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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Pep Guardiola praises Manchester City’s ‘special’ Phil Foden

søn, 21/04/2019 - 23:29

• Foden, 18, scores first Premier League goal to beat Spurs
• Guardiola says of midfielder: ‘He’s sharp, positive, so focused’

Pep Guardiola has praised Phil Foden as “special” after the 18-year-old’s winning goal against Tottenham. Foden’s fifth-minute header at the Etihad Stadium was his first Premier League goal and his all-round display was impressive.

Foden was a surprise starter for Manchester City alongside Kevin De Bruyne in midfield, with David Silva dropped to the bench.

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Feast from the east – why Britain is surfing the Korean culture wave

søn, 21/04/2019 - 08:01
From food to football, fashion to pop music, South Korea’s creative exports are making their mark

The ears of millions of young music fans have been captured by its polished pop, foodies have been tantalised by its gastronomic delights, and the country’s artists and actors are also part of a creative wave, known as hallyu, that is establishing South Korea as a major cultural force.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min was the latest to join the line of cultural pioneers, trotting off the pitch at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium on Wednesday as his nation’s flag was waved by a delirious Spurs fan and others sang a song dedicated to him: “Nice one Sonny, nice one son.”

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Manchester City machine creaks under pressure but title a step closer | Jonathan Wilson

lør, 20/04/2019 - 20:59
Pep Guardiola’s champions showed they are human in the fraught 1-0 win over Spurs but another obstacle has been overcome with the Manchester derby up next

At last some cracks are showing. This has been a title race characterised by the implacable excellence of one runner and the tumultuous late comebacks of the other. It has been easy to categorise Manchester City against Liverpool as control against chaos, rationality against emotion, Apollo against Dionysius. But at the Etihad on Saturday it was fraught and raw, City put under pressure by a patched-together Tottenham side – but they prevailed.

Two victories by a one-goal margin over Spurs in the space of four days has extended City’s run to 16 wins in 18 games (and one of those other two games was the draw in the Carabao Cup final before a win on penalties) but that gives only the slightest sense of what this week has meant.

Related: Kevin De Bruyne set to miss derby with hamstring injury, says Guardiola

Against Spurs, City looked as exposed as they had in Guardiola’s first season

Related: Manchester City win Spurs rematch as Phil Foden heads them top

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Guardiola accepts Manchester City's win over Spurs 'not our best performance' – video

lør, 20/04/2019 - 18:59

Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League table after a less than convincing 1-0 victory over Spurs. After Wednesday's dramatic Champions League exit it was a game of fewer chances and drama, despite Kyle Walker nearly giving away a penalty for handball. Phil Foden scored the opening goal in the fifth minute with a header that puts City just one point ahead of Liverpool. Klopp's side travel to Cardiff on Sunday 

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Kevin De Bruyne set to miss derby with hamstring injury, says Guardiola

lør, 20/04/2019 - 17:36

• Midfielder suffers problem in Manchester City’s win over Spurs
• Pochettino says next two Tottenham games will be decisive

Pep Guardiola swallowed his European disappointment to refocus on a domestic treble after returning to the top of the table with victory over Spurs but he said Manchester City are likely to be without Kevin De Bruyne for Wednesday’s derby at United.

Related: Manchester City win Spurs rematch as Phil Foden heads them top

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Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

lør, 20/04/2019 - 15:54

Phil Foden’s first Premier League goal proved just enough to win the points for City on a tense afternoon at the Etihad Stadium

2.54pm BST

Paul Wilson was at the Etihad Stadium for the Guardian and this is how he saw this afternoon’s events unfold.

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2.48pm BST

Pep Guardiola speaks: Talking to Sky Sports, the City boss seems in slightly irritable mood when he is asked a slightly ludicrous question about “how important” winning today’s game was. “A lot,” he says. “A lot important. We cannot afford to drop points and we have to keep fighting the end. After defeat on Wednesday the last two days were very tough for us. The effort the players had was incredible.”

He also seems slightly affronted by a question regarding the immense character showed by his players today. “They have 24 months of doing that,” he says. “This team is incredible so they don’t need to show me their character. I know their character.”

