Manchester City Win Barclays Premier League Title


Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat West Ham to seal their fourth English league title on the final day of the season.
“Big teams cannot be satisfied with one title,” said Pellegrini. “This club and players deserve more titles.”
Captain Vincent Kompany added: “We are not a team that wins trophies every now and again. If you want to be a big club this must be one of so many.”
At the start of March, City had already won the Capital One Cup, and were in contention for four trophies before defeats by Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League and Wigan in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The quadruple may have eluded him in his first season in English football, but the Chilean felt his side’s fightback to pip Liverpool to the title may not have happened if they had stayed in every competition.
“It has been a brilliant season,” added Pellegrini. “We were involved in all four competitions for longer than any other English team, and we won two of them as well so I am very happy.
“It was a disappointment to go out of Europe when we did and the Wigan defeat was tough to bear.
“But when you consider that we played 14 or 15 games more than Liverpool in the entire season then maybe if we had gone further than we did, I would not be sitting here speaking about winning the Premier League.”
Pellegrini feels the keys to their title triumph were his players’ trust in his attacking approach that helped them score 102 league goals, and also the fact they did not give up after what looked a decisive defeat against Liverpool last month.
“There were two key moments in the season,” he added. “One of them was at the beginning of the season when we had just four points from our first six away games. That is not too many points for a team that wants to win the title.
“At that moment, I spoke to the players and they said they believed in the way we were working, and that we should continue playing in the same way.
“I felt that too, because I did not think we had deserved to lose those points. From that moment until the end of the season I think we are the team that has taken more points playing away, so it was very important to carry on playing that way.
“The second moment was after the Liverpool game, when we did not deserve to lose 3-2.
“We never gave up hope that Liverpool could also lose points. We struggled in a difficult game against Sunderland straight afterwards when we could only draw, so it was not the best week but the team was never resigned to losing and we won our last five games to show our character.”
Pellegrini gave credit to his predecessor Roberto Mancini, who was manager when they won the FA Cup in 2011 and the title in 2012, for ending the club’s 35-year wait for a major trophy but said he had stamped his own style on the squad he inherited.
“We changed absolutely everything about the way this team plays,” he explained.
“It was very important to have the trust of the players when I changed from the way they played before. It was not easy. Maybe if I had not won the title, it would have been a very good reason because it was my first year in the Premier League and I had to change a lot of things.
“But during the whole season I never wanted to have an excuse. I just tried to play in the way I think this team must play, and it has been a season that everybody has enjoyed – the fans, players and me also.”
City will parade their trophies on an open-top bus tour around Manchester on Monday evening before the whole squad flies to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to meet the club’s billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour.
By then City are likely to have learned their punishment from Uefa for breaching financial fair play regulations, with the club facing a possible £50m fine and other sanctions.
“It is very important to celebrate but we will start working for the next season on Tuesday,” added Pellegrini.
“Now that we have won the title we are going to do a balance of the year, and look at the positive and negative things and where we can improve the squad.
“As a big team, that is the way we must continue thinking.
“It was a beautiful season but you always need to continue winning and continue improving. We will start working as soon as possible to be the strongest team next year.

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Records broken in 2013/14 Champions League season

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This season’s Champions League will finally conclude at
The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Saturday 24
May when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off to
be crowned the European Champions.
While Real have their sights set on La Decima, Atletico
are hoping to win their first ever Champions League.
#La Decima: If on the 24th of May, against Atletico
Madrid, Real come out victorious, it will mark their record
10th European Cup, and in the process making them the
only team ever to do so.
Now, that would be a remarkably amazing feat in itself,
but we will have to wait till the 24th to witness the
final and the records that will be broken with it. But
here are the records that have been broken so far in
this season’s Champions League.

#12 Olympique de Marseille join an infamous list with 0 points
16 – Olympique de Marseille joined an
infamous list of teams to have finished with
0 points in the group stages, becoming the
16th team to do so.
They scored 5 goals but conceded 14 in 6
games!

