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Manchester City

Manchester City poised to make History

Never in the history of Manchester City has the club ever played in the UEFA Champions League Finals. Only once has Manchester City reached the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. That was in the 2015/2016 season under coach Manuel Pellegrini. Manchester City was eliminated by Real Madrid 1-0, after a barren draw in the first Leg.

Today, the 4th of April, 2021, the current EPL Leaders, and one of the only two English clubs remaining in the competition, play host to Paris Saint Germaine of France in a crunch 2nd Leg UCL encounter. The first Leg ended 2-1 in City’s favour, with goals coming from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.

What Manchester City needs to progress to the final for the very first time is a win, a draw or a 1-0 loss. On current form, Manchester City is the overwhelming favourite to progress ahead of the Parisian club, with Kylian Mbappe, the danger man of PSG rumoured to be nursing an injury.

Pep Guardiola is expected to keep the same starting eleven that achieved a huge result in Paris, except for one or two changes at left-back, where Oleksander Zinchenko is expected to start in place of Joao Cancelo.

The expectation is high, and all eyes would be on the home side to perform at their very best. Gundogan, Rodri and Bernardo Silva are expected to orchestrate the midfield, while Ruben Dias who has been a Trojan in defence is expected to start alongside John Stone or Aymeric Laporte. Kyle Walker is a sure berth at right-back.

In between the sticks, Ederson Moraes is assured of his place after a splendid performance in the first leg. Upfront, Riyad Mahrez, Foden and Debruyne are expected to start. Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Nathan Ake, Ferran Torres and Benjamin Mendy are options on the bench.

One notable absentee from the PSG side would be Senegalese defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye who was red-carded in the first leg after a reckless challenge on IILkay Gundogan. Danilo Periera is expected to take his place.

History beckons on Manchester City and the beauty about today’s clash are the motivation and spirit within the camp. It would be the last chance for Sergio Kun Aguero to have a feel of the coveted trophy, and the boys would want to give him a perfect parting gift.

Both sides are desperate to reach the finals, and Brazilian international Neymar speaking ahead of the encounter says “I am ready to die on the pitch to ensure my team progress ahead of Manchester City”. That is surely a rallying call.

The match is billed to be an exciting encounter as both sides are noted for an attractive brand of football. The Etihad stadium beckons on the Manchester City warriors to make a push for history. Heroes are bound to be made and tears of sorrow and disappointment will surely flow. The end of 90 minutes will determine the course of history.

failure

Failure is part of the success story

Failure is the opposite of success. It is the inability to achieve a certain goal or objective in life. The painful thing about failure is that it tends to weigh down the individual, especially those who had a realistic expectation about the possibility of achieving greatness.

On 1st February 2016, Manchester City signed Pep Guardiola to a 3 years contract. It was the biggest signing of the club’s entire history, as Pep Guardiola is regarded as the best tactician in the round leather game.

The expectation from fans was high. The possibility of winning laurels became increasingly possible, as the new man in charge was known to have won loads of trophies while with Bayern Munchen of Germany and Barcelona of Spain.

Unfortunately, things never went the way of Manchester City, as they failed to win a single trophy in Pep’s first reign in charge as manager. The team came 3rd in the Premier League. They were knocked out in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup, by Arsenal 2-1 after extra time.

They could not defend the EFL trophy they won in the 2015/16 football season, as they were knocked out in the 4th round by Manchester United 1-0. It was a very sad moment in the club history as all their expectations were being met with failure.

The UEFA Champions League provided a ray of hope for supporters of Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola had previously won it with Barcelona. They however exited the tournament in the round of 16, as they got knocked out of the competition by the French team Monaco.

Pep’s first season was seen as a failure and the pain was obvious. It was disappointing, as the club went through the entire 2016/17 season with a taste of any trophy. That never slowed down the hunger for success among the players and the new manager.

The 2017/18 season saw the real hunger for success in Manchester City. Failure in the previous season had seen a huge appetite for success in the team. The burning desire is always there, each time we fail in life.

Manchester City emerged Champions of the English Premier League with an unprecedented 100 points from 38 matches. An amazing tally of 106 goals made it even sweeter. They won the EFL Cup, beating Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley.

