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Tevez-JuveTwo former Manchester United stars got the headlines as Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 76th goal of his Champions League career to nudge ahead of Lionel Messi in the all-time standings but it was his former teammate Carlos Tevez who scored the winner in Turin.

This was the biggest game ever in the Juve‘s new stadium and the place was rocking in their first
Champions League semi-final in 12 years. The newly crowned Serie A champions took the game by the scruff of its neck from the opening whistle and were denied an early penalty claim when Arturo Virdal went down in the box.

jose-mourinho-cfcJose Mourinho and Chelsea are ready to close to agreeing on a new contact that will keep the Premier League‘s best manager at Stamford Bridge until 2019.

Mourinho’s current deal expires in two years but after winning the Barclays Premier League title at the weekend, the Special One will be rewarded with a two-year extension.

Mourinho is the highest paid manager in the Premier League, and can expect to be handed improved terms on the current £12.5 million he earns per year under the terms of his current deal.

phil-jones3According to a new study compiled by CIES Football Observatory, Europe’s best central defender aged 23 and under is not Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Jose Gimenez of Atletico. Instead it is Manchester United defender Phil Jones!

BEST U23 CENTRAL DEFENDERS

1 – Phil Jones (Man Utd)
2 – Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
3 – Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
=4 – Marquinhos (PSG)
=4 – Stefan de Vrij (Lazio)
6 – Tin Jedvaj (Leverkusen)
7 – Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim)
8 – Michael Keane (Burnley)
9 – Jores Okore (Aston Villa)
10 – Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that the most surprising thing about the team’s victory over Hull City was the manner in which his team took their chances.

Arsenal produced some sensational attacking football on Monday as they swept Hull aside 3-1 and in reality the game was over by half-time.

Aaron Ramsey scored in-between an Alexis Sanchez double in the first half as Arsenal raced into a 3-0 lead and although Hull pulled a goal back the result was never in doubt.

Speaking after the game, Wenger said that he thought perhaps the team didn’t score when they deserved to but they then missed chances when they were on top.

Bournemouth Championship Champions

Following their title win on Saturday, we look at Bournemouth’s performances over the 2014/15 Championship season

Wenger-FACupArsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his team should not be judged until the season has finished because there are still undecided matters.

Speaking before the game against Hull, Wenger said that it is too early to talk about judgements because there is still a lot to play for in the league as well as the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

“We will be judged at the end of the season – 30th of May after the FA Cup final, where are we in the Premier League, where are we in the FA Cup and we will see how well we have done,” said Wenger.

mou-and-abraChelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not say anything to the press unless there is a reason, which is why his comments today made me do a double take when he said that he will stay at Chelsea as long as owner Roman Abramovich “wants him”.

Chelsea won the league for the fifth time on Sunday, their third under the Special OneP, as they claimed the double following Capital One Cup final success in March.

Despite winning six trophies in three years during his first stint at the club between 2004-07 Mourinho fell out with Abramovich and departed “by mutual consent” in September 2007.

revs-tifoThe New England beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 in front of 18,296 fans on a warm and sunny evening at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

These two sides met in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and if the early months of the season are any indication, they will meet again in November.

The Red Bulls came into the game, still unbeaten on the season, while New England were undefeated in their last 14 games at home in all competitions.

suarez-goalLuis Suárez scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona as they thrashed Cordoba 8-0 away from home, while Real Madrid kept pace in the title race courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo treble at Sevilla.

For 41 minutes there was no sign that Barca were going score eight goals. Brave defending by Cordoba took them within minutes of a scoreless draw at half-time but then a thumping drive from Ivan Rakitic in the 42nd minute gave the league leaders the lead and when Suarez doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time it was game over.

Allegri-juventusJuventus won its fourth-straight Italian Serie A title on Saturday after picking up a routine 1-0 win over Sampdoria thanks to an Arturo Vidal goal but the impact was massive, with Juventus pulling 17 points clear in the table with four league games remaining. Focus can now switch to the Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid next week.

The win is a triumph for Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri, who took over from Antonio Conte in the summer. The news that Allegri was replacing the popular Conte was greeted by protests by Juventus fans, but was not welcome at first by Juve fans,