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EPL: Man City blow with Ferran Torres

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Ferran Torres is set to miss the next six weeks of action for Manchester City after picking up an injury whilst away on international duty with Spain.

Torres started the Nations League final against France but was brought off for Mikel Merino minutes after Kylian Mbappe netted the controversial winner.

The small fracture in his right foot could see Torres miss NINE games for Man City, including the crunch derby game against Manchester United.

Torres could also miss Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League trip to the Etihad at the end of November.

City lost the first group game match against PSG 2-0 with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club.

Boss Pep Guardiola will be far from pleased as he’s now another man short in the forward department.

City let club legend Sergio Aguero leave for free at the end of last season, leaving just Gabriel Jesus as the only recognised striker at the club.

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But despite having Jesus at his disposal, Guardiola has opted to play a false nine in all of Man City’s fixtures this season.

Torres, Sterling and even Grealish have played through the middle, whereas Jesus has operated out wide.

Despite missing out on Harry Kane in the summer, Guardiola is a big believer in the false nine tactic – one that served him well when he had Messi at his disposal at Barcelona.

Guardiola explained the tactics strengths to BT Sport: “It is have the central defenders, whoever plays, go 10 metres to pick him up.

“A little bit for this fact (also) to pass the ball, you have to have people closer.

“I always think when the passes are from distance, 15-20 metres, it is so easy for defenders, holding midfielders, when the pass is from two to three metres, it is more difficult.”

Guardiola tactical set-ups pride themselves on dominating possession, something the false nine allows.

He continued: “I love to pass the ball, I love to take the ball, pass the ball, I love it.

“I don’t know, I was born in this culture and I like it. To do this, you have to put a lot of players (close to each other).”

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Thank you Wolves for giving me a day like this, Wolves boss appreciates players

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Wolves boss, Bruno Lage, thanked the club for bringing him to the Premier League after victory at Aston Villa.

Wolves looked destined for defeat when they fell 2-0 down at Villa Park, but three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game handed them an unlikely victory.

It was finished off by a 95th minute deflected free-kick from Ruben Neves and speaking after the game, Lage was grateful for the chance to be boss.

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He said: “This is why I wanted to come to the Premier League and I thank Wolves for giving me that chance. That is the (kind of) game I want to live in my career.

“I live some days like that at Sheffield Wednesday as assistant, and they are the kind of days I want to live in my career.

“I thank Wolves for giving me that chance. Today is a good day for us.”

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Boxing: Eubank Jr breaks down Awdijan; forces him to withdraw after five rounds

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Chris Eubank Jr beat up Wanik Awdijan, forcing him to pull out after five rounds on Saturday night in Newcastle and say that his ribs were broken by body punches.

Eubank Jr had been punishing his rival with thudding punches when Awdijan failed to emerge for the sixth round.

Victory tees Eubank Jr up for the major fight he has been targeting in December en route to a world championship opportunity.

His shorts and ring-walk robe were adorned by the name of Sebastian, his brother who died in July.

Eubank Jr had been made to wait an agonising fortnight for this return fight, after two opponents withdrew from fighting him in a matter of days, and Awdijan asked him a few early questions with his tricky southpaw stance.

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Eubank Jr was forced to nod in admission that Awdijan had caught him in the fourth round with a solid left hand.

But he turned up the heat and responded with body shots then a left hook.

The fifth round was Eubank Jr’s best so far – he thumped home a succession of shots to the ribs, and Awdijan was visibly breathing hard and backing off.

Awdijan, sat on his stool after the fifth, shook his head and called the referee over to signify his withdrawal.

Carl Froch questions whether Billy Joe Saunders has priced himself out of a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.

“The guy came over and said that I broke his rib with a body shot so he couldn’t continue,” Eubank Jr told Sky Sports afterwards.

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Guardiola hails England duo after procession victory over Burnley

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Pep Guardiola took time to praise Raheem Sterling and John Stones after Manchester City beat Burnley 2-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

Ahead of this game, Sterling suggested that he would be “open” to leaving City to get more game time.

The forward and Stones started against Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Saturday.

Man City were not at their best but they still managed to pick up all three points. They triumphed thanks to goals in either half from Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

Ahead of the rest of this weekend’s fixtures, Man City sit second in the Premier League. They are a point behind Liverpool, who are still unbeaten.

As reported by BBC Sport, Guardiola said that both Sterling and Stones “played really well”:

“After the international break it’s always a little bit difficult to come to a rhythm and I know how good Burnley are. They did really well, they have good players and we played a good 15-20 minutes in the first-half, we created chances and the last 20 minutes we lost some tempo. We did well in the second half and played really well and could’ve scored more goals. Good result, after the international break we take the victory and look what’s next.

“We run and fight for every ball, Burnley play for long balls and they’re a master at this. You have to defend set pieces well and anything could’ve happened if Chris Wood had scored that goal near the end. We had chances but couldn’t score more unfortunately.

Bernardo Silva scores for Man City

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“The importance is improving our game I am satisfied that the second-half was better than first. The team showed me the way we want to play and the shape we want to play in. All the guys gave everything, it doesn’t matter if the performance is good or not. It’s important that you fight for your teammates and everyone was incredible.”

On John Stones and Raheem Sterling: “Both played really well – it was a difficult game, tried to tell them to forget about previous 5-0 because Burnley always fight and never give up and are able to go to any stadium and create a problem and know what they have to do so I give a lot of credit to them today.”

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