2.44pm BST

Post-match reflection: While City got all three points, they did have the benefit of a little bit of good luck. They could conceivably have had a penalty awarded against them for a Kyle Walker hand-ball. On Sky Sports, Graeme Souness thinks it would have been a harsh decision, while his colleague Gary Neville said at the time it should definitely have been a penalty. City also lost Kevin De Bruyne to an injury that looks like it might rule him out for what remains of the season.

2.38pm BST

Bernardo Silva speaks: “We knew after that game two days ago against Tottenham that we wanted to give a response for our fans and keep the race for the title alive,” he tells Sky Sports. “It was very tough because we didn’t have much time to rest and it was really warm outside. If I’m not mistaken we have four games to go now and we need to win them all.”

Asked if Manchester City’s players could feel the tension in the stands: “Maybe a little bit,” he says. “We weren’t nervous but we felt the atmosphere and the support. They [the fans] were amazing and we have to thank them.”

2.27pm BST

2.26pm BST

Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur: It was nervy and tense in the second half of this game, but Phil Foden’s fifth minute header has proved just enough to separate the sides and send his side one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with just four rounds of fixtures to go. City showed real mental fortitude today and have come through an extremely difficult test.

2.24pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! Relief for Manchester City as the final whistle is blown. They’ve held on to get the three points on what must have been a very stressful afternoon.

2.23pm BST

90+5 min: A victor Wanyama cross into the City penalty area is headed clear by Bernardo Silva.

2.23pm BST

90+4 min: Llorente and Son combine to create a half-chance in the City penalty area, but the South Korean snatches at a dropping ball and doesn’t make clean contact.

2.22pm BST

90+2 min: City win a free-kick wide on the right touchline and are in no hurry to take it, as you can imagine. Raheem Sterling takes the ball into the corner and tries to shield it, but is knocked over by Jan Vertonghen. The two players go toe to toe on the touchline before squaring up and referee Michael Oliver ambles over to tell them to behave themselves.

2.20pm BST

90 min: Good work from Sane, who gallops upfield on a one-man counter-attack that almost takes him to the corner flag. He goes down under a challenge and appeals for a free-kick, but doesn’t get one. The fourth official holds up his board to signal four minutes of added time that is going to seem like an eternity for Manchester City and their fans.

2.18pm BST

89 min: The cameras cut to assorted City fans in the stands, where many are sitting with their heads in their hands, crippled with nerves and anxiety.

2.17pm BST

89 min: Tottenham win a free-kick just inside the City half. The ball’s lumped long and diagonally towards Llorente, who is unable to do reach it as it’s too high for him to control.

2.16pm BST

87 min: Looking pensive on the touchline, Pep Guardiola paces up and down in his technical area as the clock ticks down.

2.15pm BST

86 min: Victor Wanyama is booked for an ill-advised lunge on Fernandinho.

2.14pm BST

85 min: Manchester city substitution: David Silva on for Phil Foden, whose goal in the fifth minute separates the sides with five minutes plus added time to go.

2.13pm BST

84 min: Pep, it seems, has other ideas. On the City bench, David Silva is getting ready to come on, presumably for Phil Foden.

2.12pm BST

82 min: On the touchline, Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta are deep in conversation and have been for some time. They have a problem to sort out with their defence, which is being repeatedly split by long balls from Tottenham. In the Sky Sports gantry, Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville thinks they will probably bring on Nicolas Otamendi switch to three at the back.

2.10pm BST

80 min: Christian Eriksen has a shot blocked on the edge of the City penalty area. The ball breaks to Lucas Moura, who sends it fizzing high over the bar with a wild swing of his boot. Manchester City’s fans seem very anxious and who could blame them.

2.07pm BST

77 min: Here he comes!!! Tottenham substitution: Fernando Llorente on for Toby Alderweireld. Tottenham are switching to four at the back and now have their big man on to further unsettle Manchester City’s clearly nervous defenders.

2.05pm BST

74 min: With just over 15 minutes to go, Manchester City maintain their one-goal lead but aren’t looking particularly comfortable. If I was Mauricio Pochettino, I’d be thinking about adding a bit of “Llorente” to the Tottenham equation to give City’s knackered defenders a little more to think about. They’re in a real dither and Lucas Moura almost takes advantage as he gallops on to a long pass from deep that splits the two centre-backs. He’s eventually foiled in his attempts to score by a combination of Ederson and John Stones.

