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Apr 24

Ander Herrera says Champions League place is at stake in Manchester derby

• Midfielder says clash with Manchester City will be ‘the game of the season’
• Yaya Touré would prefer to ‘play without a referee’ after error at Wembley

Ander Herrera believes the Manchester derby on Thursday will be the biggest match of their season, with United and City separated by only a point in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification for next season.

United go into the game at the Etihad Stadium on the back of three successive Premier League victories that have revived their hopes of finishing in the top four. Having starred in the 2-0 win against the leaders, Chelsea, last week, the Spain midfielder Herrera played a pivotal role in the 2-0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor and he admitted the meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side could be make or break for both teams.

Related: Liverpool need flawless finish and a Manchester City favour, says Emre Can

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/ander-herrera-champions-league-manchester-derby

Apr 24

‘I want to leave Celtic with a treble’

Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts is eager to bring the curtain down on his loan spell at Celtic by sealing a domestic treble next month.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39686914

Apr 24

Liverpool need flawless finish and a Manchester City favour, says Emre Can

• Midfielder wants wins in last four games in battle for Champions League spot
• Pep Guardiola’s City can aid Jürgen Klopp’s side by beating Manchester United

Emre Can has said Liverpool need a flawless end to the season to secure Champions League qualification and a favour from Manchester City against José Mourinho’s United on Thursday.

Liverpool’s hold on a top-four finish weakened on Sunday when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home against Crystal Palace. “It is always the same,” said Can, lamenting the “stupid” defending at a set piece that enabled Christian Benteke to seal Palace’s victory with a second goal of the game against his former club.

Related: Mamadou Sakho: Christian Benteke handshake was not meant to offend Liverpool

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/liverpool-need-flawless-finish-manchester-city-favour-emre-can-champions-league

Apr 24

Pep Guardiola needs time to prove naysayers wrong at Manchester City | Jacob Steinberg

The City manager could be forgiven for regarding Sunday’s epic clásico with growing nostalgia but it was a reminder of the way systems can be torn apart by moments of individual brilliance

Should Pep Guardiola have happened to find himself in front of a television on Sunday night, he might have been drowned by a wave of nostalgia. A few hours after his lukewarm Manchester City team had unravelled at Wembley, a spectacular clásico was about to reach a stunning conclusion at the Bernabéu. The 10 men of Real Madrid had fought back from the dead to equalise with five minutes left and they were seconds away from all but ending Barcelona’s title hopes. They just had to resist one final, desperate attack. In fact, it was simpler than that. They just had to keep the ball away from Lionel Messi.

We all know what happened next. Sergi Roberto won possession deep in Barcelona’s half and the right-back ran and ran before moving the ball to André Gomes. Jordi Alba overlapped on the left and pulled the ball back and if his pass had found any other player, the game probably would have finished 2-2. Instead it found Messi. In a split second, the narrative had changed dramatically. The story was no longer about yet another Madrid comeback. Barcelona ended the night top of La Liga and while the goal owed plenty to Roberto’s surge, Gomes’s composure and Alba’s assist, only one player could have delivered the killer blow so nervelessly.

Related: Imperial age of Manchester City yet to dawn despite Pep Guardiola’s arrival | Paul Doyle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/24/pep-guardiola-prove-naysayers-wrong-manchester-city

Apr 24

‘I’d prefer no referee for Man Utd game’

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure criticises the officiating in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat and would prefer “no referee” in the Manchester derby.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39694245

Apr 23

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League and FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup and England’s top flight

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2017/apr/23/the-dozen-the-weekends-best-premier-league-and-fa-cup-photos

Apr 23

Imperial age of Manchester City yet to dawn despite Pep Guardiola’s arrival | Paul Doyle

When City’s owners acquired one of the world’s elite coaches, they will have envisaged an era of domination – not a scramble to finish in the top four

In a gripping, weirdly unpolished contest, traces of the residual class City’s veteran campaigners possess were not enough to uplift a malformed team. Yaya Touré, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Agüero tried to lead the way but did not quite have the verve to do so, nor did they have the support that they should have had from City’s younger thrusters. So far, Pep Guardiola’s City have failed to straddle two eras while meeting the highest demands. A club with vast riches, some of which were spent hiring the prestigious coach, did not imagine ending the season empty-handed.

Six years ago, in another FA Cup semi-final at this venue, Touré heralded the rise of City by taking advantage of a mistake by Michael Carrick to score the winning goal against Manchester United and book a return to Wembley for the final. He then repeated the feat, firing into the net to demolish Stoke City’s dreams and deliver City’s first major honour in more than 30 years.

Related: Alexis Sánchez gives Arsenal extra edge to sink Manchester City in semi

Related: Arsène Wenger hails Arsenal’s mental strength after reaching FA Cup final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/23/imperial-age-manchester-city-pep-guardiola-arsenal-fa-cup-top-four

Apr 23

Wenger proud of his Arsenal players after FA Cup win over Manchester City – video

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger hails the mental strength of his players after his side came from behind to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. He also says he is pleased for the club’s fans after a turbulent few months. City boss Pep Guardiola meanwhile is left to rue what might have been

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2017/apr/23/wenger-proud-of-his-arsenal-players-after-fa-cup-win-over-manchester-city-video

Apr 23

‘This is Pep’s biggest moment as Man City manager’

Pep Guardiola must lift his players quickly to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League, argues Jermaine Jenas,

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39688387

Apr 23

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final player ratings

Alexis Sánchez made up for an otherwise quiet performance with Arsenal’s extra-time winner, but Jesús Navas and Gaël Clichy were poor for City at full-back

GK Petr Cech 6/10 Saved crucially from Touré but should he have been out to Agüero a little more quickly when the striker seemed to overrun the ball?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/arsenal-manchester-city-fa-cup-semi-final-player-ratings

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