Premier League news: Fixtures and reaction to Champions League matches – The Athletic

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Wealthlandnews May 20, 2022
Updated 2022/05/20 at 6:06 AM

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s football news.

Manchester City and Real Madrid played out an instant classic at the Etihad, with the hosts winning their semi-final first leg 4-3.

Fulham, meanwhile were unable to seal the Championship title as they lost at home to Nottingham Forest, who confirmed their place in the play-offs.

Stick with us as we bring you all the reaction from those games, plus build-up to Liverpool vs Villarreal on Wednesday evening.
Wednesday: Liverpool vs Villarreal (20.00)
Thursday: Manchester United vs Chelsea (19.45) | RB Leipzig vs Rangers (20.00) | West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt (20.00) | Leicester City vs Roma (20.00)
Saturday: Newcastle vs Liverpool (12.30) | Aston Villa vs Norwich (15.00) | Southampton vs Crystal Palace (15.00) | Watford vs Burnley (15.00) | Wolves vs Brighton (15.00) | Leeds vs Manchester City (17.30)
Sunday: Everton vs Chelsea (14.00) | Tottenham vs Leicester (14.00) | West Ham vs Arsenal (16.30)

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April 27, 2022 at 5:52 PM EDT
An awful mistake from Inter Milan backup goalkeeper Ionut Radu cost his side dear tonight, as Simone Inzaghi’s side fell to a shock 2-1 defeat by Bologna and missed out on the chance to go top of Serie A.

Inter knew victory from their game in hand over rivals AC Milan would see them climb back to the top of the table and they made a fine start when Ivan Perisic gave them an early lead.

Bologna equalised through the in-form Marko Arnautovic, however, with Radu then failing to control a routine backpass nine minutes from time, allowing Nicola Sansone in to score a dramatic winner.

The defeat — Inter’s first in 12 in all competitions — leaves them on 72 points from 34 matches. They trail AC Milan by two points.
Inter Milan dropped vital points in the race for the Serie A title, losing 2-1 to Bologna – AC Milan are two points ahead of their arch-rivals with four games to go.

Not a moment goalkeeper Ionut Radu will want to watch back…

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April 27, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT
West Ham United captain Mark Noble has insisted he will stick with his decision to retire this summer even if the team qualifies for next season’s Champions League.

Noble, 34, announced in March 2021 that he would retire at the end of the 2021-22 season.

The midfielder has 564 appearances for the club and has helped West Ham to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League — with the winners of the competition qualifying automatically for the Champions League next season.

But that would not tempt Noble into reversing his decision to retire.

Noble said on Wednesday: “Winning the Europa League and lifting the trophy — would I come back? No. And that’s my honest answer. To end on that would be pretty special.

“I was joking with the lads the other day, saying if that did happen, I’d happily come watch the Champions League games with the Europa League trophy on the next chair. “But that is way down the line.”

April 27, 2022 at 4:41 PM EDT
John Muller is here to provide you with his analysis of how Real Madrid caused chaos in last night’s Champions League game with Manchester City.

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How Real Madrid created the chaos that kept their Champions League semi-final with Manchester City alive
April 27, 2022 at 1:46 PM EDT
With just under 15 minutes left to play and Chelsea unable to break the deadlock against West Ham, Thomas Tuchel turned to his bench to make a difference.

The introductions of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech worked a treat.

Tuchel has proved he can make the right changes when needed the most.
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April 27, 2022 at 12:37 PM EDT
“I was in disbelief. I just said: ‘Oh boy’. I called my papa in tears. He couldn’t believe it”.

Interview: Roma’s prodigious talent Nicolo Zaniolo tells James Horncastle about his rapid rise, the despair caused by two knee injuries and feeling like a footballer again.
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April 27, 2022 at 11:55 AM EDT
You’d be correct in guessing that Southampton’s MVP is none other than James Ward-Prowse.

His two goals against Brighton on the weekend salvaged Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side a point.

Dan Sheldon has analysed just how important he is to Southampton.
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JWP, Southampton’s VIP
April 27, 2022 at 11:34 AM EDT
Last night’s Champions League games was probably one of the most enjoyable games of football I’ve ever watched.

Oliver Kay has detailed the match and what made it so magical.
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The night football happened
April 27, 2022 at 11:16 AM EDT
“I’d like to raise a glass to somebody who cannot be here today. He is a big inspiration to me and to most people who know him. I want him to know we are all thinking of him. So please, can you all raise a glass to… Steve Cooper.”

If you want to understand the scale of the impact Steve Cooper has had at Nottingham Forest, the widely shared social media video clip of a recent wedding speech sums things up perfectly.

Read the story here.
What a speech…..@the_tank_1988 steveeeee cooper 🤣🍻@conorpauley @JoeWorrall5 @RyanYates97 @DavidJo05034174 @NFFC @AndyReidXI @TubesSoccerAM @SoccerAM @jimmybullard pic.twitter.com/jEcOjCqMl0
April 27, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT
With Philippe Coutinho’s form in a bit of lull stage, Gregg Evans has analysed his dip but still believes Aston Villa should try to buy him in the summer.

Do you agree?