2.02pm BST

71 min: A brilliant reflex save from Cazzaniga, who despite having his view impaired, sticks out a right foot to deny Raheem Sterling who looked certain to score from six yards out after Manchester City had swept through the Spurs defence. Sterling stares at the goalkeeper in disbelief, before sinking his head into his hands.

1.59pm BST

70 min: From a free-kick deep inside the Tottenham half, the ball’s played long to Son, who is unable to win clean possession in the penalty area under pressure from two of Tottenham’s defenders.

1.58pm BST

69 min: Spurs substitution: Dele Alli off, Danny Rose on.

1.57pm BST

67 min: Raheem Sterling runs through the centre with the ball at his feet, but is crowded out by the massed ranks of the Tottenham defence. Out on the touchline, Wanyama and Bernardo Silva tussle for the ball, with the Portuguese snapping at the Tottenham man’s heels like a terrier. Outmuscling him, Wanyama hacks clear under pressure.

1.55pm BST

66 min: Man City substitution: Sergio Aguero off, Leroy Sane on. Aguero wraps his captain’s armband around Fernandinho’s biceps before walking to the sideline. He looks exhausted. Sane takes up position on the left wing, with Raheem Sterling moving to centre-forward.

1.54pm BST

65 min: Sterling tries to beat Foyth down the left again as Manchester City’s fans try to rouse their clearly edgy team as they try to protect their one-goal lead.

1.52pm BST

63 min: Raheem Sterling gets in behind Foyth, but Davinson Sanchez gets back to dispossess the winger before he can slalom towards the Tottenham goal. The ball breaks to Sergio Aguero, to the left of the Spurs goal, but he’s unable to turn and do any damage.

1.50pm BST

61 min: Tottenham substitution: Eric Dier off, Victor Wanyama on.

1.50pm BST

58 min: Spurs enjoy a rare period of sustained possession, which comes to an end when the ball is played long to Dele Alli, on the run into the Manchester City penalty area. He controls the ball on his chest and as it drops, Kyle Walker definitely plays it with his arm. Ali appeals for a penalty but doesn’t get one, which also seems a harsh decision. Manchester City are pushing their luck here; one can’t help but feel that they really, really need a second goal.

1.46pm BST

57 min: Ilkay Gundogan stands over the ball out on the left flank before sending a low free-kick towards the near post. It’s blocked easily and Tottenham clear their lines.

1.45pm BST

56 min: Sterling tries to get around Foyth in a sprint down the left flank and goes to ground. He appeals for a free-kick and gets one, which I think is a fairly harsh decision.

1.44pm BST

54 min: Bernardo Silva has picked up in this second half where he left off in the first, wreaking havoc down the right flank, while occasionally winning the ball back for his team with admirable tenacity. This team he sprints down the touchline with the ball at his feet, beating several men in the process, but is thwarted in his attempt to send in a cross.

1.42pm BST

52 min: There’s a loud appeal for a penalty from the stands as Phil Foden runs into Juan Foyth while chasing a dropping ball and goes to ground. Michael Oliver makes the correct decision and waves play on.

1.40pm BST

50 min: Replays show an accidental hand-ball by Toby Alderweireld in his own penalty area as he attempted to regain his balance in a tussle with Sergio Aguero. He clearly put his hand on the ball as it rolled along the ground, but had no idea where it was at the time. It would have been a very harsh penalty to give and it’s worth noting that Aguero didn’t even appeal.

1.38pm BST

49 min: Excellent play from Kyle Walker, who beats three men as he races to the byline before pulling the ball back to Sergio Aguero. His touch lets him down but the ball drops kindly for Phil Foden in the Spurs penalty area. He snatches at his shot and ball zips well wide.

1.37pm BST

47 min: Phil Foden begins the second half in a slightly more advanced role, with Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho a fair bit behind him forming a two-man screen in front of the City back four.

1.35pm BST

46 min: Lucas Moura charges towards the edge of the Spurs penalty area with the ball at his feet, but runs into a two-man wall and is dispossessed before he can unleash a shot.

1.34pm BST

46 min: As things stand, Manchester will go top of the table, with Liverpool due to face Cardiff City tomorrow afternoon. There’s a long way to go in this game however and the longer City go without adding to their tally of one goal, the more nervous and edgy you might expect them to come. Tottenham get the ball rolling for the second half with no further changes in personnel on either side.

