles this season.

Guardiola’s team is on track to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup for the first time in club history.

They also ended a three-year streak of exiting in the quarter-finals by reaching the Champions League semi-finals at the fifth time of trying under Guardiola.

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“I am incredibly happy for this club, for this chairman and for the fans, everyone,” he said.

“For all of us, it was necessary to get to the semi-finals and now we want more.

“It’s time to celebrate and drink a lot of wine, then prepare to face Chelsea (in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday).

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“We need three victories to be Premier League champions, so it’s important to keep going in this way.”

Guardiola also praised City’s match-winner Foden, who had also scored a 90th-minute goal in the first leg to secure a 2-1 home victory last week.

“The second goal from Phil in Manchester was crucial,” said Guardiola.

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“You had the feeling he is a guy who never hides and he always creates something, he scored two important goals to help us reach the semifinals.”

Ilkay Gundogan, City’s man-of-the-match, said his team had shown determination by coming back from behind.

Guardiola says Man City 'want more' after reaching semis
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Dortmund took an early lead thanks to England midfielder Jude Bellingham, but City advanced to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the second time thanks to a penalty from Riyad Mahrez in the second half and Foden’s powerful shot.

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“It means a lot to be honest, this club and this team deserve it,” Gundogan told BT Sport.

“Today once again we showed character, we didn’t play well at all in the first 15 minutes, we struggled and we weren’t brave enough and were scared to lose something. That was obvious.

“After conceding the first goal we were able to get hold of possession and create chances.

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“Our target was to score the first goal of the second half and get the game back into our hands.

“That’s exactly what we did.”

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Klopp – Liverpool cannot be complacent against Porto

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Jurgen Klopp has good news for Liverpool fans

This week’s Champions League group stage matchup between Liverpool and Porto is expected to be highly competitive, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Despite having qualified for the last16, the Reds will not take their opponents lightly.

“The last game was really unlucky for them. They were without their centre back pairing, had an injury early on and we scored at the wrong times for them and right times for us,” Klopp told reporters.

“We know our opponent will be motivated on the highest level for two main reasons. One, we won there in a way that they didn’t like… and on the other hand, if they win they have the final game of the group against Atletico Madrid.”

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In the other Group B matchup on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid trail Porto by a single point and face AC Milan, the bottom team with just a single point.

Despite the recent return of midfielder Jordan Henderson and left-back Andy Robertson from injury, Klopp said he would make a decision on their participation closer to kickoff.

“We always respect the competition and but we have to think about ourselves, our schedule and the situation of our players first,” said the German.

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“Hendo we’ll see, yesterday maybe he wasn’t 100%, he could play and do pretty much everything… Robbo’s similar, both are okay and ready to start, but with the schedule coming up, we have to make decisions.”

After Porto’s visit to Anfield, the Reds will play Southampton, Everton, and Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League games within 11 days.

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Manchester United vs Atalanta: team news and prediction

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Manchester United welcome Italian side Atalanta to Old Trafford in the third round of Group F fixtures.

United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has given an update on his squad ahead of the fixture, beginning with Anthony Martial who will be unavailable.

This is despite the Frenchman joining in on training on Tuesday. His absence is probably due to lack of full fitness after being injured on international duty.

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Raphael Varane is still unavailable, following the groin injury he suffered in the UEFA nations League final against Spain.

Some good news is that Fred and Cavani are back with the squad and fit.

The duo was unable to join the team in the trip to Leicester on Saturday, as they were kicking it for their countries in the 2022 World Cup Qualifier match between Brazil and Uruguay on Friday.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also available after serving his suspension, which was halved after an appeal, following his sending off in the match against Young Boys.

Harry Maguire will probably start the game, as he featured last weekend against his old club, returning from a calf injury.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Solksjaer said:

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“Anthony joined in training today but he’s still not fit enough to join us.”

“Harry’s not had any reaction so he’s fine and good to go. We didn’t lose anyone else from the game through injury at the weekend, so we’re, more or less, a full squad.

“Raphael is still not with us but Edinson and Fred are back available which is good for us.”

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Atalanta will probably be without Rafael Toloi as the center half seems to have suffered a thigh injury in the match against Empoli.

Matteo Pessina, Robin Gosens, Hans Hateboer and Berat Djimsiti are also rumoured to be ruled out for the trip to England.

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  • Man Utd 3-1 Atalanta
  • Ronaldo to score
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Klopp infuriated, storms off for being thought an idiot

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Liverpool player wants to leave, Reds willing to accept his request

The UEFA Champions League group B game between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid was nothing short of dramatic. The game saw Antoine Griezmann cancel Liverpool’s two-goal lead with a brace in the first half before the Frenchman received a red card and Salah sealed Liverpool’s victory in the second half.

Losing three points to stand five behind the English side in the group standings could have been too much for the Spanish side’s coach, though. Diego Simeone ignored Klopp’s outstretched hand for the routine post-match handshake and hurried away.

But the drama wasn’t over yet, as Klopp gave his fair share when he rubbed shoulders with a reporter after Simeone’s incident, for allegedly being thought an idiot. 

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Despite Klopp’s assurance that all was well between him and Diego, and that the two would be harmonious when they meet at Anfield in two weeks, the reporter seemingly tried to fuel matters, which angered the Reds’ manager. 

After he had clearly stated that he was fine in the post-match interview, this next reporter’s sentiments didn’t sit well with Jurgen.

“I wanted to shake his hand but he didn’t want to…But we are both emotional so when we see each other next time we will shake hands and it is like nothing happened.” Jurgen had told a post-match interviewer.

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In his subsequent interview, the Spanish reporter insinuated that Klopp was angry. The media person went as far as regarding Klopp’s statement that he wasn’t angered by Simeone’s behavior but the reporter’s insinuations as a joke. 

“You said I am angry, when was I angry? Now, I am angry because of your question, come one,” Klopp warned exasperatedly. Seeing that his statement was regarded as a joke, the English manager was really angry and uninhibitedly stormed off.

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