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Lyon leaves everyone in shock after defeating Manchester City with 3-1 in Champions League Quarter Final

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Manchester City’s dreams were once again shattered after Lyon shocked the side by striking three goals and securing the game in the Quarterfinal in Lisbon, Portugal.

Gabriel Jesus was sitting on the field and crying, nothing could cover his pain at that very time. Raheem Sterling was covering his eyes with his hands and was trying to handle the shock of the Manchester City defeat.

This makes the Lyon players break off their celebrations and console their opponents. Manchester City didn’t reach the semifinal for the fourth consecutive season. Manchester City started as a hot favorite but didn’t manage to win against the passionate and determined Lyon.  

Lyon gained his lead in the 24th minute when Maxwell Cornet finished with a clean strike, Guardiola chose to play the game with three men central defense. Manchester City leveled the score by Kevin de Bruyne’s strike by the pass from Raheem Sterling at around 69 minutes. 

Former Gaelic striker Moussa Dembele, he was playing as a substitute and managed to revive Lyon’s lead in an ambivalent situation almost 11 minutes from the time. It appears that the video assistant referee ignored a foul by the striker before he ran towards Ederson. 

Manchester City tried to equalize the game but Raheem Sterling missed an absolute chance when he sent his finish over the open goal from Gabriel Jesus’ pass. It proved to be hugely expensive as seconds later Lyon made it up to the semi-final match with Bayern Munich when Dembele scored his second goal and took Lyon to the next level of the league. 

With this, Lyon managed to grab his position in the semifinal and is set to play against voracious Bayern Munich. Manchester City started as firm favorites in the league but came out second against a fiercely determined French team in this game.

WHAT PEP GUARDIOLA GUESSED WRONG AGAINST LYON?

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Manchester City’s dream to lift the Champions League is on halt for another year, but Pep Guardiola (Manchester City Head Coach) should take responsibility after the defeat at the hands of Lyon in Lisbon.

Lyon will not be playing in Europe next season as the team finished at seven in Ligue 1, but how Lyon cut them off in the Quarterfinal by 3-1 defeat; it was not expected by football fans.

Guardiola is not the man who can be against tactical surprises’ and certainly not in this game. Other managers can turn Javier Mascherano from a world-class midfielder to play at center back. But Pep is not that; he should have thought and devised what can be the outcome.

There was no David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, and no Riyad Mahrez. Only Kevin De Bruyne was the one enigmatic player who can unlock Lyon’s strong defense, but the best midfielder in the world can do much only on its own.

Guardiola told after the full time that;

“We tried to cover up our weak points compared to Lyon’s strong points.” It is regarded as rather surprising from the manager of a world-leading football team.

Guardiola, who has been accused of having an unusual approach when he adopted a three-man central defense and chose many genius minds of Manchester city to sit on the bench.

That was the Lyon who didn’t allow Juventus to strike a goal in the entire 90 minutes; they conceded less than a goal in the game of the league. And while Manchester City has plenty of expertise in taking tight defenses; still they lack creativity and planning in this game.

Before half time, it was visible. Even Guardiola admitted;

“Except in the first 20 minutes, we struggled in the game.”

He introduced Riyad Mahrez after the break to equalize Lyon’s lead. But Lyon had already stabilized by the time and showed admirable spirit and strength to win the game.

Manchester City will claim over the VAR decision that was not penalized what apparently was a foul by Dembele. But the team’s defense after the second half was not commendable either.  

Pep Guardiola did not blame that foul for their defeat and said;

“I am not looking for excuses for our defeat; we are out of the league. We were struggling in the first 25 minutes or so but still, we struggled to take hold of the game, I think we were better in the second half. But you have to be perfect in the competition. We have to do more than that, we did some good things in the game but we make a lot of mistakes too. That’s why we didn’t win the game. It’s not delightful, but now it’s time that we have to keep trying and one day we will surely achieve our goal.” 

City and Guardiola have not been able to go to the top in Champions League before, but this time Guardiola must take responsibility for the flaws in the game plan. 

