Massimiliano Allegri: 7 Potential Destinations for the Italian After Juventus Announce His Departure

?After five years, five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Champions League runner-up medals, Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus this summer, marking the end of an era of unprecedented success at the Old Lady. 

The club only announced his departure earlier on Friday, and while the dust hasn’t yet settled, the wheels of football stop turning for no one person. 

Here are seven potential destinations for Allegri when he inevitably returns to football. 


Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde

?There are obvious arguments against this one ever happening. Whether or not ?Barca will stick with Ernesto Valverde amid a ?period of ?turmoil in the wake of Champions League capitulation against Liverpool remains to be seen, but the biggest doubt over his potential appointment at Camp Nou is cast by the footballing differences between the two parties.

Allegri favours a quintessentially Italian, tactically rigid style, while Barcelona embody the footballing antithesis of that, so it’s unclear if either side would be willing to compromise in order to work together. If they found a way to make it work, then we would see one of the most successful managers of modern times take over one of the most dominant teams in Europe on their day, and everyone else in La Liga could kiss their hopes of silverware goodbye.

Still, that’s a big if. 

Probability Rating: 2/10


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

OK, I hear you shouting at me already. Yes, ?Manchester United only handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-and-a-half year deal in March, and no, I’m not entirely sure why they did that considering they still had a lot to play for. 

They’re probably regretting it now, even if they won’t admit it, and given that they haven’t won a match since that victory over Watford at the end of March, there seems like a realistic, if not quite probable, chance that Ole won’t be at the wheel come Christmas. In that event, Allegri will be one of the frontrunners, assuming he is still available.

A lot of stars would need to align for this to come off, but it’s not impossible. 

Probability Rating: 4/10


AS Roma

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Roma are one of the few major sides in Europe who are almost guaranteed to be looking for a new manager this summer, unless they shock us all and appoint Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis.

Assuming they will be in need of a new coach, Allegri will no doubt be a topic of conversation in the Italian capital. The question won’t be over Roma’s interest, but whether Allegri is prepared to undergo the serious long-term rebuilding job required to take them back to the height of Italian football. It seems plausible, but would require Roma to put their money where their mouth is and prove their ambition to a serial winner like Allegri. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Bayern Munich

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Niko Kovac has endured a difficult first season in charge at Bayern Munich. They are still on course to win the Bundesliga, and will do so with a ?point on the final day of the season, and should they get that over the line, they deserve credit for the bottle they’ve shown in seeing off a formidable challenge from Borussia Dortmund. 

However, they fell way short in Europe and are facing a pretty huge almost Real Madrid-sized summer rebuild. With a coach like Allegri available, with a track record of ruthless success, they may well opt to change managers for that transition. His poor record in Europe might concern some in Bavaria, but there is no club better placed for him to finally lift that Champions League trophy. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Milan

Massimiliano Allegri

Milan seem likely to be chasing a new manager this summer, with the future of Rino Gattuso well and truly up in the air, and who better to return them to the top than the man who led them to their last Serie A back in 2011?

The allure of his former employers would undoubtedly prove tempting. They are one of Italian football’s sleeping giants and possess limitless untapped potential, although it is likely he will have offers on the table from clubs with a higher standing in modern football. However, Allegri knows the club and what it takes to succeed with them. 

Probability Rating: 6/10


Chelsea

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The jury is out on Maurizio Sarri at ?Chelsea. Their third-placed finish in the Premier League will undoubtedly alleviate the pressure somewhat, but for a club whose feeling on managers seems to sway dramatically depending on their latest result, you can’t help but feel that failure to win the ?Europa League ?final against Arsenal later this month could well lead to him losing his job.

With a coach like Allegri available, they might just decide to make the change whatever happens, since they are desperate to drag themselves up to the level of Manchester City and Liverpool. It might take more than a world class manager to bridge that gap, given the huge chasm that exists between the title challengers and the rest of the league at present, but that wouldn’t stop the Blues trying.

On top of that, they’re a club with a history of appointing Italian managers, with Sarri the sixth of his countrymen to sit in the dugout at Stamford Bridge over the last two decades. This really does just feel within the realms of possibility. 

Probability Rating: 7/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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Taking history out of the equation, a move to PSG would seem like a direct continuation of the work Allegri put in at Juventus. A club who are comfortable in their domestic dominance, needing to find an extra gear or two in order to go to the next level and win the big one in Europe. 

