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Real Madrid win 35th Spanish LaLiga title and extend own record

Real Madrid extended their own league record on Saturday after beating... (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid extended their own league title record on Saturday after winning their 35th La Liga title after a comfortable 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. Rodrygo scored twice and Marco Asensio and substitute Karim Benzema added a goal each to give Madrid their second league title in three seasons and their third in six years. There wasn't much time to celebrate, however, as Madrid return to host Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior early on ahead of the Espanyol visit and Rodrygo capitalized on his chance with two goals late in the first half. Along with compatriot Marcelo, he put Madrid ahead in the 33rd minute when he fired in the far corner for his second league goal of the season. Eduardo Camavinga played in Asensio to score a third for Madrid in the 55th minute, Luka Modric then made way for Toni Kroos and Benzema replaced Casemiro on the hour. Benzema scored his 42nd goal in all competitions this season, sealing a stunning triumph for Madrid as Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European league titles. With the title, Ancelotti became the first manager to lift trophies in Europe's top five leagues. The Italian manager won with AC Milan in Serie A, Chelsea in the English Premier League, Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Veteran Brazilian Marcelo also achieved a milestone with his 24th career title at Madrid, the highest in the club's history. Ancelotti, 62, has one of the most decorated CVs in world football and when he was lured back to Madrid for a second spell last June following the departure of great club Zinedine Zidane, he knew his only mission was the trophy haul real increase. Many thought Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, 36, and France striker Karim Benzema, 34, were well past their prime but under Ancelotti's calm leadership they have once again found success. Benzema is the league's top scorer this season with 25 goals - his tally is already more than his 2020-2021 campaign. At the other end of the spectrum, Ancelotti has also boosted the confidence of 21-year-old Vinicius Jr, who has become a fixture of the squad not only as a winger but also with his ability to score goals. Only Benzema has scored more goals for Real than the Brazilian this season in La Liga. His winning streak began when he led AC Milan to the Serie A title in 2004, before triumphing in 2010 with Chelsea in the Premier League, 2013 with Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 and 2017 with Bayern Munich. While winning La Liga would be considered a huge achievement for many clubs and managers, for Ancelotti it only means the job is only half done. Having already won the Champions League with Real in 2014 and helped Spain to their legendary "Decima" (10th) European Championship before being sacked 12 months later, he also stands on the cusp of becoming the most successful coach in the history of the club to become a tournament. Along with Bob Paisley and Zidane, Conte has won the European Cup or Champions League three times as a manager and also guided AC Milan to glory in 2003 and 2007. Real fought Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Tournament of the Year, the Italian will be determined to take that record alone. To do so, however, Real must first come from a 4-3 deficit against City on Wednesday as the Spaniards seek their 17th appearance in the final of Europe's premier club competition. It would be a remarkable achievement for a manager coming to Real under close scrutiny after three uninspiring seasons in charge of Napoli in Serie A and Everton in the Premier League. If Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had his way, Ancelotti wouldn't even have been at the club. If Ancelotti manages the LaLiga Champions League double this season, club loyalists will thank their lucky stars that their top 3 picks were unavailable.

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The new champions PSG gamble away the 2-goal lead in a draw against Strasbourg

STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Kylian Mbappe scores two goals and an assist but Paris Saint-Germain are still feeling the hangover from a record-breaking 10th Frenchman (Author: Gardener)

StrasbourgSTRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Kylian Mbappe scores two goals and an assist, but Paris Saint-Germain are still feeling the hangover from a record-breaking 10th French league title as they take a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Strasbourg destroyed. Mbappe leads the league with 24 goals and 15 assists. Strasbourg equalized in overtime.

