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Mancity fears not, they still wants Messi

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Manchester City will reportedly ‘try until the end’ to sign Lionel Messi.

The Argentine superstar informed the club last month that he wished to leave in the wake of their 8-2 Champions League thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich, claiming a clause in his contract would allow him to walk away for free.

That has been disputed by Barca, who on Wednesday held talks with Messi’s father Jorge after he arrived in Spain.

It is understood that the two parties failed to come to an agreement over the superstar’s exit which means, for now, Messi remains part of the Barca squad.

Well-respected journalist Guillem Balague has now shared his inside knowledge on the saga, believing City will continue to monitor the situation unless Messi commits his future elsewhere.

Indeed, Messi’s dad has already been informed by City that they are desperate to sign him but will not get involved if there is a court case.

It is also claimed that the Premier League giants will not be able to afford a transfer fee of more than €100m, with Messi expected to demand a mammoth salary.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is attempting to activate expired earlier in the year but that he feels – because the season was extended following the coronavirus pandemic – the expiration date should also be adjusted accordingly.

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Barcelona disagree and were backed by La Liga on Sunday, hours after Messi failed to show up for his scheduled Covid-19 test which would have allowed him to start pre-season training with new head coach Ronald Koeman the following day.

Victor Font, one of Barca’s presidential candidates, has said the player and club need to come to a “reasonable agreement” over his future.

“We need the two parties to sit down and discuss to ensure that whatever transition needs to happen,” Font told talkSPORT.

“I’m truly hoping reason prevails and as soon as the club and Messi’s father sit down and talk, that the interest of both Messi and Barca will be taken into account and properly protected.

“What I believe is very important is that a reasonable agreement is reached, so that we protect the interests of the club going forward.

“The damage this is doing to Barcelona is quite phenomenal. That’s why we insist in the relevance of managing this properly because it can still be contained.”

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Sergio Aguero has had to take evasive action to stop the spreading of rumours about Lionel Messi joining Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s team are set to be leading the chase for the Argentine, who handed in a transfer request at Barcelona last week.

According to the English press, Aguero has decided to mute the words ‘Messi’, ‘Leo’ and ‘GOAT’ from the chats on his Twitch streams.

Beforehand, the City striker was being bombarded with questions about the prospect of his compatriot and good friend joining him at the Etihad Stadium.

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Mancity belives they’ll sign Messi for sure

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The blue half of Manchester has a strong Barcelona presence already but superstar Lionel Messi could be set to take it to another level?

On Tuesday, Messi dropped his bombshell on Barca, via fax, of his desire to leave during this current transfer window.

And the notion of a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City isn’t too far-fetched with bookies making them the clear favourites to snap him up.

As arguably the greatest player ever, Messi would have plenty of suitors should he quit the Nou Camp. As well as City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus are also showing early interest.

ESPN report that a move by City could pave the way for him to see his career out in America via their MLS partner club New York City. It is also reported that a three-year deal is on the table at the Etihad before a move across the Atlantic. There would also be scope for him to be offered a role as ambassador for the City Football Group too.

Manchester City have always felt they’d be in pole position to land the 33-year-old for a number of reasons.

Firstly, in their dugout is manager Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard’s relationship with Messi is excellent and the two together enjoyed a spell-binding four years at Barcelona where they won 11 major honours – including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.

Also, City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, joined from Barcelona and the Spaniard has a prior relationship with Messi that could work in City’s favour. City’s CEO Ferran Soriano has also worked with Messi before as he was Barcelona’s vice-chairman and CEO between 2003 and 2008.

According to Spanish outlet Radio Catalunya, Messi has already contacted Guardiola about a move to the Etihad Stadium. City have refused to comment on all speculation surrounding the Argentine.

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However, speaking in February Guardiola went on record by hoping that Messi finished his career at Barcelona.

‘He’s a player for Barcelona, he will stay there, that is my wish,’ he said when asked if he would ever consider bringing him to the Premier League.

‘I’m not going to talk about players for another club. I think he’s going to finish his career there, it’s my wish.’

A second key factor to consider in a Messi to City deal is Sergio Aguero. Aguero and Messi are very close friends having played up front for years together for Argentina. They have a good relationship off-the-pitch too and were in Barcelona at the same time over the past two months.

