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Katie Price opts for trial after denying restraining order violation

The former glamor model has been accused of sending her ex-husband Kieran Kayler an abusive message about his fiancee Michelle Penticost. (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price faces a trial at Crown Court after she denied breaking a restraining order against her ex-husband's fiancé over a message in which she accused the couple of having an affair. The 43-year-old ex-glamor model reportedly texted Kieran Hayler on Jan. 21 this year, branding his new partner Michelle Penticost a "c***ing whore" and a "gutter slag." . On June 3, 2019, Price was barred under a five-year injunction from communicating directly or indirectly with Penticost. Price, wearing white sneakers, a green tracksuit and a black vest, appeared before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and was accused of indirectly contacting Penticost in violation of the restraining order. She was joined by her reality TV star fiancé Carl Woods, 33, who was sitting in the gallery. The court heard her message to Hayler may have been prompted by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she denies was addressed to Price. "She's on a restraining order so she shouldn't try to piss me off as she's going against her and I'm sure she doesn't want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. Joe Harrington, defending himself, said: "The issues relate to her mental health and the triggers that led to the sending of this message." When asked where she wanted to hear the trial, Price said: "The Crown Court, Please." She said, "This is a very serious allegation alleging that you used obnoxious and mean language indirectly towards Ms. Penticost, a person whom an injunction prohibited you from contacting directly or indirectly." The The judge granted Price bail before a plea and pre-trial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on May 25, on condition that she does not contact Penticost, directly or indirectly, except to hand over children. "It seems to me, Ms. Price, that all children involved in your past and present relationships need their adults to act like adults," the judge said. "Stop subjecting them to very public arguments."

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Katie Price denies violating the restraining order as she appears in court

A judge has warned Katie Price that she is "at grave risk of going to jail" as the star denies breaking the restraining order (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price now faces a trial at Crown Court after she denied breaching a restraining order against ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancee. The 43-year-old My Crazy Life star reportedly texted Hayler on Jan. 21 this year, in which she branded his new partner, Michelle Penticost, "c***ing wh**e" and "guttering shit." Former glamor model Price was banned on June 3, 2019 from directly or indirectly contacting Penticost under the terms of a five-year injunction, while also being fined hundreds of pounds for making a rude remark to her during a row hurled an "abuse tirade" in a schoolyard. Price appeared in Crawley Magistrates' Court Wednesday morning accused of indirectly contacting Penticost in violation of the restraining order. She was spotted in court in white sneakers, a green tracksuit and a black vest and was joined by her fiancé, Carl Woods, 33, seated in the public gallery. The court heard her message to Hayler may have been prompted by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she denies was addressed to Price. "She's on a restraining order so she shouldn't be trying to piss me off as she's going against her and I'm sure she doesn't want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. Joe Harrington, defending himself, said: "The issues relate to her mental health and the triggers that led to the sending of this message." Asked where she would like the trial to be heard, Price said: "The Crown Court, please ." District Judge Amanda Kelly said the offense carried a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and warned Price, "You are in really serious danger of going to jail." She said, "This is a very serious allegation where alleging that you acted indirectly abominably and used ugly language towards Ms Penticost, someone whom an injunction prevented you from contacting, directly or indirectly.” The judge granted Price before a plea and preparatory hearing at Lewes Crown Court on May 25 a deposit on bail, on condition that she also does not contact Penticost directly or indirectly, except for the surrender of Kin other Judge Kelly added: "It seems to me, Ms. Price, that all children involved in your past and present relationships need their adults to behave like adults.

