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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez says European Super League is in Stand-by for Now

 Florentino Perez claims the European Super League is in ‘stand-by’ as the Real Madrid president remains bullish amid fierce backlash to the controversial plans.

The new competition was announced on Sunday with 12 founder member clubs announcing their involvement to the radical plans.

It would have seen those clubs guaranteed a place in the competition every season, along with vast financial rewards.

It would have effectively been an end to the Champions League, but widespread condemnation led to its effective cancellation 48 hours later.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Tottenham all withdrew amid protests from fans, while clubs on the continent slowly followed.

Perez, who would have been heading up the European Super League, claims the plans are by no means dead.

In an interview with El Larguero: “The Super League poject is now in stand-by, I can confirm.

“Juventus and AC Milan have not left the Super League. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan are still in talks to find solutions.

“If this project didn’t work, another one will. Remember: all the 12 clubs have signed a binding contract.”

He continued: “I am a bit sad, disappointed. We have been working three years on this project, on fighting the current financial situation in Spanish football. It is easy to understand – you cannot touch La Liga, so you look for more money midweek and UCL format is obsolete.

“I have never seen aggression greater on the part of the president of UEFA and other presidents of Liga, it was orchestrated, it surprised it all. Never seen anything like it – insults, threats, as if we had killed someone, killed football.

“We are just working on saving football, after this pandemic. Madrid income falling from 900m to 600m this year. We have worked very hard on something that would satisfy everyone – and we did expect such a response.”

On the British club’s decision to withdraw, Perez said: “There was someone in the English six clubs who did not have much interest. That started to affect the others, there was fear. One of the English clubs was never really convinced.

“There was a campaign, totally manipulated, that we were going to finish the national leagues. That we were ending football, it was terrible. But we were working for football to survive.”

“There are people with privileges who do not want to lose them, and are willing to run clubs, although when the clubs are ruined they will lose their privileges.”

“The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution, than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else

They are leaving due to UEFA putting on a show, which surprised me. I don’t want to get into it with the UEFA president, but he needs to be able to talk. It was like we had thrown an atomic bomb. They did not let us explain, as they did not want anything to change.”

“It cannot be that in England, the six lose money, and 14 make money. In Spain the top three lose money, and the others make money. It cannot continue – at the moment the rich are those who are losing money.”

Joel Glazer Manchester United Owner Apologies to Fans Over European Super League Flaws

To all Manchester United supporters,

Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club.

You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.

Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.

We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.

In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions –promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.

This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.

It is important for us to put that right.

Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values.

The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.

We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.

In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing the football pyramid.

Right now, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season.

In closing, I would like to recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that.

With best regards,

Joel Glazer

European Super League proposal six Premier League teams withdrawn from the competition

 All six Premier League teams involved in the European Super League have formally withdrawn from the competition.

Manchester City were the first club to formally pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw.

The other four sides - Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - have all now followed suit

The 12-team Super League was announced on Sunday to widespread condemnation.

Manchester City confirmed they have "formally enacted the procedures to withdraw" from the Super League.

Liverpool said their involvement in the proposed breakaway league "has been discontinued".

Manchester United said they had "listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders" in making their decision to not take part.

Arsenal apologised and said they had "made a mistake", adding they were withdrawing after listening to their fans and the "wider football community".

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said the club regretted the "anxiety and upset" caused by the proposal.

Jose Mourinho Sacked As Tottenham Hotspur Manager

 Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday after a poor run of form, according to Sky Sports.

A 2-2 draw on Friday against Everton left Tottenham, Champions League finalists in 2019, in seventh place in the Premier League and unlikely to reach the top four.

Mourinho took charge in November 2019, replacing Mauricio Pochettino. The club were yet to confirm whether Mourinho was still in charge.

Tottenham face a League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

The London club is among 12 that shocked the football world on Monday by announcing the formation of a breakaway European Super League.

Super League: Premier League has called a meeting for Tuesday morning of the 14 clubs who are not part of the European Super League discussions

 The Premier League has called a meeting for Tuesday morning of the 14 clubs who are not part of the European Super League discussions.