Financially too, City have the clout to afford Messi and his wages – which are £95million per year. Messi’s fixed salary at Barcelona totals £64m (€71m) but bonuses for signing, for staying, and for winning trophies takes the figure well above that.

Just by playing 60 per cent of games until the 2021 date when his contract ends would see Messi earn on average £95m (€106m) a season. But the potential – if he were to win the Treble and win FIFA’s player of the year award – exists to push the final figure over the £110m (€122m) mark.

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However, if these figures were matched by City then the club would face their own challenges. First of all they would obliterate their own wage structure.

The knock-on effect could then agitate other stars within the team who seek greater parity. This could be particularly pertinent to Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling who are both yet to sign contract extensions. De Bruyne has three years remaining on his current deal worth a guaranteed £280,000 a week. Sterling also has three years left on his deal which, as revealed by Sportsmail in 2018, is worth up to £300,000 a week with bonuses.

As detailed by Sportsmail; if City signed him this summer, they would risk being hit with sanctions and a possible £629m (€700m) bill if FIFA ended up ruling in Barcelona’s favour.

Messi believes he is a free agent. Barcelona say he is tied to the club for another year and with a £629m release clause.

If City believe Messi is right they could get a provisional international transfer certificate (ITC) from FIFA and register him to play this coming season.

FIFA would then rule on the dispute between Barcelona and Manchester City in the early part of next year.

If they then decided that Messi was right about being a free agent then City would be in the clear. But if FIFA ruled that Barcelona were right then City could be liable for Messi’s massive release clause and face possible sanctions.

The last contract that Messi signed in 2017 allowed him to leave on a free at the end of every season providing he provided notice of his intention to do so in the first 10 days of June.

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When there was no news from Messi during the first 10 days of June this year the club took that the deadline had passed and he was now tied to another year at the club.

But Messi has a different interpretation. If his contract allows him to leave on a free at the end of every season, and this season did not end until August, then he believes he can go for nothing now, providing he informs the club – which he did do by sending the burofax on Tuesday.

This looks like a transfer saga only just beginning but the foundations have been in place for some time.

The world will know more when Messi speaks and he is expected to in the coming days. Reports in Spain claim he is ignoring calls from Barca president Josep Bartomeu, who is desperate for peace talks.

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Lionel Messi is set to break his silence over his desire to leave Barcelona in the next few days.

Messi submitted a transfer request to Barcelona this week and also informed new manager Ronald Koeman that he wants to depart.

As reported by Sport, Messi has yet to comment publicly on the situation but will do so when the time is right.

Messi has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, which would see him reunite with Pep Guardiola.

President Josep Bartomeu is prepared to resign in order for Messi to stay at the club.

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The 33-year-old made clear that he wants to depart the Nou Camp following Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with the club ending the season without a trophy.

Messi, who is into the final year of his contract, believes that he is free to leave because of a clause in his contract but Barcelona state the clause expired in June. The LaLiga side say that any club looking to buy Messi would have to pay his release clause of £630million.

The Argentina international is said to be upset at Barcelona’s desire to sell his friends including Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal during this transfer window.

PSG is also seen as a possible destination for Messi, and such a scenario would see him play with his former team-mate Neymar.

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Just in: Mancity offers 3 shocking players plus €100m for Messi

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Barcelona captain Leo Messi has reportedly told Pep Guardiola that he wants to join him at Manchester City and the Citizens are preparing to offer €100m plus three players.

Inter have been linked with a move for the Argentine talisman, who wants to terminate his contract in Catalonia.

But the reports in Spain claim City are in pole position and prepare a huge offer to convince the Catalans.

Sport reports Messi has already contacted Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and wants to reunite with the former Barca coach in

The Premier League side are reportedly willing to offer €100m plus Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Eric Garcia to convince the Blaugrana.

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Mancity unveils third kit tagging Messi

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The potential signing of Lionel Messi may not be the only flamboyant new arrival at Manchester City next season after the club released their new third kit.

The Puma design contains a striking paisley print which is said to have been inspired by Manchester’s rich musical heritage and fashion culture.

The bespoke paisley pattern features details of the club’s crest and will definitely be worn by current club stars Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne in the 2020/21 season.

