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Pep Guardiola Given His Life To Bayern Munich

Nevertheless, Benfica showed their fighting qualities to limit Pep Guardiola's side to only any one particular goal and, buoyed by the accomplishment of their compatriots Porto in defeating Bayern 3-1 in Portugal last season, will be convinced of pulling off a shock by reaching the semifinals for the very first time since 1990. They defend quite high up the field and are quite competitive and tight, making it difficult to pass the ball through. But we'll attempt to win the match because that's the Bayern attitude. A draw would do for Guardiola's guys while Benfica will be compelled to come out of their defensive shell to assault them, which might play into the German team's hands. I don't have any doubt about it. Benfica's hopes could be dented by the lack of two of their assaulting abilities. On the other hand, the hosts permitted Monchengladbach to recover the initiative, and there were even some whistles from the home crowd as Bayern's defensemen at one point passed the ball among themselves. The Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has submitted an official request to join Bayern Munich next season, with discussions over a transport fee now anticipated to be finalised. This week Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman, revealed that talks with Hummels had already started over a summer move. A statement from Dortmund on Thursday affirmed that the Germany international, 27, had signalled his intent to depart the Westfalenstadion, although there still is apparently a stumbling block over his cost.

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Bayern threw themselves into the strike without offering much of a risk in the closing minutes, while Monchengladbach held on to stop a run of four consecutive away defeats and move above Hertha Berlin on the table. For the third season in sequence, Guardiola lost at the semi-final phase of Europes top-notch contest on this occasion, to Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. Bayern won 2-1 on the night but it wasn't enough to prevent an away goals leave, and Simeone paid tribute to them as the greatest team he'd ever confronted. It was my intention to realise this, Guardiola, who'll join Manchester City in the summer, said. At Barcelona, everyone asked me this question, and it's been the same thing here. We've tried our best, but it hasn't worked out. About my interval here, it's up to you what you need to believe. I think I've helped the players here. I'm quite satisfied with the performances. Perhaps it wasn't enough, but ultimately, I'm happy with everything that's occurred here. Everything is great. I've done my best. The players understand that. And that's that! Bayern scored early and threatened to steamroller Benfica. But the Portuguese giants grew into the match, held firm, and are right in this tie at the halfway point. They passed up a few excellent opportunities to catch a precious away goal, but they'll be happy enough to have restricted Bayern to their one-goal house success. The house fans aren't as content, however, and you get the feeling they won't be that sad to see the back off Pep Guardiola. The second leg in Lisbon guarantees to be a cracker. Defenseman Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund has conveyed his desire to leave the team in the summer and needs to join the League opponents Bayern Munich next season, read the statement on the team's official site. Borussia Dortmund's board has later determined to make this type of change depending on whether Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund can agree on a reasonable fee. Up to now, Bayern Munich hasn't made an offer.

