News : International football – Klopp can make Pep a master – sport
With the help of Jürgen Klopp, Manchester City can become English football champions for the seventh time this weekend. The front runner won the Premier League 2-0 (0-0) at Crystal Palace on Saturday and would have the third title within four years if the reigning champions Liverpool FC with team manager Klopp on Sunday (5.30 p.m. / Sky) at Manchester United sure.
Thanks to Kai Havertz, Chelsea FC is meanwhile on the Champions League course. Team manager Thomas Tuchel’s team defeated FC Fulham, which was threatened by relegation, 2-0 (1-0) after two goals by the national player (10th, 49th) and consolidated fourth place. For Havertz it was the goals three and four of the season, the recently harshly criticized Timo Werner prepared the second goal. Antonio Rüdiger was slightly injured and not in the squad. For Chelsea it was also a successful dress rehearsal for the semi-final second leg in the Champions League against Real Madrid on Wednesday. The first leg in Spain ended 1-1.
ManCity was decisive from the start, but only scored the opening goal in the 57th minute thanks to the club icon Sergio Agüero, who was leaving at the end of the season. Ferran Torres (59th) increased shortly afterwards. Ilkay Gündogan, who was brutally fouled on Wednesday in the 2-1 first leg win in the semi-finals of the Champions League in Paris, stayed on the bench. The Citizens have 80 points in four games still outstanding, city rivals United (67) can still have 82 with five wins. Klopp’s Liverpool FC, only sixth before the match day, urgently needs to win in the battle for a Champions League place at Old Trafford.
Spain: Atlético Madrid won very happily
Atlético Madrid remain on course after an immensely lucky win in the race for their first championship title since 2014. On matchday 34 of the Primera Division, the team of coach Diego Simeone won 1-0 (1-0) at relegation-threatened FC Elche, for which Fidel Chaves shot a penalty to the post in stoppage time (90 + 1). Atletico (76 points) are therefore still ahead of local rivals Real Madrid (74), who beat CA Osasuna 2-0 (0-0) in the evening after initial difficulties. FC Barcelona (71) will have to compete at Valencia CF on Sunday evening (9 p.m.).
In Elche, Marcos Llorente (24th) scored for Atlético, who, after a sovereign performance up to then, became careless in the final phase and had to tremble for victory. After a stupid handball Llorentes in the penalty area threatened a bitter setback. Real coach Zinedine Zidane waived Tino Kroos and Luka Modric four days before the semi-final second leg of the Champions League at Chelsea (first leg 1-1). Eder Militao (76th) and Casemiro (80th) took care of the goals. Next Saturday (4.15 p.m.) Barcelona and Atletico will face each other in a groundbreaking duel at Camp Nou.
Italy: Inter Milan just before winning the title
Inter Milan are close to winning the Italian football championship after a difficult win at bottom of the table FC Crotone. If pursuer Atalanta Bergamo does not win at Sassuolo Calcio on Sunday, the Nerazzuri will no longer be able to take their 19th Serie A title. The team of coach Antonio Conte fought 2-0 (0-0) in Crotone on Saturday and has four games before the end of the season 14 points ahead of Bergamo with national player Robin Gosens. The recently substituted Dane Christian Eriksen brought the guests into the lead (69th minute), the former Dortmund Achraf Hakimi increased in stoppage time to 2-0 (90th + 1).
France: PSG put forward, Lille countered
The thrilling head-to-head race in the French football championship continues. The 2: 1 (1: 0) success of the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain against the strong promoted RC Lens countered a few hours later with a 2: 0 (1: 0) against OGC Nice. Lille is one point ahead of PSG. Neymar (33.) and Marquinhos (59.) scored the goals for Paris. Coach Mauricio Pochettino spared some regular players with a view to the semi-final second leg in the Champions League on Tuesday at Manchester City (first leg 1: 2). The ailing world champion Kylian Mbappe (calf injury) was not in the squad at all. National player Julian Draxler was in the starting line-up and prepared the first goal. Thilo Kehrer came on early for Colin Dagba (19th). Ignatius Ganago shortened for the guests (61st).