Bundesliga: Leaders Bayern lose 3-1 at Mainz
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich slumped to a 3-1 away defeat at Mainz on Saturday handing Borussia Dortmund the chance to take top spot.
Dortmund host Eintracht Frankfurt later in the day and can go one point clear with a win, with five league matches remaining this season.
Trailing 1-0 at half-time, thanks to Sadio Mane’s first goal since October, Mainz then hit back scoring three goals through Ludovic Ajorque, Leandro Barreiro and Aaron Martin.
Barcelona release statement on Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami
Spanish football giants, Barcelona have reacted to Lionel Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami.The club, on Wednesday night, released a statement after Lionel Messi confirmed he would be joining Inter Miami.The LaLiga champions revealed that they presented a contract to Messi, but the player decided to move to Major League Soccer (MLS).The statement read: “On Monday, June 5, Jorge Messi, the player’s father and representative, informed Club President Joan Laporta of the player’s decision to join Inter Miami, despite having been presented with a proposal from Barça, in consideration of the desire of both FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi for him to once again wear blaugrana.“President Laporta understood and respected Messi’s decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subject to in recent years.“Both Joan Laporta and Jorge Messi also agreed to work together to promote a proper tribute from Barça fans to honor a footballer who has been, is, and always will be beloved by Barça.”
Champions League: how Man City can defeat Inter Milan in final – Guardiola speaks
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, has talked about how his team can be victorious in the Champions League.He gave a tactical breakdown into how his team can defeat Inter Milan in the Champions League final on Saturday.The Serie A side stand in between City and winning the Treble this season.Although many observers feel Guardiola’s men are big favourites, the Spaniard has said it will not be an easy game.“Inter will be a team with a lot of difficulties. It’s not easy to attack the defensive system they use. We have to be with a lot of rhythm but be patient. We are not going to do it in three, four passes.“We have to use the right tempo that we have to play in these type of games. As much as the game goes through, you become more anxious and that will be a problem.“They are used to controlling all the games in Italy, they have good patterns and of course we have to defend really, really well.“It’s a final against a top team, we have to do it. We are confident and so optimistic, but at the same time I cannot deny the qualities of the opponents, especially in the final of the Champions League,” Guardiola said.
Kelechi Iheanacho wins Leicester City player of the season (Photo)
Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho has won Leicester City player of the season award. Recall that the club was relegated from the Premier League club this season. Iheanacho only participated in 13 games across all competitions this season but still managed to contribute to 13 goals. The 26-year-old has gained popularity among Foxes’ supporters since beginning his scoring run in 2021, and as a result of their backing, he received the team’s top award in 2023. Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals and assisted on three more in victories over Aston Villa and Tottenham in February during the just concluded 2022-2023 season. He also displayed bravery in a 1-1 draw with Leeds by playing the ball that resulted in Jamie Vardy’s equalizer despite suffering from a groin issue. Ricardo Pereira, Jamie Vardy, and James Maddison have been the winners of the Leicester City Player of the Season award in the past four seasons. On the other hand, Leicester City right-back, Timothy Castagne, was awarded Players’ Player of the Season. The Belgian was one of the team’s most reliable and consistent players, starting 36 of the team’s 38 Premier League games. For Leicester Women, who did manage to claw themselves to safety, there was little surprise to see goalkeeper Janina Leitzig win the fans’ vote and get the nod from her teammates. The German, who only arrived on loan from Bayern Munich in January, was integral in coach Willie Kirk’s side turning around a seven-point deficit at the bottom of the table. Hence, she ended the season as the Player of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season awards.
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