Manchester derby - advantage City

Manchester City go top of the Premier League with this derby win over United.

Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has been recognised with the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award. Salah received the accolade from his peers ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he has matched the feats of Liverpool’s goalscoring legends. The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions. “It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not the last one. I’m very proud to win.” Since his £39 million move from Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, terrorising Premier League and European defences with his pace and exquisite finishing. Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow shortlisted nominees David Silva, David de Gea and Harry Kane. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Salah said his ambitions for this season were far from over. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world,” he said. “There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for a 42-game season.” Salah attended yesterday’s award ceremony with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, a request the Egyptian made as he wanted to share the honour with his team-mates. Manager Klopp did not attend because he is preparing for tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Salah’s former club, Roma, but he asked the senior members of his scouting and recruitment team to accompany Salah as he collected the honour. Sporting director Michael Edwards, chief scout Barry Hunter, head of scouting Dave Fallows and Liverpool’s Italian scout Paul Goldrick joined Salah at the Grosvenor House Hotel – Klopp delegating the credit for identifying the winger as the ideal addition to his squad last summer. Salah and Henderson remained in London on Sunday night prior to joining their team-mates for training this evening as preparations begin for Roma’s visit. Liverpool’s newest superstar is also a contender for the Football Writers’ award, announced on May 1. Mohamed Salah attended the event with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson Manchester City will be disappointed De Bruyne missed out, but consoled Leroy Sane was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. German winger Sane, one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, has been consistently brilliant in assisting City’s title success. Chelsea Ladies forward Fran Kirby won the women’s Player of the Year award, while Lauren Hemp, of Bristol City, secured the young player prize. The PFA’s Merit Award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Bromwich Albion forward who died aged 59 in January. This was recognition of his role in changing attitudes towards black footballers.
Mohamed Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year after sensational season for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has been recognised with the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award. Salah received the accolade from his peers ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he has matched the feats of Liverpool’s goalscoring legends. The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions. “It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not the last one. I’m very proud to win.” Since his £39 million move from Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, terrorising Premier League and European defences with his pace and exquisite finishing. Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow shortlisted nominees David Silva, David de Gea and Harry Kane. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Salah said his ambitions for this season were far from over. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world,” he said. “There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for a 42-game season.” Salah attended yesterday’s award ceremony with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, a request the Egyptian made as he wanted to share the honour with his team-mates. Manager Klopp did not attend because he is preparing for tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Salah’s former club, Roma, but he asked the senior members of his scouting and recruitment team to accompany Salah as he collected the honour. Sporting director Michael Edwards, chief scout Barry Hunter, head of scouting Dave Fallows and Liverpool’s Italian scout Paul Goldrick joined Salah at the Grosvenor House Hotel – Klopp delegating the credit for identifying the winger as the ideal addition to his squad last summer. Salah and Henderson remained in London on Sunday night prior to joining their team-mates for training this evening as preparations begin for Roma’s visit. Liverpool’s newest superstar is also a contender for the Football Writers’ award, announced on May 1. Mohamed Salah attended the event with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson Manchester City will be disappointed De Bruyne missed out, but consoled Leroy Sane was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. German winger Sane, one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, has been consistently brilliant in assisting City’s title success. Chelsea Ladies forward Fran Kirby won the women’s Player of the Year award, while Lauren Hemp, of Bristol City, secured the young player prize. The PFA’s Merit Award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Bromwich Albion forward who died aged 59 in January. This was recognition of his role in changing attitudes towards black footballers.
Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has been recognised with the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award. Salah received the accolade from his peers ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he has matched the feats of Liverpool’s goalscoring legends. The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions. “It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not the last one. I’m very proud to win.” Since his £39 million move from Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, terrorising Premier League and European defences with his pace and exquisite finishing. Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow shortlisted nominees David Silva, David de Gea and Harry Kane. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Salah said his ambitions for this season were far from over. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world,” he said. “There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for a 42-game season.” Salah attended yesterday’s award ceremony with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, a request the Egyptian made as he wanted to share the honour with his team-mates. Manager Klopp did not attend because he is preparing for tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Salah’s former club, Roma, but he asked the senior members of his scouting and recruitment team to accompany Salah as he collected the honour. Sporting director Michael Edwards, chief scout Barry Hunter, head of scouting Dave Fallows and Liverpool’s Italian scout Paul Goldrick joined Salah at the Grosvenor House Hotel – Klopp delegating the credit for identifying the winger as the ideal addition to his squad last summer. Salah and Henderson remained in London on Sunday night prior to joining their team-mates for training this evening as preparations begin for Roma’s visit. Liverpool’s newest superstar is also a contender for the Football Writers’ award, announced on May 1. Mohamed Salah attended the event with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson Manchester City will be disappointed De Bruyne missed out, but consoled Leroy Sane was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. German winger Sane, one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, has been consistently brilliant in assisting City’s title success. Chelsea Ladies forward Fran Kirby won the women’s Player of the Year award, while Lauren Hemp, of Bristol City, secured the young player prize. The PFA’s Merit Award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Bromwich Albion forward who died aged 59 in January. This was recognition of his role in changing attitudes towards black footballers.
