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Fylde hope anti-freeze in the tank will unlock FA Trophy final glory

Dave Challinor and his players are back at Wembley to take on Leyton Orient a week after a below-par display against Salford dashed their hopes of promotion to League TwoAFC Fylde are back at Wembley for the second time in just over a week in Sunday’s …

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Pep Guardiola apologises to anyone offended by Manchester City plane song

• Guardiola rules out swapping City for Juventus• Manager says ‘right now we are innocent’ in Uefa inquiryPep Guardiola offered an apology to anyone offended by the chant sung on the plane carrying Manchester City players and staff back from their titl…

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European regrets leave Manchester City chasing a bittersweet treble | Paul Wilson

The feeling persists that the club, as opposed to the fans, regard extra amounts of domestic silverware as merely ornamentalJust over three years ago, Leicester City were visitors at the Etihad when the worst-kept secret in European football was confir…

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Jürgen Klopp keeps Liverpool upbeat about title and dismisses ‘curse’ talk

• Liverpool manager denies past near misses are weighing heavily• ‘We can still have positive thoughts about the last game’Jürgen Klopp continues to look on the bright side after Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in Barcelona, insisting there will be no hangover …

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‘We dreamed about this’: Women’s FA Cup final crowd hailed by Steph Houghton

• Manchester City captain excited at projected record crowd• Beating West Ham would bring City second cup this seasonManchester City are aiming for a cup double in the Women’s FA Cup final on Saturday to make up for losing out to Arsenal in the league….

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær keen to have the last laugh ahead of Chelsea showdown

The Manchester United manager insists he can halt an alarming slump in form and stave off talks of crisis with a top-four finishThe Ole Gunnar in jokes have suddenly stopped raising a smile. Ole at the wheel was fun while it lasted, but the mood has sw…

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola rejects Jürgen Klopp’s Burnley warning

• City manager says focus will be on a Sunday defeat of Burnley• ‘Our mentality every single second is to score goals’Jürgen Klopp has been trying his best to suggest Manchester City’s visit to Turf Moor this afternoon could be a stumbling block in the…

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola rejects Jürgen Klopp’s Burnley warning

• ‘I don’t really mind what is said at this stage,’ says City manager • ‘Our mentality every single second is to score goals and win our games’Jürgen Klopp has been trying his best to suggest Manchester City’s visit to Turf Moor this afternoon could be…

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Liverpool face reunion with lost loves Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho

The Champions League semi-final against Barcelona will pit two generations of Anfield attackers against each otherLiverpool will cost themselves some money should they reach the Champions League final at Barcelona’s expense – one of the add-ons to Phil…

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Stockport’s post-Easter resurrection set to see them inundate Nuneaton

National League North leaders survived administration and will have fans out in force with promotion in their graspAn attendance record could be broken at Nuneaton Borough’s Liberty Way stadium on Saturday, which would be unusual for a club sitting bot…

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Agüero up front but no room for Eriksen: my Premier League team of the season | Paul Wilson

This will not be the PFA’s team of the season, though hopefully it can be agreed that each member has had a significant season worthy of recognitionThe players themselves vote for the PFA player of the season, which is why it is generally considered th…

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‘His career was incredible’ … Billy McNeill was a winner as player and manager

Billy McNeill’s career was defined as part of the all-conquering 1967 Celtic side but he also won four titles as the club’s managerTributes have been pouring in to Billy McNeill, the first British player to lift the European Cup as captain of Celtic’s …

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Manchester United rebuild is long-term project, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Manager rules out major influx of players over summer• Club face crucial week in battle for place in top fourOle Gunnar Solskjær has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United signing half a dozen new players in the summer, despite acknowledging …

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool want to play – ‘If we are tired, we don’t feel it’

Manager knows Cardiff City can be dangerous opponents but is relishing the excitement around Anfield in pursuit of Premier League and Champions League titlesJürgen Klopp freely admits he does not get out much, no chatting with shoppers in supermarket q…

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Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson

Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbedThere is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each othe…

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Barnsley v Fleetwood: man arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated offences

• Arrest follows investigation of incident at League One match• Suspect remains in custody, South Yorkshire police confirmPolice have made an arrest over the incident in the Oakwell tunnel on Saturday that is said to have left the Barnsley manager, Dan…

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United’s season risks chastening end after Solskjær’s promise of fresh start

Defeat to Barcelona highlighted glaring weaknesses and a Champions League return requires a swift upturn in fortunesAs a chastened Manchester United turn back to the Premier League, where their aim of securing a top-four finish will be tested by the vi…

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Liverpool hope to banish memory of Gerrard slip as Chelsea visit again | Paul Wilson

Anfield’s last title challenge in 2014 was derailed by an infamous blunder from their talismanic captain against Sunday’s visitorsSteven Gerrard is probably looking away already, for while the fifth anniversary of his infamous slip against Chelsea is s…

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Liverpool’s European Cup triumph made Tommy Smith’s career complete

Rugged defender played 638 games for Liverpool and 1977 final in Rome meant he retired without regretsCoincidentally, but pleasingly, Liverpool’s most recent match programme featured a photograph and short tribute to Tommy Smith, who has died at the ag…

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Liverpool’s European Cup triumph made Tommy Smith’s career complete

Rugged defender played 638 games for Liverpool and 1977 final in Rome meant he retired without regretsCoincidentally, but pleasingly, Liverpool’s most recent match programme featured a photograph and short tribute to Tommy Smith, who has died at the ag…