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The news will come as a shock to a host of teams who'd needed to sign Hummels, including Manchester United. Perhaps we played not so good at other times. I'm quite proud. It was a real honour to train these players. I've truly loved it here, and I'm certain the future at Bayern Munich is perfect for these players. Titles are only numbers, figures, he said. I needed to accomplish the Champions League final here, and I didn't realise it, but it doesn't alter my view about the manner I've performed. Yes, we're miserable now, and we need to visit Ingolstadt [on Saturday] to procure the Bundesliga title. It was especially so in the first half, Simeone said. That was incredible how they played. It was unbelievable to see such intensity. I was literally in love with this match. But we soaked up the pressure, and we won the game. We made do with the pressure they put on us. It's simply amazing what we've attained. We've defeated two of the most dominant teams in Europe first Barcelona in the quarterfinal and now Bayern. Vidal had most of the opportunities for the remaining portion of the match, with Benfica's defensemen doing good to stifle Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Miller, Bayern's top-scoring forwards. Lewandowski missed the greatest chance to wrap it up in the 89th minute, with an open goal beckoning. We'd welcome enough goal opportunities. Well go to Lisbon with the aim of winning the match, of scoring a goal or two, Pep Guardiola said after his 150th competitive game responsible for the Bundesliga team. Benfica substitute goalkeeper Anderson made several significant blocks with the captain, Nicols Gain, and Pizzi posting the visitors biggest risk. Occasionally a 1-0 triumph must be enough, the Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. Were going to Lisbon and understand that it's a close call. Is this the biggest letdown of my profession? No. You're disappointed when you don't play nicely. It's a Champions League semifinal. Borussia Monchengladbach damaged Bayern Munich's celebration when they struck back for a 1-1 draw on Saturday, pushing the Bavarians to wait at least another week to clinch a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Bayern is offering to reach their fifth successive semifinal while Benfica, the Portuguese league leaders, are expecting to reach their first since 1990. Vidal scored with Bayern's first foray forward. The Spanish fullback picked out Vidal in the middle with a precise cross. It's not pleasant; it wasn't our strategy, the Benfica trainer, Rui Vitoria, said on granting so early. But we came with a strategy and the players kept it stretched. It could have knocked us off our pace, but we responded very well. Bayern continued assaulting, with Douglas Costa examining Anderson from the right. Anderson was playing in place of the first-choice goalkeeper Julio Csar, who was outside with a groyne harm. Bayern was controlling possession with Benfica living on fights. Pizzi and Gaitan had joined for a well-worked free kick before the ball was deflected out for a corner. Atletico was quite defensive. We played to win, and we did that. We could have scored three or four tonight. My thought is to attack and go forward. The most significant idea is this team has a great future, with great players and a great attitude. I only want the best for the future on this team, and I expect Carlo Ancelotti can keep the same amount going. Vidal went close with another header before Benfica completed the half strongly with Vidal making an important block to refuse a violent strike from Gain. Victor Lindelof made a vital interception on Lewandowski at the start of the second half, before Benfica restarted getting back in amounts and closing down space. Jonas had shotted an excellent chance overly close to the underworked Bayern goalkeeper before Bernat drew his shot wide at the other end. Lahm, Javi Martnez and Alcantara subsequently scrambled back to refuse Jonas an equaliser.

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Leicester City Will Be Crowned Premier League Champions

Leicester City will be crowned Premier League champions if Tottenham Hotspur cannot overcome Chelsea on Monday night, but Claudio Ranieri Won't be among the millions tuning in to see the likely denouement of this season's title race. Ranieri will be flying back from Italy rather, having seen his 96-year old mum, Renata, for lunch and will be, by his admission, the last guy to understand the result. Manchester Citys defeat at Southampton means United are four points off the fourth Champions League qualification spot. Van Gaal's team have a match in hand, but the Dutchman was frustrated by their inability to build on their early lead. I've said to my players that I've seen one of the greatest matches of the season from my lineup, but it wasn't enough. You must score when you're so assaulting and creating so many opportunities, as we did in the first half, and when you surrender a set play goal, again, that's a pity. But there are those, including the first citizen himself, Mayor Peter Soulsby, who desire to bask in the glory of a triumph at Leicesters home ground next Saturday, against Everton. The victory would set into movement days of the party that are being kept top secret by the city council, based on Soulsby.

 

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I believe we understood it was going to be a tough match it was away and against Man United and it was never going to be a walkover, he said. Soulsby, who has a ticket to next Saturday's match, said he, like many other locals, would be seeing Mondays game on a couch and he needs to celebrate in earnest next Saturday with a triumph at Leicesters King Power Stadium. It didn't quite occur now. On the one hand, I do need to get it settled, but then on the other, we'd like to have a great party next Saturday. Either way, I'm assured that they are going to win but I'm not going to jinx it and we'll additionally show the city's party strategies once the final whistle blows, he included. We're going to win the league appeared to be on a loop in the far corner of the arena, where only over 3,000 travelling supporters were bouncing up and down long after the players had left the pitch. The engraver hasn't yet been commissioned to begin work on the Premier League prize, but it resembles a matter of when and not if Leicester will be crowned champs and that second may well arrive just before 10 pm tomorrow. He fairytale ending to Leicesters rock at the Premier League title may need to wait a day, a week, or a fortnight. On the other hand, the disposition is blended about just how the success should be procured. It was such an excellent day today because I've been following them all my life and they played so well. I'm not disappointed in any way about today, but now it'd be great if it was procured tomorrow night, he said. Trailing by eight points with three matches remaining, Tottenham Hotspur today understands they don't have any margin for error at Stamford Bridge, and it's also simple to visualise Chelsea, their bitter rivals, relishing the opportunity to twist the knife.