LYON’S WIDE CELEBRATIONS AFTER THE SURPRISE WIN

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Lyon’s celebrations were a sight to see after the time up, and who can even blame them. They deserve this after a spectacular victory and they deserve the credit for that. Despite not being many experts’ favorites, they knocked out Star player Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus before this game and now steal the game against Manchester City.

The team played with resilience and determination and no one ever thought that it can be so easy for Lyon to grab a win from Manchester City, which is undoubtedly the best in the world.

The French side plays with energy and tactical strength and utilizes their opportunities when given the chance especially after Sterling’s horrible miss.

“We won the tactical battle as we plan the game wisely.” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said.

Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes couldn’t control his happiness and said about the game;

“It’s overwhelming as we won the game, many people were not expecting us to win but then we are a surprise team.”

Dembele was indeed the best from the French side as he scored two goals that took City off from the race towards the semifinal.

Goalscorer Dembele also said after the match; 

“We are still in the league; it means we have an exceptional team. We are taking this from game to game slowly; we will try our best against the Bayern.”

Before the match, it was predicted that Manchester City will defeat Lyon easily. But Lyon stuns everyone with the shocking defeat against the favorites. Since then Pep Guardiola has been criticized that he didn’t utilize the tactics against Lyon that he should be, whether it was the foul or strange tactics by Manchester City, they are out of the League.

Bayern Munich is a hot favorite of football enthusiasts after the team demolished Barcelona with 8-2 defeat. But after Lyon’s surprise win against Manchester City, it’s not certain who will win the semifinal.

After 1996, it will be the first time that the Champions League semi-finals will not have a team from England and Spain. This time, it will be France taking on Germany in this pandemic affecting the Champions League in Lisbon. 

MAN OF THE MATCH; KEVIN DE BRUYNE

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Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Manchester City’s solo goal and attempted almost 17 crosses, more than anyone else. However, he only managed to complete 23 of his 39 passes.

De Bruyne said; “We are a great team but this time we make way too many mistakes. We need to learn, and it was not good enough.”

MATCH STATISTICS

  • Lyon’s Rudi Garcia is the first French manager to take a French team into the Champions League semi-finals after a decade.
  • Since working as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in his seven champions league quarter-finals, Pep Guardiola lost all three times with Manchester City. 
  • The Champions League will have french and german sides in semifinals this time. Paris Saint-German will take on RB Leipzig and Lyon will take on against Bayern Munich.
  • Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in striking more goals than any other Premier League player in the 2019-2020 seasons. 
  • Lyon’s players Maxwell Cornet and Moussa Dembele have scored a total of four goals against Manchester City, making this score even higher than Lionel Messi.
  • Raheem Sterling appeared for the 50th time in the Champions League, aged 25 years and 251 days. Before the record for the youngest player was retained by Wayne Rooney in 2010 when he was 24 years and 115 days old.
  • Fernandinho appeared for the 58th time for Manchester City in the Champions League, the most by any Manchester City player in the league at this very time.

THE STORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL (LYON VS MANCHESTER CITY) IN PICTURES

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Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, in the center, celebrates with his teammates after he scored the second goal of the match against Manchester City at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. (Pool photo via AP)

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Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola is guiding his players during the Champions League Quarter-final against Lyon in Lisbon, Saturday, 15 August 2020. (Pool photo via AP)

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is striking the ball in the Quarterfinal match against Lyon this Saturday, 15 August 2020 (Pool Photo via AP)

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Lyon’s goalkeeper Anthony Lopes dives to save a goal in the Champions League Quarterfinal match against Manchester City in Lisbon. (Pool photo via AP)

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Lyon players are celebrating after they won the Champions League Quarterfinal match against Manchester City. (Pool photo via AP)The Semifinal of Champions League is scheduled for Thursday, 20 August 2020. The match will determine which team will reach the finals to take on either PSG or RB Leipzig, this time Champions League trophy will be taken by French or a German team.