?Maybe Juventus were a bit closer to achieving that one than the Parisians, but the parallels are clear, and given they have badly dipped in form recently, they don’t seem too far from cutting ties with Thomas Tuchel this summer. The availability of Allegri could be the catalyst for that change.

Probability Rating: 8/10

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Transfer Rumours: Ajax Confirm Ziyech Exit, Man Utd Eye Monaco Ace, Valencia Consider Diaz & More

The Premier League transfer window is officially open, yet we’re yet to have any £100m deals confirmed by any side in England’s top flight. Yes, it’s disappointing, but there’s still plenty of time.

Right about now reports are being fired out hot of the presses, and we just can’t wait to get into a few of ’em and give you the lowdown.

Here’s Friday’s roundup of transfer rumours for your perusal…


Man Utd Locked in ‘Concrete’ Talks With Monaco Outcast

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To kick off with, ?Manchester United are looking to the future and are interested in signing Monaco youngster Hannibal Mejbri. The two parties have been in concrete discussions for several months now.

Described in ?RMC Sport‘s report as the club’s ‘great hope’, Mejbri’s relationship with Monaco has completely broken down and his family have made contact with the legal commission of Ligue 1, asking for their current contract to be abolished.

Mejbri is rated as one of the sharpest young talents around, and also has a spectacular set of locks atop his head. Hey, it all adds up.


Porto Defender Set for Atletico Madrid Switch With Personal Terms Agreed

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Porto defender Felipe is close to swapping Primeira Liga for La Liga, with reports indicating the deal is basically done.

?Atleti have lost metaphorical limb after limb in recent weeks, with Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann both confirming their respective summer exits.

Thankfully for supporters of the Wanda Metropolitano side, Diego Simeone has moved quickly to size up a replacement for Godin, with ?Record reporting he has passed a medical and agreed a three-year contract ahead of official confirmation of the €25m move.

Finally, some good news, eh Atleti fans?


Ajax Confirm Star Forward Hakim Ziyech Will Leave ‘When a Top Club Comes’

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Marc Overmars has confirmed Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech will most likely leave the club this summer, alerting a host of Europe’s elite sides.

The forward lit up the Champions League with Ajax, but he remains one of a host of players who could eave the Eredivisie champions this summer.

Overmars said, as quoted by ?the Mirror: “That [a move] will come by itself. When that happens, everyone will automatically hear it. He leaves when a top club comes.”

?Bayern Munich’s interest in the Moroccan has been reported ?previously, but apparently their curiosity has intensified according to ?Bild, as a move for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is now seen as more complicated than originally thought.


Chelsea Among Host of Clubs Interested in Signing 17-Year-Old MVV Maastricht Defender

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Chelsea are obviously interested in signing players this summer, it just depends on whether they’ll actually be allowed to.

Given their ban was for breaking rules regarding the signings of young, foreign players, it seems they’re tempting fate by going after another young, foreign player in MVV Maastricht defender Xavier Mbuyamba, according to ?Voetbal International.

The 17-year-old has trained with Chelsea’s youth teams this week, but Celtic, Porto, Bayern Munich and ?Liverpool are also thought to be eyeing the teenager up.


Valencia Considering Mariano Diaz Move if They Qualify for Champions League

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Mariano Diaz was slowly wasting away before his move to Lyon in 2017. In Ligue 1, he totally smashed it. Then ?Real Madrid bought him back. 

However, instead of taking on some of the goalscoring burden following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, however, the three evil managers to coach Real this season all decided it was appropriate not to play him very often.

Unsurprisingly the 25-year-old has been linked with a summer move and Valencia may make a move if they qualify for the Champions League, according to ?AS. They’ll reach Europe’s top club competition if they beat Real Valladolid on the final day of the season.


Diego Simeone Identifies Marcos Alonso as ‘Chosen One’ to Succeed Filipe Luis

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Remember when fans rated Marcos Alonso as the best left back in the Premier League because he scored goals? Well, his stock has dropped a fair bit ever since it was discovered that he can’t defend very well.

Which makes it all the more odd that, according to ?AS, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has supposedly identified the Spain international as ‘the chosen one’ to replace Filipe Luis, notably a very good defender and expected to leave this summer.

Knowing Simeone he’ll probably turn Alonso into Europe’s best defender, but blimey, this looks pretty ropey.


Tottenham Linked With Move for £23.5m Rated ‘New Juan Roman Riquelme’

Agustin Almendra

Tottenham are ?believed to keen on Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, but if you thought they wouldn’t be eyeing up an obscure, hipster’s choice central midfielder to bolster their ranks…well, you’re terribly mistaken.

