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FA Cup: City face Arsenal on July 18, United play Chelsea July 19

Manchester City to continue FA Cup title defence on Saturday July 18 in late kick-off televised on BT Sport, whilst Manchester United face Chelsea in 6pm start on Sunday July 19 on BBC

  • Manchester City will continue their FA Cup defence against Arsenal at Wembley
  • City’s match with Arsenal will be played on Saturday, July 18 on BT Sport
  • Manchester United face Chelsea in other FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, July 19 

Holders Manchester City will continue the defence of their FA Cup crown in the semi-final against Arsenal on Saturday, July 18 at Wembley.

The game, which pits Pep Guardiola against his former assistant manager Mikel Arteta, will be aired on BT Sport and kicks off at 7.45pm.

Manchester United and Chelsea will play at 6pm the following day, a match which will be televised live on BBC One.

Manchester City are set to face Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, 18 July

Manchester United needed extra time to book their semi-final spot against Chelsea on Sunday

City booked another Wembley date by beating Newcastle at the weekend with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling securing a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.

Meanwhile, the Gunners won away at Sheffield United after a late Dani Ceballos strike saw Arteta’s side clinch victory after it seemed David McGoldrick’s 87th minute equaliser saw the tie destined for extra-time.

Manchester United needed extra time to see off relegation-threatened Norwich to book their last-four date as central defender Harry Maguire won the match for the Red Devils with a 118th minute goal. 

Chelsea were winners at Leicester as Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the game in a tight 1-0 victory for Frank Lampard’s side.

Arsenal clinched a very late victory over Sheffield United thanks to Dani Ceballos 

Chelsea secured their place in the final four after victory against Leicester City 




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Chris Silverwood expecting ‘hard cricket’ as England take on each other with Test places at stake

Deputising England captain Ben Stokes and his temporary vice-captain Jos Buttler will lead two teams in an intra-squad match to be played at the Ageas Bowl as preparation for the first Test against West Indies.

The two-innings match, which begins on Wednesday and will last three days will feature 27 of the 30-man group currently living and training at the biosecure ground and provide the first bit of competitive action any English cricket has had this summer. It will also be available to watch online via ecb.co.uk.

It will provide them with much-needed match practice and also inform the decisions of head coach Chris Silverwood and the selectors ahead of Saturday when an official squad of around 22 players will be announced for the first Test.

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Joe Root will not be taking part as he is due to leave the ground on Wednesday afternoon to be with his wife, Carrie, who is expecting their second child later this week. The need to isolate for seven days after returning for hospital means he will be unable to join the bubble for the Test, and will instead reconvene with the squad at Emirates Old Trafford for the final two Tests. Amar Virdi and Jamie Overton, both fit, were the other two players who will not take part in the practice match.

The absence of Root will present an opportunity for the likes of Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, and the uncapped Dan Lawrence. Crawley and Bairstow are lining up for Team Stokes, while Lawrence is in the middle order for Team Buttler.

There is also a decision to be made on the make-up of the pace attack, along with the designated spinner with Moeen Ali and Jack Leach returning to challenge off-spinner Dom Bess, who had settled into the role nicely in South Africa.

With the match being an unusual 13 vs 14, there will be a few substitutes throughout. But Silverwood is keen to keep the match as regular and competitive as possible.

“We will play as many as we can without going OTT,” he said. “Obviously, we want to get a certain amount of workload into certain people. We are going to go more than eleven but be sensible as well. Try and get as much into what we may see as a core group as possible.”

There will be no stoking of tensions. Nor will the two teams spend time apart over the next three days to exacerbate any sense of rivalry. The last month of training and the last week of being holed up with one another – in a socially-distanced manner – has seen the players grow closer as a larger collective.

“Off the field they’ll be as a group. We tend to look at ourselves as one cricketing family behind these closed doors down here. I’d be reluctant to separate the two groups from that point of view but certainly on the field I expect hard cricket out there. I expect that’s what we’ll get out there.

“We have got people coming back into this bubble very fit from a physical point of view and very motivated. There’s been some very good skills on show as well so it should be a very good game of cricket.”

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A-League 2019-20 fixtures released: NSW to host majority of games in revamped season

The A-League is set to return with an incredible extravaganza of 32 games in 39 days for football-starved fans when the season resumes in a fortnight.