#11 Napoli and Benfica were knocked out on tie-breakers
Benfica and Napoli join a unique list of teams
to have been knocked out on tiebreakers,
after both lost on head-to-head.
Benfica were up against Olympiacos, while
Napoli lost out to Borussia Dortmund and
Arsenal. This was the 20th and 21st time in
the history that a team has been knocked
out on tie-breakers.

#10 Barcelona’s impressive run of consecutive semi-finals came to an end
6 – FC Barcelona hold the record for most
consecutive semi-finals in the Champions
League, with six appearances.
The run began in 2007-08 and came to an
end after their loss to Atletico Madrid in the
quarter-finals of this season’s competition.

#9 Manchester City with 15 points fail to win the group; Napoli with 12 points fail to qualify
12 – Napoli now hold the joint record for
most points collected in the group stages
and still get knocked out of the tournament.
Paris Saint-Germain had also racked up 12
points in 1997-98.
15 – With 12 points under their belt,
Arsenal and Napoli follow Manchester City,
who managed 15; and became the team to
have collected the most points in the group
stage and still not win the group. Bayern
Munich won Manchester City’s group, while
Borussia Dortmund were the winners of the
group involving Arsenal and Napoli.

#8 Specialist in Failure?
8 – Jose Mourinho has now managed in eight
Champions League semi-finals with four
different teams and has made it to the
finals on only two occasions.
He has managed Porto (2004), Chelsea
(2006, 2007, 2014), Internazionale
(2010) and Real Madrid (2011, 2012 and
2013).

#7 Zenit make the knock-outs with just 6 points
6 – Zenit St. Petersburg are 2nd in a rather
unique list of teams to have managed the
least points in the group stages and still
being able to make it to the knockout stages
with just 6 points. Only Milan in 1994-95
have qualified with a worse point tally of 5,
when they had 2 points deducted.
7 – Galatasaray also feature in the list at
9th position, while becoming the 7th team
to have qualified after having achieved only
7 points.

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Who Will Win the Premier League?


Who will win the Premier League?

Who will win the Premier League?

This year’s title race is one of the most
open in the history of the Premier
League, with Liverpool, Chelsea and
Manchester City in a three-way tussle
that may only be decided on the last day
of the season.