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Lionel Messi decided to leave the football Club

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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is a worldwide famous international soccer player. He remained the captain and main player of Argentina’s national team and FC Barcelona. Messi made the best record to score in football matches and also won many awards individually for giving such an amazing performance in the world of soccer. 

Lionel Messi decided to leave the club

The Argentine star Lionel Messi tells Barcelona that he has decided to leave the club this summer. Lionel Messi has sent a letter to Barcelona informing the club that he wants to leave the team and will ultimately terminate his contract.

According to Catalin radio station RAC1, Lionel Messi told new coach Ronald Koeman that he sees his future away from the Camp Nou. Messi told new coach Ronald Koeman that he sees himself more likely to leave than stay at the Camp Nou.

According to Catalin Radio station

According to Catalin radio station RAC1. Lionel Messi, who interrupted his holidays to meet with Ronald Koeman, told the new coach that literally he is “more out of the club than in it. Lionel Messi, no doubt the greatest player.

In theory, the clause had to be activated before June 10,20 days before the end of the usual footballing year, but the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus-enforced pause in the season mean that he faiths to accomplish a canceling of his contact now during the deferred off-season.

The disagreement is that the essence of the division was for a decision to be finished in the few weeks following the end of a season and there are documents that are signed by Barcelona and by FIFA that express the belief that a season finishes when the match is played.

In the champions league, Messi has spent the days since Barcelona’s humiliation by Bayern Munich, quarter-finals a week ago.

Major threat after Messi decision to leave

A threat that was suggested that also made up the Argentine’s mind was that Messi will not receive any special treatment. Lionel Messi has reportedly spoken to Pep Guardiola over the prospect of joining Manchester United and has started negotiations with the Argentine’s agent.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Barca legend Messi, who has expanded his entire career at the Camp Nou, has told the club he wants to move on to meadows now. That has started the rumor on where his next destination will be and according to Spanish outlet radio Catalunya, Messi has already contracted former boss Guardiola about a move to the Etihad.

Messi and Guardiola won two Champions League trophies and the three La Liga titles in a period where the argentine forward became the best player in the world.

Earning of Messi, Approximation 

There are no more clubs who would give a satisfactory salary to Messi according to his standard. When Messi decided to leave his club, so many other club owners were in search of a way to make a contract with Messi. Landing Messi would be a dream of any president, coach, or fan. However, there are no clubs who could give Messi his salary according to his level.

According to reports

 According to a report published by L’Equipe a few months ago, Messi is the highest-paid player in the world, with a gross salary of $8.3 million per month. That amounts to a staggering $99.6 million a year – an undoubtedly exorbitant figure for any club, no matter how big the potential financial benefits of signing Messi could seem.

LIONEL MESSI’s EXPIRY CLAUSE :

As agreed in the last contract signed by Messi, the conclusion clause for the Argentine international is set to $700 million – a figure that is practically unreachable for any club in the world. It must be remembered that the most expensive transfer in history was that of Neymar, for whom PSG paid Barcelona $222 million back in 2017.

However, the same contract signed by Messi also stipulated that he could leave Barcelona freely at the end of this season. Under stipulated, although he still has one season left on the contract (until June 2021), Messi would have the option of leaving Barcelona without his new club having to pay for his arrival.

However, in this case, Messi had to give information about his decision to leave the Club before June. But considering the typical season that has taken place due to the coronavirus pandemic, which ended just a few days ago, a legal dispute on this matter would be a certainty.

WHAT is the main reason, Messi decided to leave the show

There are many occasions in the past when Argentina has been frustrating over the performance of Lionel Messi in several matches. And all those incidents confirmed the news that they would not be able to compete in further matches in Europe. 

There have been several situations in the last year, including the humiliation of football players for not giving a good performance during many matches in January. The players do not trust that Barcelona directors are capable of taking the club forward.

Could he be back with the U-turn?

It seems very unlikely that Messi will change his mind after having taken such a long time to consider the decision. The fact that he has gone so far as sending a burpo to the club informing them that he wishes to leave the club while not continuing to remain in the club in another year.