1.20pm BST

Peep! It’s time for the break on a hot afternoon in Manchester. City have dominated and lead by Phil Foden’s maiden Premier League goal. They have looked vulnerable, mind - Spurs have spurned four decent scoring opportunity after getting in behind the City defence. In other worrying news for City, who could really do with a second goal to ease any jitters, they have lost Kevin De Bruyne to what looks it might be a fairly serious knee injury.

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1.17pm BST

43 min: Son charges through the centre leaving a trail of defenders in his wake and taking advantage of a lucky ricochet before finding his path to goal clear. Ederson saves the day for City, charging out of his goal and smothering the ball at the striker’s feet. That was an excellent save.

1.14pm BST

41 min: Lucas Moura gallops down the right flank and whips a cross into the Man City penalty area. Son was racing in to meet it, but seemed to hesitate momentarily, allowing Ederson to come of his line and claim the ball. Another warning for City. Moments later, at the other end of the pitch, Kyle Walker fires high over the ball.

1.12pm BST

39 min: It seems De Bruyne picked up that injury while attempting that shot on goal I mentioned a few moments ago. He looked thoroughly fed up as he sat on the turf and if the crestfallen expression on his face was anything to go by, I suspect we won’t be seeing him playing for City again this season.

1.10pm BST

38 min: Nothing comes of the corner, but there’s bad news for Manchester City for Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne receives treatment on what looks like a knee injury before limping off. He looks gutted as he’s replaced by Fernandinho - is that his season, one punctuated with several injuries, over?

1.09pm BST

37 min: Poor handling from Gazzaniga, who needlessly concedes a corner when he should have made a straightforward catch.

1.08pm BST

35 min: Kevin De Bruyne tries to curl a shot towards the top corner from just outside the D, but his standing foot slips from under him and the ball sails high and wide.

1.06pm BST

34 min: Bernardo Silva has been irrepressible today and once again he finds himself on the edge of the Spurs area with the ball at his feet. He spanks a low drive goalwards, but it’s straight at Gazzaniga, who saves easily.

1.05pm BST

32 min: Bernardo Silva unleashes a shot from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area that’s deflected out for a corner. Again, Manchester City take it short. The ball is played across the pitch to Zinchenko, whose shot is blocked by Eric Dier. The ball goes out for a throw-in.

1.03pm BST

30 min: A nice bit of skill from Dele Alli, who nutmegs Bernardo Silva before pirouetting around him to retrieve the ball. The Portuguese winger will not like that one bit.

1.01pm BST

28 min: Good scuttling and scurrying from Bernardo Silva, who wins possession and subsequently, another corner for his side. It’s taken short and Spurs get to clear their lines. Manchester City continue to dominate and are clearly in the ascendency, but Tottenham have got in behind their defence on the counter-attack on three different occasions so far in this game and are far from out it.

12.59pm BST

28 min: From the corner, Tottenham’s defence push out and Sergio Aguero is flagged for offside once the ball comes his way.

12.59pm BST

25 min: Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga gifts Manchester City a corner with a fluffed attempt to pass the ball to a defender that results in the ball looping behind him and going wide. His effort is greeted by a raucous, sarcastic cheer from the home crowd.

12.55pm BST

22 min: Manchester city continue to dominate, but are looking vulnerable at the back. Up front on the flanks, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva are giving Juan Foyth and Ben Davies all sorts of problems and Tottenham’s flat five-man defence is looking anything but comfortable.

12.53pm BST

19 min: There’s an appeal for an appeal as Bernardo Silva goes down under a Jan Vertonghen challenge just inside the Tottenham penalty area. Referee Michael Oliver is in a good position and waves play on. Replays suggest he probably should have given City a spot-kick - it was a clumsy challenge from Vertonghen, who swept Silva’s leg from under him.

12.50pm BST

19 min: Bernardo Silva curls another precise cross to the far post, where Davinson Sanchez is on hand to head clear for Tottenham.

12.49pm BST

16 min: Excellent play by Laporte, who somehow keeps up with Son as he is played into space in behind the Manchester City by a brilliant Christian Eriksen pass from deep. With City playing a very high line, Son is unleashed in acres of space, but Laporte recovers and dispossesses him on the edge of the penalty area with an excellent tackle.

