Title Race

  • We have two fingers on the trophy: Mancini May 9, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists his side still have work to do if they are to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time since 1968. The Blues host QPR on Sunday knowing a win will almost definitely be enough to see them lift the Premier League trophy,...
  • Manchester United empire is not crumbling: Evra May 8, 2012

    Manchester: Patrice Evra has declared that, while Manchester United look likely to lose their Premier League crown to rivals Manchester City, talk of a demise and a lowering of standards is somewhat premature. United head into the final day of the season needing QPR to do them a favour at Eastlands,...
  • Mancini ready to accept 'favourties' tag for City May 7, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has once again insisted the title race is not "finished", despite his side's 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at Sports Direct Arena on Sunday. A second-half double from Yaya Toure ensured the Italian's side remained top of the Premier League going into the final game...
  • Ferguson retains hope ahead of last day decider May 7, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has refused to throw in the towel on the Premier League title race after his side's 2-0 victory over Swansea as they sit behind city rivals Manchester City on goal difference with one game left to play. The club currently trail Roberto Mancini's side on...
  • Newcastle game tougher than Man Utd: Mancini May 5, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City's visit to in-form Newcastle United on Sunday will be more difficult than last Monday's match against title rivals Manchester United, according to manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian said fifth-placed Newcastle would approach the game against Premier League leaders City in an extremely confident mood after their 2-0 victory...
  • Juventus under pressure after Milan cut lead May 4, 2012

    Rome: The Serie A title chase has taken a surprising turn with only two rounds remaining, leaving Juventus with just a one-point lead over AC Milan. Juventus looked set to keep their three-point lead intact until an error from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon handed 10-man Lecce a late equalizer in a 1-1...
  • Ferguson accuses Mancini of 'refereeing' the derby May 2, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has admitted rivals Manchester City are in the driving seat to win the Premier League following his side's 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Vincent Kompany scored the only goal of the match on Monday evening to help City leapfrog the champions and reach top...
  • Madrid ready to seal La Liga title at Bilbao May 1, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid can end a four-year wait for a Spanish league trophy by clinching the domestic title with a victory at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, regardless of three-time defending champions Barcelona's result against Malaga. Madrid are seven points clear of their top rivals with three games to play, so even...
  • Barcelona bounce back with 7-0 thrashing of Rayo April 30, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona ensured that they suffered no hangover from their week from hell with a resounding 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on Sunday. It has been a harrowing eight days for the Catalans, who saw their Primera Division and Champions League hopes eliminated by...
  • City have progressed under Mancini: Ferguson April 30, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has paid Roberto Mancini a rare compliment ahead of the crucial derby against Manchester City on Monday. Ferguson, who is famous for playing mind games with his title rivals, said City had reached a new level under Mancini's guidance. The Italian was appointed City manager...
  • Man United favourites even if we win: Mancini April 30, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City could win Monday's crunch derby against archrivals Manchester United and still miss out on the Premier League title, manager Roberto Mancini said on Saturday. City can regain top spot on goal difference with two games remaining with a win at the Etihad Stadium. But Mancini, who looked relaxed and...
  • Madrid ease past Sevilla to edge closer to title April 30, 2012

    Madrid: Karim Benzema scored two second-half goals as Spanish leaders Real Madrid closed in on their first league title in four years by strolling to a 3-0 victory over Sevilla on Sunday. The France striker struck twice in quick succession early in the second half as Madrid bounced back from their...
  • Title on the line in massive Manchester derby April 30, 2012

    London: Manchester City have already won one major battle ahead of Monday's Premier League derby - convincing Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson that they are a force to be taken seriously. Ferguson initially dismissed City as "noisy neighbours" following a 2008 takeover by Abu Dhabi investors, but now says that the...
  • Unbeaten Juventus edge closer to league triumph April 27, 2012

    Rome: Juventus are moving closer and closer to their first Italian league title since the 2006 match-fixing scandal, with Antonio Conte's club still undefeated and finding new weapons. With four rounds remaining in Serie A, Juve have a three-point lead over defending champions AC Milan, and also hold the tie-breaker with...
  • Man Utd still favourites for the title: Mancini May 25, 2012

    Manchester: Roberto Mancini has congratulated Manchester United for winning the Premier League title despite his Manchester City side closing the gap between the two teams to three points with a 2-0 win over Wolves on Sunday. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for City midway through the first half and Samir Nasri...
  • Most important derby of my career: Ferguson April 23, 2012

    Manchester: Manager Alex Ferguson believes the game against Manchester City on April 30 at the Etihad Stadium is now a Premer League "decider" and the most important derby of his career at Manchester United, after the Red Devils dropped two points at home to Everton on Sunday. United let a two-goal...
  • Man City happy to finish second: Mancini April 13, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City's expensively-assembled squad came back down to earth with a bump on Friday after manager Roberto Mancini said they should be happy finishing second to Manchester United because they are "not on the moon". City cut United's Premier League lead to five points with five games left in midweek...
  • Catching Real now even more difficult: Guardiola April 10, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has played down his side's title hopes, insisting that catching Real Madrid will now be even more difficult than it was when they were 10 points behind their great rivals. After seemingly being out of contention, the second-placed Catalans have come to within four points of...
  • Man City title hopes crumble as Arsenal win 1-0 May 25, 2012

    London: Mario Balotelli was sent off for the second time this season as Manchester City's faint Premier League title hopes appeared to end with a 1-0 loss at Arsenal that could spell the end of the petulant striker's career at the club. Arsene Wenger’s side hit the woodwork on several occasions,...
  • Guardiola still undecided over Barcelona future February 18, 2012

    Barcelona: Pep Guardiola still hasn't decided whether he wants to continue coaching Barcelona beyond this season. The 41-year-old Guardiola, who has won 13 out of a possible 16 titles since taking over the European champions nearly four seasons ago, said he would like to have made a decision already but he...
  • Mourinho plays down title talk despite lead February 14, 2012

    Madrid: Jose Mourinho attempted to play down title talk after fans and local media were left convinced his Real Madrid side would win La Liga after stretching their lead to 10-points with a 4-2 victory over Levante on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo rattled in his sixth hat-trick of the season as Real...
  • Barcelona will keep fighting for the league: Alves February 14, 2012

    Leverkusen: Barcelona defender Dani Alves says his side will keep fighting for the Spanish title despite falling 10 points behind Real Madrid. Alves said on Monday, "As long as the title remains undecided, we'll keep fighting and we'll see what happens in the end." The Brazilian was acknowledged the "points difference is...
  • Ronaldo hat-trick leads Madrid past Levante 4-2 February 13, 2012

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo's sixth hat-trick of the season guided Real Madrid to a 4-2 victory over 10-man Levante on Sunday to extend the Spanish leaders' advantage over defending champions Barcelona to 10 points. Gustavo Cabral gave Levante a surprising lead in the fifth minute at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, and Madrid...