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Pat Nevin reveals what Liverpool would do to Real Madrid in final

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Football pundit, Pat Nevin has claimed that Liverpool would cause Real Madrid huge problems if the two sides meet in the Champions League final.

Real Madrid go into the second leg of the semifinal on Tuesday with a 2-1 away win over Bayern Munich.

The European champions came from behind at the Allianz Arena with goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio.

And Nevin, a former Scotland international, believes that the Galacticos would struggle against Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool side.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily, he said, “They’ve got more zip at the moment than they did against Spurs earlier on in the campaign at Wembley where they looked very old.

“But that brings me back to what is going to be the biggest discussion: Liverpool play against a side at a tempo they want to play at, Real Madrid would hate that.

“It’s exactly the way they do not want the game to go.

“There were periods in the game today where Bayern Munich lifted their game and played at that higher tempo – I don’t think Real Madrid enjoyed it.

“They were leaking chances, particularly in the first half, but Bayern Munich wouldn’t or couldn’t keep it at that pace for the entire game.

“I think part of that’s got to do with some of their players being fabulous world class players in the past [but not now].

“Obviously Robben had to go off injured and Ribery had a better second half but he’s not the player he was before.

“Suddenly you realise that you can’t play at that tempo for the entire time.

“In short, yes they’re doing very well but Liverpool, I tell you what, if you keep playing like that I don’t know who can live with you.”

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NFF makes new appointments

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday announced the appointments of new media officers for the various National Teams.

In a statement signed by Demola Olajire, NFF Director of Communication, Toyin Ibitoye and Miss Jane Nweze have been retained for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons, respectively, until after the two teams’ major championships.

He said Ibitoye and Nweze will still retain their positions until the Super Eagles’ AFCON finals in Egypt and the Super Falcons’ FIFA World Cup finals in France, NAN reports.

Olajire, however, announced the appointment of Pius Ayinor as media officer for the Super Eagles B, also known as CHAN Eagles.

“Sharif Abdallah will serve as media officer for the U-23 National Team (Olympic Eagles), while Andrew Randa will take charge at the camp of the U-20 Boys National Team (Flying Eagles).

“Cecilia Omorogbe will work with the U-20 Girls (Falconets), while Francis Achi will serve the U-17 Boys (Golden Eaglets) and Faith Meremegbunam will work with the U-17 Girls (Flamingos).

“Tobi Adepoju will be media officer of the U-15 National Boys (Future Eagles),’’ Olajire said.

According to him, all the newly-appointed media officers will serve until after their next major championships, before giving way to other persons to also benefit from the experience.

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My expectations from Man United, Man City clash – Guardiola

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has revealed what he expects when his side tackle Manchester United in Wednesday’s Premier League derby clash.

Guardiola says he expects the ‘best’ Manchester United team to face Man City at Old Trafford.

Man City head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday, while Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s side were defeated 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.

“I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“They are bright. Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”

Guardiola added: “I don’t make theories about what happened in the past. Every game is completely different.

“The fact is this club grew a lot in the last decade, so it is not scary to go there.

“Before that, it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City have had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”

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Man Utd vs Man City: Solskjaer releases killer squad

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Manchester United have released a strong squad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Wednesday’s Premier League derby fixture at Old Trafford.

According to Mirror UK, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer released a list of 25 players on Tuesday.

Man United head to the game following a 4-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday at Goodison Park.

Below is Man United’s Premier League squad against Man City:

De Gea, Romero, Grant, Dalot, Darmian, Bailly, Valencia, Young, Jones, Shaw, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Herrera, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford.

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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