Man City take fight to UEFA on and off the field

first_imgManchester City may be set to go to war with UEFA, but time is of the essence for the English champions to satisfy their quest to win the Champions League. Manchester City fans have voiced their distrust of UEFA City head to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, knowing failure to beat 13-time winners Real Madrid over two legs could be their final European adventure for two years. UEFA slapped a stunning two-season ban on City earlier this month for overstating sponsorship income between 2012 and 2016 to breach Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate once an investigation was re-opened following the leak of internal emails to German magazine Der Spiegel. City remain belligerent and insist they will beat UEFA off the field. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will decide their fate for the next two years. In the meantime, Pep Guardiola’s men have to finally get it right on the field to satisfy City’s long-wait to conquer Europe. Read Also: UCL: Lampard hopeful Chelsea underdogs can bite Bayern again Moreover, doing so this season would have the added benefit of sticking it to UEFA by capturing their flagship competition. “I can’t believe they’re in the competition now. What would happen if City win this season?” Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. “UEFA will be desperate for Man City to be beaten by Madrid.” All the more reason for City to not give European football’s governing body the satisfaction. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “If we don’t win it everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years,” said midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. “It’s something we’ve not won yet.” The only two Champions League winners in City’s squad are back-up goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Scott Carson. Motivation could not be greater for a host of world class players like De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero to cap their careers with Champions League success. Loading… Presentation of the match Real Madrid – Manchester City on February 26 at Naples in the first leg of the last 16 stage of the European Champions League 2019 – 2020 Now in their ninth season of Champions League football since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover transformed the club’s fortunes, City are still waiting for a landmark knockout win in the competition. Even before the latest body blow of a European ban, the City support have not been enamoured by their new status as Champions League regulars. The club have had to turn to social media influencers to try and sell tickets for group matches and the competition’s anthem is routinely jeered. “UEFA Cartel” and “UEFA Mafia” were among the banners that greeted their first home outing since the ban was handed down against West Ham last week. Now in their ninth season of Champions League football since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover transformed the club’s fortunes, City are still waiting for a landmark knockout win in the competitionA run to the semi-finals before being beaten by Madrid in 2015⁄16 is their best ever showing in the competition. Despite re-writing the history books domestically, Guardiola’s star-studded squad have fallen at the quarter-finals to English opposition in each of the past two seasons. The contrast with Madrid could not be starker. For generations, Real have risen to the occasion on the Champions League stage, while City have crumbled under the pressure. A former Barcelona coach and player, Guardiola hailed his old foes the “kings of Europe.” And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS last week, City’s Raheem Sterling insisted: “There is no better challenge than Real Madrid.” Pep Guardiola’s legacy at Manchester City may be defined by what happens in the Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses Guardiola’s legacy on the line However, a meeting with Madrid also offers City an opportunity to change the narrative. The sort of ferocious atmosphere Guardiola has long pleaded for at the Etihad for Champions League games seems guaranteed when the Spanish giants travel to Manchester on March 17th. With Liverpool streaking clear at the top of the Premier League, City’s season and arguably Guardiola’s legacy at the club comes down to what happens in this tie.last_img read more

20 already on ballot for 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – While attention is currently focused on the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, 20 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers have already raced their way onto the ballot for the 2014 event. Ricky Alvarado owns a pair of qualifying wins on the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour. Winners of the highest paying events thus far were Benji LaCrosse in the Night of 10,000 Stars and Kyle Strickler at the Night of 1,000 Stars. David Murray Jr. took the checkers on night two of the Stampede special at Dodge City Raceway Park. Mark Carrell became vote eligible by winning the Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 at Sunset Speedway. Governor’s Cup honors at Dacotah Speedway went to Robert Hellebust. Jeremy Shank topped the Northwest Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway. His Nor-Cal Series win at Petaluma Speedway made Brian Cass vote eligible. Todd Dart was the $1,000 feature winner at a Thunderhill Raceway weekly show. RPM Speedway wrote out the top check to Modified Mania winner Jared Landers. Jeremy Frenier was first across the stripe in the fair special at WaKeeney Speedway. Jesse Williamson scored big at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Modified Nationals. Eric Dailey was first at the Kossuth County Fair. Josh Meyer was the Jam The Stands Night winner at Jackson Speedway. Dustin Hansen raced his way onto the ballot with a Wild West Tour victory at Millard County Raceway. Ray Cox Jr. won the Weedon Memorial at Quad City Speedway and Zachary Thorp was first at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days. Another Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN victory put Darin Duffy on the 2014 ballot. Tyler Limoges was the Martin County Fair winner at Fairmont Raceway. Bobby Hogge IV won the Five Star Grafix Clash at Santa Maria Speedway.last_img read more

No. 10 Syracuse loses 2nd-straight match, upset by Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Syracuse reached its highest ITA ranking in program history on Wednesday, coming in at No. 10. Since then, the Orange (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) have lost two-straight. Following a loss on Friday to No. 19 Virginia, SU couldn’t get by Boston College (7-0, 1-0) on the road Sunday in Chestnut Hill, 4-3. Things got off to a rocky start for the Orange as Boston College’s duo of Dasha Possokhova and Elene Tsokilauri took down SU’s Sofya Golubovskaya and Sofya Treshcheva, 6-3. While Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez were able to win their match, 7-5, Dina Hegab and Guzal Yusupova would then drop their matchup to give up the doubles point.No. 43 Knutson then struggled against BC’s Yufei Long, losing in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Already up 2-0, Boston College collected another point as Ramirez lost in three sets. Ramirez won her first set 6-3 before losing the next two, 6-3 and 6-4. But then SU made a run. No. 92 Golubovskaya took Kylie Wilcox into three sets and won 6-4. Yusupova also was forced into three sets but came out with a critical 7-5 third set win. Down 3-2, Treshcheva pulled out a win in straight sets — 6-3, 6-2. That put the match in the hands of Hegab and Boston College’s Laura Lopez. Hegab won the clinching point in both matches last week, but couldn’t muster a comeback on Sunday. She lost in two sets — 7-6, 6-3 — giving BC the 4-3 match win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will look to get back on track next weekend in Seattle for the ITA National Indoor Championships.last_img read more