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Katie Price denies breaching restraining order after 'texting ex-fiancée'

Katie Price has arrived at Crawley Magistrates' Court after breaching a restraining order after allegedly sending Kieran Hayler's fiancee Michelle Penticost a stupid message (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceGet daily celebrity exclusives and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox. Get daily celebrity exclusives and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox. The 43-year-old model has been charged with violating the restraining order after she allegedly sent a foul-mouthed message to call her ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancée Michelle Penticost a "gutter s**g" in a text to him describe. She now pleaded not guilty in Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday April 27. Katie was wearing a khaki green long-sleeved top and matching leggings with a black down vest from her brand KP Equestrian over it when she was photographed at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. She added mirrored sunglasses and a black and brown satchel-style handbag with a long strap, which she rested on her shoulder. Get the daily newsletter from OK! exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox. Katie covered her mouth and nose with a blue face mask and had her long blonde locks in an open straight hairstyle for her court appearance. She was arrested on Friday January 21 and questioned at Worthing Police Station for allegedly violating a restraining order, meaning she is not allowed to contact Kieran's fiancee Michelle. TV personality Katie was held in custody for 12 hours after being arrested at her dingy mansion. At the time of her arrest, Katie was serving a 16-week suspended sentence after pleading guilty to drinking after an accident near her home in September while she was disqualified and driving without insurance. A person can be recalled to prison for the duration of their suspended sentence if they violate the terms of the license. Katie faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of allegedly violating the restraining order. If so, Katie could be jailed for five years, with the 16 weeks running at the same time as, or possibly in addition to, the main sentence. However, she will not be sentenced today as she is yet to enter a plea on the charges. Katie was handed a five-year restraining order in 2019 after she verbally abused Michelle in the schoolyard. She is forbidden from contacting 35-year-old Kieran's fiancé "directly or indirectly". In a statement in court following her 2019 conviction, Katie said: "Today I pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and not threatening anyone, as the media says. In fact, I have never been charged with any form of threatening behavior. In December, Katie escaped prison after being involved in a car accident near her home in Sussex when she overturned her BMW in September. She pleaded guilty and when she received her suspended sentence, District Judge Amanda Kelly told Katie, "You seem to think you're above the law." Katie later apologized for the incident, speaking on her TV show Mucky Mansion : “I regret getting in the car, I could have killed someone. Sign up for our daily newsletter for updates on all your favorite celebs here.

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Katie Price shares snap of daughter Bunny, 7, pouting and with full face makeup

Former glamor model Katie Price shared a photo of her youngest daughter Bunny, seven, looking glamorous in designer clothes while putting on a face full of makeup (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceGet exclusive celebrity tours and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox every day. Get exclusive celebrity exclusives and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your makeup inbox every day. The 43-year-old, whose ex Kieran Hayler recently lashed out after a "dangerous" video of his son Jett, eight, not wearing a seat belt, took to her Instagram Stories to share the snap to her 2.7million fans. Bunny posed in a beige top and matching trousers alongside a Gucci zip-up sweater, which she paired with a Louis Vuitton handbag. Bunny styled her blonde curly mane with a khaki headband and sported false lashes and eyeliner alongside pink blush and a deep pink lipstick. Get the daily newsletter from OK! exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox. Flashing the hand of peace, Bunny signed on and pouted her lips as she posed for the camera. "She's so funny," Katie, who is reportedly facing three months in a wheelchair, wrote over the picture alongside a crying laughter emoji and a sparkly pink heart emoji. This isn't the first time the former glamor model has dressed up for her little girl, as she shared a video of Bunny opening toys together while she was doing her makeup last September. Fans were stunned when Bunny looked just like her older sister Princess, 14, who Katie shares with ex Peter Andre, commenting one fan: "Oh wow she looks so much like you Katie!" "Bunny is so intelligent and skilled that you must be so proud of her for growing up to be a beautiful little girl," praised another mother-of-five. But the overwhelming feeling was that Bunny, whose father is Kieran Hayler, was a spitting image of her sister by Katie's ex-husband Peter Andre. "Bunny looks more and more like a princess as she gets older. Another fan wrote: "Bunny is growing up to be a beautiful and very smart little girl! She looks more and more like her big sister Princess every day. "Hi Katie bunny is a princess double all your children are beautiful god bless you all," explained a third. While a fourth added: "Bunni is growing up so fast and starting to look like a princess. For all your updates on Katie Price and her family, subscribe to our daily OK!

