Monday, April 20, 2015

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CORRESPONDENT COLUMN: The Portuguese is noted for his pragmatism, but it was his unshackling of Eden Hazard that taught his old teacher the merits of match-winning spontaneity

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COMMENT: The Rossoneri boss has found no answer to the lack of goals up front, but largely because he keeps going back to the failing 'false nine' system

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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There was nothing to separate the Nerazzurri from the Rossoneri at San Siro, aiding neither side in their quest to achieve European qualification from Serie A this season

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Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, with the Northern Irish coach under increasing pressure after another big-game disappointment

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Goal took in the action at the Volkswagen Arena, where the home side needed a late Kevin De Bruyne curler to rescue a point from a match that they dominated

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COMMENT: The holders scraped through their semi-final against Reading but their disappointing Champions League exit to Monaco still leaves a sour taste

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COMMENT: A mix of quality and strategy will deliver a first Premier League title since 2010 for the Blues but the Red Devils are building a formidable side themselves

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COMMENT: The former Tottenham pair both went off injured in Real's 3-1 win over Malaga on Saturday and look likely to miss the Champions League clash against Atletico on Wednesday

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COMMENT: The Gunners made it through to the FA Cup final but only courtesy of a disastrous error from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici who gifted Alexis' winning goal

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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The Bianconeri took a huge step towards a fourth-straight Scudetto with goals from Carlos Tevez and Leonardo Bonucci sending them 15 points clear at the Serie A summit

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The Belgian stamped his authority on another crucial game and his run of four goals in six matches has turned three points into nine for Jose Mourinho's title-bound men

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Goal took in the action at the Bernabeu, where the home side were far from their best, but rode Ronaldo's form to a vital win that keeps them within two points of Barcelona

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Antoine Griezmann's first-half double proved to be enough for the Rojiblancos, as they held off a late push from the hosts with Diego Simeone watching from the stands

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COMMENT: The Argentine attacker scored his 400th goal for the Catalan club but it was his overall contribution that helped his sluggish side secure a vital win over Valencia

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The home side wasted an impressive first-half performance as the visitors turned on the style after the break to move top of Ligue 1

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Two goals inside 10 minutes to start the second half propelled Jurgen Klopp's side to an important three points, keeping their slim European hopes alive

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Dante looked shaky for the injury-hit visitors, with some vital stops from Manuel Neuer ensuring they were not penalised for having an uncertain back four