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March 17, 2017 11:16 AM Champions League rivals scared to face Leicester

NYON: Holders Real Madrid, comeback kings Barcelona and the mighty Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but Zinedine Zidane knows who he wants to avoid. “No coach wants Leicester as a rival,” the Real boss admitted, a view echoed by Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon: “Leicester, because they’re a dangerous 12

March 17, 2017 2:47 AM Mourinho decries ‘enemies’ after Pogba blow

Manchester United's Paul Pogba walks down the tunnel after sustaining an injury and being substituted. ― Reuters picMANCHESTER, March 17 ― Jose Mourinho said “enemies” were undermining his team after Paul Pogba was injured in a 1-0 victory over FC Rostov that sent Manchester United into the Europa League quarter-finals. Pogba, who turned 24 on Wednesday 15

March 16, 2017 11:05 PM Mourinho decries 'enemies' after Pogba blow

MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho said “enemies” were undermining his team after Paul Pogba was injured in a 1-0 victory over FC Rostov that sent Manchester United into the Europa League quarter-finals. Pogba, who turned 24 on Wednesday, hobbled off with an apparent hamstring injury early in the second half of Thursday’s 1-0 win, which completed a 2-1 aggregate 15

March 16, 2017 11:16 AM Struggling Middlesbrough axe Karanka

Karanka paid the price for Middlesbrough’s slump into the relegation zone after a miserable run of 10 league games without a win. — Reuters picLONDON, March 16 — Aitor Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough manager today as the Premier League strugglers made a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation. Karanka paid the price for Middlesbrough’s slump into the relegation 13

March 16, 2017 7:01 AM Manchester City’s European exit highlights defensive frailties again

As Manchester City falter in Europe again, it’s clear Pep Guardiola’s defence needs rebuilding. "This is the most difficult job I have ever faced," said Pep Guardiola soon after his arrival at Manchester City. After departing the Champions League before the semi-final stage for the first time in his managerial career, that much was confirmed 14

March 16, 2017 2:10 AM Guardiola vows to stick with ‘attacking DNA’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Champions League match away to Monaco March 15, 2017. — Reuters picMONACO, March 16 — Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola vowed his team will not abandon their attacking DNA despite crashing out of the Champions League yesterday. City led Monaco 5-3 after the first leg of their last-16 tie but the French 11

March 16, 2017 12:42 AM Both North Korea and Malaysia to play qualifiers on neutral ground

PETALING JAYA: North Korea will play Malaysia in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying Group B game at a neutral venue on June 8. North Korea were supposed to host the Group B game at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on March 28. But the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) requested the Asian Football Confe­deration (AFC) for permission to play the match 12

March 16, 2017 12:37 AM Poor first half killed us, says City’s Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the Champions League game away to Monaco March 16, 2017. — Reuters picMONACO, March 16 — Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola lamented a dreadful first-half display after crashing out of the Champions League last 16 on away goals following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Monaco. Teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian 15

March 16, 2017 12:23 AM Manchester City first side to score six and still be eliminated from UEFA Champions League tie

FOR the first time, a side has scored six goals in a UEFA Champions League knockout tie and been eliminated. For the first time, Pep Guardiola has failed to qualify for the tournament’s semi-finals in his time with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City. Had Manuel Pellegrini rocked up to Monaco and picked such a cavalier first XI holding a two goal advantage 32

March 15, 2017 10:58 PM Monaco beats Manchester City 3-1 to reach quarterfinals

MONACO: Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s thumping header sent Monaco through to the Champions League quarterfinals as the home side beat Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday to progress on the away goals rule in another pulsating match between two attack-minded sides. City fought back from 2-0 down and was momentarily in control after midfielder Leroy Sane’s 15