Goal difference handed City their first title in
44 years in 2012, while Manchester United
finished a point ahead of Arsenal in 1999, with
Chelsea just a further three points back
Liverpool had their lead over Chelsea cut to just
two points when their 11-game winning run was
ended by Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday,
with the two clubs having just two fixtures left
to play.
But City are now only three points behind
Liverpool with a game in hand and a superior
goal difference, after they beat Crystal Palace
2-0 following the Liverpool-Chelsea match.
On Sunday BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson
told Match of the Day 2 Extra he expected
Liverpool to “blow Chelsea away”, but speaking
on BBC Radio 5 live the morning after Chelsea’s
win he encapsulated the changing nature of the
title chase by saying:
“Up until yesterday, Liverpool were in control of
their own destiny. Liverpool have to win the
league this year because Chelsea will be
stronger next year, so will City, Arsenal, and
Manchester United. This is their opportunity and
the fact that they let it slip was obviously for
them not good.”
There could still be plenty of twists and turns to
come, but here is how the rest of the season
shapes up for the three title contenders:
LIVERPOOL
The Reds could be as low as third by the time
they play again, away at Crystal Palace on
Monday, 5 May. Their title rivals City and
Chelsea are in action on Saturday and Sunday
respectively, and wins for both would put Jose
Mourinho’s men above Manuel Pellegrini’s side
by the time Liverpool kick off at Selhurst Park.
Victory at West Ham on 6 April put Liverpool,
seeking to win a first Premier League title and
first league championship since 1990, to the top
of the table for the fourth time during the
current campaign.
But the topsy-turvy nature of this season’s title
race is shown by the fact that they were as low
as sixth on 12 January, when they were seven
points behind then-leaders Chelsea.
Palace have secured their Premier League
status with a fine run of form since the start of
2014, but their 2-0 defeat by City was their third
loss in their last five outings at home.
On the final day of the season, Liverpool host a
Newcastle side who are comfortable in mid-
table and last won in the league at Anfield on 16
April 1994.
CHELSEA
If City beat Everton on the evening of Saturday,
3 May, Chelsea will be in third place when they
play struggling Norwich at Stamford Bridge just
under 24 hours later.
A win over the Canaries, who have plummeted
down the table with a run of five straight
defeats, will put the Blues back to the top
position that they occupied for nearly two
months until supplanted by Liverpool at the
start of April.
But Blues boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly
written off his side’s chances, even greeting the
win at Anfield by saying: “We are not in it. The
champions will be Liverpool or City, we have
nothing to celebrate.”
They round their campaign off with a trip to
Cardiff, who could be relegated by then but
could also require a win to remain in the top
flight.
MANCHESTER CITY
City know more than anyone about the fine
margins that separate success from failure in
the Premier League, having claimed the title on
goal difference in 2012.
That hardly begins to describe the dramatic
circumstances of the win, with Sergio Aguero
scoring deep into stoppage time for a 3-2 win
over QPR that snatched a 20th title away from
local rivals Manchester United.
Some big winning margins this term – with the
biggest being 7-0 over Norwich – have given the
Blues the best goal difference in the league, but
a surprising 2-2 draw at home to lowly
Sunderland seemed to put them at a
disadvantage.
However, the most recent set of results have
revived their title prospects ahead of their trip
to Everton on Saturday, 2 May at 17:30 BST.
Everton will need to win to maintain their hopes
of a Champions League place – but a draw or win
for them would boost their Merseyside rivals’
title chances at City’s expense.
City follow that with their game in hand at home
to Aston Villa, currently without a win in six
games, on Wednesday, 7 May. The Blues’ season
ends at home to West Ham, and manager
Pellegrini – who insisted after the win at Palace
his side are not title favourites – thinks it will
still be up for grabs until the last possible
moment.
“This league will be decided by a narrow margin,
maybe one point, maybe even goal difference,”
said the Chilean following his side’s 2-0 win at
Selhurst Park.
WHAT THE STATS SAYS
Manchester City finished level on 89
points with Manchester United at the end
of the 2011-12 campaign, but won with a
goal difference of +64 compared to
United’s +56.
City’s current goal difference is +58,
Liverpool are +50, Chelsea are +43.
No team has ever won the Premier League
while in third place with three games to
play – City were second after 35 games
two years ago.
The maximum points any side can finish on
this season is 86. The highest points haul
in the Premier League era is Chelsea’s 95
– under Mourinho – in 2004-05. The lowest
points total that has won the Premier
League title was Manchester United’s 75 in
1996-97.

Mixed Emotions for me as Liverpool edge closer to title win


Raheem Sterling 'beautiful' first goal

Raheem Sterling ‘beautiful’ first goal

Watching my darling club Liverpool defeat Manchester City 3-2 today was an experience worth remembering. Not just because am a Liverpool fan, but because if Liverpool win the league, it would be the second trophy Liverpool will win since I became a liverpool fan in 2006.

The game started 7 minutes late as planned to honour the 96 who died in Hillsborough, 1989, in an FA Cup Semi-final againt Sheffield Wednesday. The Local Viewing pub I went to watch the game was full of real fans and a majority of ‘fake’ Manchester City fans.

The game started on a high, Liverpool chasing Man city, things got better when Luis Suarez found Raheem Sterling and the teenager made no mistake in putting his name in the goal-sheet. He collected a beautiful pass from Suarez, turned two defenders and Hart and fired into an empty net.

Things got worst for city, better for Liverpool as Yaya Toure picked up what looks like a groin injury after trying to put a long range shot into the net but went to orbits. His removal sensed trouble for Manuel Pellegrini and the trouble came faster than expected.

Liverpool won a corner on the near side and Coutinho went and swinged the ball in, Liverpool captain Gerarrd was left alone and his free header was meet by a brilliant Joe Hart. Sooner, Gerarrd was on the taking end in the resulting corner kick Martin Skrtel, jumped high, and his shining head was all the ball needed to find the net.