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Conte discusses what decides his Tottenham future and responds to PSG links

Antonio Conte was very quick to rule out the possibility of becoming the next Pairs Saint-Germain manager, but there are still some uncertainties about his long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamAntonio Conte was very quick to rule out that he could become Pairs Saint-Germain's next manager, but there is still some uncertainty about his long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte admits Spurs' ambitions hierarchy will ultimately decide where its long-term future lies. Conte has recently been linked as a potential successor to ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain. Although a move to France was not on the cards, there are still some question marks over Conte's long-term future at the end of the season as the Italian is very open about his intentions for the post-season campaign. Conte is keen to have in-depth talks with chairman Daniel Levy and chief executive Fabio Paratici on how ambitious the club is willing to be in the summer transfer market. Conte is keen to make Tottenham title contenders but to do so he will need significant support in the transfer window as Spurs are currently struggling to finish in the Premier League's top four. "As I've said [to the media] many times, we'll talk to the club at the end of the season, but with pleasure and in a really good way," said Conte. "I repeat: don't forget I like to have ambition, not just fighting for a place in the Champions League or a place in the [Europa] League. It's going to be very important to understand how much time it takes to fight for something important [and] if we have the patience to wait, because that's a process for sure. Which club will Antonio Conte oversee next season? “I always tell you that we need time and patience. And we need to understand how much time we need and how much patience we need to have. First of all, fighting for the title and trying to win it is not easy. It's also important to understand how much time we need if we want to fight for the title." Since Conte's arrival in north London for Nuno Espirito Santo in November, Spurs have been among the best teams in the Premier League, their tally of 43 points of 23 league games under Conte is surpassed only by Manchester City (60) and Liverpool (57). However, Spurs currently sit fifth in the Premier League table with their final five games of the season, two points behind arch-rivals Arsenal , while the north London duo battle for the last place in next season's Champions League group stage.Tottenham have a challenging clash which begins on Sunday afternoon against Leicester City on home soil, a game that comes before a trip to Anfield for the Title chasers Liverpool and then a crunch derby at home against Newcastle The Conte side's last two games of the season will be played by Mann communities at the other end of the table. Their last home game of the season is against 17th placed Burnley before they face bottom Norwich City for a week later on the final day of the season. A top-four result for Spurs would be their first season in the Champions League in three seasons, having missed each of their last two terms.

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Antonio Conte advises Spurs future but calls PSG Link 'fake news'

The Italian has made it clear he wants to fight for honors. (Author: Gardener)

Antonio ConteBaker Mayfield isn't expected to be traded before Thursday night's draft begins, but a report Thursday afternoon suggests the Browns may not be long before treating the quarterback. Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports that a handful of teams have expressed interest in a deal [more]

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Morocco's Hakimi scores as PSG give away a two-goal lead in a draw with Strasbourg

Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi scored as PSG conceded two goals in a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg in a Ligue 1 game. (Author: Gardener)

StrasbourgMoroccan international Achraf Hakimi was among the goals as Paris Saint-Germain squandered a two-goal lead in a Ligue 1 game at the Stade de la Meinau on Friday night, only managing a 3-3 draw with Strasbourg. It was Kevin Gameiro who put the home side ahead after just three minutes of play but the champions reacted when Kylian Mbappe equalized with a clean finish in the 23rd minute. Mbappe then converted the provider for the second time when he met Hakimi to put the visitors ahead in the 64th minute. It was Mbappe who scored the third in the 68th minute but a Marco Verratti own goal in the 75th minute gave Strasbourg hope and they earned part of the spoils thanks to a composed finish from Anthony Caci in the death. In the ninth minute, Strasbourg thought they had doubled their lead after Adrien Thomasson found the back of the net thanks to a deflection from Sergio Ramos when the ball went over Donnarumma, but the try was ruled offside against Ludovic Ajorque. It was Mbappe who equalized for the guests with a nice counterattack. The forward scored a good first touch in the left inside channel before getting his try between Matz Sels' legs to find the back of the net. The score was 1-1 at half-time and on the restart Hakimi scored for the champions, hitting a move initiated by Neymar and Mbappe to beat Sels and four minutes later Mbappe took the game from Djiku after a terrible mistake. The Strasbourg defender played a blind back pass to Sels and placed the ball straight into Mbappe's run, which hit him. Strasbourg, however, reduced the gap when Senegalese international Habib Diallo's header caught Verratti before sauntering past Donnarumma. Hakimi has played a total of 29 games and accumulated 2,306 minutes of game time. In last season's Serie A, Hakimi made 37 appearances for Inter Milan, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists.