It seems highly unlikely that his stance will change. The club will now fight tooth and nail to argue that this clause expired on June 10 and therefore can not be activated, but the player and his lawyers will argue that they have legal grounds.

 Messi expected to leave the house

It was known earlier that Messi has been deciding to leave the football club and the owners of the club have been in search of finding another better play to play for their football club. Journalist Marcelo Bechler claimed on Monday that he has decided to leave, which was followed by the conversion with Ronald Koeman where he said that he saw himself more out of Barcelona than in.

CAN HE leave the club with no Cost?

This is the big question and it could see a tug of war between the club and the player’s lawyers. which may finally end up in court. Messi’s argument is that the clause in his contract could be activated at the end of the season, which is a normal year would be on June 10, like it is started in the deal.

Due to this pandemic situation all around the world, Messi was not able to make time to confirm his decision of leaving the club properly. The players reported that the contract has already been signed to continue playing in the club until the final match occurred, which would make the original June 10 invalid. The club, however, argues that the June 10 still stands, and he is still legally under contract.

COULD THIS LEAD TO BARTOMEU’S RESIGNATION?

It is not sure that he will be going to resign after all this situation that has already created all around Messi. He has weathered many storms in his time in charge at the club and plans to fulfill the plans set out last week and guide the club until the presidential elections, which are scheduled for March.

Which club would be assumed to make deal with Messi

Lionel Messi has decided to leave Barcelona but what do you think would be the best place for Messi to Land on, to continue his career in football?

The announcement on Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night, an announcement was made to be in front of all people including Fans that Messi has decided to leave the club, Barcelona. The cost, of course, would be enormous – even if there is no transfer fee involved – but the rewards could also be huge. And all the other clubs are just here to see another mega news which would be unexpected in anyways. 

Messi obsessions 

Messi’s obsessed by winning the Champions League again,” Spanish football expert Graham Hunter told Sky Sports News, and that is an obsession shared by City and Guardiola. Messi has included another victory to his records since Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012.

It’s a title of success that they are both uncontrolled to retrieve – and they would get better opportunities for giving better performance together. After spending his major part of his career in Barcelona, would Messi actually decide to leave his club for real?

He wouldn’t be the only one who decided to leave the club – Luis Figo and Ronaldo Nazario are among the most high-profile – but it would be a great shock to make a deal and contract with his all-time rival team.

Reaction to Messi Resignation 

Lionel Messi has made such a huge disaster while spreading the news of his resignation from his own team, Barcelona. That also raises the question of which another club would afford him in this situation.

Since long ago, Messi has been the high scorer and achiever in the world of football clubs that have given a shock to four champion league titles, 10 La Liga titles, and six Copa del Rey trophies.

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Oskar Lindblom’s Return Helped Philadelphia Flyers Hold Off Their Elimination One More Time: Flyers Succeed In Maintaining Their Position In Game 7!

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS- PROFESSIONAL ICE HOCKEY TEAM:

Philadelphia Flyers, a professional ice hockey team was founded by Ed Snider, in 1967. Snider was a very successful and wealthy American businessman, who was the Comcast Spectacor’s chairman and also the owner and founder of Philadelphia Flyers. The head coach of the Flyers is Alain Vigneault, who’s behind all their brilliant performances. And the captaincy is in the hands of Claude Giroux 

The Flyers are located and based in Philadelphia and have been playing for the National Hockey team since 1967. They have seen many achievements in the entirety of their career including the Stanley Cup twice in 1973-74 and 1974-75, back to back. Due to their outstanding performances, they have been listed as the third-best ice hockey team of all time.

Flyers are considered as very strong opponents among the ice hockey community as they are one of the teams to be able to appear in the finale most times and also succeeded in winning a few of them. Also, because of this reason, they have a big number of fans following and they try the most to not let their fans down by their flawless performances.

OSKAR LINDBLOM:

Oskar Lindblom, 24, is an international ice hockey player who plays for Philadelphia Flyers as an ice hockey forward. Lindblom is of Swedish descent and was born on August 15, 1996, in Gavle, Sweden. Lindblom is a very outstanding player from the very beginning, who played in the junior leagues of Brynas IF, and later on, due to his promising performance, he earned a spot in the professional team, Swedish Hockey League, of Brynas IF.

