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  • Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions Le...

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more tha...

    Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions League favourites

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more than nearest rivals Manchester United, while they have a perfect record in Europe. PSG are also five wins from five games in the premier club competition and are looking strong at the top of Ligue 1 with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in attack. Messi sees those two as the biggest dangers to Barcelona's hopes of winning the Champions League this season. "City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG," he told Marca. "So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition." Barca are in fine form themselves and sit top of La Liga with a 10-point gap over main competitors Real Madrid. Although Zinedine Zidane's side have won just two of their last five games, Messi expects them to bounce back and make things difficult for his side in the league and Champions League. "I never rule out Real Madrid because although they're not having the results that everyone expects, I have no doubt that in the end they will be fighting for everything, as they do every year. "Bayern is another big team that will also be there at the end, but it's true that today City and PSG are the best." The 30-year-old was awarded the European Golden Shoe on Friday after scoring 37 goals in the league last season and remains at the top of his game,  As an elite athlete, he has to stick to a strict diet, and he admits there is one thing he misses eating. "Chocolate, it's the hardest thing for me, even now," he said. "I occasionally sin with chocolate."

  • Manchester City youngster Bytyqi retires...

    Manchester City prospect Sinan Bytyqi has been forced to retire with a heart condition at the age of 22. The midfielder's loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles was cut short last season after just four Eredivisie appearances, with the health issue revealed and Bytyqi forced to return to...

    Manchester City youngster Bytyqi retires with heart condition

    Manchester City prospect Sinan Bytyqi has been forced to retire with a heart condition at the age of 22. The midfielder's loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles was cut short last season after just four Eredivisie appearances, with the health issue revealed and Bytyqi forced to return to England. UCL winner odds: City 9/2 He then made the decision to retire from the game, before City offered him the opportunity to become a loan scout. "I can't change yesterday but I can change tomorrow," he told The Daily Mail. "I go home and cry or I move on. "Maybe two out of 10 clubs would keep you. I have to thank [City] for giving me a chance. "For me, the best job in the world is getting paid to play football and the second best is getting paid to watch it. I am very lucky." Bytyqi had been called into the Kosovo squad for World Cup qualifying prior to his retirement, but never made his international debut.

  • Guardiola not complacent ahead of Hudder...

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned against complacency ahead of his high-flying side's visit to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.   City go into the clash on a 10-game winning streak in the Premier League – a run which has seen them open up an eight-point lead over M...

    Guardiola not complacent ahead of Huddersfield clash

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned against complacency ahead of his high-flying side's visit to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.   City go into the clash on a 10-game winning streak in the Premier League – a run which has seen them open up an eight-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table.  Huddersfield double chance 10/3 Guardiola's side have scored 40 goals in their 12 league games so far this season and go into the match as overwhelming favourites.  The coach, though, is refusing to take an 11th consecutive league win for granted and believes his side could be in for a tough test against David Wagner's promoted team, who have already beaten Manchester United at home this season.  "We played last season against them [a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup]," Guardiola told a news conference.   "We were not able to win there, we realised how complicated it is to play there. "What Wagner has done speaks for itself – promotion from the Championship and the result against United, but not just that. "At home, they have had good results. When they decide to make high pressing, they are so well-organised.  "Like every game away in the Premier League, we will try."  Guardiola confirmed he has no new injury concerns, with only long-term absentees John Stones and Benjamin Mendy unavailable for selection.  That means Vincent Kompany, who returned from his latest injury setback against Leicester City last weekend, is likely to line up alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of City's defence.  "Everybody is okay," he added.  "Yesterday was a day off. Today, I want to see how everyone is. "Vincent is ready to play."

  • WATCH: Can Liverpool and Salah end Chels...

    Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea travel up to Merseyside this weekend hoping to continue a fine recent run of form at Anfield. The Blues haven’t lost away to Liverpool in five matches, dating back to May 2012, but old friend Mo Salah will be out to put an end to all tha...

    WATCH: Can Liverpool and Salah end Chelsea's Anfield joy?

    Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea travel up to Merseyside this weekend hoping to continue a fine recent run of form at Anfield. The Blues haven’t lost away to Liverpool in five matches, dating back to May 2012, but old friend Mo Salah will be out to put an end to all that. The Egypt international has now hit nine goals in just 12 Premier League appearances for the Reds - the most by any Liverpool player in their first dozen appearances in the competition. Moreover, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has proved himself the king of the competition’s big games, with no team having claimed more points in all-Big Six clashes than the German’s side (37 in 22 games) since his October 2015 arrival. Elsewhere this weekend, second-placed Manchester United will be desperate not to let runaway leaders City out of their sights. Jose Mourinho’s men host Brighton safe in the knowledge that they are unbeaten in 38 games at Old Trafford in all competitions and have won their last 18 home Premier League games against sides in their debut season in England's top division. They can ill-afford to slip-up, with Pep Guardiola’s City facing Huddersfield knowing victory would take them to 37 points, the outright best points tally of a side after 13 games of a Premier League season. Meanwhile, fourth-placed Tottenham will be looking to continue their good form against manager-less West Brom, and Arsenal will be out to kick-on from their north London derby victory last weekend when they meet Burnley. Who will handle the pressure? Can Liverpool end Chelsea's Anfield run? Can Liverpool end Chelsea's Anfield run? Posted by Goal.com on Friday, November 24, 2017 The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.

  • Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine ye...

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a...

    Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a 22-year-old woman at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013. Robinho played for Milan between 2010 and 2015. He is currently with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January. As Robinho is a Brazilian national currently residing in his home country, however, he is highly unlikely to face jail time for his offences. According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere. Robinho's current club, Atletico Mineiro, declined to comment on the sentence, stating they would only speak through the team's lawyers if necessary. The star, meanwhile, issued a statement on Instagram denying his involvement.   Sobre a notícia envolvendo o atacante Robinho, em um fato ocorrido há alguns anos, esclarecemos que ele já se defendeu das acusações, afirmando não ter qualquer participação no episódio. Todas as providências legais já estão sendo tomadas acerca desta decisão em primeira instância. A post shared by Robinho (@robinho) on Nov 23, 2017 at 10:01am PST "With regards to the news involving the forward Robinho, regarding something that happened some years ago, we would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the allegation, affirming that he was not involved in the incident," the statement read.  "Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling." Robinho, 33, started his career with Santos, and as a teenager helped the Peixe to their first Serie A title for 20 years.  That sparkling form led him to Real Madrid, where he starred for three seasons before earning a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2008.  A lack of discipline, however, began to dog Robinho, and he was soon returning to Santos before a spell in Italy where the assault took place.  After a short stint at China Robinho moved to Belo Horizonte, where he has become a key part of Atletico's first team over the past two seasons alongside fellow City old boy Jo.

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