But the duo could be joined in wearing the new kit by the 33-year-old Argentine Messi, with Sportsmail revealing that he will play for Pep Guardiola’s side if his contract standoff with Barcelona can be resolved.

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The other features of the third kit include an all over bespoke paisley pattern printed tone on tone within the whisper white jersey.

The kit is then completed with navy blue shorts and whisper white socks, and echoes echoes the traditional blue home and black away strips that have already been released.

The new kit is now available and pictures released for the launch have shown the likes of Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko rocking the new strip, while Jess Park also modelled the kit that will also be worn by the women’s team and youth sides.

Many City fans also used the unveiling of the third kit to drum up excitement about the signing of Messi.

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One fan wrote: ‘Messi gonna look great in it,’ while another stated: ‘So this the one we winning the Champions League in? Nice’.

Some others also liked the appearance of the kit, with one Twitter user writing: ‘Is it a light pink or white? It looks slightly pink to me? I quite like it, it’s growing on me.’

However, there was also more negative reaction, with one person saying: ‘Paisley…seriously?,’ while others mocked its design as a ‘toilet paper kit’ and as inspired by WhatsApp’s default wallpaper.

Others also were unhappy with the design, stating: ‘ Ah, so they saw Manchester United go for the kids pyjamas approach and wanted to do the same?’, while another added: ‘Not bad as pyjamas’.

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‘Leave Barca and join Guardiola at Mancity’ – Rivaldo urges Messi

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Former Barcelona star Rivaldo believes that Manchester City could be the best option for Lionel Messi.

Messi has informed Barcelona that he wants to leave the club and Rivaldo believes that the Argentina star would relish the chance to reunite with his former manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola managed Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, with Messi producing some incredible performances under his guidance as the Catalan club won an array of trophies.

Rivaldo believes that Guardiola would be able to get the best out of Messi immediately if he came to England.

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As reported by The Mirror, Rivaldo said: ‘Manchester City could be Messi’s best option as his next club. He’s 33 but his quality and talent are both unquestionable and I think he still has a few more years at the top. He could quickly start shining in England.

‘Guardiola has deep knowledge of Messi’s abilities and would find a solution to quickly incorporate him into the team and get the best from him.

‘I even imagine Guardiola building the rest of his team around Messi. His talent can make the difference at any place and at any time, and I’m sure he could produce match-winning performances in the Premier League.’

Messi belives that he is free to leave because of a clause in his contract but Barcelona state the clause expired in June. The La Liga side say that any club looking to buy Messi would have to pay his release clause of £630million.

Rivaldo, who played for Barcelona between 1997 and 2002, is sad to see such a situation occur and hopes that there will be a resolution soon.

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He said: ‘It is sad to see Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s greatest ever player, trying to use a contract release clause to leave the club, but we must hear both sides of the story and try to understand what’s really happening.

‘Barcelona don’t want to lose their best player for nothing, so they’ll try to convince the player to stay or agree to let him leave if they receive a good offer from another club.’

Messi was left hugely frustrated after Barcelona’s failure to win a trophy this season, with his misery compounded by the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Although his entire senior career to date has been spent at Barcelona, he could well end it elsewhere.

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Mancity: ‘never knew De Bruyne is the choosing one’

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Manchester City were ‘relieved’ that Kevin De Bruyne was awarded the Premier League Player of the Year, according to Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

The City chairman admitted fears that De Bruyne, who equalled Thierry Henry’s assist record with 20 for the campaign, would miss out on the prize.

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City have lifted four of the last nine titles but the Belgian – who the club want to tie down to a new contract – became the first of their players to win the accolade.

‘It was a combination of being pleased but also a bit relieved,’ Al Mubarak said. ‘Obviously it is subjective because of who he plays for, but Kevin is the best player in the league this year.

‘I was worried because we have seen it before with City players, them being overlooked for this very important award and I was worried that Kevin would be overlooked this year, because in my view it was unquestionable.’

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Pep Guardiola has previously referenced the lack of individual honours bestowed on his squad, particularly in the two title-winning campaigns.

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk won it as City reached 100 points and then defended their crown.

Al Mubarak added: ‘Kevin’s earned it, he’s shown it and I’m glad he got this appreciation and respect from the football world.