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What a night that promises to be. The Manchester United supporters, revealing a little class after the final whistle, indeed felt they'd only observed the winners. I'd like to see the match, but I 'm on a flight back from Italy, Ranieri said. I would like to meet my mum, who's 96 years old, and go to lunch with her. I fly back at the same time as the match. So I won't understand the result. However, as soon as we get I am going to hear. I'm really unhappy because he'll miss the next match at home, Ranieri said. I expect I Won't miss him. Otherwise, I'm so joyful because we drew against a bright Manchester United side. We endured a lot because they pressed so high and without [Jamie] Vardy it was hard to elongate the line. Mentally it was crucial that you return and, after that, we were a little more composure, moving the ball fast and doing what we spoke about in the week. Drinkwater's second booking came from a yank on Memphis Depay when the United substitute had his foot on the margin line of the penalty area. Morgan, once of Dunkirk FC in the Midland Football Alliance and a former business student at South Notts school, supplied the response with a close-range header that used the unfortunate link in United's defence. Marcos Rojo never seemed equipped to cope with Morgan, who's built like a club bouncer, and it revealed every time the two came up against one another. The United striker still pounced on the loose ball and thumped a right-footed shot that Huth, reading the risk, managed to get in place to obstruct. At that point, the Leicester supporters were biting their nails in between breaking into chants of we shall not be transferred a tune that could readily be applied to Leicesters place near the top of the table. By now Leicester supporters were going through their complete repertoire of songs, including Jamie Vardy having a celebration. Vardy is back for the Everton match, after serving a two-match suspension following his sending off against West Ham, and it says much for Leicesters nature and resolution they've accumulated four points with no services of the Premier Leagues second-greatest goalscorer. In a game of musical chairs, Danny Drinkwater will now need to take Vardy's seat in the stand after his late sending-off here, that will almost inevitably open the door to Andy King, maybe fittingly given the Welshman is the longest-serving player on the team. While Ranieri is boarding a flight from Rome, Spurs will go to Stamford Bridge understanding that anything apart from an away win would mean the tournament being determined on the rear of Leicesters 1-1 draw at Manchester United, a game that ended with Marouane Fellaini confronting a potential three-match ban and Louis van Gaal accusing Robert Huth of embracing behavior appropriate just with sex masochism.

 

Van Gaal's argument was that Huth had yanked Fellaini's hair, triggering the Belgian into elbowing his adversary, and United manager made his point by doing the same off-camera to a television reporter. It's a reaction. Every human being who's snatched by the hair. Just with sex masochism, it's permitted but not in other scenarios. Van Gaal's argument is improbable to spare his player retrospective activity, and the United manager was upset to learn that Fellaini, a player ill-famed for elbowing offences, might confront such actions and a potential three-match ban from the Football Association. In many ways, a 1-1 draw at United was a peculiar scoreline for Leicester to make an effort to digest and there was a second at the ending when Ranieri turned on his heel in the specialised area and looked like a guy who wasn't quite certain where to go and what to do. He'd stood with his shoes within six inches of the pitch for the whole match, sometimes showing flashes of emotion, specifically in the frenzied closing minutes, when United was pressing for a victory. Be powerful, come on! Bellowed Ranieri, clenching his fists. Time and again this season his players have shown their resilience and never say die approach, and this was another one of those occasions, particularly after Leicester got themselves in the unfamiliar position of granting first. Afterwards, I anticipate, firstly, that Huth shall be getting a lot since I don't believe that's standard what he's doing, he said. Fellaini is responding like a human being because if I catch your hair and pull it back, you'd also do something to me, I consider. They did it several times, I believe, and the reaction of Fellaini was a human being. Ranieri was much less abrasive after a consequence that leaves his team eight points clear of Spurs and with the chance, at the very worst, to clinch the title by defeating Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

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