The so-called 'big six' have not been invited to attend.

It will be a first opportunity for those clubs to formally discuss next steps, amid suggestions that breakaway sides could be excluded from their domestic competitions.

Standard Sport understands West Ham will discuss the plans for a Super League with their Independent Supporters’ Committee on Monday before Karren Brady attends the Premier League meeting.

The club are wholeheartedly against the idea, a similar attitude held by many vocal in the fallout from the announcement.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reiterated his stance against the move at his press conference earlier in the day.

He said: "There cannot be any other opinion about it. It's a big threat, what I see coming up, war, if you want, from the big clubs.

"We will see what the future brings but it's a big threat and we have to fight against it.

"I hope we have the fans with us and without the fans football won't work. They have a lot of power, these big clubs."

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football. In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.”

UEFA To Ban Clubs Who Take Part In European Super League

 UEFA and English, Spanish and Italian football authorities announced on Sunday that any clubs who take part in a so-called European Super League would be banned from all other domestic and continental competitions.

European football’s governing body said it had learned that some English, Spanish and Italian clubs might announce a breakaway competition.

“The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams,” UEFA said in a statement.

Media reports on Sunday suggested that an announcement on plans to create a Super League could be made later in the day.

Sky Sports reported that Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were among six Premier League teams set to be part of the plans.

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“If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we –- UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations — will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever,” read the statement.

Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League, well off the pace in the race to qualify for Europe, while Liverpool and Chelsea are both also currently outside the Champions League spots.

“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.”

– German, French clubs ‘refuse’ to sign up –

UEFA is planning to announce its reforms to the Champions League on Monday, with an expansion to 36 teams from 32 and two ‘wildcard’ slots expected to be among the plans.

There have been no reports that French or German clubs would be part of the Super League.

“We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this,” UEFA added.

“We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced.

“This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.”

The New York Times reported that at least 12 clubs have signed up for the competition, including Juventus and seven-time European champions AC Milan, who have not played in the Champions League since 2014.

“It is illegitimate, irresponsible and anti-competitive by design,” said Fans Europe, a football supporters’ network.

“More to the point, it is driven exclusively by greed. the only ones who to stand to gain are hedge funds, oligarchs, and a handful of already wealthy clubs, many of which perform poorly in their own domestic leagues despite their inbuilt advantage.”

Real Madrid and Barcelona are reported to be two of the teams from Spain set to join.

Former Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, when he resigned from the role last October, said he had accepted a proposal for the Catalan giants to play in the Super League.

“Finally the ‘gurus’ of the superleague PowerPoint are exiting the darkness of the bar at 5AM, intoxicated with selfishness and a lack of solidarity,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas on Sunday.

Notably, last season’s two Champions League finalists, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, are among the big European teams not involved.

“Economic interests of a few top clubs in England, Italy and Spain must not result in the abolition of established structures in the whole of European football,” German Football League boss Christian Seifert said.

“In particular, it would be irresponsible to irreparably damage the national leagues, as the basis of European professional football, in this way.”

Kelechi Iheanacho Sends Leicester to the FA Cup Finals

Leicester City book their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Kelechi Iheanacho's second-half strike seals Wembley win over Southampton

Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 after Kelechi Iheanacho's strike saw off Southampton at Wembley.

The striker converted from close range in the 55th minute after good work from Jamie Vardy set him up during a counter attack.

It is the fifth time the Foxes have reached the FA Cup final and they will now face Chelsea next month after the Blues defeated Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.

Iheanacho’s strike was the 14th he has scored in this competition since 2015 and no player – not Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – has scored more FA Cup goals during that time. The cup has become his playground.

Norwich City Promoted To The Premier League For 2020-21 Season

 Norwich City have now been promoted back to the English Premier League for the 2021-22 season.

Norwich are back in the Premier League after Swansea and Brentford dropped in the Championship today.

This is the Canaries' fourth promotion from the Championship to the Premier League over the last ten years.

They are officially back in the Premier League with an immediate return after being relegated last season.

Despite their relegation from the Premier League last season, Norwich kept their key squad players like Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons for the current season.