‘He has become an important leader of this group. He is really the future of City and all I can say is well deserved and well earned.’

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Manchester City are reportedly ready to splash £81m on highly-rated Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The 22-year-old who has scored 30 goals for the Serie A side this season has persistently been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months.

However the Sun have reported that Pep Guardiola is keen on swooping for a long-term replacement to club legend Sergio Aguero.

The report states that Harry Kane is seen as the first-target but that City know it will be ‘impossible’ to land the Tottenham striker this summer.

So alternatively they are focusing on Martinez as the ideal replacement for his compatriot.

Aguero, who has scored 254 goals in 370 appearances for City has just one year left on his contract at the Etihad.

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He is currently believed to be favouring a move back to Argentina at the end of his contract though City would be willing to extend his deal.

Guardiola also has Gabriel Jesus at the club with Aguero potentially leaving, it is incentive to the Spaniard to have a long-term replacement ready to take over the City’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Barcelona have long seen Martinez as a potential long-term replacement to Luis Suarez whose future at the Nou Camp is uncertain with the club willing to sell the 33-year-old Uruguayan.

Inter signed Martinez from Racing Club in Argentina for £20m two years ago and has represented Argentina on 17 occasions, scoring nine times.

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He has become an important asset for the club and formed a formidable partnership with Romelu Lukaku, though he was unable to stop the club falling to defeat against Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Martinez has a release clause worth £81m which City are able to match, though they would reportedly like to offload some players to help fund more buying.

After a disappointing season in which they only won the Carabao Cup and Community Shield, Manchester City have already been active in this summer’s transfer window.

So far, they have signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41m and Ferran Torres from Valencia for just over £20m.

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FULL TIME
August 15 – Sat-9:00 p.m.

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0′ Match ends, Manchester City 1, Lyon 3.
95′ Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Lyon 3.
95′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Denayer.
94′ Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.
93′ Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.
93′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.
93′ Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.
92′ Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
92′ Foul by Kenny Tete (Lyon).
90′ Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90′ Foul by Moussa Dembele (Lyon).
88′ Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
88′ Foul by Marçal (Lyon).
86′ Goal! Manchester City 1, Lyon 3. Moussa Dembele (Lyon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
86′ Attempt saved. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeff Reine-Adélaïde.
86′ Substitution, Lyon. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde replaces Karl Toko Ekambi.
85′ Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.
83′ Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Rodrigo.
82′ Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
82′ Foul by Marçal (Lyon).
80′ Corner, Lyon. Conceded by João Cancelo.
78′ Goal! Manchester City 1, Lyon 2. Moussa Dembele (Lyon) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Houssem Aouar.

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76′ Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
75′ Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
74′ Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.
74′ Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
74′ Substitution, Lyon. Moussa Dembele replaces Memphis Depay.
73′ Substitution, Lyon. Kenny Tete replaces Léo Dubois.
73′ Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).
73′ Léo Dubois (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
72′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.
72′ Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.
71′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Léo Dubois.
70′ Foul by Eric García (Manchester City).
70′ Memphis Depay (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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69′ Substitution, Lyon. Thiago Mendes replaces Bruno Guimarães.
68′ Goal! Manchester City 1, Lyon 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
67′ Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric García.
66′ Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
66′ Foul by Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon).
65′ Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.
63′ Marcelo (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
63′ Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
63′ Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).
62′ Attempt saved. Marçal (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxence Caqueret.
61′ Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
61′ Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
59′ Hand ball by Rodrigo (Manchester City).
59′ Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
58′ Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
58′ Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).

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58′ Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
58′ Foul by Houssem Aouar (Lyon).
57′ Rodrigo (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
57′ Foul by Rodrigo (Manchester City).
57′ Bruno Guimarães (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
56′ Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
56′ Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
55′ Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Fernandinho.
55′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Léo Dubois.
53′ Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
53′ Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
52′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Léo Dubois.
52′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Léo Dubois.
51′ Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
51′ Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).
50′ Attempt blocked. Memphis Depay (Lyon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
50′ Foul by Eric García (Manchester City).
50′ Memphis Depay (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
48′ Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
48′ Foul by Maxence Caqueret (Lyon).
46′ Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.
45′ Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Lyon 1.
47′ First Half ends, Manchester City 0, Lyon 1.
45′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Maxwel Cornet.
45′ Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
44′ Attempt missed. Rodrigo (Manchester City) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.
43′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Maxwel Cornet.
42′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcelo.
42′ Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
40′ Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).
40′ Bruno Guimarães (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
38′ Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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37′ Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
37′ Foul by Jason Denayer (Lyon).
32′ Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
32′ Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
30′ Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
29′ Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
29′ Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).
28′ Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
28′ Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
28′ Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
26′ Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
26′ Foul by Jason Denayer (Lyon).
23′ Goal! Manchester City 0, Lyon 1. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
22′ Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).
22′ Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
16′ Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
16′ Foul by Jason Denayer (Lyon).
14′ Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).
14′ Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
11′ Léo Dubois (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
11′ João Cancelo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
11′ Foul by Léo Dubois (Lyon).
9′ Attempt saved. Marçal (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
8′ Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Eric García.
2′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcelo.
0′ First Half begins.

