UCL Review: Spurs send City crashing out of Champions League, Liverpool through

By George Davis,Chris Taylor& Lance Whittaker April 17, 2019

Tottenham and Liverpool advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League in high-scoring affairs on Thursday.

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    On Thursday, Italian news agency AGI reported Manchester City boss Guardiola had agreed a four-year contract worth €24million annually to take over at Serie A champions Juve, claiming the deal will be announced on June 4 before a presentation 10 days later.

    Speaking before City completed an unprecedented domestic treble by hammering Watford 6-0 in last weekend's FA Cup final, Guardiola insisted he had no intention of moving to Juventus and club board member Alberto Galassi told Sky Italia the renewed reports were "a load of nonsense".

    However, Allegri made a mischievous contribution to the saga when he attended a restaurant opening in Dairago, Milan.

    Local newspaper Sport Legnano reported Allegri was asked by a Juventus fan who the club's next head coach would be and he replied: "A manager of Manchester is coming."

    Allegri confirmed last week he would leave Juventus after guiding them to a fifth consecutive Scudetto this term.

    Success in the Champions League proved elusive for the former AC Milan boss, however, with Ajax ending the Italian club’s interest at the quarter-final stage this time around, following final losses to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively in 2015 and 2017 finals.

    Guardiola has two years remaining on his current City contract and has swept to five of the previous six major domestic honours on offer in England.

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    Klopp's men are in the decider of Europe's premier club competition for the second straight season, facing Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.

    The German saw his team suffer a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in last year's final, while his Borussia Dortmund side were beaten in the 2013 decider by Bayern Munich.

    Mourinho, a two-time winner of the Champions League, said another loss for Klopp would hurt.

    "If Jurgen wins it's an incredible achievement for him," Mourinho told Sky Sports News.

    "If Jurgen doesn't win, you know... to lose three Champions League finals... phew... that has to be really, really hard, but he is a very positive guy, I'm sure he's just thinking about winning.

    "Being a manager, and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team will lose and one manager will lose."

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is also yet to win a trophy at the helm of Spurs, although he has achieved top-four Premier League finishes in the past four seasons.

    Mourinho believes a win at the Wanda Metropolitano could lead to a period of sustained success for Tottenham.

    "Spurs are not winning titles and to win the first one would be fantastic and could lead to other domestic trophies because the Champions League is the biggest one of all," he said.

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