12.47pm BST

14 min: A chance for Tottenham, as Christian Eriksen gets past Aymeric Laporte, shoots on goal and forces a save from Ederson, who concedes the corner. Did Laporte have a little tug on Eriksen’s shirt as he went past him in the penalty area? I think he might have, but would need to see it again to be sure. Nothing comes of the corner.

12.45pm BST

13 min: Phil Foden tries to play a weighted through ball in behind for Sergio Aguero to latch on to, but overcooks his pass and waves by way of apology as the ball rolls out of play for a goal kick.

12.44pm BST

11 min: City continue playing keep-ball, while Raheem Sterling takes on and beats Juan Foyth, more used to playing centre-back, with worrying ease. He’s going to need Davinson Sanchez to give him a dig out this afternoon, one suspects. Indeed, on Sky Sports, Gary Neville echoes that very sentiment. Great minds and all that ...

12.42pm BST

8 min: There are a few tasty challenges flying in around the pitch. Oleksandr Zinchenko is lucky to have avoided a booking and Phil Foden has just escaped a caution for a very rash challenge. City are clearly fired up for this one.

12.39pm BST

6 min: Another great start in a game between these two teams and Manchester City take the lead. From the right flank, Bernardo Silva curled an inch-perfect cross to Sergio Aguero at the far post. Eschewing the option to go for goal himself, the Argentinian cushioned a perfectly weighted header across the face of goal where Phil Foden was sprinting in to head home from a couple of feet out. Excellent play by City and that’s Foden’s first Premier League goal.

12.37pm BST

Phil Foden heads home from two feet out to open the scoring and put Manchester City ahead.

12.35pm BST

2 min: John Stones gives the ball away in midfield and Spurs go on the counter-attack in a move that ends with Heung-min Son shooting at Ederson from a narrow angle. The goalkeeper puts the ball out for a corner, from which nothing comes. Sloppy play from Stones, there, who won’t have endeared himself to his manager by playing fast and loose like that.

12.33pm BST

2 min: City dominate the possession in the opening stages, not letting Spurs get a touch of the ball. Tottenham have lined up with three central defenders flanked by Juan Foyth and Ben Davies in wing-back roles.

12.32pm BST

1 min: We go again, with both teams wearing identical kit to that they donned for their most recent meeting. Manchester City’s players wear light blue shirts, white shorts and dark socks. Tottenham’s wear their navy and minty green shirts, green shorts and socks. Manchester City get the ball rolling ...

12.30pm BST

Not long now: The teams are out on the pitch for the last of the pre-match niceties and kick-off is just moments away.

12.28pm BST

Some news: The PFA Player of the Year shortlist has been announced and the following six men are in the mix: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

So, three from Manchester City, two from Liverpool and one from Chelsea. There are no representatives from Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, or indeed any other teams outside the Big Six. Virgil van Dijk is the bookies’ favourite to win, with Raheem Stirling close behind him. It’s difficult to choose between them, as both would be deserving winners.

12.17pm BST

Gary Neville speaks: Asked about the selection of Phil Foden in the Manchester City line-up, the Sky Sports pundit describes it as “an indication of faith” and says that it has got to the stage where the club “cannot hold him back”. He goes on to say that “Guardiola has reached the point where he’s realised this is his moment. He’s handed him his second Premier League start in a massive game. The feedback I’ve been getting from the club over the past few weeks is that they may as well stop having an academy if this lad doesn’t get a chance.”

11.56am BST

11.45am BST

A start for Phil Foden: Manchester City’s teenage midfielder makes his second Premier League start for Manchester City and is one of three changes made by Pep Guardiola. He comes in for David Silva, while John Stones replaces Vincent Kompany and Oleksandr Zinchenko starts in place of Benjamin Mendy.

Meanwhile in the Tottenham camp, Mauricio Pochettino makes five changes from the side that lined up at this stadium on Wednesday night. Hugo Lloris and Kieran Trippier are conspicuous by their absence from the match-day squad, while Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko are also out. Paulo Gazzaniga, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Juan Foyth come in.

11.33am BST

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Subs: Sane, Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Muric.

11.30am BST

And a pre-match Potch talk: “There’s a lot of work to do, the competition doesn’t wait and does not allow you to relax or enjoy this type of situation,” said Tottenham’s manager. “We need to be competitive on Saturday again. It is difficult to stop your mind and realise all that happened. We arrived back so late, tried to sleep a little bit, but this morning [Thursday] I started to work and prepare for the next game, assess the players and talk a lot.