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Final Score: Mancity 1-3 Lyon

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Mancity VS Lyon match Preview

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All the latest news and information ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash between Manchester City and Lyon.

Manchester City Predicted XI vs Lyon
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Lyon Predicted XI vs Manchester City
Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal; Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar, Cornet; Depay Dembele,

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Manchester City vs Lyon Preview
Manchester City

The Champions League remains the Holy Grail for Manchester City after a decade of success and many supporters now believe that this is the year that Pep Guardiola will deliver the trophy that has eluded them. City have performed well in this year’s competition, topping their group without losing a game and beating the impressive Atalanta 5-1 back in October. Most importantly, when they came up against an experienced Real Madrid side in the last-16 they looked comfortable and beat the 13-time European champions home and away.

Crucial to those wins was Gabriel Jesus who has rarely been a first-choice under Guardiola but who has been one of City’s best performers in this year’s Champions League. The Brazilian has scored six and assisted three so far and his tireless pressing of Raphael Varane caused both goals in City’s 2-1 second leg win.

Manchester City are the only side in this year’s quarter-finals who have not yet scored from outside the penalty box. However in the 2019/20 Premier League season they recorded a league-high 18 goals from that distance, suggesting that they might be due something spectacular in Lisbon. If anyone is to get that honour it would be fitting if it was the departing David Silva, who ended his Premier League career by scoring two direct free-kicks in his final four games. The game against Lyon marks ten years and a day since the Spaniard made his first appearance for City and he will be desperate to ensure that it is not his last.

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Lyon
Standing in their way is a Lyon side who have become a familiar foe for City in the Champions League. In two group stage matches in the 2018/19 competition the French side had the better of Guardiola’s men, drawing 2-2 in France and beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Lyon do have quality in their ranks but inconsistency, along with some trigger-happy French officials, saw them finish outside of Ligue 1’s European qualifying spots for the upcoming season. They were down in seventh when the French football season was ended in April and they will miss out on continental competition for the first time since 1997, unless they can upset the odds and lift this year’s Champions League. They certainly seem motivated for the task in the last round as they knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus on away goals. It was the first time the Portuguese forward had been eliminated at that stage since Real Madrid’s 2009/10 campaign, where they were also eliminated by Lyon.

Their chances of springing a surprise are very dependent on the performance of Memphis Depay who has been in fine form for them this season. The Dutchman has been involved in 17 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, and has scored six from six in the Champions League. Lyon are not a high-scoring team and his tally accounts for two-thirds of their total goals in Europe this year, making him the one-to-watch for the City defence.

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Manchester City vs Lyon: Injuries and Suspensions
Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday evening that Sergio Agüero is still in Barcelona, recovering from the knee injury that he suffered in June. Jesus seems certain to keep his place in the side with Agüero looking increasingly unlikely to feature again this season.

The midfield trio of Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne who started against Real Madrid should keep their places ahead of Bernado Silva and David Silva. However Benjamin Mendy, suspended for their last fixture, could well return at left-back in place of João Cancelo.

Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has a full squad to select from as the club look to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for just the second time in their history. Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is yet to score in this season’s Champions League but has been in good form in Ligue 1 and may return to the side having been benched against Juventus.

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Manchester City vs Lyon: What the managers said
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
“We saw [Lyon’s] games against Juventus, some other games in the French league. They are organised, aggressive, so fast. People up front, wing backs, the quality in the team is something else. This is a quarter-final. It won’t be easy.