It will have been 115 days between drinks when the competition is reignited with a Melbourne derby between Victory and Western United on July 16, kicking off an unprecedented bonanza of action.

After extensive negotiations, times and dates for all fixtures have been locked in – with the grand final set to take place on August 23.

However the glaring omissions from the fixture list released on Wednesday is that of venues throughout.

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A NSW hub will host the vast majority of games, with the season reopening Melbourne derby – set to be played at AAMI Park – a rare exception.

The remaining 27 games of the regular season will be squeezed into a 28-day period, with just one football-free day.

Further, United will again be in action on July 20 – four days after their first derby – against Melbourne City, again likely at AAMI Park before the three Victorian clubs head to NSW to complete their season due to border and quarantine implications caused by COVID-19.

Leaders Sydney FC are set to host Wellington Phoenix, currently in quarantine in NSW, on July 17.

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The Phoenix and Perth Glory will play the remainder of their matches in NSW, with the Glory set to restart their campaign on July 18 against Central Coast Mariners.

Brisbane Roar will host Adelaide United on July 19, possibly at Gold Coast venue Cbus Super Stadium rather than Suncorp Stadium, before both teams head to NSW to finish their season.

The schedule will remain fluid and be subject to change.

BELOW: FULL FIXTURE LIST, SCHEDULE FOR A-LEAGUE SEASON

“FFA is continuing to monitor developments in all states and we will remain agile in our response to the development of the schedule as required,” a Football Federation Australia spokesman said.

Meanwhile, John Didulica has cited family reasons for his decision to stand down from his role as CEO of players’ union Professional Footballers Australia.

“It is an incredible honour to work in football and to serve footballers as chief executive of the PFA, but everybody who works in the sport knows how all-consuming it is,” Didulica said.

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“After so many consecutive years involved, I really want to step back and spend more time with my wonderful wife and daughters.

“I am so proud of the work the PFA has done in recent years and, more recently, the institutional strength we demonstrated to preserve our entire staff to service players during the unprecedented professional and wellbeing challenges presented by COVID-19.

“We have built a great team and I have no doubt they will continue to steward the business to ensure we continue supporting the players and building the game.”

PFA president Alex Wilkinson said the departing Didulica had “galvanised the players and staff and pushed the organisation to new heights”.

FULL FIXTURE LIST FOR REMAINDER OF A-LEAGUE SEASON

July 16: Melbourne Victory v Western United

July 17: Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix

July 18: Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners

July 19: Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United

July 20: Western United v Melbourne City

July 21: Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

July 22: Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory

July 23: Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix

July 24: Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets

July 25: Sydney FC v Western United

July 26: Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United

July 27: Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers

July 28: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

July 30: Adelaide United v Perth Glory

July 31: Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix

August 1: Melbourne City v Sydney FC

August 2: Newcastle Jets v Western United

August 3: Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners

August 4: Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory

August 5: Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar

August 6: Adelaide United v Sydney FC

August 7: Western United v Western Sydney Wanderers

August 8: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

August 9: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

August 10: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

August 11: Melbourne City v Adelaide United

August 12: Perth Glory v Western United

ELIMINATION FINALS

August 15: Team 4 v Team 5 or Team 3 v Team 6

August 16: Team 4 v Team 5 or Team 3 v Team 6

SEMI-FINALS

August 19: 1 v Lowest Ranked EF Winner or 2 v Highest Ranked EF Winner

August 20: 1 v Lowest Ranked EF Winner or 2 v Highest Ranked EF Winner

GRAND FINAL

August 23: Winners Semi-Final v Winner Semi-Final 2

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Jamie Carragher brutally trolls Man Utd hero Gary Neville as Liverpool win Premier League

Jamie Carragher wasted no time lauding Liverpool’s Premier League title win over rival-turned-friend Gary Neville. The Liverpool hero was ecstatic as Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Thursday night handed the crown to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

And Carragher quickly took to Twitter to share a doctored photograph of Manchester United legend Neville ‘celebrating’ with a bottle of champagne.

The picture, which featured a smirking Neville with a Liverpool shirt edited onto him, is a screengrab from a video originally posted by the former right-back earlier this year as he enjoyed the Reds’ hopes of an unbeaten season being ended at Watford.

