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Man City’s nervy win in league’s most one-sided fixture hints at weaknesses

Man City’s nervy win in league’s most one-sided fixture hints at weaknesses

Afterwards, Guardiola made a point of praising his players rather than criticising their lack of control. “They are supermen,” he said. “Honestly, I am telling you. Our fans have to be so proud of these guys. Bournemouth had seven days to prepare, seven days of dreaming of beating the best team in the world.” This has been a strange campaign for Bournemouth, who went seven games unbeaten before the turn of the year but are now another seven matches without a victory. Their form seems to fluctuate over the course of a yawning period of months, rather than weeks. One aspect of Andoni Iraola’s team that is consistent, though, is their willingness to press high up the pitch without the ball. Unlike so many of City’s opponents, Bournemouth were aggressive with their positioning, on the front-foot from the first minute and attempting to force errors. The problem with such an approach is that it requires perfection against a team of City’s quality. One mistimed jump, or one moment of hesitation, is usually all that Guardiola’s …

Italy secure Euro 2024 finals spot after nervy goalless draw with Ukraine | Euro 2024 qualifying

Italy qualified for Euro 2024 finals after drawing 0-0 against Ukraine in their final Group C qualifier in Leverkusen on Monday. Italy, who will make their eighth consecutive appearance at the Euros, dominated possession and created more chances. Ukraine remained composed in defence while seeking opportunities on the counterattack although they could not find a goal. skip past newsletter promotion Sign up to Football Daily Kick off your evenings with the Guardian’s take on the world of football “,”newsletterId”:”the-fiver”,”successDescription”:”Kick off your evenings with the Guardian’s take on the world of football”}” config=”{“renderingTarget”:”Web”,”darkModeAvailable”:false}”>Privacy Notice: Newsletters may contain info about charities, online ads, and content funded by outside parties. For more information see our Privacy Policy. We use Google reCaptcha to protect our website and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. after newsletter promotion Ukraine saw a penalty appeal waved away in stoppage time after Mykhailo Mudryk went down under Bryan Cristante’s challenge – and VAR did not intervene. The final whistle sounded moments later and the defending champions could celebrate their place in …

Raphaël Varane gives nervy Manchester United win against lively Wolves | Premier League

It was far from deserved but Manchester United and Erik ten Hag started their tricky second album with a win thanks to Raphaël Varane’s header against Wolves. It was not without a late, late scare, though, as André Onana collided with two Wolves players in the penalty area when trying to punch out a cross but the VAR saw nothing untoward. The visitors wasted a collection of chances to ensure one goal was enough to collect three points. Wolves leave Old Trafford frustrated but with the hope that their new era does not look as doomed as many feared when Julen Lopetegui left days before the season started, while United will be relieved to get off the mark. Ten Hag selected two debutants, with André Onana starting in goal and Mason Mount in midfield, while Gary O’Neil – their manager – was the only new arrival for Wolves from the first whistle. Fitting Mount and Bruno Fernandes into one side will have given Ten Hag plenty to consider, eventually putting them in central midfield in …