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Champions League: Bayern Coach Confident Of Victory Over PSG In France



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By Taiwo Ibrahim

Bayern Munich coach, Hansi Flick has rued his team’s inability to convert their numerous chances in the 3-2 loss to PSG in the Champions League quarter-final clash in Germany.

The hosts missed Robert Lewandoski as they were unable to finish off their chances and PSG goalkeeper, Keylor Navas was also in an inspired form to deny Bayern Munich, he made ten saves in the encounter.

“Obviously, our opponents scored three goals from their few chances and we scored too few but the way we played was impressive,” Flick told reporters. “We could have gotten a good result but we were not efficient enough.

“We need to be at 100 per cent on Tuesday and decide this difficult game in our favour.”

“I do not like to lose but I am satisfied with how we played. The team fought on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.”

Bayern Munich had 31 attempts on goal, but they lost to PSG, who had only six attempts on goal.

“Unfortunately, we were not as decisive in front of goal as we normally are,” Flick said.

Robert Lewandoski suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Poland, he will also miss the second leg in Paris.

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Hazard Apologizes for Laughing With Chelsea Players



Hope Ejairu

Eden Hazard has apologized for laughing with Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy after Real Madrid’s loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Hazard received a lot of backlash for his actions after the game from Real Madrid fans and Spanish media which has resulted into divided opinion amongst football fans on social media.

“I am sorry. I have read a lot of opinions about me today and it wasn’t my intentions to offend Real Madrid fans.

” It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win.

“The season is not over and together we must now battle for La Liga! Hala Madrid!”, Hazard wrote on his social media account.

The Belgian forward struggled for most part of the game and was replaced by Mariano Diaz in the 89 minutes.

He has managed to score 3 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

Christian Pulisic’s lovely finish and an acrobatic kick from Karim Benzema ensured both sides shared the spoils in the first leg of the encounter at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, while goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount in the second leg saw the west London club edge Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Chelsea will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final on May 29 at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

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Manchester City Beat PSG To Book Champions League Final Place



Manchester City recorded a 2-0 victory over PSG at the Etihad Stadium to qualify for their first-ever Uefa Champions League final.

The first leg ended 2-1 in favour of the Citizens and PSG suffered a major blow as Kylian Mbappe failed to recover from injury and subsequently missed out of the game.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring with an early shower eleven minutes into the contest with a superb finish which rattled the visitors.

PSG tried to find their way back into the game in the first half but Manchester City defended doggedly to deny them the chance as the first half ended 1-0.

Mahrez ended the contest with another goal just after the hour-mark to ensure Manchester City’s place in the Uefa Champions League final.

Angel Di Maria was sent off for a stamp on Fernandinho following a touch line tussle.

Mahrez hailed his teammates for giving their all to qualify for the final.

“It was a very good game. We didn’t start well again – we didn’t have a good first half but we got the goal and we were more comfortable. 

“We played well second half and we could have scored more. They lost their nerve and started to kick us and after the red card it was more comfortable”.

“We have another game on Saturday we need to be win to be league champions and then we’ll concentrate on the Champions League final.”

Manchester City will play the winner between Chelsea and Manchester City in the Uefa Champions League final in Istanbul on May 29.

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Champions League: Gundogan Ridicules New UCL Format



Hope Ejairu

Manchester City midfielder IIkay Gundogan has ridiculed the new UEFA Champions League format.

The UEFA Executive Committee after its meeting on 19 April 2021 announced that the current format of having 32 teams in the group stage will cease to exist from the 2024/2025 season.

The new format will give four more teams the opportunity to compete against the best clubs in Europe in a 36-team league, with the number of matches increasing from 125 to 225.

“With all the Super League stuff going on… can we please also speak about the new Champions League format?”, Gundogan tweeted.

“More and more and more games, is no one thinking about us players?

“The new UCL format is just the lesser of the two evils in comparison to the Super League.

“The UCL format right now works great and that is why it’s the most popular club competition in the world- for us players and for the fans”,he concluded.

The German midfielder has been in blistering form this season and is on the cause of winning his third Premier League title with the Etihad side.

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