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Manchester City beat Aston Villa to win title on final day

Manchester City won the Premier League for the fourth time in five seasons after a pulsating title race reached a dramatic conclusion as the champions staged an incredible comeback from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side were teetering on the brink of blowing the title after falling 2-0 behind midway through the second half at the Etihad Stadium.

But Ilkay Gundogan sparked an astonishing City revival as the German midfielder reduced the deficit before Rodri grabbed the equaliser.

Gundogan turned in City’s third goal in the space of five minutes in the 81st minute, triggering wild celebrations and rendering second placed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Wolves irrelevant.

City finished with 93 points, one ahead of Liverpool as they ended their rivals hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple.

On a breathtaking final day, Burnley were relegated as Leeds beat the drop, while Tottenham qualified for the Champions League at the expense of their north London rivals Arsenal.

It was City who hogged the spotlight on a day their fans, who spilt onto the pitch in delight, will never forget.

Guardiola’s men can rightly be called a dynasty after joining Manchester United as the only clubs in the Premier League era to have won four titles in five seasons, with Alex Ferguson’s teams doing it on three separate occasions.

The eighth league title in City’s history is Guardiola’s ninth major trophy since arriving at the club in 2016.

Once again,Manchester City saved the best until last as they edged Liverpool out on the final day of the season for the second time after beating them to the finish line in 2019.

It was 10 years since Sergio Aguero’s famous last-second goal against QPR sealed City’s first title since 1968 and this jaw-dropping success was almost as unlikely.

Guardiola had called on Manchester City’s fans to be “loud, loud, loud” in their bid to retain the crown, but they were stunned into silence in the 37th minute.

Lucas Digne whipped in a cross from the left and Matty Cash got in front of Joao Cancelo to score with a bullet header.

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho doubled Villa’s lead with a cool finish in the 69th minute.

The shell-shocked Guardiola slumped into his seat, but Manchester City would not surrender and Ilkay Gundogan headed them back into contention in the 76th minute.

Rodri’s low strike from the edge of the area two minutes later set up a nerve-jangling finale.

And in the 81st minute, Kevin de Bruyne’s low cross reached Gundogan at the far post and the substitute tapped home to send City into ecstasy.

Having already won the FA Cup and League Cup, Liverpool can still enjoy a memorable season of their own if they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday.


Liverpool trailed Manchester City by 14 points in January, but Klopp’s side pushed them to the wire, showing the fortitude that earned them the nickname “mentality monsters” from their manager.

Liverpool were rocked after just three minutes when Pedro Neto produced a close-range finish from Raul Jimenez’s cross.

Sadio Mane equalised with a clinical strike from just inside the area after sprinting onto Thiago Alcantara’s pass in the 24th minute.

Mohamed Salah poked Liverpool ahead with six minutes left but by then news of City’s extraordinary recovery had reached Anfield, which was in subdued mood by the time Andrew Robertson scored in stoppage-time.

Tottenham’s 5-0 rout of relegated Norwich secured fourth place at Carrow Road.

Just a few weeks ago, Antonio Conte had insisted it would take a “miracle” for Tottenham to finish in the top four, but the Italian has masterminded a superb run that ends his club’s two-year absence from the Champions League.

Dejan Kulusevski’s 16th minute tap-in from Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass put Tottenham ahead before Harry Kane struck with a diving header in the 32nd minute.

Kulusevski curled a sublime shot into the far corner in the 64th minute and Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min scored in the 70th and 75th minutes.

Tottenham’s victory left north London rivals Arsenal in fifth place despite their 5-1 win against Everton.

Burnley’s six-season stay in the top tier ended with a 2-1 home defeat against Newcastle, with Leeds staying up after a 2-1 win at Brentford.

Leeds started the day below Burnley on goal difference, but the Clarets were beaten by Callum Wilson’s brace, while Jesse Marsch’s team escaped thanks to Raphinha’s penalty and Jack Harrison’s last-gasp strike.

Manchester United lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace, but qualified for the Europa League thanks to West Ham’s 3-1 defeat at Brighton.


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Pep Guardiola misses bottles another chance for UCL glory

Following Manchester City’s elimination from the Uefa Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, the story about Pep Guardiola having an “African curse” has once again pop up.

City looked set for back-to-back Champions League final appearances on Wednesday night when they took the lead in the 73rd minute of the second-leg of their semi-final against Los Blancos through a Riyad Mahrez strike, which gave the English giants a 5-3 aggregate lead at the time.

