Featured Matches
Previous
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Steaua Bucuresti
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
Malmo FF
SV Salzburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bradford City
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
DC United
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
León
Herediano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Municipal
Pachuca
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cobresal
General Díaz
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Independiente Terán
Trujillanos
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Libertad
Nacional Potosí
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
River Plate
Universidad Católica
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Deportivo La Guaira
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Barcelona
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
Atletico Rafaela
Newell's Old Boys
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Defensa y Justicia
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Boca Juniors
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
U.A.N.L
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Celaya
ESPNDeportes 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oaxaca
Chiapas
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Correcaminos
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Mérida
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Zacatepec
Guadalajara
ESPNDeportes 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América RN
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Santa Rita
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Botafogo
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bragantino
Corinthians
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
Flamengo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Palmeiras
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
LDU Quito
Deportivo Quito
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Seoul
Pohang Steelers
0
0
FT-Pens
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0FC Seoul win 3-0 on penalties
Game Details
Guangzhou Evergrande
Western Sydney Wanderers
2
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
Amazulu
Bloem Celtic
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Pretoria Univ
Free State Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Silver Stars
Kaizer Chiefs
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SuperSport United
Mpumalanga Black Aces
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
Postp
Game Details
Carmelita
Club Sport Uruguay
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cartagines
Perez Zeledon
Postp
Game Details
Antigua
Marquense
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Petapa
Coatepeque
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vida
Marathon
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Manchester City vs. Liverpool

50-50 Challenge 3 days ago
Read

WhoScored: Zabaleta-Sterling a key battle

Tactics And Analysis 4 days ago
Read
May 8, 2014

Pellegrini calm dispels City nerves

On Sunday, Manchester City could become the champions of the Premier League that have spent the shortest amount of time on top of the table throughout the season. Over the course of 2013-14, the Blues will have spent 15 days in first position, but, crucially, they could be at the summit when every team has played each other -- and that's the only time that matters.

(If you're interested, the all-time record for least amount of time spent on top by the winners goes to Burnley in 1959-60 -- the Clarets were first for two days in total.)

However, for the most part of Wednesday evening's 4-0 win against Aston Villa, there was a very real sense at Etihad stadium that the fans felt like City were going to muck it up. Years of let-downs have certainly had their effect on supporters, whose jaded cynicism that the game had "0-1 written all over it" at half-time (as I overheard several times throughout the 15-minute break) was making the atmosphere very tense indeed.

Even now, despite needing just a point from the final match of the season on Sunday, the fans are still very wary of what overconfidence can do. The ending to 2011-12 is often remembered as one of the best climaxes to a campaign ever, but the truth is the overwhelming sense of relief that the City faithful felt at full-time came not from the exhilaration of the two stoppage time strikes, but more from the fact that they were riding so high before the game.

City were playing QPR -- a team threatened by relegation -- and the hosts hadn't lost at home all season. The fans piled into the ground expecting City's first title in 44 years and there was an unusual confidence that doesn't fit Blues fans at all. They're simply not supposed to feel like everything will go right; they're supposed to worry, curse, groan and grumble at everything spiralling out of control.

No, the exhilaration came because of the two surges of emotion that afternoon. Many remember it as just despair to delight, but it wasn't. The day began with that good feeling, too -- and, this season, you get the impression that City fans aren't making that mistake again!

Two years ago, following a win at Newcastle that left City needing a win at home to take the title, fans chanted "we're going to win the league." This year, they've not mentioned anything of that ilk, despite now only needing a draw on the final day -- in theory, it's more likely this season that the Blues will be champions, but 'Typical City' still haunts supporters, who, for the most part, remain grounded in humility.

The sense of relief inside the Etihad when Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the second half on Wednesday was clear: it was like a huge weight had been collectively lifted from the fans' shoulders. The nervous chewing of fingernails became a huge roar of support, the noise levels of which were higher than has been heard there in some time. The Bosnian's second goal added to that, but it was quickly remembered that things could still go wrong and it went a little bit quieter when Andreas Wiemann tested whether the Goal Decision System was working with a shot off the bar.

Yet, on the pitch, the players seemed unaffected. It's often worried that tension in the stands can transfer to the playing staff -- and it probably does have some effect -- but Wednesday evening's win demonstrated a change in mentality.

Previously, when City were desperate for goals, Roberto Mancini had been like a madman inside the technical area, but his replacement Manuel Pellegrini doesn't go for the dancing, hopping, jumping or charging around. He stays calm, and now City stay calm, too.

With an hour gone and Aston Villa defending stoutly, it could have been easy for the players to begin to lump balls into the box and try and get it forward quickly. But they didn't. They continued to drag defenders left, right, and centre, out of position and try to work an opening.

The guile of Stevan Jovetic was a huge factor in this and something City haven't seen enough of this season because of the Montenegrin's injuries. With the back-line of Villa holding firm and Dzeko feeding off scraps because of it, the second striker on the pitch made all the difference -- especially when he's a forward that will come deep to collect the ball. It caused a problem, as none of the back five of Villa wanted to leave their shape to track him and being between the two lines he caused issues.

It's little coincidence that, after the Montenegrin's introduction, Dzeko found more space to score twice.

A special mention must go to Yaya Toure, too -- who must surely be the Blues' player of the season. It wasn't a typical performance from the Ivorian, as his cute passes in behind weren't coming off and his power in the midfield didn't seem to dominate. However, the one time his power was showcased was one when he wrote himself into City history, netting the 100th league goal of the campaign with a trademark runaway train burst from his own half.

City are a point away from the title. Despite this, the fans will not be getting ahead of themselves after how they were nearly burnt two years ago. You can expect another tense atmosphere inside the Etihad on Sunday: only an early goal (followed by another early goal, followed by another early goal) might relieve it.

The club need solid preparations and a calming influence. It's time for Pellegrini to show us what he's made of.