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Carlo Ancelotti on Pochettino claims Mbappe stays at PSG '100 percent'

Carlo Ancelotti on Pochettino claims Mbappe stays at PSG '100 per cent': sometimes coaches can't tell the truth (Author: Gardener)

Carlo AncelottiKylian Mbappe's future has been a constant topic of discussion this season and with the French club almost ending their season, both the consistency and volume of talk have increased. Most reports in recent months have strongly suggested that Mbappe will leave PSG this summer after his contract expires and join Real Madrid on a free transfer. All the more surprising were the statements made by PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday, as there were violent rumors about his own future. Pochettino claimed he believes at this point that Mbappe is staying at PSG '100 per cent'. "One hundred percent in both cases," the former Tottenham Hotspur manager replied when asked if both he and Mbappe will stay at PSG beyond this season. "This is how I feel today. That's how I feel right now. But if I'm asked what I think today, that's my answer." When asked for an answer, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti didn't shy away from expressing his own feelings, with a truthful response that media outlets sneered at MORE : Why PSG are reportedly sacking Mauricio Pochettino When Ancelotti was asked to respond to Pochettino's claim, Ancelotti giggled, took a moment to collect himself, exaggeratedly raised his famously expressive eyebrow and said: "Well , coaches at a press conference can't tell the whole truth." The smile then faded from his face and he dismissed the subject from that point. "Madridistas [Real Madrid fans] are focused on two things right now: Winning tomorrow and to win on Wednesday. That's what madridistas think. We're madridistas too, so that's what we're focusing on." don't always tell the truth.” — Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) April 29, 2022 From there, Ancelotti focused on discussing Real Madrid's chances of winning the La Liga title ahead of this weekend's game against Espanyol. "We're at match point and when the best tennis players get there, they make sure they win it," Ancelotti said. We need a point and we need to think about preparing as best we can for the game to try and get it to win." PSG and Real Madrid fans should both be excited about Kylian Mbappe's future at the French club until the end of the season, but with the Ligue 1 title secured and PSG no longer having to fight for more trophies the rest of the way, is it possible that he opens up a bit earlier.Mbappe has so far repeatedly refused to ask questions about his future, remaining professionally focused on his duties on the field until the end of the campaign.Nevertheless, rumors about Mbappes continue Intentions to sign for Real Madrid after his PSG contract expires, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported on his YouTube channel that Mbappe has a Real Madrid contract 'on hand', leaving Madrid fans 'confident and relaxed' but not finally decided on his future as PSG offer the 22-year-old 'crazy money' to stay in Paris.

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Morocco's Hakimi scores as PSG give away a two-goal lead in a draw with Strasbourg

Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi scored as PSG conceded two goals in a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg in a Ligue 1 game. (Author: Gardener)

StrasbourgMoroccan international Achraf Hakimi was among the goals as Paris Saint-Germain squandered a two-goal lead in a Ligue 1 game at the Stade de la Meinau on Friday night, only managing a 3-3 draw with Strasbourg. It was Kevin Gameiro who put the home side ahead after just three minutes of play but the champions reacted when Kylian Mbappe equalized with a clean finish in the 23rd minute. Mbappe then converted the provider for the second time when he met Hakimi to put the visitors ahead in the 64th minute. It was Mbappe who scored the third in the 68th minute but a Marco Verratti own goal in the 75th minute gave Strasbourg hope and they earned part of the spoils thanks to a composed finish from Anthony Caci in the death. In the ninth minute, Strasbourg thought they had doubled their lead after Adrien Thomasson found the back of the net thanks to a deflection from Sergio Ramos when the ball went over Donnarumma, but the try was ruled offside against Ludovic Ajorque. It was Mbappe who equalized for the guests with a nice counterattack. The forward scored a good first touch in the left inside channel before getting his try between Matz Sels' legs to find the back of the net. The score was 1-1 at half-time and on the restart Hakimi scored for the champions, hitting a move initiated by Neymar and Mbappe to beat Sels and four minutes later Mbappe took the game from Djiku after a terrible mistake. The Strasbourg defender played a blind back pass to Sels and placed the ball straight into Mbappe's run, which hit him. Strasbourg, however, reduced the gap when Senegalese international Habib Diallo's header caught Verratti before sauntering past Donnarumma. Hakimi has played a total of 29 games and accumulated 2,306 minutes of game time. In last season's Serie A, Hakimi made 37 appearances for Inter Milan, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists.