Rudi Garcia (Lyon)
“Of course we do have greater desire, greater appetite but Man City are naturally favourites for this tie. The start of the Champions League quarter-finals has shown the odds can be overturned. We hope tomorrow night based on what we’ve seen on the first two matches the two outsiders might be able to overturn the odds.”

Man City vs Lyon prediction
As Garcia rightly points out, the first two quarter-finals have shown that the underdogs have nothing to fear with only 90 minutes standing between them and a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Lyon have caused City problems in the recent past but with so many attacking options at Guardiola’s disposal and the confidence from their victory over Real Madrid, City will expect to make it through to the final four. 3-1.

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Final score: Mancity 2-1 Madrid (4-2 Agg) City knocks Madrid out of UCL

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Manchester City capitalised on two Raphael Varane errors as they made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid (Agg: 4-2).

Match Events


9′ GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! CITY 1-0 MADRID!! The visitors have been a little too keen to pass out from the back early on and have paid the ultimate price. Courtois rolls the ball to Varane to his right and the centre-back is caught in possession by Jesus, who squares for Sterling to guide it into an empty net.

28′ GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! CITY 1-1 MADRID!! GAME ON! Benzema plays the ball to Rodrygo and continues his run into the middle. Rodrygo, having knocked the ball down the line to himself, crosses towards the edge of the six-yard box and Benzema gets to it ahead of Fernandinho to head in.

68′ GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! CITY 2-1 MADRID!! ANOTHER VARANE HOWLER! Or should that be double howler?! Varane misses the initial header and is then short with his attempted headed pass back to Courtois. Jesus intercepts and beats Courtois from the angle with a fine finish to surely seal a quarter-final spot for City.

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Line-ups


Man City XI: Fernandinho, Walker, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Cancelo, Laporte, Ederson, Jesus, Rodri, Foden

Subs: David Silva, Bravo, Otamendi, Mahrez, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Eric Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, C. Palmer, Bernabe, Doyle

Real Madrid XI: Modric, Benzema, Kroos, Hazard, Courtois, Casemiro, Carvajal, Varane, F Mendy, Militao, Rodrygo

Subs: Marcelo, Isco, Areola, Nacho, Vazquez, Jovic, Asensio, Valverde, Brahim, Vinicius, Javi Hernández, Altube.

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Man City vs Real Madrid Line-ups: Hazard vs Sterling, Marcelo & Mahrez on Subs

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Eder Militao, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Hazard, Benzema, Rodrygo

Subs: Areola, Altube, Nacho, Marcelo, Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Jovic, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Vinicius Jr, Hernandez

Man City : Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Garcia, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabez.

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Bale and James left out of squad to face Mancity

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Gareth Bale has been left out of the Real Madrid squad for the Champions League clash against Manchester City on Friday.

The Welshman’s relationship with Zinedine Zidane has been rocky throughout the season but the Frenchman’s latest decision appears to signify that it is irreparable.

Bale wasn’t called up for the last league game of the season against Leganes and has not played since June 24 against Mallorca, which may have been his last game for Real Madrid.

Since that appearance at Son Moix, in which he started and played 71 minutes, Bale has been on the bench six times but hasn’t played a single minute.

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Zidane has named 24 players for the trip, including captain Sergio Ramos despite being suspended.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Alphonse Areola, Diego Altube

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Javi Hernandez.

Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Isco

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Jovic, Marco Asensio, Brahim Diaz, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

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Officially: Mancity signs Ferran Torres

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Ferran Torres from Valencia.

The Spaniard has signed at the Etihad Stadium for five years with the English club paying an initial 23 million euros to Los Che with an additional 12 million euros in variables.

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Both City and Valencia announced that the deal had been completed on their respective websites on Tuesday evening.

Ferran, 20, underwent his medical examination in Barcelona earlier on Tuesday, due to travel restrictions for travellers arriving from Spain to England.

“I’m very happy to sign for City,” the player said to his new club’s website upon signing.

“All players want to play for attacking teams, and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in the world.

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“Pep [Guardiola] is looking for an open and aggressive style, which is something I love.

“He’s a coach known for improving his players, him helping me to develop my game is a dream.

“City have won a lot of titles in the last 10 years and I look forward to helping the club to continue being successful.”

Ferran ended the 2019/20 season with six goals in all competitions – two in the Champions League and four in LaLiga Santander – and seven assists.

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