9:26 PM EDT, Tue May 24, 2016
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Tottenham don't fear Luka Modric or Gareth Bale scenarios this summer

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged his young side to continue improving to challenge for the league title next season. The summer transfer window is often greeted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, especially for clubs that have exceeded expectations. On the one hand, there is the enticing possibility that a group of new signings can cement the teams new status and take them to a higher level. The flip side is the risk the side might lose the very players that got them there in the first place, as bigger outfits seek to poach their brightest talents. Tottenham fans are...
The Independent May 6, 2016
Sunderland vs Chelsea: Sam Allardyce reveals use of Transcendental Meditation amid relegation struggle

Sunderland vs Chelsea: Sam Allardyce reveals use of Transcendental Meditation amid relegation struggle

The Sunderland manager is doing his best to keep calm as his side prepare to start the final three games of their season
The Independent May 6, 2016
Fantasy Football: Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and Chelsea's Eden Hazard amongst must-haves

Fantasy Football: Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and Chelsea's Eden Hazard amongst must-haves

We take a look at the players you should have in your fantasy team this weekend
The Independent May 6, 2016
Harry Kane 'to be offered £100,000-a-week' contract to break Gareth Bale's record deal at Tottenham

Harry Kane 'to be offered £100,000-a-week' contract to break Gareth Bale's record deal at Tottenham

Tottenham are willing to exceed the £80,000-a-week they paid Gareth Bale in order to reward Kane for his form over the last two seasons
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale says Pep Guardiola will take Manchester City to the next Champions League level

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale says Pep Guardiola will take Manchester City to the next Champions League level

Man Citys lack of Champions League experience cost them over the two legs of the semi-final says the Welsh superstar.
Bitter and Blue May 5, 2016

Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City, 2016 Champions League: 3 Things We Learned

Manchester City is out of the Champions League, with the European dream ending in a painful 1-0 semifinal aggregate loss to Real Madrid, thanks to a lone goal from Gareth Bale. As we're still drunk in sadness, here's a few lessons from what went down in the semifinal. 1. Real Madrid is just better Tactically speaking, this was a horrible tie. Both teams played basic football and both managers lacked ideas to overcome the other. Madrid attacked like they use to attack, and City defended and (kind of) counter-attacked like they use to. With no creativity from the sidelines, it was up to the...
Bitter and Blue May 5, 2016

Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City "did not deserve loss" against Real Madrid

Manuel Pellegrini is not a happy man. The Chilean boss spoke to the press following his team's 1-0 loss against Real Madrid, which knocked out the Citizens of the Champions League in the semifinal stage. The Sky Blues defended well and the goal they conceded came in a lucky play from Gareth Bale, and despite not having a great offensive output, they could have gotten a better result. At least that's what Pellegrini thinks. Here's a few of his quotes: "We feel a very bitter taste. We didn't deserve to lose. They had a lot of fortune with their goal. Neither of the teams created much. We...
The Guardian May 4, 2016

Manuel Pellegrini admits Manchester City missed their chance at Real Madrid

• Manchester City manager rues team’s creative failings at the Bernabéu• Gareth Bale says ‘I feel I am maturing’ after conjuring winner for Real MadridManuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City missed a rare opportunity to reach the Champions League final after they were knocked out by Real Madrid. City lost the semi-final second leg 1-0 – and the tie by the same score – due to Fernando’s own-goal that came from a Gareth Bale shot after 20 minutes, with Vincent Kompany having been taken off 10 minutes earlier due to the 33rd injury of his time at the club.Pellegrini’s side...
The Guardian May 4, 2016

Madrid given another derby day as Real match Atlético in Champions League | Sid Lowe

Spain’s capital rejoices as – for the second time in three years – the city’s teams reach the final after Zinedine Zidane’s side defeat Manchester CityThe night before had been Neptune’s, now it was Cibeles’s turn. Madrid’s clubs will have their day; they also have their deities, and not just Saúl Ñíguez, Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale, the men whose goals mean that they will meet again. Another night, another party, in honour of a second European Cup final in two years. From Lisbon 2014 to Milan 2016. “Real Madrid’s fans love the Champions League,” Cristiano...
Real Madrid 1-0 Man City: Gareth Bale deflected effort ends Blues' Champions League hopes

Real Madrid 1-0 Man City: Gareth Bale deflected effort ends Blues' Champions League hopes

A Fernando own goal helped Real Madrid to sink a Manchester City team that didnt offer enough on the night to go through.
The Guardian May 2, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo completes Monday training session with Real Madrid

• Forward hopes to be back for midweek Manchester City tie• Sides fought out stalemate in Champions League first legCristiano Ronaldo completed Monday’s training session with Real Madrid as he stepped up his bid to be fit for the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Manchester City.Ronaldo sat out last week’s goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium with a thigh injury which also kept him out of Saturday’s 1-0 Primera Division win at Real Sociedad in which Gareth Bale scored the only goal. Related: Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini: I knew Real Madrid would sack me
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale warns that Manchester City are now part of the Champions League elite

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale warns that Manchester City are now part of the Champions League elite

Man City will only get stronger according to Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
The Guardian Apr 27, 2016

Manchester City didn't create chances against Real Madrid, says Pellegrini – video

Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Kompany give their reactions after a goalless draw in the Champions League semi-final at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale also discusses the matchManchester City do not fear Real Madrid away leg, says Manuel Pellegrini
Bitter and Blue Apr 26, 2016

This save from Joe Hart is the reason why Manchester City are still alive in the Champions League

(via r/Soccer) Manchester City drew 0-0 against Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals on Tuesday. It was an intense battle that didn't feature a lot of football quality from either team, who seemed to play not to lose instead of playing to win. That was the case for about 75 minutes of action, and that is when Madrid took over and finally started to chase a goal as the better football team on the pitch. They came dangerously close in at least three opportunities: first, Gareth Bale tried a beautiful curling shot that went just wide of the post. A few minutes...
The Guardian Apr 26, 2016

Manchester City v Real Madrid: Champions League semi-final – live!

Champions League semi-final, first-leg updates. 7.45pm BST kick-offGareth Bale fit and confident before Real Madrid take on Manchester CityAnd email scott.murray@theguardian.com to get in touch 1.38pm BST This is Real Madrid’s 27th appearance in the semi finals of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup. No breaking news here. But tonight also marks the first of another famous old club. Nearly forty-eight years after making their continental debut, Manchester City are competing at the business end of the Champions League at long last. Welcome to the top table, City. What’s kept you?What’s...

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