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May 27, 2016
Soccer highlights

Guardiola will give Manchester City a new identity and lots of trophies, says Bayern successor.

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Carlo: Pep is great for City

Pep Guardiola will give Manchester City a new identity and lots of trophies, says his Bayern Munich successor Carlo Ancelotti.

Guardiola has won 21 major titles since starting his managerial career in 2008, including two Champions League titles.

And Ancelotti says: “When Guardiola left Barcelona, people said, ‘Ah, he is not able to repeat the same style of play.

“But by the end Bayern were playing with the same style. It will be the same at Manchester City.”

Gullit: LVG earned his United axe

Manchester United were right to sack Louis van Gaal, according to Ruud Gullit.

Van Gaal, who guided his side to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League this season, lost his job two days after United ended a three-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

And Gullit says it’s LVG’s own fault

He says: “A lot of things were his own fault.

“Man United have a certain status … no Champions League and that’s very important for them.”

Gotze’s got to go

Bayern Munich hinted that Liverpool target Mario Gotze will be playing from the bench next season.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has not been at his best since moving from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and was expected to join up with former mentor Jurgen Klopp.

After turning down the chance to move, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says: “I had talks with him [Mario].

“He knows what the club thinks and what the new coach thinks. Mario has to evaluate for himself whether he wants to play constantly.”

Zlatan to Jose?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be playing in the Europa League next |season after hinting at |a potential move to |Manchester United.

The iconic striker has quit Paris Saint-Germain and says he speaks to United coaching favourite Jose Mourinho “every day”.

The 34-year-old says: “Let’s see what happens.

“There is no secret, I have a great relationship with Mourinho and we have been in contact but not the last week, we have been talking for many years so that’s it.

“The future is already written. I have made my choice.”

Reds to end in top four

Jamie Carragher reckons |Liverpool’s lack of European football will only make them stronger in the Premier League.

The Reds legend has tipped Jurgen Klopp’s team to fight for a top four place next term – despite an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League this term.

He says: “A big thing for Chelsea and Liverpool, an advantage for them, is no European football.

“It might be a bit much for |Liverpool going for the title, but they will certainly be looking at the top four.”

Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli looks set to return to Anfield with Milan unwilling to make his loan move permanent.

Ex-coach Dumitru dies at age 76

Former Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru passed away yesterday following a massive heart attack at the age of 76.

The Romanian won two PSL titles with Mamelodi Sundowns and scooped another double with |Sowetan rivals Kaizer Chiefs.


Dumitru also led Orlando Pirates to the Top8 title in 2001.

He had less success with Bafana, though, as the national team crashed out of the 2006 Afcon on his watch.

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