According to ?Il Mattino, Spurs are interested in Boca Juniors’ Agustin Almendra, who’s valued at £23.5m and has been compared to Argentina legend Juan Roman Riquelme.

However, the Champions League finalists face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Inter, Napoli and Benfica for the 19-year-old’s signature.


Ralph Hasenhuttl Eyes Ademola Lookman Reunion at Southampton Following Disappointing Season

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People thought Ademola Lookman might have a decent chance of breaking into Everton’s starting lineup this season after impressing in spells while on loan at RB Leipzig.

However, he’s been shunted to the back of the attacking pecking order, behind players like Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and is now being targeted by Southampton for a potential summer switch, according to ?the Independent.

Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl coached Lookman during their time together in the Bundesliga and wanted to sign him permanently, but Everton wouldn’t budge on their £28m asking price. After a season of bench warming, that fee is expected to drop.


Leicester and Everton Consider Swoops for RB Leipzig Forward

Jean Kevin Augustin

Speaking of RB Leipzig, ever heard of Jean-Kevin Augustin? Everton and Leicester have, and both have made informal enquiries over his availability, according to ?the Telegraph.

The Frenchman, signed from PSG in 2017, is expected to fetch around £17.5m if he does leave Red Bull Arena.

Everton expect Cenk Tosun to move on in the summer following a disappointing spell at Goodison Park, while Leicester may be looking for a competent back-up for regular starting striker Jamie Vardy.

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Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Niko Kovac’s Best Available Bayern Lineup

?Almost a year go to the day, Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt side beat Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final, winning his side their first piece of silverware in 20 years.

On Saturday, the tables are turned as his Bayern side welcome Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena, looking to secure their seventh straight Bundesliga title.

Having blown the opportunity to wrap it up last weekend as they could only draw 0-0 with RB Leipzig, Munich will be looking to make no mistake as they face Kovac’s former employers this time round.

Frankfurt have their own ambitions, however, and will look to clinch the last remaining Champions League spot ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach.

With a few injuries to contend with and a poor performance in front of goal last weekend, Kovac has some decision to make ahead of Saturday’s title-decider. Let’s take a look at how ?Bayern could line up.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

Joshua Kimmich

?Sven Ulreich (GK): Injury to Manuel Neuer earlier in the season has led Kovac to call upon the services of his backup keeper, Ulreich. Performing well for the most part, the German will keep his place once again.

Joshua Kimmich (RB): The 24 year-old has featured in every game for Bayern this season, which is a testament to how well he has developed as a player. His ever-present record will not be broken this weekend.

Niklas Sule (CB): Another young player to have excelled under Kovac’s stewardship is Sule, who has been Munich’s most consistent centre-back this year. The 23 year-old kept a strong Leipzig attack quiet last time out and will have a big task on his hands to pacify the threat of Luka Jovic.

Mats Hummels (CB): The German defender has found himself in and out of Kovac’s team this season, as he has rotated with compatriot ?Jerome Boateng. For such a crucial game, Hummels’ leadership qualities are likely to be enough to see him get the nod against Frankfurt.

David Alaba (LB): Another rock in the Bayern defence, the Austrian has played virtually every game this year. His contribution going forward will be just as crucial as his defensive solidity if his team are to retain their ?Bundesliga title on Saturday.


Midfielders

Thiago Alcantara

?Thiago Alcantara (CM): Usually partnering the reliable Javi Martinez in midfielder, Thiago has been one of Bayern’s most consistent performers. Brilliant at keeping the ball, the Spaniard is a key reason why his side will dominate possession against Frankfurt.

Leon Goretzka (CM): The German has spent much of this season occupying the number ten role, but has resorted to a deeper-lying position following injury to Martinez. The 24 year-old thought he had scored the title-winning goal for Bayern last weekend, only to see his effort ruled out by VAR.

Thomas Muller (CAM): Filling in the attacking midfield role is the always reliable German international, ?Muller. The 29 year-old will look to find pockets of space between the Frankfurt lines and chip in with a goal or assist.


Forwards

Robert Lewandowski

Kingsley Coman (RW): The Frenchman has performed well this season, but perhaps not contributed as much as he would have liked in terms of goals and assists. He will be looking to put that right against Frankfurt.

Serge Gnabry (LW): The former ?Arsenal man on the other hand has contributed his fair share this year, scoring ten goals and providing five assists. 

