Mane delays Liverpool transfer decision amid interest from Bayern, Barcelona and Madrid

Sadio Mane has thrown his Liverpool future into doubt after admitting that he will give an update on contract talks following Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Senegal international has just one year remaining on his current contract, which means he would be available for a cut-price fee this summer.

The Mirror report that Bayern Munich have made Mane one of their priority transfer targets, while there is also interest from Barcelona.

The report also states that Real Madrid could turn to the 30-year-old after missing out on Kylian Mbappe.

David Alaba completed his first full training session with the rest of his Real Madrid teammates since he suffered an abductor injury in his right leg in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.

It is good news for coach Carlo Ancelotti, as the centre-back will be available to play against Real Betis this Friday in Los Blancos‘ last game before the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 28.

Real Madrid‘s injury list is gradually being emptied and, according to EFE sources at the club, Ancelotti is expected to be able to count on the entire squad for the final, as Los Merengues go in search of their 14th Champions League trophy.

Another key player in the Italian’s plans, Karim Benzema, had a day off after resting against Cadiz last Sunday, and he will be back in training on Wednesday.

Hazard’s knock

Doubtful for the Betis game is Eden Hazard, who suffered a blow to his foot in a tackle on Carlos Akapo, which left the latter out of action for two months with a metatarsal fracture.

According to EFE, he is a doubt for Sunday’s Betis game, but he will have no problem getting to the Champions League final.

Bale on his own

The same is the case with Gareth Bale, who trained alone on Tuesday at Real Madrid‘s training ground, gradually overcoming the back problems that have left him in doubt for what could be his last game at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Marcelo, who trained with the group for the first part of the session, will be present for the game and will be able to say goodbye on the pitch, which has been his home since January 2007.

During that time, the Brazilian has become the player with the most trophies in the club’s history with 24, surpassing Paco Gento. He could add another to his total with the Champions League.

Liverpool

Salah ready for Liverpool vs Real Madrid final: We have a score to settle

He picked up a first-half injury when they last met in the showpiece event

Mohamed Salah admitted after Liverpool‘s win against Villarreal on Tuesday night that he would like to face Real Madrid over Manchester City in the Champions League final.

The 29-year-old’s wish is now going to come true, as Los Blancos beat the Citizens 3-2 on Wednesday night to advance through to the final with a 6-5 victory on aggregate.

“We have a score to settle,” Salah tweeted after the Real Madrid game had finished.

The incident that Salah is referring to dates back to the 2018 Champions League final, when Liverpool faced Real Madrid and the Egyptian forward sustained an injury from Sergio Ramos that forced him off in the first half. Los Blancos then went on to lift the trophy.

Now, although Ramos has since moved on and is no longer playing for the club, Salah will be out for revenge when the two teams meet in Paris on May 28.

Champions League

Villarreal 2-0 Liverpool LIVE: Coquelin levels the tie

Half time

Villarreal 2-0 Liverpool (2-2 agg.)

What a first 45 minutes we have had. Villarreal have levelled things thanks to goals from Dia and Coquelin. Liverpool have been completely outplayed by Unai Emery and Villarreal. Can the Yellow Submarine completed the job in the second half?

GOAL VILLARREAL

And there it is! The goal which levels the tie. Coquelin gets on the end of a Capuoe cross and heads home the second on the night. We have ourselves a game now.

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Liverpool edging in

As time wears on Liverpool are getting themselves more and more onto the ball, but that said, they lack quality when they do have possession, passing back and mistiming balls forward.

Shadow

Liverpool look a shadow of the team from one week ago, Thiago, who was sensational at Anfield, is being hunted down every time he gets the ball.

Sensational start

In start contrast to the first leg, Villarreal have come out swinging and are causing Liverpool plenty of issues, with the Reds not really started. Parejo blasts a low drive wide as Emery’s men have another attempt on goal.

GOAL VILLARREAL

The start Villarreal wanted! Dia gets on the end of a Capoue cross and fires into an empty net. The Yellow Submarine need one more now.

We are underway at the Estadio de la Ceramica for the Champions League second leg

Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport: “It’s almost a free hit for Villarreal as no one expects them to go through. People expect a work ethic from them and they have to lay a glove on Liverpool tonight. Moreno can make a difference as he’s a class act. He can punish Liverpool.”

Home advantage?

Villarreal may be behind after the first leg at Anfield, but the Estadio de la Ceramica is a fortress as shown by their 1-0 over Bayern Munich in the quarter-final. And the Yello Submarine will be hoping thier fans can roar them to victory and a place in the final.