After giving years to this field and becoming a trained player, he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers on May 30, 2017, signing up a three-year contract. 

Lindblom Diagnosed With Bone Cancer- Ewing’s Sarcoma:

Sadly, this didn’t happen for long as Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, bone cancer in December 2019, due to which he had to press pause on his ice hockey career to get his chemotherapy done. 

He got his treatment done at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and got done with it on 2nd July 2020 and was given a three-year extension. He returned to compete in the recent match, on September 3, 2020.   

OSKAR LINDBLOM’S RETURN BOOSTED THE FLYERS TO SEAL THE DEAL ONE MORE TIME:

Lindblom’s return almost after a year proved to be a good sign for the Flyers. Having him back in the team boosted their morale ten times and they performed really well, along with Oskar who played the frontline after a long time. 

As he is one of the strongest players of the team, his performance helped the Flyers to stay in the competition one more time in game 7. Even after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and fighting it for months, he stayed positive and came back with the same power and energy. He has scored a total of 30 goals and overall 27 assists in the 134 games he has played with the Philadelphia Flyers.

LINDBLOM TALKS ABOUT HIM COMING BACK AND BEING ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIS TEAM AGAIN:

Oskar talks about his emotions of him being able to play after months of non-stop treatment and going through so much. In his recent statement, Lindblom said, ‘I’ve been through a lot in the past 6-7 months, and it is fair to say that this has been the toughest period of my life as I had to press pause on everything, my passion for ice hockey too. But I still managed to stay positive during this hard time, and probably this is the reason why I am back today’.

He further added ‘Though I had to say goodbye to ice hockey for some time I was positive that I was going to play again one day. What day and when? That I didn’t know myself but I was certain that it would happen one day. And sure enough, I got the opportunity to play with my team once again because today was the day I was waiting for’.  

Lindblom played his part in game 7 on 17:30 and managed to get a 5-4 double-overtime win because of his brilliant performance, and helped the Flyers get victory over the Islanders, on Saturday.

FLYERS’ CAPTAIN, CLAUDE GIROUX SPEAKS ABOUT LINDBLOM’S PERFORMANCE IN GAME 7:

After Lindblom’s amazing performance in game 7, Flyers’ captain, Claude Giroux shows his gratitude for Oskar for being such a strong person and an amazing player as well. In an interview after the game, Giroux said ‘I have so much gratitude for this boy. He is the most strong person I’ve ever come across. I mean, after going through so much, he played like nothing even happened or changed’.

He further said ‘His performance in game 7 left me speechless. Even after a long break, he played so well and I feel immense respect for this brave boy’.

COACH OF PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, ALAIN VIGNEAULT EXPLAIN HOW HE GOT LINDBLOM TO PLAY AGAIN:

Alain talks about how he’s been in close contact with the medical staff and other assistant coaches to keep updating him about Lindblom’s health and whether he is physically fit to play or not, Vigneault said that he desperately wanted Lindblom back because the team’s performance was going down and down.

Moreover, he added ‘Due to our weak performance today, I was certain that two of my best players, Sean Couturier and Joel, were not going to play so my strategy at that point was to put another strong player, Lindblom, to the frontline. I told him how he has to play and how I will use him today’s game and he was very excited about it’. 

He also said that, although Lindblom hasn’t played in months, like for 271 days, he still performed way better than he expected him to. Lindblom said ‘I wanted to step in again, but coming back directly in a playoff was a little challenging for me because the main goal is to win in these games’.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AWARD LINDBLOM WITH A THREE-YEAR, $9 MILLION EXTENSION:

Coach’s decision of putting Lindblom back in the team didn’t make the Flyers second guess his decision because they already had complete faith in their team play. As a token of respect, Philadelphia Flyers awarded Lindblom with a three-year, $9 million extension right after he was discharged from the hospital. They got to him a few weeks after he was done with his chemotherapy and was discharged.