Robert Lewandowski (ST): Barring a miracle, the Pole will pick up the golden boot once again on Saturday. Leading by a margin of four goals, the former ?Dortmund man will still be desperate to add to his tally of 22 for the season.

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Man Utd ‘Enquire’ About Robert Lewandowski After Striker Stalls on New Bayern Contract

?Manchester United have made an inquiry over the availability of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski after the striker began doubting his future with the German champions.

The Poland international has been of interest to United for a number of transfer windows, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to rebuild his squad after a bitterly disappointing season in which they finished sixth in the top-flight.

Robert Lewandowski

German publication Kicker, as relayed by the Daily Mail, claim Lewandowksi is unsure whether to put pen to paper on a new deal in Bavaria, prompting United to step up their interest for the Bundesliga star. Having spent the last nine seasons in the country, it is thought the former Borussia Dortmund forward could seek a fresh challenge ahead of the new season.

With the 30-year-old’s current deal expiring in the summer of 2021, Die Roten are keen to extend that by a further year, with the club eager to get the forward to sign a new contract after ?Bayern take part in the German Cup final against RB Leipzig at the end of the month.

United’s top scorer in the ?Premier League this season was Paul Pogba, who finished on 13 goals for the season from midfield. As such, Solskjaer is looking to reinforce his front line with an eye on securing an immediate return to the top four and earning a Champions League spot.


This season Lewandowski is set to once again finish the campaign as the Bundesliga top scorer, having netted 22 times already heading into the final round of fixtures. Furthermore, the Pole is also on the verge of winning his seventh German league title – with Niko Kovac’s side requiring just a point from their final game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 33

?Following a week in which: 

– Manchester City won a trophy.

– Ajax won a trophy.

– SS Lazio won a trophy.

– Liverpool fans pleaded for a second place trophy.

We, using the filmography of Gus Van Sant, rank the top 15 teams in Europe. Enjoy chief. 


15) Borussia Monchengladbach (Re-Entry)

Josip Drmic

“F**k you money is the ultimate liberator.” (Promised Land)

On the brink of UEFA Champions League qualification = on the brink of a shocking amount of $$$.

To make it to the promised land however, Borussia Monchengladbach need to beat Borussia Dortmund on Saturday…good luck chief! 


14) RB Leipzig (Up 1)

Robert Lewandowski,Willi Orban,Marcel Halstenberg

“How do you like them apples?” (Good Will Hunting) 

Last weekend, Bayern Munich could’ve won the league.

They needed three points.

They didn’t get them.

RB Leipzig – with literally nothing to play for – decided that they would do everything they possibly could to prevent Bayern from winning the Bundesliga for the 1000th consecutive season.

They did. 

Now the Bundesliga title race will go down to the final day of the season. 

Thanks chief! 


13) Juventus (Down 5)

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“I lost something on the way to wherever I am today.” (Last Days)

So they may have WON the league, but after their catastrophic month, it’s time to look at ?what ?Juventus LOST this season: 

– A UEFA Champions League quarter final they should have won. 

– A Coppa Italia quarter final they should have won. 

– Gianluigi Buffon.

– Their soul (?more on that here).

– The stripes on their kit…holy God the new kit is ugly. 

Not great chief. 


12) Benfica (-) 

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“I can be in the NBA. I’m tall, I like to wear shorts. Hook! Hook! Dunk! Dunk! Baby, I’m all about three points.” (Good Will Hunting) 

Benfica’s Primeira Liga form:

Played: 33.

Won: 27.

Drew: 3.

Lost: 3.

Goals Scored: 99.

Goals Conceded: 30. 

Goal Difference: 69.

Encarnados are ALL ABOUT THREE POINTS. 

Nice work chief.


11) SS Lazio (New Entry) 

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“I’m pumped! Let the healing begin!” (Good Will Hunting)

SS Lazio have done it. They’ve achieved the impossible. In an era of unrivalled Juventus dominance, they’ve won a trophy in Italy (the Coppa Italia to be exact).

It’s a miracle!

Let the healing of Serie A begin chief!


10) Borussia Dortmund (Up 1) 

Mario Goetze

“If you were gonna fight them, why didn’t you fight them back there? We got snacks now!” (Good Will Hunting) 

So it turns out that ?Borussia Dortmund didn’t ‘?absolutely f**k it’.

