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Man City boss Pep Guardiola reveals secret to 19-game winning run: ‘We have a lot of money’

Pep Guardiola joked the key to Manchester City's formidable form is their envious financial backing following his side's Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach.The Premier League leaders eased towards the quarter-finals of the competition with a routine 2-0 victory in the first leg of their last-16 tie against the German side in Budapest. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored either side of half-time - both goals created by Joao Cancelo - while Monchengladbach offered little, and Guardiola claimed City's wealth is behind their 19-match winning run in all competitions. "We have a lot of money to buy a lot of incredible players," Guardiola responded when asked what the secret was to his team's success."It is true. Without good quality pla...
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Thomas Tuchel trying to solve Chelsea’s attacking puzzle ahead of Man Utd and Liverpool meetings

Chelsea produced another impressive defensive display in Tuesday's Champions League win over Atletico Madrid. They have now kept six clean sheets in eight games under Thomas Tuchel. It's as many as they managed in the last 16 under Frank Lampard.Atletico were limited to six shots, none of them on target, and it's been a similar story for Chelsea's Premier League opponents. Since Tuchel's appointment, Chelsea have faced the fewest shots in the division and recorded the lowest expected goals against total too. Little wonder, then, that they are racking up the clean sheets. Tuchel has made defensive stability a priority since his arrival, switching to a back three and making Chelsea more robust by deploying two defensive midfielders rather than one.At the other end of...
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Patrick Mullins contemplating professional move for Cheltenham

Patrick Mullins has not dismissed the prospect of turning professional after amateur riders were ruled out of next month's Cheltenham Festival.A ruling was made in January that amateurs would be temporarily prevented from competing under rules because of an ongoing rise in Covid-19 infections in Britain. The move was made by the racing industry's Covid-19 steering group, which constantly reviews coronavirus protocols to determine how racing can continue to strengthen its approach.The group said at the time it had reached its decision because it "is in line with Government restrictions around the definition of elite sport and the associated suspension of grassroots sport".The four-day Festival begins on March 16, and in his road map unveiled on Monday for exiting lo...
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Lily Parr: Anita Asante on why Dick Kerr Ladies forward is both a football and LGBT+ icon

When people think of the best English footballers from a century or so ago, they tend to think of England great Stanley Matthews rather than Lily Parr.But Parr's tale is every bit as storied as Matthews' or that of Plymouth Argyle legend Jack Leslie - he had been called up by England in the 1920s only to later have his name withdrawn for selection due to the colour of his skin. Playing for Dick Kerr Ladies while barely a teenager - alongside working in a Preston munitions factory bearing the same name - Parr would go on to dazzle in front of sold-out crowds, often playing against men, earning herself a reputation as one the game's most fearsome ball strikers.Writing exclusively for Sky Sports News, Aston Villa Women's defender and 71-cap England international Anita...
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Leicester City are in the big six now: Brendan Rodgers on the tactical flexibility that is key to their success

Possession was once Brendan Rodgers’ mantra. This is the coach whose first season in the Premier League with Swansea saw the newly-promoted side dominate the ball like no competition newcomer ever had. Only Manchester City completed more passes. His commitment to this passing game resulted in Swansea being applauded from the pitch at Anfield that season. He landed the Liverpool job soon after. But it has been Rodgers' willingness to adapt his approach that has taken him to a new level at Leicester. September brought his first win over Pep Guardiola. In November, Jose Mourinho was beaten for the first time. There was a first victory over his former employer Chelsea in January and, earlier this month, Rodgers secured his first win over Jurgen Klopp.When James Maddiso...
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Live Report – India vs England, 3rd Test, Ahmedabad, 2nd day

Welcome to day two of our live report of the third India-England Test from Ahmedabad. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here *Most recent entry will appear at the top, please refresh your page for the latest updates. All times are local Play 04:26 #PoliteEnquiries: Is Rohit the best Test opener?! 1.50pm: Can England claw their way back from here? Morning/afternoon all. Welcome back to Ahmedabad where Zak Crawley, for one, insists England are still fighting for this title. But they've got to go to Motera and get something, which is going to be easier said than done after the debacle of a first day that they endured on Wednesday. I...
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Six Nations: France suspend training and isolating after fresh Covid-19 case within squad

New positive is the 14th case in French squad since Ireland match; France are due to host Scotland in their next Six Nations match in Paris on Sunday; SIx Nations organisers had given game go ahead on Wednesday. Last Updated: 25/02/21 8:58am France are set to face Scotland on Sunday after beating Italy and Ireland in their two matches so far France have suspended training and their squad is isolating after a fresh Covid-19 positive was returned among their players. The FFR a...
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Alisson: Liverpool goalkeeper’s father dies after drowning in lake near holiday home in Brazil

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has died after drowning in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil on Wednesday, according to local police.Jose Becker, 57, had been swimming at a dam on his property when the accident happened on Wednesday afternoon, Doroteo Machado Filho, a police inspector in the town of Lavras do Sul, told Reuters. No foul play was suspected.Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma and was voted FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper in 2019. His younger brother Muriel is a goalkeeper for Brazilian side Fluminense.Internacional, who both brothers played for, tweeted their condolences."It is with great sadness that we received the news of Jose Agostinho Becker's death, the father of our ex-goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel," the club said.Mo...