Liverpool remained silent for the rest of the game unless for the misses Daniel Sturridge accrued before the half time whistle blew.

Half time break shey?? The fake fans troubled me, shouting in believe that Man City would come from behind to win the game. Well, me used faith to hold on sha 🙂

The second half commenced, Milner had been doing some warm ups at the interval, 3 minutes on, he came in and in the 57th minute, he set up Silva beautifully for City’s first goal. At this time, Man City was in control, Sturridge was lost, Coutinho looked dodgy, and city were strong.

Sooner, Nasri and Silva combined on the right and Johnson gave Man City a second goal through a diversion of his legs. !!Jesus!! I was scared, angry, tensed and feeling sorry, by this time, My brother (A chelsea fan) started teasing me, chai!! I wished I could get in the game and score a goal.

Mr Sturridge came off, Allen came on, Allen brought some new vibes, but his lack of shooting skills made him looking Suarez at a position he could shoot. The Liverpool front trio were falling offside and every real fan was frustrated.

Suddenly, Liverpool won a throw in, Johnson threw the ball, Suarez chested to the part of Kompany but the Belguim man kick the air and Coutinho who run and took a turning shot!!! Goal!!!! Everywhere was banging hard. Liverpool managed to shake of the City aggression, but Henderson gave us the bad omen 😦 a bad tackle from him, made him see red (He won’t face city). The win made liverpool sit on top of the table, 7 above Man City and two above Chelsea after the won 0-1 at Swansea later today.

In all, Wahalai I feel the game, money and time no waste!!! YNWA……. My friends, Do you think liverpool will win the league? Can they defeat chelsea come April 27?

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Phillipe Coutinho Celebrates the winning goal

Phillipe Coutinho Celebrates the winning goal

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The Big Story: Who will win the Premier league?


Well done boy!

Well done boy!

With 5 weeks of the Barclays Premier League remaining, Liverpool sit pretty top with a nervy 2-1 win at Boleyn Ground (West Ham United) this took their total point tally to 74, and goals tally to 90 goals, 6 better than Manchester city.
Liverpool are yet to lose a Premier league game in 2014, Luis Suarez is one gaol away from a premier league record and if Liverpool win Manchester City at anfield next sunday, it would give Liverpool a 7-point gap on their opponents. Should Liverpool win, Its 10 wins in 10 games, their best in the Premier league era and Captain Steven Gerrard can start dreaming of the trophy that has eluded his Hall of Fame for 15 years.
Manchester City look deadly from their starting line up of players, but its about the goals you score and the more you win, if city are to win Liverpool on sunday and probably be in front of the title race(if they win their outstanding games), they have to stop liverpool from playing “freedom football” as West Ham did and pray for some great share of luck. West Ham kept Liverpool from making the short precise passes but too many mistakes cost them and awarded Liverpool 2 more penalties to make it 12 this season and Steven Gerrard is no newbie to spot-kicks, slotting home both two of the penalties gifted to him, his 10th penalty he scored all season. Luis Suarez knows how to make you handle the ball with hands has he has won 7 of Liverpool’s penalties from opponents handballing his dribbles, with 3 instance happening against West Ham but the referee spotted only one, Sturridge adds power to the and pace to the attack line with both strikers having 49 goals between them (better than the total goals of 11 teams in the league including Manchester United). Whoever wins the clash definitely has the league 95% theirs, unless there’s a slip somewhere.
Chelsea should just look up to finishing as high as possible and prevent more away losses as they’ve failed to win in their last 3 aways games in all competitions. Yet to face Liverpool, the odds are on Liverpool’s side and should liverpool win the tie also then the league is 99% theirs.
Let’s just sit and wait patiently for the drama to unfold. For me, I tip my darling LFC to win the league 😀

The free scoring team

The free scoring team

Europes best attack???

Europes best attack???

Gerrard hugs coach, Brendan Rodgers after scoring his second penalty against west ham

Gerrard hugs coach, Brendan Rodgers after scoring his second penalty against west ham

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