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Katie Price denies violating the restraining order as she appears in court

A judge has warned Katie Price that she is "at grave risk of going to jail" as the star denies breaking the restraining order (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price now faces a trial at Crown Court after she denied breaching a restraining order against ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancee. The 43-year-old My Crazy Life star reportedly texted Hayler on Jan. 21 this year, in which she branded his new partner, Michelle Penticost, "c***ing wh**e" and "guttering shit." Former glamor model Price was banned on June 3, 2019 from directly or indirectly contacting Penticost under the terms of a five-year injunction, while also being fined hundreds of pounds for making a rude remark to her during a row hurled an "abuse tirade" in a schoolyard. Price appeared in Crawley Magistrates' Court Wednesday morning accused of indirectly contacting Penticost in violation of the restraining order. She was spotted in court in white sneakers, a green tracksuit and a black vest and was joined by her fiancé, Carl Woods, 33, seated in the public gallery. The court heard her message to Hayler may have been prompted by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she denies was addressed to Price. "She's on a restraining order so she shouldn't be trying to piss me off as she's going against her and I'm sure she doesn't want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. Joe Harrington, defending himself, said: "The issues relate to her mental health and the triggers that led to the sending of this message." Asked where she would like the trial to be heard, Price said: "The Crown Court, please ." District Judge Amanda Kelly said the offense carried a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and warned Price, "You are in really serious danger of going to jail." She said, "This is a very serious allegation where alleging that you acted indirectly abominably and used ugly language towards Ms Penticost, someone whom an injunction prevented you from contacting, directly or indirectly.” The judge granted Price before a plea and preparatory hearing at Lewes Crown Court on May 25 a deposit on bail, on condition that she also does not contact Penticost directly or indirectly, except for the surrender of Kin other Judge Kelly added: "It seems to me, Ms. Price, that all children involved in your past and present relationships need their adults to behave like adults.

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Katie Price fans left confused as she enjoys a sunny beach walk with her dog

Model Katie Price left fans confused when she shared a photo of herself on a pebbly beach just days after it was reported she could be in a wheelchair for three months (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceGet exclusive celebrity tours and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox every day. Get daily exclusive celebrity tours and behind-the-scenes house tours straight to your inbox on Pebble Beach with their security dog, Blade. The 43-year-old, who recently denied violating a restraining order after she "texted her ex-Kieran Hayler's fiancée," took to her Instagram feed on Tuesday, April 26, to commemorate the Snapshot to post to her 2.7 million followers. Wearing a gray tracksuit with a pale pink down vest alongside a pair of white trainers, Katie styled her blonde mane down while her dog sat next to her. Standing tall on the beach, Katie smiled for the camera and captioned the pic, "love walking my dog ​​blade on the beach," followed by a red heart emoji. Get the daily newsletter from OK! exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox may have been in a wheelchair for "three months" as she may need surgery on both feet. The reality star broke both her feet after falling off a theme park wall during a vacation in Turkey with Carl Woods and children Junior, 16, and Princess, 14, in 2020 and has been in "constant pain" ever since . Fans rushed to comment on the snap, as one person wrote next to a crying emoji: "I thought you had to be in a wheelchair for three months xx". Another shared: "How are your feet walking on a pebbly beach?", while a third snapped: "Feet don't hurt walking your dog on the beach today. "Feet hurt so much she is walking the dog," added a third Crying Laughing emoji. Over the weekend, a source told The Sun that Katie could face another operation on her feet and may need to spend "three months in a wheelchair" to aid her recovery. A source told the publication, "Katie's feet mean she's in constant pain - They haven't healed properly and the doctors have told her she's going to have another surgery." "This time around, she needs to be really serious about her recovery — staying on her feet for three months, using a wheelchair, not wearing heels." The star recently took to her Instagram to talk about the ongoing issues she's having with her feet as she prepared to have cortisone injections in her feet. She shared a video telling fans, "I'm in the hospital, it's the day. After MRI scans, CT scans, X-rays, it's time to try something different on my feet to make my life easier. She continued: "We'll see how it goes but if it doesn't work the other option is to go back in my feet and look at the screws and see what can happen but I'm just waiting for mine now op is soon." For all your updates on Katie Price, sign up for our daily OK!