Norwich have dominated the Championship this season and have already gotten over 90 points with five league games left.

Farke's team have lost only once in 2021 and are currently on a 13-match match Unbeaten run in the Championship.

Teemu Pukki has scored 25 league goals for Norwich in the Championship this season, and playing a key role in their promotion back to the Premier League.

Norwich City players celebrated their historic return to the Premier League in the dressing room.

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Vandrezzer FC Exits Nigeria National Football League

 The Management of Vandrezzer Football Club of Lagos have announced their decision to withdraw from further participation from all activities of the Nigeria National League with immediate effect.

According to a statement on the club’s official website, their decision to pull out becomes imperative in view of the fact that the management and board of the Nigeria National League as presently constituted has demonstrated enough resolve and communicated same to them in clear terms that the club’s transformation agenda is not in any way needed in the lower tier league.

The statement further reads, “recall that in our bid to reposition the league and open it up to become visible enough to be able to generate revenue in accordance with global best practices; we requested and received written approval from the hierarchy of the Nigeria National League an approval to stream live, all our games home and away. Our intentions were to expose the league to the world, at enormous expense to us and our sponsors, in order for easy marketability and standardization.”

Vandrezzer FC has invested in branding, creating some buzz on matchdays that encourages followership and makes efforts deployed on manpower and equipment in line with industry best practice to deliver quality content in order to promote the league.

Their first game in Ogwash-Ukwu was streamed live using 8 cameras. The club did the same in our week 2 game in Lagos and repeated the process in week 3 at Rojenny stadium in Oba.

Vandrezzer’s week 4 match against Osun United in Osogbo was dramatic. Hoodlums disguised as fans, forcefully gained entrance into the stadium against the directives from the NNL and NCDC on Covid-19 pandemic protocols; attacked the camera crew, vandalized the cables, intimidated players and match officials, and prevented further recording of the game.

The club statement explained the aftermath of the match against Osun United.

“Upon a written protest submitted to the NNL on the matter, and in a landmark decision by the League body, Osun United FC was banished to Ilorin, the result of the match was cancelled and scheduled for a replay while Osun United FC were penalized and asked to bear the costs of vandalized items of our club. To our greatest shock, within days of the decision, the NNL reversed itself upholding the result of the match, and gave three points back to Osun United. With this development, Vandrezzer FC who was the victim of assault and intimidation had to make another payment to register our displeasure over the new decision. We promptly made a written appeal on this decision of the NNL, which as at the time of this release, is yet to be heard.”

Vandrezzer’s branding struggle continued in week 6 in Calabar. Rovers FC refused to allow the technical crew into the U. J. Esuene stadium with more than 2 cameras until a directive from their State Government compelled them to do so eventually. Vandrezzer lost the match 1-0. Samuel Okon’s goal from the spot made the difference for the home side.

On March 24th, the team arrived in Omoku to honour a league match against Go Round FC. The General Manager of Go Round FC, Soni Ubo insisted that Vandrezzer FC must make a payment of One million Naira only (N1,000,000) before they will be given access to the stadium to live stream the match. Officials of Vandrezzer in Omoku contacted the COO of the league, Emmanuel Adesanya of the development on phone, and he advised that they negotiate with Go Round FC since it’s their home game. Vandrezzer pulled out of the match due to the insistence of Go Round FC that they must pay the requested sum.

The NNL issued a fine of N1,000,000:00 to Vandrezzer FC for not staying back at Omoku to play the match and subsequently report whatever eventuality. The club believes that the decision was harsh.

“During the hearing of the matter, in Abuja, the NNL officials failed to acknowledge the main reason why the game was not played which was the insistence on the payment of the sum of One million naira by the Go Round FC. Thus, appearing to have come into the meeting with a predetermined position. It is therefore not so surprising that the same NNL who had issued Vandrezzer FC the authorization letter for streaming her home and away matches, have now through a letter dated 14th April, 2021, awarded a board room 3 points and 3 goals to Go Round FC. This decision is inspite of NNL’s directive to Vandrezzer FC for match streaming and the blatant disregard of the directive by Go Round FC.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Europa League success can be 'catalyst' for more silverware-Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals

 Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals after Edinson Cavani's early strike and a Jesus Vallejo own goal secured a 2-0 home win over Granada, completing a 4-0 aggregate win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to end the season on a high after Manchester United set-up a Europa League semi-final against Roma.