The disastrous draw with Werder Bremen was seemingly the death knell of BVB’s Bundesliga title hopes, but last weekend they were thrown a lifeline by Bayern Munich. 

Now, two points separate the top two.

Now, the Bundesliga title race will go down to the wire.

Now, a win over ‘Gladbach and a Bayern defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt will send the BuLi title to Dortmund.

It’s all to play for chief. 


9) Bayern Munich (Down 2) 

Thomas Mueller

“Winning isn’t my strong suit.” (Milk)

Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve (most other years)…but didn’t.

?Bayern Munich needed three points away at Leipzig to win the Bundesliga, and as you now already now, they didn’t get them.

Buck up your ideas chief!


8) Barcelona (Up 1) 

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“You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you…I don’t see an intelligent, confident man…I see a cocky, scared sh**less kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you.” (Good Will Hunting) 

In the aftermath of their catastrophic Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool, the Catalan exclaimed that it was “THE CLUB’S DARKEST HOUR”.

But now that the dust is settled, it’s explicitly clear that not all things are lost.

?Barcelona did win La Liga.

Barcelona will probably win the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona have signed the most exciting young midfielder in Europe – Frenkie de Jong.

Barcelona look set to sign Antoine Griezmann.

You don’t know about real loss. Real loss is losing to Derby County and being resigned to yet another season in the Championship chief (pour one out for Leeds United).


7) Atalanta (Up 3) 

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“You know what? You can shove your medal up your f**king ass! Because I don’t give a sh*t about your medal.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The Coppa Italia final defeat was truly heartbreaking for Atalanta fans, but all will be forgotten if they can clinch UEFA Champions League qualification in two weeks’ time. 

All that stands in their way is Juventus and Sassoulo. Win out and Atalanta will qualify for Europe’s premier competition for the first time in their history. 

You can do it chief! 


6) Arsenal (Down 1)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“I don’t know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we’re headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that’s just not ours to lose.” (Promised Land) 

It’s explicitly clear that ?Arsenal’s whole season, and the season after that, and possibly even the season after that, hinges upon one thing: the Europa League final.

Win, and the Gunners will be qualify for the UEFA Champions League and have a boatload of money to spend in the summer transfer window. 

Lose, and Arsenal will be resigned to the Europa League for another season and will have £40m to spend in the summer transfer window…which isn’t a lot chief. 


5) Chelsea (Down 1)

Maurizio Sarri

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The haters will hate, but one can’t deny the fact that Maurizio Sarri has actually done quite well in his first season at ?Chelsea.

– Third place finish.

– Champions League qualification. 

– Europa League final. 

It’s gone quite well if you ask me chief. 


4) Ajax (Up 2)

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“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” (Good Will Hunting) 

The last second UEFA Champions League semi final exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff ArenA when they had held a healthy lead in the tie was a mouthful, and truly heart-wrenching. 

But when Ajax fans look back on the 2018/19 season, they will do so fondly. They’ll think back to the win over Real Madrid, the win over Juventus, the KNVB Cup final, and their reclaiming of the Eredivisie title. 

It’s been a great year; enjoy it chief. 


3) Liverpool (Down 1) 

Jurgen Klopp

“You know, it’s kinda like… Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.” (Last Days)

Was this season a success?

If ?Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League, it most certainly was. 

But if they don’t, how long can Liverpool fans really enjoy the fact that they accumulated the third highest points tally in Premier League history? Who knows chief! 


2) Tottenham Hotspur (Down 1) 

Christian Eriksen

“Without hope, life’s not worth living.” (Milk)

?Tottenham Hotspur fans, I know it’s nice to have made it to the UEFA Champions League (congratulations on that), but do you know what would be even nicer? 

WINNING THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. 

Tottenham fans, it’s time to get out the Glenn Hoddle replica jerseys, the Audere Est Facere banners, the navy flares (no, not the clothing item, please God not the clothing item) and it’s time to believe. 

It may not mean more™, but it still means a lot chief. 


1) Manchester City (Up 2) 

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“Tonight the laws of God, and the cultural values of man have been vindicated. The people of Dade County, the Normal majority, have said ‘Enough, enough, enough.” (Milk) 

?Manchester City’s Premier League form since February: 

Played: 14.

Won: 14.

Drew: 0.

Lost: 0.

Goals Scored: 32. 

Goals Conceded: 4

Goal Difference: 28. 

It’s hard to compete with perfection, and that’s exactly what Manchester City were when it mattered most. 

They. Were. Perfect. Chief. 


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