FLYERS’ GOALIE, CARTER HART TALKS ABOUT OSKAR LINDBLOM:

Because of the strength, Lindblom showed in today’s game and also during the days of him fighting with cancer, the Flyers have a lot of respect for him. Team’s goalie, Carter Hart said ‘we are beyond proud of this man and we can’t put it into words how much respect we have for this strong boy. He is and always will be the strongest players of Flyers’. 

He further added ‘We are not just proud of him or respect him because of his performance in tonight’s game, but we are super proud of the strength and positivity he showed during his battle with cancer and how he fought it with such a big and brave heart. Seeing him back again gave us a lot of energy and hope and because of him being there, boosting up our morale and because of his performance, we won again’.

He also said that one of the team member’s said to him that ‘it feels like he was with them all along and never left and today he came back stronger than before even after going through so much and we are proud of him and thankful to him for coming back’. 

NHL NOMINATED LINDBLOM FOR THE MASTERTON TROPHY- ANNUAL AWARD:

Due to Lindblom’s courageous journey and his dedication to his profession, National Hockey League (NHL) nominated him for the Masterton Trophy, which is like an annual award that is given every year to the player who sets up the example of best sportsmanship, tenacity, and their loyalty towards the ice hockey. The winner will be announced by the NHL this summer. 

Are you excited to see Oskar Lindblom in more games and for him to win the NHL Masterton Trophy? Stay put to watch him give his best performances in future games and to find out the winner of the Masterton Trophy.

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Zinedine Zidane; The elimination of Real Madrid against Manchester City was deserved

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Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid was experiencing a mixie of joy and grief at the end of the match. Real Madrid had lost two matches against Manchester City and Zinedine Zidane said; “That exit was deserved” because “it has been two games and we lose both”. 

Zinedine Zidane wanted it to close ranks after the defeat of Real Madrid against Manchester City by 2-1 at the Etihad stadium. Real Madrid has admitted their defeat as it was in their fate. 

Raphael Varane led the match towards the exit!

The match faced two major failures by Raphael Varane in both of Manchester City’s goals. Regarding this, the coach had no doubt. 

Zidane uttered at the press conference that “I haven’t told him anything, I just told him to keep his head held high and nothing more because 95% of what the players did has been spectacular. It’s what I just all the players”.

Zinedine Zidane congratulated City at the press conference in a sub-critical way!

After the match ended, the trainer of Real Madrid ‘Zinedine Zidane’ attended a press conference and expressed his feelings as;

“When it loses, we cannot be happy, but it is essential to be proud of what have done. It is also needed to congratulate the opponent team (Manchester City). They have played very well and at all more. It doesn’t be that necessary to look for excuses, lost the two parties, the most important above all is that I am very proud of the team. We have done our best in the field but sometimes it doesn’t go out you. It is deserved for the city”. 

Zidane mourned over their performance “At the beginning, we had to go through a decline for about 20 minutes, afterward we conducted quite well. In the second part, we were good until the second goal”. 

Besides all the failure of the Madrids against City in the Champions League, Zinedine Zidane appreciated the good work of the team during the League, in which it won the LaLiga Santander and the Supercopa. Zidane stated “Our note has been very good, do not finish with a good result but the Temporada has been very good by everything throughout. It is necessary to be very happy about what did”. 

Through all game, the exit of the team was already determined in the first part of the game with the success in the pressure of the City’s team and the technical errors behind Real Madrid.  

Zidane was asked about his future in Real Madrid!

Zidane was asked about the continuity of his coaching in Real Madrid by next season but he was not dead sure about that. Zinedine Zidane, Madrid’s coach uttered that “We will consider it later on what to do ahead in the next season.

But now it is time to rest. I am here as the trainer of Madrid until something happens. It is not that necessary to think at all. I am Madrid’s coach. Even more, we will go back to be here”. 

The Quarter Final will be between City and Lyon! 

After surpassing the Real Madrid, the City’s team will encounter now Lyon in the quarter-final after the Ligue-1 side drew out a shocking upset against Juventus.

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