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Foden’s magic makes the distinction

Phil Foden set up Kevin de Bruyne for Man City's winner against Atletico Madrid
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Phil Foden arrange Kevin de Bruyne for Man Metropolis’s winner towards Atletico Madrid

It was a sport quick on moments of attacking high quality, such was the defensive resolve of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on the Etihad Stadium. However then Phil Foden entered the sphere and all that modified. He made the distinction for Manchester Metropolis.

Towards tiring legs, his influence was speedy, his arrival altering the dynamic of the sport immediately. He was capable of take the ball in a decent space – and there have been loads of them towards this Atletico aspect – earlier than discovering the move that Metropolis had been lacking.

It was no coincidence. Others would have popped the ball backwards when receiving possession the place he did. Foden had the approach and the sense of journey to look forwards as an alternative. The area didn’t final lengthy nevertheless it was lengthy sufficient.

It was the second that determined the match nevertheless it was not Foden’s solely second. He bought away once more quickly after after which discovered one of the best ball of the evening, bent in behind the Atletico defence with the skin of his boot to search out that man De Bruyne but once more.

In a bit of over 20 minutes, he did sufficient to be the person of the match. He would possibly even be Metropolis’s greatest participant now. Omitted from the beginning line-up, he nonetheless discovered a approach. Count on him to be within the line-up towards Liverpool. Foden is simply too good to be denied.

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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola was filled with reward for midfielder Phil Foden

Pep: Foden has ‘particular high quality’

“Phil was sensible,” Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola eulogised. “He has particular high quality. His reception is all the time ahead, his area within the first steps are large, and he had unbelievable composure to make an unbelievable help to Kevin.”

Manchester Metropolis’s fixture schedule:

To be rearranged: Wolves (a) Premier League


Sunday tenth April 4:00pm


Kick off 4:30pm


April 10 – Liverpool (h) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

April 13 – Atletico Madrid (a) Champions League QF second leg

April 16 – Liverpool (Wembley) FA Cup semi-finals

April 20 – Brighton (h) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

April 23 – Watford (h) Premier League

April 26/27 – Chelsea/Actual Madrid Champions League SF first leg *

April 30 – Leeds (a) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

Might 3/4 – Chelsea/Actual Madrid Champions League SF second leg *

Might 8 – Newcastle (h) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

Might 14 – FA Cup closing *

Might 15 – West Ham (a) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

Might 22 – Aston Villa (h) Premier League

Might 28 – Champions League closing *

* Topic to progress

Liverpool win with out breaking sweat

Liverpool's Sadio Mane (right) scores their side's second goal against Benfica
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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (proper) scores their aspect’s second purpose towards Benfica

Not often has a Champions League quarter-final had an narrative surrounding it the place the following home league match takes precedence.

That was the case for Liverpool in Benfica the place Jurgen Klopp’s males performed with the handbrake on for big elements, with one eye on the weekend, and nonetheless managed to come back away with an enormous 3-1 victory. It was a end result achieved with out an excessive amount of sweat or the standard vitality expenditure you’d affiliate with the final eight of a European sport.

Klopp even managed to relaxation the legs of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, bringing the pair off with half-hour left to play. This was a reasonably apparent trace that Klopp is planning to unleash each on Sunday in what’s being billed because the potential title decider towards Manchester Metropolis.

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Jurgen Klopp says his workforce might and maybe ought to have scored extra objectives towards of their 3-1 Champions League win towards Benfica.

Curiously, Klopp determined to maintain Luiz Diaz on for the complete 90 minutes. The Colombian was in dynamic temper as soon as once more, scoring the all-important third purpose that restored a two-goal cushion to take again to Anfield.

Does this imply he is prone to be on the bench for Sunday with Klopp planning to play both Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino centrally and Mane on the left of the entrance three? Or is Diaz such a machine, he can simply go once more?

In midfield Naby Keita staked a declare for one of many two midfield spots in entrance of Fabinho within the holding function. His passing was fast and intelligent and his vitality to assist the three entrance males was spectacular. He managed 4 pictures on purpose within the first 14 minutes, spurning a wonderful likelihood along with his head after an important ball from Mane. There was additionally the help for Diaz’s purpose. Klopp has some large selections to make.

Liverpool’s fixture schedule:


Sunday tenth April 4:00pm


Kick off 4:30pm


April 10 – Man Metropolis (a) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

April 13 – Benfica (h) Champions League QF second leg

April 16/17 – Man Metropolis (Wembley) FA Cup semi-finals

April 19 – Man United (h) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

April 24 – Everton (h) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

April 26/27 – Villarreal/Bayern Munich Champions League SF first leg *

April 30 – Newcastle (a) Premier League

Might 3/4 – Villarreal/Bayern Munich Champions League SF second leg *

Might 7 – Tottenham (h) Premier League

Might 10 – Aston Villa (a) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

Might 14 – FA Cup closing *

Might 15 – Southampton (a) Premier League, dwell on Sky Sports activities

Might 22 – Wolves (h) Premier League

Might 28 – Champions League closing *

* Topic to progress

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