Marcus Rashford's strike and a late Bruno Fernandes penalty in Granada last week put the Red Devils in control of their quarter-final tie against the European debutants.

United followed that up with another 2-0 win on Thursday, when Edinson Cavani's early volley and a late Jesus Vallejo own goal sealed a 4-0 aggregate triumph and the club's 18th continental semi-final.

Roma stand between Solskjaer's side and the Gdansk finale - a tie which brings back memories of United's remarkable 8-3 aggregate triumph against the Italian team in the 2007 Champions League quarter-finals.

Solskjaer was involved in both legs and the current Roam team includes Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling - starters when United won the Europa League in 2017.

We lost the away game but the odd thing was the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] was so happy after that defeat - I've never seen him that happy after losing a game," the United boss said, having provided an assist in the 2-1 away loss before coming on in the 7-1 Old Trafford triumph.

"He was so confident we were going to win the home game so surreal experience, really. We need to make the most of it. We've got a chance to go to a final. Today, well done. Disciplined job, professional and not really under too much pressure.

Solskjaer is hoping to make it fifth time lucky after United fell short in four semi-finals across last season and this.

"Let's hope so," said the Norwegian, who is looking for his first trophy in charge. You know, when you get to a semi, that's the nature of the game - you're playing against good teams.

"We played against some good teams but we relish the chance again to go to a final. I've seen the determination, the attitude in every player that we want to go one further.

"The disappointment of the defeats that we've had, they give us the motivation to go one step further and hopefully end the season on a high."

Paul Pogba skippered the side in the absence of suspended Harry Maguire and provided a smart assist for Cavani's opener.

But the midfielder was replaced at the end of a first half in which Granada called for him to receive a second booking.

"I didn't want to risk a scenario where he went into a tackle and was a bit late," Solskjaer said.

"I thought he went in fairly, won a few, got a couple of fouls against him which I didn't think were fouls, so there was no point risking him and Donny (Van De Beek) needed a game and he did well. But Paul's a leader on and off the pitch. I've got quite a few of them."

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OFF-Roma progress to face Man Utd in the semi-finals

 Roma progress to face Man Utd in the semi-finals after Edin Dzeko scores in 1-1 draw with Ajax; Villarreal will face their coach Unai Emery's former club Arsenal in the last four after the English side overcame Slavia Prague

AS Roma advanced to the Europa League semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ajax after Edin Dzeko's late equaliser secured a 1-1 home draw on Thursday.

The Italian side will now face Manchester United, who beat Granada 2-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate in their quarter-final second leg, for a place in next month's final.

Brian Brobbey struck for Ajax four minutes after his half-time introduction but Dzeko's 72nd-minute finish levelled the scores in the quarter-final second leg.

The visitors dominated possession and had a second goal disallowed for a Nicolas Tagliafico foul but struggled to again break down a resolute home defence despite a late onslaught.

"We had more problems in Amsterdam, but today we controlled them well," Roma coach Paulo Fonseca told Sky Italia. "Ajax are a very strong team with great quality, but defensively we played a great game.

"It's satisfying. Reaching a semi-final is cause for pride, and we are representing Italy at the moment that's a source of pride for Roma."

The capital club are Italy's last remaining representative in European competition this season, and the clash with United will be their first European semi-final since a 7-6 aggregate defeat by Liverpool in the 2017/18 Champions League.

Roma's chances were few and far between but striker Dzeko clinically took his when a deflected cross fell into his path at the back post for a tap-in.

Alcacer, Moreno send Villarreal through

First-half strikes from Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno guided Villarreal into the Europa League semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday and a 3-1 aggregate triumph

Villarreal dominated the game and almost took the lead after 25 minutes when forward Samuel Chukwueze rattled the post with a close-range volley.