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Katie Price risks jail by filming inside the Magistrate's Courthouse

During her brief appearance, Katie Price filmed a five-second video from inside the courthouse that showed dozens of photographers outside and posted it to her Instagram story. (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price risked disregarding court today by filming inside a judge's courthouse and posting it on Instagram. The 43-year-old former glamor model appeared at Crawley Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where she denied violating a restraining order against her ex-husband's fiancé by accusing the couple of having an affair. During her brief appearance, she filmed a five-second video from inside the courthouse showing photographers outside and posted it to her Instagram story for her 2.7 million followers. However, filming in court and posting such video is illegal under Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act and could be considered a contempt if it constitutes an interference with the administration of justice. Punishment for contempt is at the discretion of the judge but can result in fines of up to £1,000 or imprisonment. In the video, Price could be heard saying, "This is my life today," referring to the dozens of photographers positioned outside who had snapped photos of her arrival in court. The former glamor model reportedly texted Kieran Hayler on Jan. 21 this year, branding his new partner Michelle Penticost a "c***ing whore" and a "gutter slag." Price, known professionally as Jordan, was barred from directly or indirectly contacting Penticost under a five-year injunction on June 3, 2019. Price, wearing white sneakers, a green tracksuit and a black vest, appeared before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and was accused of indirectly contacting Penticost in violation of the restraining order. The court heard her message to Hayler may have been prompted by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she denies was addressed to Price. Price's message read: "Tell your fucking whore piece of shit girlfriend not to start dating me. "She's on a restraining order so she shouldn't be trying to piss me off as she's going against her and I'm sure she doesn't want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. When asked where she wanted to hear the trial, Price said, "The Crown Court, please." District Judge Amanda Kelly said the offense carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, warning Price, "You are in real." great risk of going to jail." She said: "This is a very serious allegation alleging that you indirectly used vile and nasty language towards Ms. Penticost, a person whom you cannot, through an injunction, directly or The judge granted Price bail ahead of a May 25 plea and pre-trial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on condition that she does not contact Ms Penticost, directly or indirectly, except to hand over children. "It seems to me, Ms. Price, that all children involved in your past and present relationships depend on their adults to behave like adults," the judge said. Price escaped jail in December when she was sentenced to a 16-week sentence suspended for a year and a two-year driving ban after admitting drink driving in December while she was disqualified. Last month, fiancé Mr Woods publicly denied abuse allegations on Instagram, saying he "didn't lay a finger" on Price and said he had "black-and-white evidence" to clear his name after he was accused of threats and threats to use abusive behavior towards her in an incident at her home in Essex. Mr. Woods is Price's first serious relationship since her split from Mr. Hayler in 2019. They dated for seven years and married in the Bahamas in 2013, but their romance was marred by Mr. Hayler's two affairs with two of Price's close friends .

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Katie Price, 43, has pleaded not guilty to violating the restraining order

