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Coach of Premier League leaders Pep Guardiola says City’s Premier League game against Chelsea’s a cup final. City’s manager was buzzing having watched his side usurp Liverpool at the top of the Premier League for the first time in two months with a 2-0 win against Everton. Goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus earned them all three points, meaning they are above their title rivals on goal difference, having played one match more.
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Five weeks ago City beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium to avoid falling ten points behind and the pressure is back on Jurgen Klopp’s side, who play Bournemouth on Saturday, 24 hours before City host Chelsea. “It’s a question for [Liverpool]. We are leaders. Twelve games to play, a lot of points,” said Guardiola when asked what his side going top of the table meant. “Now comes a big test, a big goal. Chelsea are an exceptional team who have had seven days to prepare. We have to prepare well. It really is a final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, it is a huge step forward.”

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Image result for manchester cityGuardiola praised his side for their persistence in never giving up when their title dream looked over at the start of January. “The reality is we could have been, one month ago, 10 points behind when we played Liverpool. A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. The lesson is never give up. That is the best advice. That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately.” he added.

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City were far from their fluent best at Goodison Park, where they found Everton’s 4-4-1-1 system tough to break down. However, they found a way to win – helped by the Toffees conceding their 17th goal from a set-piece (excluding penalties) – and Guardiola had nothing but praise. “Always the application is there. The performance is not as good as we expect. Goodison Park is always difficult for Manchester City in the last decade. We made a good first half. We didn’t concede one shot on target here at Goodison Park, which is not normal.” he added.
Related imageWhile it was not a statement performance to send a message to Liverpool, the onus is now on Jurgen Klopp’s team who drew 1-1 away from home with West Ham on Monday to respond as they play Bournemouth on Saturday, 24 hours before City host Chelsea.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Super Eagles goalkeeper tests positive for COVID-19

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Newly-invited Nigerian goalkeeper, Sebastian Osigwe, has tested positive for COVID-19.

His Swiss Super League club, Lugano, confirmed this on Friday.

Osigwe was only handed his maiden Super Eagles call-up on Thursday, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier double-header against Sierra Leone in November.

He and another of his club team-mate, Mattia Bottani contracted the virus, while six other players have been quarantined.

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With eight players out of their next Super League fixture against Young Boys on November 1, Lugano has requested for the game to be postponed.

It, however, remains to be seen if Osigwe will be available for Nigeria’s upcoming matches against Sierra Leone on November 13.

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The reverse fixture against the Leone Stars will take place in Freetown four days later.

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Osigwe was invited along with Maduka Okoye and returning Daniel Akpeyi, with Katsina United’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa on the standby list.

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Cristiano Ronaldo finally tests negative for Coronavirus

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Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has finally tested negative for Coronavirus after three positive tests.

 

Recall the Portuguese international, 35, first tested positive while on international duty with Portugal on October 13. He returned another positive result last week and was made to take another test earlier this week, which also returned positive.

 

On Friday, the Serie A side announced that Ronaldo has now tested negative in a statement on their official website.

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“Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19,” the statement read.

 

“The exam provided a negative result. The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation.”

 

Ronaldo, who missed the club’s previous four matches including Wednesday’s Champions League match against Barcelona will now be eligible to return for Sunday’s clash against Spezia.

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