However, things changed in the 90th minute when Real’s super sub Rodrygo netted a goal before adding another just a minute later to take the match to extra-time in a dramatic fashion.

The comeback was completed when Karim Benzema converted a 95th-minute penalty, which proved to be the winner as Madrid booked their place in the competition’s final against Liverpool on May 28 in Paris

Some have since attributed the Cityzen’s inability to qualify to a myth centred around their manager, who once again failed to lead his charges to the elusive Champions League title, a tournament he has not won in 11 years.

In 2018, Yaya Toure’s former agent Dimitri Seluk slammed the Spanish boss for benching the former Ivory Coast international during the player’s final year at the Manchester club, going as far as saying that the ex-FC Barcelona coach had angered all Africans with his actions, and suggesting that a Champions League curse has been placed on him as a result.

“He (Pep Guardiola) turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City,” Seluk said at the time, according to SPORTbible.

“And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Pep Guardiola to win the Champions League. This will be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will show whether I am right or not. The fact that Guardiola ended Yaya’s career in Manchester City is not even a mistake, but a crime.”

City will now focus on defending their Premier League trophy against Liverpool who are just a point behind them.

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Sergio Kun Aguero

The Former Manchester City and current Barcelona striker, Sergio Kun Aguero have sadly announced his retirement from football following a heart-related issue identified as cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis.

FC Barcelona recently signed Sergio Kun Aguero from Manchester City to help get more goals from their attacks. He was injured in one of his early games for the Catalan club which has landed in heart-related disease.

Now, Sergio Kun Aguero has come out through a press conference held in Barcelona to bring down the curtains on his illustrious football career that spanned over a decade.

What really happened to Sergio Kun Aguero during the game was very serious as the 33-year-old was taken to hospital after experiencing chest pains and breathing difficulties during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alaves in October and was subsequently ruled out of action for three months following a cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis.

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Aguero’s former club President had this to say about the striker who is forced to retire from football;

“The facts speak for themselves – Sergio is quite simply the most ruthless striker in the history of the Premier League. It is extraordinary that his statistics, more reflective of two careers, are in fact those of a player whose time in the game was cut short.

“His impact lives not only in the club that we are today but in the club that we will be for many years to come. He has earned the adoration of the City family, and the respect of the football family the World over.”

Sergio Kun Aguero

The English Premier League has started and as usual, there are expectations from all the clubs. Unlike last season where the coronavirus pandemic could not allowed the fans to cheer up their teams during the league, this year the fans are all expected to cheer up their teams during all the matches.

Some of the matches have already taken place and it seems the arrival of the fans have given the teams much confidence and they needed support. It could be identified that almost all the big teams have started very well as they win their first matches.

At the end of the last season thus 2020/2021 season, Manchester City won the English Premier League with 86 points. Manchester United placed second with 74 points. Liverpool was next with 69 points and the reigning Champions League winner and Super Cup winner Chelsea followed as fourth with 67 points.

Statistics show that after the 2020/2021 season the Manchester City who happens to be the champions had 83 goals in all. Manchester United who also placed second after the league also placed second as far as goals are concerned with 73 goals. Tottenham, third with 68 goals and Liverpool fourth with 68 goals. The champions of Europe had 58 goals.

Rating top players; Harry Kane from Tottenham led the goal scoreboard with a good 23 goals. Mohamed Salah who is a Liverpool player was next to Harry Kane with 22 goals. Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United took home 18 goals. It is clear that Harry Kane has the most assists and followed by Bruno Fernandes.

Round One Results

Brentford 2-0 Arsenal

Manchester United 5-1 Leeds

Burnley 1-2 Brighton

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace

Everton 1-0 wolves

Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

Norwich 0-3 Liverpool

Newcastle 2-4 West Ham

Tottenham 1-0 Man City

Transfer: Chelsea FC contact Harry Kane representatives

Round Two Fixtures

Saturday 21st August 2021

Liverpool — Burnley (11:30 )

Aston Villa — Newcastle (14:00)

Leeds — Everton (14:00)

Crystal Palace — Brentford (14:00)

Manchester City — Norwich (14:00)

Brighton — Watford (16:00)

God wanted me to leave Chelsea – Olivier Giroud

Sunday, 22nd August, 2020

Southampton— Manchester United (13:00)

wolves —Tottenham (13:00)

Arsenal — Chelsea (15:30)

Arsenal suffer another injury blow in Chelsea friendly as Thomas Partey limps off

Monday, 23rd August 2021

West Ham — Leicester City (19:00)

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