They did not have to wait long to open the scoring, however, with Alcacer scoring 10 minutes later. Chukwueze was initially flagged offside in the build-up, but the goal was allowed to stand following a VAR check.

Moreno doubled the hosts' lead three minutes before the break after Alcacer's effort had been parried by Dominik Livakovic in the Dinamo goal following a marauding run from centre back Raul Albiol to tee up the chance.

The visitors rallied after the break and Geronimo Rulli was forced into a couple of smart stops in the Villarreal goal while at the other end Chukwueze and Moreno spurned chances to ensure victory.

Mislav Orsic pulled one back for Zagreb 15 minutes from time, but far from setting up a nervy finale the visitors never threatened to get back into the tie as the Spaniards held firm.

"We've been brilliant in this competition since the group stages. It's just a shame the fans can't be here, as these are the kind of matches you want to play in front of your fans - but this win is for them," midfielder Dani Parejo said.

"We took the initiative and controlled things. Yes, they got one back, but we were the better side throughout the tie."

Villarreal will face their coach Unai Emery's former club Arsenal in the last four after the English side overcame Slavia Prague.

Europa League semi-final draw

First legs: April 29 | Second legs: May 6

Manchester United vs Roma

Villarreal vs Arsenal

When and where is the Europa League final?

The Europa League final takes place on Wednesday, May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland. The stadium was due to host the 2020 final, but after the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19, the showpiece took place in Cologne, Germany as Sevilla beat Inter 3-2.

Man City are ‘building history’ with potential quadruple- Guardiola’s side knocked out Borussia Dortmund to reach last four of UEFA

 Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden and expressed his belief that Manchester City are “building history” after they knocked out Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League semi-finals for only a second time.

City remain on course for a historic quadruple after Foden’s 75th-minute strike confirmed their passage – 4-2 on aggregate – and followed the England forward’s late goal in the 2-1 first-leg win at the Etihad Stadium last week.

The manager said: “He’s always creating something – two important goals and he has helped us in the semi-final – in this quarter-final he was the most important player. It is the second time in the semi-finals so it is not history in the club, but we start to build it.

“We were brilliant except the first minutes where they were good. I’m incredibly happy to be in the semi-finals, to be one of the best four teams in Europe, to be against big, strong teams and we will try to be good. We break this bridge from quarter-finals to semi-finals.”

The last comment referred to City being eliminated at the last-eight stage for the past three seasons under Guardiola, his team having failed to progress beyond in the last 16 in his first term in charge. Yet after Jude Bellingham’s 15th-minute opener had Dortmund going through on away goals City responded via a second-half Riyad Mahrez penalty and Foden’s shot from outside the penalty area that struck the post before going over the line. The win sets up a meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.

“The semi-final of the Champions League – we cannot expect anything but tough,” Guardiola said.

Of a potential quadruple the City manager said: “We need three wins for the Premier League, we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of Carabao Cup. We don’t talk about winning all four – we take one game at a time.” – Guardian


UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid, Man City Progress To Semi-finals

 Manchester City and Real Madrid joined Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League semi-finals after winning and drawing, respectively against their opponents on Wednesday night.

Manchester City set a date with 2019/20 Champions League finalists PSG after brushing aside German side Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory.

A Jude Bellingham strike (15′) was cancelled by a Riyad Mahrez penalty (55′), with Phil Foden putting the icing on the cake in the 75th minute.

Real Madrid clinched a semi-final spot after holding former champions Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Madrid had beaten Liverpool 3-1 in the quarter-final first leg. They face another English club Chelsea, who were winners of the competition in the 2011/12 season.

Here are the Champions League semi-final fixtures:

Semi-final Leg 1 of 2

Real Madrid vs Chelsea (Tuesday, 27 April 2021)

PSG vs Manchester City (Tuesday, 27 April 2021)

Semi-final Leg 2 of 2

Manchester City vs PSG (04 May 2021)

Chelsea vs Real Madrid (04 May 2021)

Why I Returned To Nigeria Football League – Ahmed Musa

 Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has disclosed why he decided to rejoin his former club Kano Pillars.

On Tuesday Kano Pillars confirmed that Musa has rejoined them having signed a deal until the end of the season.