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Firmino missing for Liverpool ahead of UCL semi versus Villarreal

Villarreal vs Liverpool – Official line-ups

Both teams have made some changes up front for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. Diogo Jota will start with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, while Gerard Moreno is given the nod by Unai Emery and there is no place for Arnaut Danjuma.

Villarreal XI: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan, Lo Celso, Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin, Dia, Moreno

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Thiago, Jota, Salah, Mane

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Villarreal gear up for UCL semi-final with Liverpool and overturning first leg deficit

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Villarreal vs Liverpool predicted line-ups

Villarreal’s predicted line-up (4-4-1-1): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan; Samu Chukwueze, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo, Manu Trigueros; Giovani Lo Celso; Arnaut Danjuma.

Liverpool’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.Emery: ‘Villarreal are excited’ ahead of Liverpool UCL clash

When does Villarreal vs Liverpool start?

This Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Villarreal and Liverpool kicks off at 21:00 CET, the local time in Spain. For those living in the UK, this will mean the match kicks off at 20:00 BST. American viewers in the US will be able to watch the match at 15:00 ET/12:00 PT.

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Klopp: That would have made me angry if I was younger

Where to watch Villarreal vs Liverpool?

For those living in the USA, you can watch the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Villarreal and Liverpool on CBS Sports Network. For those living in the UK the match will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Hello and welcome to this live blog for this Tuesday evening match in the Champions League between Liverpool and Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Despite Villarreal’s best defensive efforts at Anfield, Unai Emery’s charges are facing an uphill battle in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Liverpool, with the Spanish side trailing 2-0.

The abolition of the away goals rule gives Villarreal some hope, as they only need to win 2-0 in order to force extra time, despite how difficult it may be to envisage this Liverpool side conceding two goals in a single match to any opponent other than Manchester City.

Roberto Firmino missed the weekend trip to Newcastle United and is still facing a run against time in order to proof his fitness after a minor foot injury.

Jurgen Klopp has no such other fitness worries and will instead perhaps look to rest some players for the Premier League run-in, as the Reds battle to win a famous quadruple.

Alberto Moreno is the one long-term absence for Villarreal ahead of Tuesday’s match, while star forward Gerard Moreno remains a doubt after missing the first leg last week.

It should be a good one, so make sure you stay with us for all the build-up to Villarreal vs Liverpool, followed by updates from the match itself.

Aboafunu, I Will Reveal How You Make Your Money! Nana Agradaa Roasts Kwame Despite And Fadda Dickson..(VIDEO)

Nana Agradaa, who claims she has now given her life to Christ there we should now address her as Evangelist Mama Pat has kickstarted a bloody beef with Dr Osei Kwame Despite and his employees including Ola Michael.

In an audio recording that has been making the rounds on social media, Agradaa rained unprintable insults on Dr Osei Kwame Despite and on Ola Michael.

Nana Agradaa’s fury attack on Dr Osei Kwame Despite was influenced by an interview Ola Micheal granted on NEAT FM, where he blasted the now evangelist of God by changing her 419 scheme with the name of God.

According to disrespectful Nana Agradaa who has no shame, it was Dr Osei Kwame Despite and Fadda Dickson who had employed Ola Michael for him to tarnish her reputation so there part of it.

She claimed that Ola’s bosses are even not her class not talk of him as a worker behaving like that.

Nana Agradaa is somehow mentally unstable because why would she attack Despite just because Ola Micheal stepped on her toes.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid happy to be alive in the Champions League semifinals

Madrid lost 4-3 in the first leg, but it was one of those defeats that allowed for some celebration

Real Madrid was holding on to the positives after coming close to being routed by Manchester City but staying alive in the Champions League semifinals.

Madrid lost 4-3 in the first leg in England on Tuesday, but it was one of those defeats that allowed for some celebration.

Pep Guardiola‘s City had plenty of chances to put the series away but instead Madrid found a way to fight back and it goes into next week’s second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium only a goal down.

Real Madrid was holding on to the positives after coming close to being routed by Manchester City but staying alive in the Champions League semifinals.

Madrid lost 4-3 in the first leg in England on Tuesday, but it was one of those defeats that allowed for some celebration.

Pep Guardiola‘s City had plenty of chances to put the series away but instead Madrid found a way to fight back and it goes into next week’s second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium only a goal down.