Katie Price - who today denied breaching a restraining order against her ex Kieran Hayler's fiancée - was reported to police by him over a video of her son. (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price - who today denied breaching a restraining order against her ex Kieran Hayler's fiancée - was reported to police by him over a video of her son. A spokesman for Kieran confirmed that he called the police because "his top priority was his children's safety". Price was in court this morning over a message she sent him on January 21 of this year, in which she branded his new partner, Michelle Penticost, a "c***ing whore" and a "gutter sl*g". Price was barred from directly or indirectly contacting Penticost on June 3, 2019 under a five-year injunction. Price, wearing white sneakers, a green tracksuit and a black vest, appeared before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and was accused of indirectly contacting Penticost in violation of the restraining order. The court heard her message to Hayler may have been prompted by an Instagram post from Penticost, which she denies was addressed to Price. Price's message read: "Tell your fucking whore piece of shit girlfriend not to start dating me. "She's on a restraining order so she shouldn't be trying to piss me off as she's going against her and I'm sure she doesn't want people to know she was having an affair with you behind my back. Joe Harrington, defending himself, said: "The issues relate to her mental health and the triggers that led to the sending of this message." When asked where she wanted to hear the trial, Price said, "The Crown Court, please." District Judge Amanda Kelly said the offense carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, warning Price, "You are in real." great risk of going to jail." She said: "This is a very serious allegation alleging that you indirectly used vile and nasty language towards Ms. Penticost, a person whom you cannot, through an injunction, directly or The judge granted Price bail ahead of a May 25 plea and pre-trial hearing at Lewes Crown Court on condition that she does not contact Ms Penticost, directly or indirectly, except to hand over children. "It seems to me, Ms. Price, that all children involved in your past and present relationships depend on their adults to behave like adults," the judge said. Mum-of-five Katie was banned from contacting Michelle, 39, "directly or indirectly" after she verbally abused her in a schoolyard in 2019. Michelle is close to Katie's two children, who she shares with Kieran, son Jett, eight, and daughter Bunny, seven. She also has a child of her own with the ex-stripper, seven-month-old son Apollo and 10-year-old son Valentino from a previous relationship. The couple met in 2018 and got engaged the following year. The couple, who got engaged last April, have had a tumultuous 12 months. Katie escaped jail in December when she was handed a 16-week sentence with a year's suspended sentence and a two-year driving ban after admitting drink-driving while she was disqualified in December. Last month, fiancé Carl publicly denied abuse allegations on Instagram, saying he "didn't put a finger" on Katie and said he had "black and white evidence" to clear his name after he was accused of using threats and abusive behavior to her in an incident at her home in Essex. Carl is Katie's first serious big relationship since her split from Kieran in 2019. They dated for seven years and married in the Bahamas in 2013, but their romance was marred by Kieran's two affairs with two of Katie's close friends. She was previously married to Peter Andre, the father of her two children, Junior, 16, and Princess, 14, for four years before ending her ill-fated marriage to husband No2 Alex Reid, which lasted just 11 months.

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Price in "grave danger" of going to jail for "breaching restraining order," warns judge as her expletive-laden text is read in court

Live updates as Katie Price appears in Crawley Magistrates' Court charged with molestation after allegedly breaching a restraining order against her ex-husband's fiancee Kieran Hayler. In theory, the model could face up to five years in prison. (Author: Gardener)

