Jurgen Klopp’s men will return to European football’s elite competition next season, but could well face a difficult start to life back at the top with the liklihood of a tough draw on the horizon.
It will be the second attempt for the rivals to do battle on foreign soil after last summer’s friendly in Beijing, China was cancelled due to the quagmire pitch.
Ferran Soriano, chief executive of Manchester City, added:
‘The Manchester derby is one of the world’s most iconic games.
Jose Mourinho named the youngest Manchester United XI in Premier League history for the season finale clash with Crystal Palace.
The average age of Mourinho’s side came in at 22years and 284 days, a side younger than any of those named by historic boss Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League era.
And it was two graduates of the United academy who got the goals in the 2-0 win, with Josh Harrop’s dream debut goal and a Paul Pogba strike ending United’s Premier League campaign on a high.
Chelsea captain John Terry bid farewell to Stamford Bridge on his final appearance for the Blues and the 36-year-old has not been offered a new contract after 22-years with the club.
In an emotional post-match address, Terry bid farewell to the ground he has called home since 1995 and thanked the supporters, his team-mates, manager Antonio Conte and owner Roman Abramovich.
‘Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,’ an emotional Terry told the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that speculation over his future damaged his side’s push for the Champions League and claimed the ‘psychological environment’ for his players became ‘horrendous’.
During a tense post-match press conference, Wenger conceded that uncertainty over his future has contributed to Arsenal’s fifth-place finish, with the manager still to announce whether he will remain at the club next season.
Asked whether he accepts responsibility, Wenger said:
Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana meant that Jurgen Klopp, in his second season in charge, guided the Reds into the top four for just the second time in the last seven seasons.
The result saw Arsenal miss out on Champions League football for the first in 20 years by finishing fifth, while Manchester City will join Liverpool in playing Europe’s elite after they finished third.
Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday. With the win, Juventus made history by becoming the first club to win six successive Serie A titles.
Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free-kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.
He scored inside two minutes as Zinedine Zidane’s team coasted to the trophy that has eluded them for the last five years. Ronaldo loves the last day of the season. He came into the game with a record of 11 goals in his last nine final matches of campaigns and it wasn’t long before he added to that record.
His form has been criticized by pundits in the media all season, but According to the CIES Football Observatory, Paul Pogba was one of the top midfielders this season.
Judged on categories like rigour, recovery, distribution, chance creation and take-ons, Pogba is one of the three highest ranked defensive central midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues.
He scored a 89 on their 100-point scale and therefore earned a place alongside Thiago Alcantara (rated 90) of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita (88.5) in central midfield.
There are considerably less surprising names in the line-up, such as Lionel Messi (93.5), who has been given a berth on the right.
Really Arsene? It that what you really think as I cannot believe that you are that delusional.
Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season in February, losing 10-2 on aggregate toBayern.
But Wenger suggests that the Gunners lost “under special circumstances” – those apparently being that they would have gone through on aggregate had only first halves counted.