Musa’s agreement includes a clause that allows him to leave when and if he can find a club in Europe.

He joins as an Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) elite player with the aim of boosting their image as well as helping Musa maintain his fitness as he continues his search for a European club.

The 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey.

Speaking on the move, the former Leicester, CSKA forward told BBC Sport Africa “Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.

“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond.”

During his first spell with Pillars, Musa scored 18 goals to finish as top scorer in the 2009/10 NPFL season.

Musa made his 96th appearance for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Lagos in the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Manchester United have fallen out of the top three most valuable football clubs in the world, according to Forbes

 Manchester United have fallen out of the top three most valuable football clubs in the world, according to Forbes.

The Red Devils, who are valued at £3.05billion, have moved down a place to fourth with German giants Bayern Munich above them in third.

At the top of the list, Barcelona have moved ahead of Real Madrid to become Forbes' most valuable football club at £3.46billion - just marginally ahead of their LaLiga rivals - while Liverpool have jumped up three places to fifth and ahead of Manchester City.

Last year's Premier League champions, owned by John Henry and Tom Werner, are valued at £2.98billion while City, led by the Abu Dhabi are worth £2.91billion.

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea are England's next most valuable club at £2.33billion while Stan Kroenke's Arsenal are just behind the Blues in eighth place, rated at jsut over £2billion.

Tottenham, owned by Daniel Levy, have snuck into the top ten at £1.67billion - just behind Paris Saint-Germain on the list.

United have slipped out of the top three despite achieving the highest operating income on the list with £121million. The Red Devils' stood at £467million which was the fourth highest on the list, around £43million lower than Bayern's.

The updated list is a blow to Real Madrid who have lost their status as Forbes' most valuable club in the world.

Manchester United beat Tottenham to Tighten Grip on Second Place

VAR was at the centre of controversy in a Premier League match once more as Manchester United were denied a goal in the first half when Scott McTominay was ruled to have caught Son Heung-Min in the face in the build-up. There were a few minutes of deliberation between the match official Chris Kavanagh and the VAR team before Kavanagh checked the pitchside monitor and gave a free-kick to Spurs- much to the fury of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The contact was minimal and McTominay was not looking at Son so the decision appeared harsh and may have been influenced by the reaction of Son, who went down somewhat theatrically.

To add insult to injury for Solskjaer, it was then Son who finished off a sweeping Spurs move to give his side the lead at half time.

Tottenham Drop More Points From Winning Position
Jose Mourinho succumbed to his tenth league defeat in a season for the first time in his managerial career as Spurs dropped their 18th point from a winning position following a dire second-half performance.

Solskjaer sent his team out quicker and with more urgency than their opponents and levelled things up through Fred before a fine Edinson Cavani header and stoppage time Mason Greenwood strike ensured Mourinho and Spurs were dumped into further trouble with a top-four finish rapidly slipping away.

Whilst United’s second-half display deserves praise, it was another second-half horror show from Spurs. Despite Son and Harry Kane bringing saves from Dean Henderson, and Cavani heading onto his own bar, there was a lack of urgency about the home side and it is hard to imagine that 60,000 fans would accept the football they are currently saved from watching at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Only three shots on target and more basic errors at the back were symptomatic of what Spurs have become under Mourinho. For Cavani’s equaliser, Greenwood easily drifted past Sergio Reguilon and neither Eric Dier nor Serge Aurier reacted.

The winner owed much to the vision of Paul Pogba helped by Spurs leaving space across the backline. It was all far too easy and all far too familiar.

Mourinho clearly doesn’t know who to trust at the back as he rang the changes again – for the 16th time this season. Dier came in to replace Davinson Sanchez with Aurier replacing Japhet Tanganga from the 2-2 draw at Newcastle United a week earlier. The lack of consistency and cohesion shows and Tottenham’s season is in danger of ending in failure.

Serial Winner Mourinho Running Out of Time as Tottenham Hotspur’s Problems Grow
As Tottenham Hotspur’s problems mount, Mourinho is starting to run out of time to make a success of his first full season in charge. Brought into turn a team of nearly men into winners, the Portuguese manager now has seven Premier League matches remaining and the League Cup final to save a season once filled with promise before becoming a turning point for the worse for the North London club.