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PSG star gives priority to Juventus move -

According to Tuttosport via ilBianconero, Di Maria has received several proposals so far but has given Juventus the upper hand. (Author: Gardener)

JuventusSeveral youngsters have been linked with a move to Torino but perhaps an experienced pair of legs would be needed in a frontline filled with young talent. Therefore, sporting director Federico Cherubini could decide to pursue Angel Di Maria next summer. Despite being 34 years old, the Argentine remains a top-flight player. However, the former Benfica star has become a supporting man in the French capital as Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi form an exceptional trio. Therefore, Di Maria could be determined to leave the Parisian club and embark on a new experience once his contract expires at the end of the season. According to Tuttosport via ilBianconero, Di Maria has received several proposals so far but has given Juventus the upper hand. This season, the former Real Madrid winger has contributed three goals and six assists in 26 Ligue 1 games. At 34, Di Maria is no longer a player for the Bianconeri to build a squad on. Still, this potential nosedive mustn't stop the club from signing young stars for the future.

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Paul Merson makes Cristiano Ronaldo transfer prediction amid Lionel Messi and PSG claim

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join PSG in the summer. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano RonaldoPaul Merson expects Cristiano Ronaldo to join PSG in the summer. Paul Merson has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo into a dream partnership with Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain next season after claiming Erik ten Hag won't want him as part of his Manchester United squad. Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in all competitions since his sensational return to Old Trafford last summer. From a team perspective, that second coming did not go to plan after United saw their Premier League title dreams dashed by the November break. But could a golden chance to appear alongside long-time rival Messi be on the cards if PSG striker Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid during the window? READ MORE: Manchester United said they have eight players that Erik ten Hag can build around Merson, Sportskeeda told: "This could be Cristiano Ronaldo's last year in the Premier League. He'll want to play in the Champions League as he's played in everything in his career.” To be honest I'd be surprised if Erik ten Hag wanted him there. He's trying to build his team and Ronaldo is 37. "PSG could go for him and make him their short-term replacement for Kylian Mbappe. PSG only want one thing and that's the Champions League. With Lionel Messi already at the club, we ." It may well be that two of the greatest players of all time are for the same team." Sign up for our United newsletter so you don't miss an update from Old Trafford this season.

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Conte dismisses 'fake' PSG link but leaves Spurs hanging over his future

Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to the suggestion he offered his services to PSG but stressed he needs summer talks with Spurs to understand their ambitions (Author: Gardener)

ConteAntonio Conte has reacted angrily to the suggestion that he offered his services to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer with French club Mauricio Pochettino likely to be sacked, calling it a lie, fake news and unfair to everyone. The Tottenham manager's focus is on nothing more than his club's last five games of the Premier League season - the first being Leicester at home on Sunday - and giving it his all to secure a Champions League finish. Conte harshly doubled his position on Friday, claiming he will only discuss next season with the club hierarchy after the current season is over. "Of course I think it's good that other clubs appreciate my work," said Conte when asked about the PSG link. "But the truth is I don't like it when people try to make up news - just to talk, just to create problems. Not fair for me, for the clubs involved and for my players. The people who want to tell something about it must show respect for all people involved in this situation and not make up fake news and tell a lot of lies. I've told you many times that at the end of the season we talk to the club, but with pleasure, in a really good way - to find the best solution for everyone. "Don't forget that I like to have ambitions, not just fighting for a place in the Champions League or a place in the Uefa [Europa] League. Honestly, I want to fight for a lot more, you know? Conte was asked to clarify what he meant by the best solution. "It will be very important to understand how much time it takes us to fight for something important - if we have the patience to wait because it's a process for sure," Conte replied. “I always tell you that we need time and patience. And we have to understand how much time we need and how much patience we have. “We need to understand if we can match my opinion and [the] club's opinion. We're trying to make this season as good as possible and then we'll see. For this reason we will have a private meeting and try to find the best solution.”

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