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Erling Haaland nets 3 as Manchester City roll; Antonio Conte fumes after Spurs draw

The targets simply hold flowing for Erling Haaland and Manchester City, regardless of the competitors. Haaland bagged one other hat trick to make it eight targets in his final two video games as City eased into the FA Cup semifinals with a 6-0 house win over Championship aspect Burnley on Saturday. That got here on the heels of a 7-0 win over Leipzig on Tuesday within the Champions League — when Haaland netted 5 — exhibiting that City could also be hitting one other gear because it enters the decisive a part of the season.

Haaland bagged one other hat trick to make it eight targets in his final two video games(REUTERS)

It was City’s sixth straight win in all competitions, having scored 23 targets in that stretch. “We are in that part of the season where we should be at our best,” said Haaland, whose extraordinary tally is now at 42 goals in all competitions. “Now is when things get decided.”

City continues to be within the hunt for 3 trophies, however whereas Pep Guardiola’s crew are the large favorites within the FA Cup they might want to keep up this sort of kind to win the opposite two. They face Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals subsequent month, and will go into the worldwide break eight factors behind Arsenal within the Premier League if the Gunners beat Crystal Palace at house on Sunday.

That’s a minor fear, although, in comparison with the headache going through Antonio Conte at Tottenham.

Conte tore into his gamers for being “selfish” and launched a tirade in opposition to the membership’s lack of successful mentality after his crew threw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 at last-place Southampton.

That end result value Tottenham an opportunity to climb provisionally into third place, and made issues even tighter in an more and more intriguing relegation battle that entails a minimum of 9 groups. Only 4 factors now separate Twelfth-place Palace and Southampton on the backside of the desk.

One win was sufficient for Leeds to climb from nineteenth as much as 14th after beating Wolverhampton 4-2 away, whereas Leicester remained firmly entrenched within the relegation wrestle regardless of halting a five-game dropping streak in all competitions with a 1-1 draw at Brentford.

That retains Leicester only one level above the drop zone — and two factors forward of Southampton — whereas midtable Aston Villa made it three wins in 4 video games with a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Bournemouth.

In the late sport, Fifteenth-place Everton twice got here from behind to draw 2-2 at Chelsea.


The buildup to Burnley’s go to to the Etihad had all been about its supervisor Vincent Kompany, the previous City captain who already has a statue exterior the stadium after successful 10 main trophies with the membership.

Haaland could get his personal statue earlier than his taking part in profession is even over if he retains scoring at this charge.

The prolific Norwegian scored his first two targets in a three-minute span shortly after the half-hour mark and accomplished his hat trick by slotting in a rebound within the 59th.

World Cup winner Julian Alvarez additionally scored twice whereas the 20-year-old Cole Palmer received on the scoresheet as Burnley’s resistance collapsed during the last half-hour.

Gary Lineker was back on the air to spearhead the BBC’s protection of the sport after being suspended final week for criticizing the U.Ok. authorities’s migration coverage.

The different three quarterfinals are performed Sunday, with Manchester United internet hosting Fulham in probably the most notable matchup.


After seeing his gamers throw away a two-goal lead, Conte did little to quell the hypothesis that he is already on the lookout for a approach out of the membership.

“I see a lot of selfish players. And I don’t see a team,” the Italian supervisor stated after James Ward-Prowse’s injury-time penalty earned Southampton the draw.

And he wasn’t accomplished there, including that Tottenham’s lack of a successful mentality is deeply rooted inside a membership whose final trophy got here in 2008.

“They are used to it. They don’t play for something important, yeah,” Conte stated. “They don’t wish to play beneath stress, they don’t wish to play beneath stress. It is simple on this approach. Tottenham’s story is that this. Twenty years there’s the (similar) proprietor they usually by no means received one thing.”

Conte received league titles at Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea, however will end a second season at Tottenham with out a trophy. It’s wanting more and more unlikely that he’ll be again for a 3rd.


After exhibiting indicators of momentum beneath Graham Potter, Chelsea had one other setback in opposition to Everton.

The London membership’s three-game successful streak in all competitions got here to a halt as Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the primary equalizer and arrange the second for substitute Ellis Simms within the 89th minute.

It was Simms’ first aim for Everton however he confirmed each composure and confidence as he held off a defender and beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a low shot from a good angle to silence the Stamford Bridge crowd.

“We thought we played well enough to get the three points but ultimately if you don’t defend well, you don’t get the result,” Potter stated.


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