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April 27, 2022 at 10:23 AM EDT
Would seeing Kalvin Phillips in a Manchester United shirt be a surprise? To me it would.

Laurie Whitwell and Phil Hay have teamed up to discuss if it could happen.
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April 27, 2022 at 10:08 AM EDT
Antonio Rudiger and Reece James have returned to training and could be in contention for Chelsea’s trip to Manchester United.

Rudiger, who will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, has missed Chelsea’s last two league games through a groin injury.

James, meanwhile, was out for Sunday’s late win over West Ham.

Tuchel said: “Kova will still be out, Ben Chilwell will still be out, and Callum will still be out. Toni was in training yesterday, the same for Reece James.

“We have another training coming, hopefully they can do the full training, and they can get the green light and be in the squad and train tomorrow.

Here’s me and the brilliant @johnspacemuller chatting Villarreal ahead of tonight’s game https://t.co/r3SkTJ9KKS pic.twitter.com/UB5xnqu7P7
April 27, 2022 at 9:04 AM EDT
Manchester United will be without Jadon Sancho, Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Fred and Edinson Cavani for tomorrow’s game against Chelsea.

Those players, except Sancho and Maguire, missed the defeat against Arsenal at the weekend. Sancho has now picked up an illness and will not feature at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Maguire has a fresh knee problem and will also not be available. Pogba, Shaw, Fred have all been carrying problems.

For Ralf Rangnick’s quotes from the press conference, click here.
April 27, 2022 at 8:34 AM EDT
Light sprinkles of April snow are falling on the patch of artificial grass, overlooked by statues of Nordic animals on the surrounding rocks and grassy mounds, in the hills above Drammen.

If you didn’t know, you would wonder what on earth a perfect pitch was doing here on the highest edge of town, a quiet neighbourhood with not much around except stylishly-painted clapboard houses dotted along the winding road and a small school.

This is Martin Odegaard’s place. He grew up here, attended that school, and spent virtually all his spare time on this piece of ground, with a football at his feet.

What made the Arsenal and Norway midfielder? Amy Lawrence set out to discover the answer.
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Martin Odegaard and the hillside pitch where his journey began
April 27, 2022 at 8:01 AM EDT
England Women’s manager Sarina Wiegman is excited to have another friendly scheduled prior to this summer’s tournament.

Wiegman said: “I am very happy to be finishing our EURO build-up with another big game, this time away in Switzerland. Before the match, it will be helpful to spend some time abroad as we step up our work on the training ground. The change of environment will come at just the right time for the squad and help focus our minds on the challenges to come.

“We will then return to England refreshed and ready to go for the opening EURO match and I am delighted to see how excited everyone already is for the summer. Before Switzerland, we hope the fans will turn out to see us in Wolverhampton and Leeds, especially with our group games sold out. We certainly can’t wait to feel their support once again.”
April 27, 2022 at 7:35 AM EDT
England Women have organised another friendly ahead of this summer’s Euros in England.

They will play against Switzerland in Zurich on June 30, six days before their opening game of the tournament against Austria at Old Trafford.

England have already confirmed they will host Belgium at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium on Thursday, June 16 before Sarina Wiegman takes on her former side at Leeds United’s Elland Road on Friday 24.
April 27, 2022 at 6:52 AM EDT
Here are some sentiments that are probably pretty easy to agree on: Real Madrid thrive on brilliant individual play. While the other select few teams at their level prefer a patterned, tactical game, Madrid live for chaos. And it’s their uncanny ability to drag opponents down into the chaos with them, and then beat them there, that explains their unparalleled Champions League success.

On the other hand, here are some questions that might be harder to agree on: What the hell does any of that mean? Are Madrid’s individuals brilliant in a different way than, say, Manchester City’s are? What makes a football match chaotic, and how can a team plan to create an unplanned game?

By John Muller.
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April 27, 2022 at 6:21 AM EDT
Manchester City attacker Phil Foden expressed his frustration after a late Real Madrid goal ensured his side will only take a one-goal lead to the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday.

Foden’s side led 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 at various stages, but were pegged back to 4-3 by a stubborn Madrid team, who have mounted late comebacks at the Bernabeu in both second-legs of their knockout ties in this season’s Champions League.

Foden, who shone in the first hour of the match, rued City’s inability to take a more sizable advantage into the second-leg: “We started really well and could have killed them off. In these games, we need to take more chances.

“We are playing a side that have won the Champions League many times and if we give the ball away they are going to punish us. It is something we need to work on in the second leg.”

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April 27, 2022 at 5:53 AM EDT
Southampton have confirmed defender Tino Livramento has been ruled out until 2023 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the 19-year-old’s injury will require surgery to repair his ACL — and that he was likely to miss the rest of the year.

Livramento immediately signalled to the bench when he went down trying to challenge Enock Mwepu for the ball during Sunday’s game and had to be replaced by Romain Perraud.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl described it as “very serious” at the time.

Full story here.

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April 27, 2022 at 5:21 AM EDT
The Serie A Femminile will become professional for the first time next season.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced the move on Tuesday.

“Today is an important day,” said Gabriele Gravina, FIGC president.

“Finally, there are the rules governing the activity and exercise of professionalism in women’s football. We are the first federation in Italy to implement this important path.”

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