The 2018/19 season was even better, as Manchester City won all three domestic trophies they entered for, including the community shield. They became the first team to ever hold all four of England’s primary football trophies.

Failure had indeed made the team stronger. It was a beautiful example of how we can learn more from failure than we can ever do from success. We can become inspired to do more when we fail in certain aspects of life.

It all starts from the inside. Never get so discouraged when things don’t go your way. Its all part of the success story. Good things sometimes take time. They don’t always come on the platter of Gold.

top 10 football websites

Top 10 Football Websites across the world

Football is the most popular sport on planet earth with an estimated 3.5 billion fans worldwide, followed closely by cricket. Football is also lucrative and much loved by both the young, old, male, and females. A sport that unites and brings peace to war-torn countries and regions.

Thousands of football websites that are solely dedicated to covering football and football-related news abound on the internet. They are usually updated daily, as people keep tracking live news and analysis of their favourite teams. I shall be looking at the top 20 football websites based on SEO metrics and popularity among football fans globally.

https://www.espn.com

Top on the list of football websites is the American based football website that offers a wide range of news, live football scores and analysis to more than 2 billion viewers globally. They have a Google page rank of 8/10 and a cPR score of 8.8/10. To confirm their popularity, they have a Global rank of 141.

https://www.goal.com

According to https://www.wikipedia.com Goal is the largest online football publication in the world, and the 2nd largest online sports publication in the world. Their popularity is shown by their Google Page Rank of 8/10 and an impressive cPR score of 8.6/10 with a Global ranking of 1,306. They have won several international sports award for their in-depth football reportage and precise analysis of major football Leagues, including the UEFA Champions League.  

https://www.livescore.com

This particular website is one of the most popular sites most football fans often visit for live football scores. They also display football league tables of major leagues like the EPL, La Liga, Italia Serie A, and the German Bundesliga. Google Page rank- 6/10, cPR score- 6.9/10, Global rank- 1,137.

https://www.premierleague.com

There is no doubt about the best league in the world, which is the English Premier League. This website showcases all the latest news from the League including fantasy football. An updated league table and score are available in real-time for those who need to see what their team is playing. Google Page rank- 7/10, cPR score- 7.7/10, Global rank- 1,985.

https://www.skysports.com

Sky Sports is a British based sports channel that together with BT Sports and Amazon, hold exclusive rights to air the English Premier League matches for the 2019/20 football season. They are owned by Sky Group UK and have the reputation of live coverage of not just matches, but football transfer and news globally. Google Page rank- 8/10, cPR score- 8.3/10, Global rank- 2,188.

https://www.uefa.com

This is the official website that covers all European Football Association competitions like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and the UEFA Youth for all 55 association members. The website has details of each affiliate association and gives live scores of all UEFA Competitions with videos of matches. Google Page rank- 8/10, cPR score- 8.5/10, Global rank- 5,346.

https://www.transfermarkt.com

This website is one of the most visited during the transfer window period. They carry live news feeds about potential transfers globally and gives the estimated transfer market value for each player based on a certain algorithm. The website also displays live statistics of the most valuable players. A list of the most valuable clubs globally can also be found on the website. Google Page rank- 6/10, cPR score- 6.6/10, Global rank- 6,705.

https://www.fifa.com

This is the official website of The Federation of International Football Association. They carry loads of information on FIFA competitions like the FIFA Men’s World Cup, FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA Beach soccer World Cup and the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Live score of FIFA Matches and videos can be seen on the website. The latest FIFA World ranking for all countries affiliated to FIFA is also displayed on the site. Google Page rank- 8/10, cPR score- 8.6/10, Global rank- 13,983.

https://www.talksport.com

Talk Sport is the licensee of an exclusive package of international audio broadcasting rights. They pride themselves as ‘The world biggest sports radio station’. Visitors to the website can listen to live football matches and view the real-time score. They also have a section for football transfer news around the globe. Google Page rank- 7/10, cPR score- 7.9/10, Global rank- 14,510.

https://www.squawka.com

Every website is unique in its contents. This website is the best when it comes to stats of players and teams in major leagues globally. Live football news, quizzes, and match analysis can be easily accessed via the website. Google Page rank- 6/10, cPR score- 6.9/10, Global rank- 47,185.

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