Giggs ready to step in as United next manager’

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Ryan Giggs is ready to become Manchester United’s next manager if Louis van Gaal is shown the door a year early at the end of this season.

Out of work former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been tipped to takeover at Old Trafford but Robson says United great Giggs, who has been assistant to Van Gaal, would be a perfect choice.

“The thing for me is that Van Gaal was always going to be a three-year contract with Ryan working under him so that they could see whether he was ready to step in,” Robson said at the launch of United’s partnership with Gulf Oil International at the club’s Carrington training centre. Naija and bet 

“Ryan was a great player for this club, he loves playing football the United way, he’s done all his badges and for me he’s in the right place at the right time.”

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Are Leicester City really going to win the title?

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Claudio Ranieri says his Leicester side are “on the home straight” after the Premier League leaders beat Crystal Palace  maintain their five  points lead.

“We have to be focused,” said Ranieri.

“Sometimes I’ve said we are at the last turn and now we are on the final, home straight. Now I want to see my horses, how they run.”

Leicester have not won title yet – Morgan

The Foxes supporters sang “we’re going to win the league” solidly for 15 minutes after the final whistle, and it took repeated announcements from the stadium announcer to persuade them to leave. Naija and bet

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Manchester United ‘have big chance’ of a top-four place : Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United’s top-four hopes would have been over had they lost to Manchester City, but believes they now have a “big chance” of Champions League qualification.

Marcus Rashford’s goal earned a 1-0 derby win over City on Sunday.

Van Gaal’s side are sixth in the Premier League, but lie just a point behind their local rivals in fourth.

“The gap would have been too big if we had drawn or lost. It would have been very difficult,” said the United boss.

“Now it is in our own hands but we have to win our games. We have more home matches than away and we don’t lose so much at Old Trafford – so we have a big chance.”

United won at Etihad Stadium for the first time since December 2012, just three days after being knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool. Naija.com

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Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 3-1 and close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to five points

Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat struggling Augsburg 3-1 and close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to five points.

Dortmund, missing top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to a family bereavement, fell behind to a 14th-minute tap-in from Alfred Finnbogason.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan poked the ball home to level at 1-1 just before the break.

Gonzalo Castro’s deflected effort made it 2-1 before Adrian Ramos fired in at the second attempt in the 75th minute.

Bayern’s 1-0 win at Cologne on Friday night had extended their advantage in the title race as they look to secure a fourth successive championship.

Dortmund, who last week knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League,struggled to respond with a poor first-half showing against an Augsburg side which had won just one of its previous nine league games as they battle to avoid the drop.

But once Mkhitaryan’s deflected shot had beaten former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger, who was playing his first game of the season, they dominated the second half to secure their sixth win in seven league games.  Naijabet.com

Barca vs Atletico, PSG to play City in champion league quarter finals

Barcelona will face fellow  Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago, in the Champions League quarterfinals following the draw in Nyon on Friday.

Barca, on their to become the first team to win the trophy two seasons in a row, will get the chance to avenge their defeat at the same stage two years ago when Atletico won 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw.

Paris St Germain, who last reached the semi-finals in 1995, will face fellow big spenders Manchester City in the other outstanding tie, with the first leg at the Parc des Princes.

Ten-times champions Real Madrid were pitted against German side VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich will face Portugal’s Benfica. Both Bundesliga teams will play the first legs at home .Naijabet.com

 

Man Utd still have hope of qualifying for the Champions League

Manchester United must beat Manchester City to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

United were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool and next face City, who are four points ahead of them in fourth place in the Premier League.

“We have to beat City because that is the other chance to qualify for the Champions League,” said Van Gaal.

“The expectations are always high. We know that and we can cope with that.”

The winners of the Europa League automatically earn a place in the Champions League, a route which could see Liverpool back in the competition next year after they comfortably saw off United over the two legs. make money from sport  

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Juventus boss contributed to their Champions League exits

Massimiliano Allegri is regarded as one of Europe’s most tactically astute coaches but a rare miscalculation from the against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Juventus were almost perfect for the first hour as they led 2-0 in the round of 16 second leg tie and gave Pep Guardiola’s Bayern a footballing lesson in their own Allianz arena.

But two substitutions by Allegri handed the initiative to Bayern who hit back with two late goals to level at 2-2 and then scored twice more in extra-time to win 4-2 and 6-4 on aggregate after an extraordinary, see-saw tie.

First, Sami Khedira, who had been a rock in midfield, was replaced with the less experienced Stefano Sturaro.

Almost immediately, Allegri took off forward Alvaro Morata, who had created Juve’s second goal with a magnificent 60-metre run that left the Bayern midfield in his wake, and brought on Mario Mandzukic.

Until that moment, Juve’s performance was a near replica of their previous visit to Germany, where they won 3-0 at Borussia Dortmund at the same stage of the competition last year.

Allegri set up an impenetrable barrier in defence, forcing Bayern to pass the ball sideways for most of the first hour, and picked off Bayern with level counterattacks.

But they lost their attacking edge after the changes, with Mandzukic devoting most of his energy to provoking Bayern defenders and Sturaro looking uncomfortable in midfield. Naijabet.com

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Champions League: Pep Guardiola ‘doesn’t care’ who Bayern meet next

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he “doesn’t care” who they play in the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Juventus.

Thomas Muller scored a 90th-minute equaliser to take the tie into extra-time, where Bayern scored twice to prevail 6-4 on aggregate.

“If you want to reach the semi-finals then you have to be ready to beat any opponent,” Guardiola said.

“But we are there. We made it. A minute later and we would have been out.” Naijabet.com

The other seven teams in the quarter-finals are Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Wolfsburg, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on Thursday at 10:00, and the first legs will be played on 5 and 6 April, with the second legs on 12 and 13 April.

Barcelona 3-1 second-leg victory over Arsenal at the Nou Camp

Holders Barcelona eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 second-leg victory over Arsenal at the Nou Camp.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Lionel Messi forced David Ospina into a stunning save from close range, before Neymar slotted home a low finish.

Mohamed Elneny lashed in for Arsenal in the second half but Luis Suarez struck a brilliant volley for Barcelona.

Danny Welbeck hit the woodwork before Messi chipped in a sublime third.

The Gunners went out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the sixth straight season after a 5-1 aggregate loss against Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on target.

“In the final third, Barcelona’s passing accuracy and creativity is exceptional,” said Wenger.

Arsenal missed numerous chances in the game, with Danny Welbeck hitting the woodwork and Alexis Sanchez twice coming close.

Having also gone out of the FA Cup in a shock defeat against Watford last weekend, the Premier League is Arsenal’s only hope of a trophy this season. They are currently 11 points behind leaders Leicester with a game in hand. Naija and bet

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Egypt to recalled El Hadary from retirement for super Eagle

Egypt goalie coach Ahmed Nagy has revealed that veteran goalie Essam El Hadary is expected to be part of the main camp as the Pharaohs prepare for their big clash against Nigeria.

Hector Cuper had earlier recalled El Hadary from International retirement before the Pharaohs friendly match against Burkina Faso. Naijabet.com

“I will not invite any new faces , and will stick with those three faces who were with us in the last camp and they are Essam El Hadary (Wadi Degla)  Ahmed El Shenawy (Zamalek) and Mohamed El Shenawy

About Super Eagle Nagy said :” We know them like our hands. Every day we watch their matches and we know all their players by name and number. They have a proven interim coach and as he goes about selecting his team we observe carefully. We also get daily news from their camp which we follow carefully” he ended.

Egypt will open their final camp on March 20, before they travel on March 23 via chartered flight to Kaduna directly, where they play the first of the double header.