Katie PriceKatie Price trial live: Price in 'grave danger' of going to jail for 'breaching restraining order', the judge warns as her powerful text is read in court allegedly against a restraining order against her ex-husband's fiancee Kieran Hayler violated. In theory, the model could face up to five years in prison. Katie Price appears outside Crawley Magistrates' Court in West Sussex, where she is charged with harassment - violating a restraining order. The 43-year-old has been accused of breaching a restraining order by sending an abusive text to her ex-husband's fiancée. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is 'in very serious danger of going to jail'. They will continue in Crown Court on May 25. Judge Warns Price 'In Very Very Danger Of Going To Jail' As New Trial Date Announced Before the trial closes, the judge issues a stern warning to Price. It will be a condition of Price's bail that she continues to have no contact with Ms Penticost except to hand her children over to her ex-husband - and then there must be "no discussion or conversation". "You are in very great danger of going to jail," Judge Price warned, adding, "I really hope I don't see you here again." Prosecutors allege Katie Price sent her ex-husband Kieran Hayler a message describing his fiancé Michelle Penticost as "gutter s***" and "c*****g w****". The text was apparently sent after Price became aware of an Instagram post by Ms Penticost about how other people treated her badly and how to deal with it. Ms Penticost said the post had nothing to do with Price, prosecutors say. The court heard the model later sent messages to members of her family saying she texted her ex-husband. "I sent this to Kieran lol," read one of the messages. A family member then told her not to send any more messages, prosecutors say. Upon her arrest on January 21, the court heard that Price "made several remarks that she had done nothing wrong" and stated that she had not contacted Ms. Penticost directly and did not have her phone number. The TV personality, who is being asked to bring her plea to court, says she is not guilty of indirectly contacting Michelle Penticost on June 3, 2019. Katie Price, wearing a face mask, stands up to give her name and address. Star faces up to five years in prison Violating a protective order – such as an injunction – is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. Katie Price is also risking jail time after being arrested for her drunk car accident last year while she had a driver's license. The TV personality managed to avoid jail time for the accident, instead being handed a 16-week suspended sentence and a two-year driving ban. If a person violates the terms of their license, they can be recalled to prison for the duration of their suspended sentence. However, when sentencing, the court will usually focus on the new offense and consider the original sentence as an aggravating factor. If convicted, Price could potentially be jailed for up to five years, with the 16 weeks running either concurrently or in addition to the main sentence. The model wore a black vest, large sunglasses and a face mask as she arrived at the court. TV personality Katie Price rose to fame as a teen model under the name Jordan and has appeared frequently on page 3 of The Sun. She has since appeared on I'm a Celebrity... Price married Kieran Hayler in January 2013 and the couple have two children, Bunny, five, and Jett, six. Mr Hayler is now engaged to Michelle Penticost and they have a young son together. Mr Hayler began dating flight attendant Michelle Penticost in 2018 and they became engaged over a year ago. What is Katie Price accused of? The model and TV star is accused of violating a restraining order against her ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancee. Price faces up to five years in prison. She allegedly sent an abusive text to Michelle Penticost, Mr Hayler's partner, and was arrested on January 21 before spending the night in a cell. Ms. Penticost was granted a five-year restraining order against Price in 2019 after a confrontation outside her children's elementary school. Price reportedly turned to Ms. Penticost at the school gates in August 2018 and told her, "You can kiss my daughter, but you can't say hi." The reality star later pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behavior have cause harassment. Price has since been banned from making contact with Ms. Penticost. We're bringing you live coverage of the proceedings at Crawley Magistrates' Court from 10am. TV star Katie Price faces harassment charges after she was accused of breaching a restraining order granted to her ex's fiancee Mannes, Michelle Penticost.

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Thiago Alcantara paints another masterpiece of Liverpool midfield in the win against Villarreal

Plus: Villarreal outclassed but should be immune to criticism and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne can do it all... (Author: Gardener)