Carragher and co. have had the last laugh, though, with Liverpool’s 19th top-flight title compounding what has been a miserable era since Sir Alex Ferguson left United.

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Carragher was not done there, with the Anfield icon sharing a video put together by Sky Sports to troll Neville.

Neville had previously joked he might have to “move to Papua New Guinea or somewhere” if Liverpool were to win the Premier League title.

And the comical footage showed Carragher, Graeme Souness, Geoff Shreeves and other Sky Sports personnel trying to hunt Neville down as Liverpool’s ascension to the throne was confirmed.

The clip ended with Carragher at an airport with a boarding pass for Papua New Guinea as he carried on his fictional search for runaway Neville.

In the wake of Liverpool’s success, which has come with seven games of the season still to go, Carragher has admitted he thought his old side might never win another title.

“Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield saying he wanted to turn doubters into believers,” Klopp told The Telegraph. “I was one of those who had given up hope on Liverpool winning the Premier League.

“It was shortly after my last meaningful title bid in 2009 that I started to lose my faith. The 2010 season was awful.

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“Xabi Alonso had been sold to Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez’s team was unraveling, and the club was braced for another period of reconstruction.

“Reluctantly, I faced up to the disheartening conclusion a championship victory parade would never happen.”

Liverpool are now just 14 points adrift of a century in the Premier League and have 21 left to play for this season.

They will be back in action next Thursday when they take on Pep Guardiola’s dethroned City side at the Etihad.

City, and Liverpool’s remaining opponents, will be expected to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a customary guard of honour prior to their respective matches.

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Jurgen Klopp pays touching tribute to unsung Liverpool heroes of Premier League title win

Jurgen Klopp has paid a touching tribute to Liverpool’s unsung heroes after the Reds’ 30-year wait for top-flight glory ended as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 on Thursday night. Goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian at Stamford Bridge ensured City no longer have a mathematical chance of catching runaway Liverpool.

The Premier League title win brings down the curtain on three decades of hurt for the red half of Merseyside.

Klopp has showered praise on his current players, as well as the big names who have helped carry Liverpool through those dark days.

And he’s now hailed the lower-profile personnel who supported him as he became the first man since Kenny Dalglish to lead Liverpool to a top-division title.

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“You know [the significance of ending the 30-year wait] better than I do!” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “Thirty years ago… 30 years ago… I was 23, so I didn’t think too much about winning a title with Liverpool, to be honest! I had no skills for that!

“Thirty years later I am here and because of the great staff I have, it is unbelievable. Tonight, you see them all together. What Ray [Haughan] did organisational wise, what Mona [Nemmer] did food wise and with nutrition is amazing.

“What Korny [Andreas Kornmayer] did on a fitness level, what Pep Lijnders did and put into this game, there is so much of his soul in our game now in this short period. It is unbelievable. Pete [Krawietz]… wow… what a… I couldn’t thank them all more.

“Vitor [Matos] came in and he has lost one game since he is in. Unbelievable. The youth, the players, Neco Williams would not be in this moment or the position he is, or Curtis [Jones], or Harvey [Elliott] or now Leighton [Clarkson] coming up and Jake Cain coming up, they would not be in this position if Vitor is not here.

“John [Achterberg] and Jack [Robinson], it is a joy to work with them together every day. It is for Danielle, my PA who I didn’t see for three-and-a-half or four months but she is working her socks off and suffers so much. It is for everybody.

“It is for Mike [Gordon], Tom [Werner] and John [Henry], our owners in America. We couldn’t reach other, I have 20 calls and them probably as well because I couldn’t catch him so far. It is for everybody; they all put so much effort into it and I am the lucky guy who sits in the seat in this moment and… can be part of this story, it’s so great it is unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Klopp revealed he made it compulsory for Liverpool’s stars to watch the crucial Chelsea vs City showdown together so none of them would “regret it for the rest of his life”.

Video quickly emerged post-match of Liverpool stars celebrating together as Willian smashed in his crucial penalty in west London.

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And Klopp has confirmed he ordered his squad to get together so they could savour the moment for the rest of their lives.

“There was no alternative,” Klopp said. “[On Thursday] morning we thought about it, shall we do something and then we thought maybe not compulsory, the boys have to drive a little bit.