“We are going to play in a different competition. City are fighting for the Premier League. It’s not because it’s Tottenham that they are going to find revenge, they are going to fight for the three points like us. We want to be in the top four for the end of the season. It’s going to be another battle.”

11.27am BST

A pre-match Pep talk: ““We have to react on Saturday,” said Manchester City’s manager in the wake of his side’s defeat on Wednesday night. “But don’t think too much right now, sleep as much as possible and then we will prepare for the game. It’s tough. It’s cruel, but we have to accept it. We fought a lot, nine, 10 months for the Premier League. It’s in our hands. It’s tough, but we have to do it.”

11.22am BST

Related: For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

11.20am BST

11.16am BST

Greetings and welcome to our minute-by-minute coverage of a potentially season-defining final part of a most intriguing trilogy. These two sides have met twice in the past couple of weeks and have notched one victory each, a statistic that will be of no consolation whatsoever to Manchester City, suffered the heartbreak of being eliminated from the Champions League on away goals in the worst scenario imaginable despite beating Spurs on Wednesday night. It will be intriguing to see if they can pick themselves off the floor for this match, as anything less than victory will give leave them behind Liverpool on points at the Premier League summit with just four matches to go for each team. No pressure, Pep.

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Manchester City win Spurs rematch as Phil Foden heads them top

lør, 20/04/2019 - 15:32

Revenge might not be exactly the right word, given the European dimension of Manchester City’s attempted quadruple was probably the one that mattered most to them, but Pep Guardiola will have been satisfied with the reaction his players showed after the draining events of Wednesday in the Champions League. The City manager had confessed he had no idea how such a cruel late setback might affect his side, though they gave one of their more solid performances of the season to take three points from a gutsy and resolute Spurs team to move back to the top of the Premier League table.

Related: Kevin De Bruyne set to miss derby with hamstring injury, Guardiola admits

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Pep Guardiola refuses to curb Manchester City’s attacking approach

fre, 19/04/2019 - 23:29

• ‘We concede a lot but we score a lot. We won’t change’
• City host Champions League conquerors Spurs on Saturday

Pep Guardiola is emphatic he will never change Manchester City’s attack-first style despite being knocked out of the Champions League in draining manner by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

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For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

fre, 19/04/2019 - 22:04
Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs don’t want to follow their rivals’ path since 2006

The short interval since Tottenham’s wild, fun, chancy away-goals victory at Manchester City in the Champions League there has been a shared urge to draw the starkest of comparisons between the two clubs: their finances, their structure, the various degrees of faux-humble Jedi-cardigan fraudulence exhibited by their managers. It is in many ways a meaningless exercise. This is a comparison of two entirely separate things, entirely separate ways of trying to reach the same point, not to mention one that is inevitably flattering to Spurs and inevitably bruising for Pep Guardiola and the football-style soft-power project operating in the east of Manchester.

You know the drill by now. City have spent £150m on defenders in the past two seasons. By comparison Spurs ended the game at the Etihad with a pair of fishing waders at left-back and a carrier bag full of discounted supermarket meat playing defensive midfield.

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Pep Guardiola says it 'will take time' for City to recover from Spurs defeat – video

fre, 19/04/2019 - 17:57

Pep Guardiola has asked his players to use Wednesday’s dramatic defeat to Tottenham as motivation as they prepare to play the north London side for the second time in less than a week. Manchester City had seemingly clinched the Champions League tie in the final few minutes only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside. Guardiola’s side are currently two points behind league leaders Liverpool, who travel to Cardiff on Sunday

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Ending Sats for primary schools would not mean the end of civilisation | John Crace

fre, 19/04/2019 - 13:26

Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to change the way pupils are tested has been met with predictable outrage

For much of the evening I sat at home watching the news channels as Notre Dame burned. A compulsive mixture of horror and disbelief as centuries of history and culture went up in flames. Even its partial loss diminishes us all. But I was also struck by how emotionally caught up I was in the fire, even though I had never actually been inside the building, as on previous trips to Paris the queues to get in had appeared never-ending.

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19

fre, 19/04/2019 - 11:00

It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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'The guys I’ve tried failed miserably': could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

fre, 19/04/2019 - 10:30

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American football

When the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was interested in pursuing a job as a kicker in American football after he retired from soccer, Westhoff replied, “I’d have no problem looking at him if it were me.”