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Pep Guardiola: We performed really well, but Madrid is Madrid

“You are never happy when you lose, but we have 90 minutes ahead of us to make the difference at the Bernabéu,” said Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior, who scored one of the goals for the Spanish powerhouse.

Karim Benzema scored the others as Madrid trailed by two goals three times at Etihad Stadium.

“The next game will be different,” Vinícius said. “I’m really happy with the team’s attitude. We were 2-0 down against an extremely good team and we come away with our heads held high and ready to put in a good performance in the return leg.”

Carlo Ancelotti greets Karim Benzema at the end of the Champions League semi final, first leg soccer match.
Carlo Ancelotti greets Karim Benzema at the end of the Champions League semi final, first leg soccer match.AP

Madrid just won’t go away this season, having already rallied in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 and against defending champion Chelsea in the quarterfinals.

Madrid knows it will have to do better than it did Tuesday, though, to reach its first Champions League final since winning its last title in 2018.

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Ancelotti: ‘We are still alive’ after 4-3 1st leg UCL semi loss to Man City

“We have to stay calm and improve our performance if we want to advance,” Vinícius said. “We have to improve pretty much in all areas and start the game better so we don’t concede early goals that make it difficult for us to recover.”

Madrid was losing 2-0 by the 11th minute on Tuesday, and coach Carlo Ancelotti said the team will have to defend better next week.

“We started the game very poorly. We were too soft,” he said. “It’ll be really important to improve defensively in the return leg. I have a very experienced team that keeps its cool when things get tough. These players have been in many games like this and never give in. They always keep their heads up.”

Karim Benzema reacts after Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scoring his side's fourth goal.
Karim Benzema reacts after Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scoring his side’s fourth goal.AP

A different match

Ancelotti said he doesn’t expect another back-and-forth match like the first leg, when both teams had significant chances.

“It’ll be a different match,” he said. “City has the advantage and you have to take that into account. I hope that our fans demand a better performance from us so we can reach the final. Our fans have to be ready because we are going to fight to make it another magical night.”

Madrid is hoping for a third straight Champions League comeback at the Bernabéu to remain in contention for a record-extending 14th European title.

Against PSG, it needed a second-half hat trick by Benzema after losing the first leg 1-0 and conceding a goal early in the return match. Then, it was down 3-0 at home in the second leg against Chelsea when it scored twice to recover, including in extra time, to advance on a 5-4 aggregate score. The decisive goal was scored by Benzema, who is having his best season and now is the Champions League’s leading scorer with 14 goals.

“Miracle after miracle,” said the front-page headline of the Marca sports daily on Wednesday. “Madrid stays alive in Manchester and it will all come down to the Bernabéu.”

Real Madrid

Ancelotti makes history

First coach to win each of Europe’s top five leagues

Carlo Ancelotti can now add the one prize that he was missing from his trophy cabinet: the LaLiga Santander title.

In doing so, the Italian has become the first coach to win each of Europe’s top five leagues: Serie A (Italy), the Premier League (England), the Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France) and LaLiga Santander (Spain).

Ancelotti has achieved these feats with AC Milan, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid respectively, and he also has three Champions League trophies to his name.

Ancelotti makes history

Winning LaLiga Santander has been Ancelotti‘s most unexpected triumph, as he returned to Real Madrid last summer after the club missed out on their main targets to replace Zinedine Zidane.

In spite of the doubts over his squad, he has brought the very best out of his players. His Real Madrid side have played great football, shown defensive solidity and are physically outstanding, which has been one of the keys to their triumph.

Ancelotti makes history

Ancelotti is already one of the greatest coaches in Real Madrid‘s history, with the highest winning percentage of any of the club’s coaches.

In three full seasons, he has won LaLiga Santander once, led the club to La Decima, and they are one match away from another Champions League final.

He has shown himself to be an even better coach than in his first spell at the club, and his work with fitness coach Antonio Pintus has ensured that the team have remained in an excellent physical condition throughout the season.

Ancelotti is loved by Real Madrid and he loves the club. He has shown why it was the best move for him to return to the club last summer. A happy marriage indeed.

Champions League

How many Champions League titles do Manchester City and Real Madrid have?

All in Los Blancos’ favour

Real Madrid’s history in the Champions League is bettered by no other club, something Pep Guardiola knows all too well.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the semi-final tie between his Manchester City and Los Blancos, the Catalan coach mentioned that if it was decided by the history of the two sides, his team wouldn’t be able to compete.

