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Football News: 22nd April 2022

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Chelsea star won’t be going to World Cup, Morocco manager confirms| www.the42.ie

COACH VAHID Halilhodzic, who led Morocco to the 2022 World Cup, said his decision not to pick Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech and Ajax full-back Noussair Mazraoui is a “finished story”.

“The player who refuses to train, who refuses to play, who fakes injuries, for me it’s a finished story,” Halilhodzic told Croatia’s commercial Nova TV on Thursday when asked if he would recall the two players for the World Cup in Qatar.

Barca women break attendance record yet again| www.sportsbusinessjournal.com

Barcelona set yet another world attendance record for women’s soccer today as 91,648 fans turned out to Camp Nou for Barca’s 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the first leg of their women’s Champions League semifinal. The previous record of 91,553 was set just 23 days ago at the same venue in the Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid (Barcelona). The club earlier this month had announced it sold out todays match in just over 24 hours. Clearly “change is afoot in the culture of Spanish fútbol” 

CITY SECURE PREMIER LEAGUE 2 CROWN WITH LEEDS TRIUMPH| www.mancity.com

City needed to avoid defeat to secure the title with a game to spare, but early goals from Kayky, Cole Palmer plus a late strike from Liam Delap instead sealed a hard-earned victory.

The hosts, backed by a PL2 record crowd of 21,321 at Elland Road, took an early lead through Mateo Joseph, but a typically defiant response saw Brian Barry-Murphy’s youngsters get our noses in front before the 15-minute mark.

And while Leeds pushed us to our limits in a closely contested second 45, but City held on to become only the second side to win back-to-back PL2 titles.

Aston Villa: £25m star ‘expected to stay’ at Villa Park| www.givemesport.com

Leon Bailey will come good for Aston Villa with a full pre-season under his belt, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.The winger joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, but his first campaign in English football has been overshadowed by injuries.When Bailey made the £25m move to Villa Park last July, big things were expected of him. He had just scored 15 goals and laid on 11 assists in his final season in Germany, which made him one of the hottest prospects in European football.

Steven Gerrard sends makes Erik ten Hag admission after Manchester United appointment| www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard says Erik ten Hag is a ‘fantastic’ manager, but admits ‘nobody will care’ what he thinks about the appointment.

The Manchester club confirmed the appointment of the Ajax boss on Thursday and he’s set to take charge at the end of the campaign. The announcement ends a five month search for a new manager, meanwhile Ralf Rangnick has been in charge as interim since the end of November.

Gerrard himself made the step into Premier League management this season as he took the reigns at Aston Villa late last year after they parted ways with Dean Smith. After three years in Scotland with Rangers, the former Liverpool captain has challenged himself with one of England’s most historic clubs.

Christian Eriksen looking forward to Tottenham reunion – Thomas Frank| www.independent.ie

Thomas Frank hopes Brentford can help Christian Eriksen flourish against his former club Tottenham.

The Bees host Champions League-chasing Spurs at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday when Eriksen will hope to continue his brilliant return to the Premier League.

The 30-year-old joined the Bees in January as a free agent, having left Inter Milan following his cardiac arrest at last summer’s European Championship, and Brentford have won all five games the Denmark midfielder has started.

His next appearance is set to come against the club who he helped reach the 2019 Champions League final, and Bees boss Frank expects Eriksen to be motivated to beat his old side.

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