ThiagoThiago has to look after himself after this performance. His passing accuracy dropped from 98 per cent against Everton to a paltry 96 per cent in this Champions League semi-final. Putting the cheap sarcasm aside for a moment, it's an absolute delight to watch the Liverpool artist paint his strokes on the Anfield canvas. Ridiculous passing statistics can sometimes exaggerate a player's performance, especially dealers passing five yards sideways . Thiago is a 50 yard pass dealer. Yes, he can play the short one, but he keeps taking the dangerous pass. Some of his game changes in this game were outstanding. Make no mistake, Liverpool were consistently superior against Villarreal. But it didn't strike me as coincidental that the opening goal of the game came after a striking shoulder smack from their brilliant midfielder. Thiago dodged his marker and accelerated the attack. Thiago exudes quality and that quality was just too much for Villarreal that night. But patience is only rewarded if the team continues to look for vulnerabilities. "It's not just about patience, it's about finding the gaps," said Thiago afterwards. Villarreal have surpassed the Champions League semi-finals and their victories over Juventus and Bayern Munich mean that whatever happens in the two games against Liverpool, Unai Emery gets the credit. An attempt on goal - even that going wide - reflected fairly well how little Villarreal had offered in attack at Anfield. The only team known to have had that few goals in a Champions League semi-final is Inter - known for defending a lead against Barcelona in 2010. Villarreal are the kind of team that the European Super League should pull out of such opportunities. Instead, this group, complete with former Premier League players, made it through. "Villarreal, I can't respect more than I do," said Jurgen Klopp, praising the organization of Emery's side for how they had made Liverpool so uncomfortable finding the openings. But maybe these semifinals are better for that. Usually, if you score four goals at home in a Champions League knockout game, you can start planning for the next round. But Manchester City are not doing anything by the book in this competition. Pep Guardiola's men lead by two goals three times in their crazy clash with Real Madrid but have just a one-goal lead for Madrid. In terms of game record, Guardiola's side should have one foot in the final. Riyad Mahrez's eager decision to shoot when the score was 2-0 when a pass over the goal would have led to a throw-in for one of two team-mates sent Guardiola into a frenzy. You can tell his emotions are overly elevated when it comes to Manchester City and winning the Champions League. "We have to give everything we have in our soul," he said in his program booklet for the game. Guardiola's job at City will only really be complete with Champions League glory - and he knows it. Yes, Real Madrid have failed to get through to the semi-finals in this competition by losing the first leg, but no team shoots themselves in the foot quite like Manchester City when the going gets tough in the Champions League. There was naivety against Monaco in 2017, chaos against Liverpool in 2018 and caution against Tottenham when Kevin De Bruyne was left on the bench in 2019. Against Lyon in 2020, Guardiola opted to play Rodri and Fernandinho and his side were eliminated. This pattern of results will come to mind for City players next week. "The penalty was unlucky," said Bernardo Silva of Aymeric Laporte's handball, which allowed Karim Benzema a cheeky penalty to make it 4-3 for Real Madrid. Guardiola must convince his players that there is no Champions League curse. It took Kevin De Bruyne less than two minutes to put his stamp on this Champions League semi-final. The 30-year-old was the only member of City's starting XI to play the same opponents when the sides last met in the semi-finals in 2016. This time, however, he seemed determined to ensure the outcome was different. City will feel they should have a bigger advantage for next week's second leg against Spain, but they couldn't have asked for much more from their No.17. In the first half in particular, De Bruyne was virtually unplayable, occupying the places where the absent Casemiro would normally have tried to tie him up, wreaking havoc in the last third. He set up City's second goal with a diagonal cross for Gabriel Jesus from City's left flank and he would have ended the game with more than one more assist had it not been for his teammates wasting his goal. Karim Benzema's late penalty leaves the tie hanging in the balance at half-time, but recent evidence suggests City can count on De Bruyne to help them pull it off. Having scored in games against Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in the past two months alone, he's developing a habit of delivering when it matters most. City will need him to climb back up at the Bernabeu. Karim Benzema might be wondering why he is playing his best football now at the age of 34. The striker marked his 600th appearance for Real Madrid with another superb performance to score his 13th and 14th Champions League goals of the season - and further strengthen his Ballon d'Or case. His tally now stands at 41 in all competitions, becoming the fifth player after Cristiano Ronaldo (seven), Ferenc Puskás (twice), Alfredo Di Stéfano and Hugo Sánchez to have scored more than 40 goals in a single season in club history. Benzema showed his form as he scored his first goal against Manchester City. He turned an average cross into a good one by guiding a first volley off a post with his weaker left foot. Then, as Madrid's hopes of qualifying faded, he scored a terrific Panenka penalty for his ninth Champions League knockout goal of the year. Benzema kept his cool despite missing two penalties last week and three this month, but his confidence was certainly not shaken. "I always have in mind that if you don't take a penalty, you will never miss a penalty," he said afterwards. His manager Carlo Ancelotti added: "I think he switched because the last two penalties weren't good. He tried in training, I didn't know how he would shoot. It's not easy to shoot a penalty in the Champions League semifinals. "Penalty like that." If Real Madrid want to make a memorable comeback against Manchester City and then win their 14th Champions League title - and Benzema's fifth - then they need it him to stay in top form.Manchester City continue their quest for the Premier League title with a trip to Leeds on Saturday night at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.City are a point clear of Liverpool, who visit Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime Real Madrid can win the LaLiga title with a home win over Espanyol on Saturday, while second-placed Barcelona missed a chance to level Real's 15-point lead after losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou last weekend had.

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