Champions League: Second-string Manchester City held 1-1 by Celtic

first_imgManchester City ended their Champions League group campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Celtic on Tuesday, having recovered from an early blow inflicted by one of their own on-loan players. (Arsenal crush Basel | Barcelona hammer Gladbach)Patrick Roberts, signed by City last year, gave Celtic a fourth-minute lead, but his excellent individual effort was swiftly cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho with the remainder of the encounter struggling to live up to its explosive start.With City already confirmed in second place in Group C and safely into the knockout stages, the match was an opportunity for manager Pep Guardiola to ring the changes from the side that lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.There was equally nothing riding on the outcome at the Etihad Stadium for bottom side Celtic, who produced a spirited display and were the better team for most of the first half.Celtic took full advantage of a chaotic start by the home side when Roberts cut into the area from the right, skipped past two tackles and fired powerfully into the net.Iheanacho, out to impress with Sergio Aguero about to start a four-game domestic ban, ensured it was a short-lived lead, though, with the Nigeria striker running onto Nolito’s through ball and lashing it high into the net after eight minutes.Both sides wasted further first-half chances, while the nearest either came to stealing a winner after the break was when Nolito’s effort was ruled out for offside.advertisementlast_img read more

Williams would welcome Llorente back to Athletic Bilbao

first_imgAthletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams says all good players are welcome following Fernando Llorente’s comments that he would like to return to his old clubThe Spanish striker has only had 47 minutes of competitive action this season without making a single start at Tottenham.Llorente will be out of contract at the end of the season and will very likely be heading out of North London with former club Bilbao a potential destination.The World Cup winner spent eight years at the San Mames, where he scored 111 goals in 327 games, before leaving for Juventus in 2013.And Bilbao’s Williams welcomes the idea of Llorente returning to the club.“All good players are welcome to join the team,” Williams told AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Right now, though, we are focused on winning the match [against Deportivo Alaves] on Monday.”Llorente confessed his desire to return to Bilbao this week.“I would like to go back to Athletic. My priority is to feel important in the team,” said Llorente.“If I have the opportunity and can talk to them, for me, yes, I would like to go back.“Leaving in the winter market does not depend on me, Athletic would have to talk to Tottenham and Levy.”last_img read more

Guardiola hails incredible Phil Foden

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lauded youngster Phil Foden after he scored his first goal for the club in their 7-0 win against Rotherham.18-year old Phil Foden was among the goals when City ran riot at the Etihad on Sunday with a 7-0 emphatic victory against Championship side Rotherham.Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola spoke highly of the teenager and why he picks him in games.“Today he was there and his movement was incredible,” Guardiola told the club’s website.“Of course the pass from Gundogan (for Foden’s goal) was incredible but these kind of balls are so difficult to defend.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The 90 mins for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve.“He lost three or four balls but that’s normal, he is 18-years-old! He will learn in the future and play better!“If he plays it’s because we believe he can play, not because he’s a City fan or a nice guy – we believe he can play!”last_img read more

Xavi tells Joshua Kimmich You would be perfect for Barca

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed his admiration for the “versatile” Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich, who he believes could even eclipse him as a playerThe Germany international first rose to prominence under Pep Guardiola at Bayern in the 2015/16 season before the Catalan coach left for Manchester City.While his normal position is at right-back, Kimmich’s versatility has won him many admirers with the 23-year-old being deployed in a central midfield role at Bayern this season.Due to this, Xavi is convinced Kimmich would be a great coup for Barcelona.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola, my ex-coach from Barcelona, about him,” Xavi told Bild at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Qatar, alongside Kimmich.“Pep said: ‘I have a player in the team who can play in every position!’“I asked, ‘Who is the boy?’ He told me something about a man named ‘Kimmitsch’, whom I honestly had never heard of before.“Since that day, when I talked to Pep, I have followed your career. After all, Pep says that for a reason.“I knew right away, when I saw you playing, that you could become a great player. And that’s you today!“Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.”He added: “You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona!Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“In my career, I have always kept my eyes open to find players who would suit Barca well.“As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. That would fit well.“But Bayern Munich play on the same level as Barca, and you can achieve a lot there.”Before joining Doha-based club Al Sadd in 2015, Xavi was regarded as one of the planet’s greatest playmakers after managing 85 goals and 181 assists in a staggering 769 games for Barcelona.The former Spain international has won many honours throughout his career, which includes a World Cup, two European titles, four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga crowns.But the 38-year-old, who could retire from playing football this year, reckons Kimmich’s versatility could make him an even greater asset for Barcelona than what he used to be.“I thought before I met Joshua that he wanted to be a defender,” said Xavi.“But he already told me that he has another big wish. Joshua can play perfectly in midfield as a number six.“Definitely [he can be the next Xavi]. He can make the difference.“He can be one of the best players in world football in several positions, maybe he already is.“That distinguishes him from me: I could play in one position, he is versatile.”last_img read more