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Kane is only 25 and made it clear in an interview with ESPN that he plans to play soccer for another 10 to 12 years, and Westhoff, the New Orleans Saints special-teams coach, already has a lethal 24-year-old kicker, Wil Lutz, who was also a high school soccer star.

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How far if I had my boots on!?
Great day with @NFL @Giants @TheHumble_21 doing some drills! #SpursInUSA #NFL pic.twitter.com/ZnQSQbhtWU

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

fre, 19/04/2019 - 09:27

Hard for Manchester City and Spurs to serve up another classic, Everton can cause trouble for Manchester United and Chelsea fans should lap up Eden Hazard

Before the run-in even started, Liverpool looked like they might be consumed by nerves during it, so tentative were their performances against Leicester, West Ham and Manchester United. But they battled hard to avoid disaster, and now that the run-in is actually under way, are playing like a team who expect to be champions, either riding their good form or maintaining the patience and composure necessary to force the issue. Against both Tottenham and Chelsea, they could easily have flapped in frantic, frenetic style, but instead were able to increase intensity without sacrificing control, which brought them the goals that they needed. Or, put another way, Cardiff are in deep, deep trouble. DH

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Mauricio Pochettino still buzzing after Tottenham’s dramatic win

tor, 18/04/2019 - 21:23
Spurs manager had hardly any sleep after ‘an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night’ but is ready to do it all again at Manchester City on Saturday

It was a gloriously warm afternoon in Enfield. The sun was out and the air was still, and it made for a particularly pleasant walk to Tottenham’s training ground. Past the Pied Bull pub on Bull’s Cross, on to Whitewebbs Lane, left into Hotspur Way and, finally, into a shimmering, gleaming complex where, shortly after 1pm, Mauricio Pochettino tried to make sense of the madness that had taken place the night before.

Related: ‘Spurs are still in a dream,’ says Mauricio Pochettino after triumph over City

Related: My team lost, but Man City v Spurs was better theatre than Shakespeare | Simon Hattenstone

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Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson

tor, 18/04/2019 - 19:13
Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbed

There is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each other so well will treat it as a pumped-up Premier League encounter rather than showing the respect and caution they might have afforded continental opponents, and the memorably frenetic showdown between Manchester City and Tottenham was an instant classic of the genre.

Never mind the woeful defending in the first 20 minutes, the inability of either side to hold on to an advantage or manage the game professionally, this was English football at its most appealing because both teams were going for goals and glory. Cagey it was not; it was simply a question of who could score more, and when the dust has settled on a thrilling and often controversial ding-dong between two of the best teams in the country it will be seen that the much-maligned away-goals rule had a lot to do with that.

Related: Spurs prevail as mind-bending match sees Guardiola's City lose control | Barney Ronay

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Mauricio Pochettino says he feared ‘massive’ emotional toll’ of losing to City

tor, 18/04/2019 - 17:34
• Pochettino: ‘It would have been lowest moment of my career’
• Spurs manager relives dramatic Champions League victory

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that had Tottenham lost against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final to a stoppage-time goal it would have represented the lowest moment of his managerial career and could have taken a “massive” emotional toll on his players.

Three of five additional minutes had been played in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday when Raheem Sterling looked to have given City a 5-3 lead on the night and a 5-4 victory on aggregate.

Related: Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

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Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

tor, 18/04/2019 - 15:10
We look at Tottenham’s meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and odds

The tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter.

Related: Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair? | Jonathan Wilson

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Related: Liverpool show resilience and sense of purpose in putting out Porto

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My team lost, but Man City v Spurs was better theatre than Shakespeare | Simon Hattenstone

tor, 18/04/2019 - 14:04
When football is played like this, no other art form comes close to matching it

Football killed my favourite uncle. Theo was a Manchester United fan. He knew he shouldn’t watch the FA Cup final in 1985 because he had a dicky heart. So he waited till it was all over to turn on the telly. Only it wasn’t – the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 and the match had gone into extra time. Norman Whiteside scored the winner for United. Theo had a heart attack and died. It was shocking to lose such a lovely man. But what a way to go.

Like all great matches, this one swung like a demented pendulum

Related: Spurs prevail as mind-bending match sees Guardiola's City lose control | Barney Ronay

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