Mohamed Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year after sensational season for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has been recognised with the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award. Salah received the accolade from his peers ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he has matched the feats of Liverpool’s goalscoring legends. The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions. “It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not the last one. I’m very proud to win.” Since his £39 million move from Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, terrorising Premier League and European defences with his pace and exquisite finishing. Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow shortlisted nominees David Silva, David de Gea and Harry Kane. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Salah said his ambitions for this season were far from over. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world,” he said. “There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for a 42-game season.” Salah attended yesterday’s award ceremony with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, a request the Egyptian made as he wanted to share the honour with his team-mates. Manager Klopp did not attend because he is preparing for tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Salah’s former club, Roma, but he asked the senior members of his scouting and recruitment team to accompany Salah as he collected the honour. Sporting director Michael Edwards, chief scout Barry Hunter, head of scouting Dave Fallows and Liverpool’s Italian scout Paul Goldrick joined Salah at the Grosvenor House Hotel – Klopp delegating the credit for identifying the winger as the ideal addition to his squad last summer. Salah and Henderson remained in London on Sunday night prior to joining their team-mates for training this evening as preparations begin for Roma’s visit. Liverpool’s newest superstar is also a contender for the Football Writers’ award, announced on May 1. Mohamed Salah attended the event with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson Manchester City will be disappointed De Bruyne missed out, but consoled Leroy Sane was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. German winger Sane, one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, has been consistently brilliant in assisting City’s title success. Chelsea Ladies forward Fran Kirby won the women’s Player of the Year award, while Lauren Hemp, of Bristol City, secured the young player prize. The PFA’s Merit Award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Bromwich Albion forward who died aged 59 in January. This was recognition of his role in changing attitudes towards black footballers.
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
Manchester city officials looking into blocked sewer line
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
Manchester city officials looking into blocked sewer line
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
Manchester city officials looking into blocked sewer line
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
Manchester city officials looking into blocked sewer line
​The Manchester Department of Public Works is working to fix an issue that has caused sewage to leak into a nearby brook that flows in Steven's Pond.
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
Guardiola unhappy at De Bruyne snub but Salah win cannot be disputed
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
Guardiola unhappy at De Bruyne snub but Salah win cannot be disputed
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
Guardiola unhappy at De Bruyne snub but Salah win cannot be disputed
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
Guardiola unhappy at De Bruyne snub but Salah win cannot be disputed
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
Guardiola unhappy at De Bruyne snub but Salah win cannot be disputed
The Manchester City boss says the Belgian has been the best player this season, and that he is "a champion", but the Eygptian is equally deserving
A Premier League title-winning campaign with Manchester City saw Leroy Sane recognised as the PFA Young Player of the Year.
City's Sane named PFA Young Player of the Year
A Premier League title-winning campaign with Manchester City saw Leroy Sane recognised as the PFA Young Player of the Year.
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Mauricio Pochettino seeks funds for Spurs to climb higher after Cup defeat
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Mauricio Pochettino seeks funds for Spurs to climb higher after Cup defeat
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Jose Mourinho has the 26th trophy of his gilded coaching career in his sights but the Manchester United manager claimed his critics would be lining up to “kill” him if he failed to win the FA Cup next month. United booked their place in the final at Wembley on May 19 after coming from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur. Since taking charge at Porto in 2002-03, Mourinho has won at least one trophy in all but two of his previous 13 full seasons as a manager, with his final year at Real Madrid in 2012-13 and his first season of his second spell at Chelsea, in 2013-14, the only occasions he has ended a completed campaign empty-handed. Victory over Chelsea next month would yield the fourth trophy of his two-year reign as United manager, following last season’s Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield successes, but Mourinho is already anticipating a backlash if he falls short. “When I don’t win, you kill me,” Mourinho said. “Because I almost do that all the time, when I don’t do it, you kill me, which you are ready to do if I don’t win the final.” As much as there is a clear desire at the club to finish the job and secure a second FA Cup in three seasons, it was also evident in the aftermath of their win that Mourinho and his squad are determined to achieve greater consistency in the Premier League and avoid some of the sharp fluctuations that have proven costly. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings Alexis Sanchez has embodied some of those but it will have been a source of considerable encouragement for Mourinho to see his January signing put behind him his struggles in the dismal 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion the previous weekend to head home Paul Pogba’s cross and kick-start United’s fightback. This was more in keeping with Sanchez’s showing in the dramatic 3-2 derby win over Manchester City, when he claimed three assists, but the Chile striker believes there is still a lot of work for him to do to assimilate fully at United. “The reality is it has been very, very difficult for me,” he said. “I ­arrived at a big club and I changed everything from before. I demand a lot from myself every match, every day. This gives me confidence. I hope to demonstrate more. “Jose is a manager that has won everything and when we don’t win, when we don’t play well, he gets very angry, but you need to be ­demanding like that to be successful. It has been a very difficult change for me, the coach told me he doesn’t like to sign players in January and that it would take me time to become accustomed to the new players. I hope we win the FA Cup, and next season we have to try to win everything.” United have demonstrated the fortitude to come from behind to beat Chelsea, Manchester City and now Spurs in the past two months but also lost against struggling Newcastle and West Brom in that time, and Mourinho wants greater consistency. “We should have probably eight, nine, 10 more points than we have,” he said. “I think we could have finished this season with 88, 89, 90 points but not acceptable the last defeat [against West Brom], not ­acceptable the performance at Huddersfield [a 2-1 defeat in October], not acceptable the performance at Newcastle. “Can we improve next season? Let’s try. But if Manchester City are going to invest on top of the team they have, it will be difficult for all of us.”
Jose Mourinho: Critics will kill me if Manchester United fail to win Cup final
Jose Mourinho has the 26th trophy of his gilded coaching career in his sights but the Manchester United manager claimed his critics would be lining up to “kill” him if he failed to win the FA Cup next month. United booked their place in the final at Wembley on May 19 after coming from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur. Since taking charge at Porto in 2002-03, Mourinho has won at least one trophy in all but two of his previous 13 full seasons as a manager, with his final year at Real Madrid in 2012-13 and his first season of his second spell at Chelsea, in 2013-14, the only occasions he has ended a completed campaign empty-handed. Victory over Chelsea next month would yield the fourth trophy of his two-year reign as United manager, following last season’s Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield successes, but Mourinho is already anticipating a backlash if he falls short. “When I don’t win, you kill me,” Mourinho said. “Because I almost do that all the time, when I don’t do it, you kill me, which you are ready to do if I don’t win the final.” As much as there is a clear desire at the club to finish the job and secure a second FA Cup in three seasons, it was also evident in the aftermath of their win that Mourinho and his squad are determined to achieve greater consistency in the Premier League and avoid some of the sharp fluctuations that have proven costly. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings Alexis Sanchez has embodied some of those but it will have been a source of considerable encouragement for Mourinho to see his January signing put behind him his struggles in the dismal 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion the previous weekend to head home Paul Pogba’s cross and kick-start United’s fightback. This was more in keeping with Sanchez’s showing in the dramatic 3-2 derby win over Manchester City, when he claimed three assists, but the Chile striker believes there is still a lot of work for him to do to assimilate fully at United. “The reality is it has been very, very difficult for me,” he said. “I ­arrived at a big club and I changed everything from before. I demand a lot from myself every match, every day. This gives me confidence. I hope to demonstrate more. “Jose is a manager that has won everything and when we don’t win, when we don’t play well, he gets very angry, but you need to be ­demanding like that to be successful. It has been a very difficult change for me, the coach told me he doesn’t like to sign players in January and that it would take me time to become accustomed to the new players. I hope we win the FA Cup, and next season we have to try to win everything.” United have demonstrated the fortitude to come from behind to beat Chelsea, Manchester City and now Spurs in the past two months but also lost against struggling Newcastle and West Brom in that time, and Mourinho wants greater consistency. “We should have probably eight, nine, 10 more points than we have,” he said. “I think we could have finished this season with 88, 89, 90 points but not acceptable the last defeat [against West Brom], not ­acceptable the performance at Huddersfield [a 2-1 defeat in October], not acceptable the performance at Newcastle. “Can we improve next season? Let’s try. But if Manchester City are going to invest on top of the team they have, it will be difficult for all of us.”
If Manchester City splash the cash again, their defence of the Premier League title could prove to be a procession, Jose Mourinho has said.
Hard to catch Man City if they invest, Mourinho warns
If Manchester City splash the cash again, their defence of the Premier League title could prove to be a procession, Jose Mourinho has said.
<p>Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph</p>
Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph

Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph

<p>Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph</p>
Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph

Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph

The title-winning manager will not let up even with the Premier League in the bag, and wants his charges to make history
Manchester City boss Guardiola aiming to smash records following title triumph
The title-winning manager will not let up even with the Premier League in the bag, and wants his charges to make history
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Guardiola enjoyed Man City pitch invasion after Swansea win
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Guardiola enjoyed Man City pitch invasion after Swansea win
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Guardiola enjoyed Man City pitch invasion after Swansea win
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City fans after a huge pitch invasion following the win over Swansea City.
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Man City manager Pep Guardiola defends supporters after pitch invasion
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Man City manager Pep Guardiola defends supporters after pitch invasion
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Manchester City has celebrated the Premier League title with an easy win over Swansea.
City celebrate Premier League title with win over Swansea
Manchester City has celebrated the Premier League title with an easy win over Swansea.

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