“If we have to play against their history, we won’t have a chance,” Guardiola stated. “They are better in this aspect.

“But we have the desire to compete against them, it’s an incredible test.”

The tie is marked by the devastating 13-0 record in favour of Real Madrid in terms of European Cup success.

Real Madrid have the most European Cup/Champions League titles, while City are still trying to win their first ever.

Last season, City came mightily close to it, losing the final against Chelsea. They are now trying to reach their second ever final that will give them the opportunity to fight for the coveted title that has eluded them.

The power of Real Madrid’s 13 titles

But for City’s dream to come true, they must first eliminate the team with the most European Cups of the 20th century (6) and also of the 21st century (7).

In total, 13 Champions League titles adorn the incredible and incomparable trophy room of the Real Madrid museum.

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Los Blancos are the only team in history to have won three consecutive Champions League titles, achieved under Zinedine Zidane in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Real Madrid Rudiger and Real Madrid step up negotiations: Deal could be completed this week The defender is set to leave Chelsea on a free

Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger is close to completing a move to Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.

This deal had looked to be off the table when his initial salary demands were 12 million euros (roughly 10.1 million pounds) per season.

However, the fact that the leading European clubs were unwilling to pay these wages led the 29-year-old to reduce his demands considerably.

As a result, Los Blancos have positioned themselves as the clear favourites for Rudiger‘s signature, and he looks set to arrive at the club this summer to reinforce their options in central defence.

Rudiger could complete move this week

Negotiations have taken place in recent days and a deal that had looked impossible is now close to being agreed.

Real Madrid want to offer Rudiger a four-year deal, and the deal could be agreed as early as this week, although it will not be made official until the end of the season.

The necessity of this signing has become clear in recent weeks, firstly due to the club’s lack of top-level options at centre-back.

Whilst Carlo Ancelotti has three excellent centre-halves in David AlabaEder Militao and Nacho FernandezJesus Vallejo is not in his plans and Dani Carvajal had to fill in there against Chelsea.

Also, Rudiger‘s stunning performance at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu convinced the club to sign him this summer, and a deal is imminent.

On Sunday, following Chelsea‘s 1-0 win against West Ham United, Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Rudiger will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk,” Tuchel said.

“We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions.

“Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”

Champions League

Ancelotti: There are two teams in the semi finals that we didn’t expect: Villarreal and Real Madrid

Italian coach remembers those who doubted his team’s chances in Europe

Real Madrid will have to upset the odds in order to reach another Champions League final, with Manchester City standing in their way, and Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that nobody predicted that either his team or Villarreal would reach the semi-final stage.

Unai Emery has masterminded Villarreal‘s route to the semi-final, defeating Bayern Munich in the quarter-final, whist Los Blancos have been able to eliminate both Paris Saint-Germain and the defending champions, Chelsea.

“There are two teams in the semi-finals that nobody believed would get here, Real Madrid and Villarreal,” Ancelotti declared in his pre-match press conference.

“I remember what was said at the time, the press and public opinion.

“We got here and we’re very happy, Real Madrid will always compete.”

Limiting Real Madrid’s injuries

Ancelotti is aware of the excellence in City’s team, yet whilst facing a number of mounting injuries, Los Blancos could look to merely survive in the first-leg.

“We’re not going to decide the tie tomorrow,” he added.

“It will be decided at the Bernabeu, the question I have is whether to bet on three strikers or two.

“Rodrygo is doing well, Camavinga did very well and both have brought a lot of energy.”

Will Atletico Madrid’s approach be the blueprint?

Diego Simeone truly upset Manchester City with his team’s strategy in both legs of their quarter-final, yet there are those who believe Ancelotti should use the Argentine’s team as the blueprint to frustrate Manchester City on Tuesday.

“If you don’t have a compact team then you’re going to suffer,” he continued.

“Tomorrow the defensive aspect will be an important part of the match, there are times when Manchester City will have the ball.

“It’s very simple, if they have it you can’t just watch them, you have to defend and try to win it back, be it with high, medium or low pressure.”

Casemiro’s availability is yet to be confirmed

Ancelotti will have to assess his players ahead of the kick-off on Tuesday, yet the Italian coach has refused to confirm whether or not Casemiro will be available to play.

“From what we saw in training on Sunday, Mendy is very safe,” he declared.

“We have some doubts with Alaba and, above all, Casemiro.

“We have much more confidence with Alaba than with Casemiro, if Casemiro doesn’t play then he will be in for the next match.”