A second season with no Champions League football will hit the clubs finances hard particularly as the new stadium is still a huge debt to be paid. Rumours around Kane departing continue and will do so throughout the summer, Son is yet to sign a new contract, Toby Alderweireld look surplus to requirements as do Dele Alli, Harry Winks. Adding to that, Gareth Bale is unlikely to return for a second season on loan.

Mauricio Pochettino talked about Tottenham needing a ‘painful rebuild’ in 2019 but it has not happened and a tired squad, key players lacking winners medals and a manager seemingly at odds with the club are starting to put a strain on everyone around him.

In 2019, the rebuild may have been painful had it come to fruition, but in 2021, the rebuild will need to be more than painful with Tottenham looking like a club far from being winners and more like a club that made progress under one manager, trod water for too long and are heading backwards under Mourinho. Even a League Cup win might be too little too late for this current squad and its increasingly frustrated manager.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona, El Classico, LaLiga 2021

 Karim Benzema, Tony Kroos Score as Los Blancos Edge Atletico Madrid to go Top of The Table

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the mouthwatering El Classico on Sunday to go top of the table. Karim Benzema and Tony Kroos found the back of the net as Madrid edged Atletico Madrid to occupy the top spot. Real Madrid was in the third spot behind Lionel Messi’s Barcelona – who was at the second spot before the El Classico.

Now, Barcelona slips to the third spot, and their worries continue. Karim Benzema opened the scoring as he scored in the 13th-minute of the match. Soon after that, Tony Kroos helped Madrid double the scoreline as he found the back of the net with a stunning free-kick in the 27th-minute of the first half from just outside the box. Once Madrid got a two-goal cushion, they started defending and went into half-time with the 2-0 scoreline. 

Barcelona came in aggressively in the second half and their hard work finally paid off when Oscar Mingueza scored in the 60th-minute and became the first defender to score versus Los Blancos since Marc Bartra in April 2014 in the Copa del Rey’s final at Mestalla. That goal gave Barca renewed hope and they started pressing for the equaliser, as Zinedine Zidane’s side held on.

In the 90th-minute of the game, Cesemiro – who was trying to desperately defend – picked up a red card and had to leave the pitch in the dying moments of the match, leaving the hosts with 10 men.

Barcelona enjoyed more ball possession during the course of the game, but Real Madrid made most of the opportunities created.

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain Highlights

 Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain defeated holders Bayern Munich 3-2 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday, in a repeat of last year’s final.

Mbappe and Marquinhos gave PSG a two-goal lead in snowy conditions at the Allianz Arena but Bayern drew level with headers from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Mueller.

A second goal of the game from Mbappe on 68 minutes put PSG back on top heading into next Tuesday’s return leg at the Parc des Princes.

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg FC Porto v Chelsea Highlights

 Superb individual goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea a 2-0 win away to Porto in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday.

Midfielder Mount ran on to an incisive pass from Jorginho then swivelled to get past a defender before firing the ball low and hard into the far corner to prise Porto open in the 32nd minute.

Chelsea then grabbed a crucial second away goal when Chilwell pounced on a slip by Porto’s Jesus Corona and dashed across the box to dribble his way into the net in the 85th minute, moments after teammate Christian Pulisic had rattled the crossbar.

Iheanacho Nominated For PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month

 Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award in March, sponsored by Bristol Street Motors.

- Kelechi Iheanacho is nominated for the Bristol Street Motors PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award

- The Leicester City striker scored seven goals in four games for the Foxes in March

- City picked up seven Premier League points from a possible nine and reached the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup

Following a superb strike during the 1-1 draw at Burnley, the Nigeria international added another to his tally in a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion, before netting a first Foxes hat-trick in a 5-0 success over Sheffield United at King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho then made it seven goals in four games in all competitions with a brace of efforts in a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Filbert Way, securing Leicester's place in the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 1982.

The 24-year-old forward is nominated alongside Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).

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