“And then I said: ‘No, we have to make it compulsory, everybody has to be there’ because I am more experienced and I know who will stay at home and watch it alone will regret it for the rest of his life.

“So, we came here together, it is our bubble, it is the people who are with us everyday, we are all twice-a-week tested so we are fine since we can train again and it’s a nice moment.

“It is wonderful to share it, but we share it with everybody out there as well because we are here, they are there, but we are all together.”

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Jurgen Klopp: It doesn’t matter where or how Liverpool win Premier League title

Jurgen Klopp does not care for the finer details over where and how Liverpool can win the Premier League title as the efforts underpinning a remarkable season will be what defines the triumph for him.

The league leaders host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and require just five points from eight games to end a three-decade wait to be crowned champions of England.

If victory is secured against Roy Hodgson’s charges and Manchester City fail to defeat Chelsea on Thursday at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool will secure the trophy they have craved above all without kicking a ball.

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Klopp, who won consecutive Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund between 2010 and 2012, is not overly fussed over the setting of their success, however.

It is inconsequential given their failure to pick up maximum points in all but three of their 30 fixtures thus far in what has been a benchmark-setting campaign.

It also fades into the background when taking into consideration the length of their drought.

“Honestly, if it will happen I don’t care too much where it will be,” Klopp said. “To be in a stadium, in a game with a decisive goal, is not too bad and I had that twice.

“Winning the Champions League final and being in the stadium when that happens is pretty good as well. But, again, life is not perfect, so you have to deal with the circumstances and that is what we do.

“I don’t want to talk about what we do if we win it, I just don’t care. I will feel what I feel and speak enough about it then if it happens.

“Until then I just don’t think about it. There is nothing to plan around it, but people don’t bother me with that if there is, because I am not interested.

“I want to win football games and, if something happens, we will react on that. The rest, I don’t care.”

Liverpool have been victors in their last 22 league matches at Anfield, the best ever winning run at home in English top-flight history.

The last team to get the better of them on their own turf was Palace in April 2017 and they were also responsible for Klopp’s first loss in charge of the club in November 2015.

On that Sunday evening nearly five years ago, Scott Dann’s late header secured a 2-1 win for the Selhurst Park side and forced a mass exit of home supporters from Anfield.

“Eighty-two minutes—game over,” Klopp assessed at the time. “I turned around and I felt pretty alone at this moment. We have to decide when it is over.”

On Wednesday night, sans any fans, the manager admitted it would feel even more lonely on Merseyside, but explained the development from then to now.

“On that day, I felt literally alone because so many people left the stadium and I thought it was important that night to make a statement that things had to change,” Klopp explained.

“We had to change and supporters could change as well if they wanted to help.

“I’ve never felt alone again since then, honestly, and I will not feel alone when something special will happen, whenever it will happen.”

Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are the only players still at Liverpool from the matchday squad against Palace from that November, with the latter set to leave as a free agent at the end of the season.

Nathaniel Clyne, who had started at right back, has been doing individual sessions and is out of contract at the end of June.

“We didn’t have a massive masterplan behind it and think: ‘We have to sell him, him and him and bring in him, him and him,’” Klopp said.

“We tried to deal with the situation. A few weeks before we lost that game to Palace, I came to Liverpool in the October. It was a cold night against Palace, I remember that, but I don’t know too much about that time any more.

“The only thing I know is that the team we had at the time, and the team before that, was the basis for what we have now. They created the mood that we could build on, even if the mood was not that good in the moment. We had to use the fact that people wanted to change things.

“If people don’t want to change and think everything is fine because a new manager is coming then nobody is bothered. The situation was our starting point and losing to Crystal Palace that night maybe helped more, because I could make this kind of statement after the game.

“It was not planned, it was just what I felt in this moment, and it helped us to come together closer, because people discussed the influence of supporters in the stadium that night.

“They had to think about it and thought: ‘Okay, we are not just there for the start and for 80 minutes of the game, the team needs us for 95 or 100 minutes or however long it will go.’

“That was important. A lot of things have changed, I couldn’t tell you how many players, but the team at that time was not so bad and the team now is a pretty good one.

“A lot of things we did in the past obviously worked out and may that continue forever! That would be really cool.”

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