Arsene Wenger has been battered by many in the wake of Arsenal’s 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the sides’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie last week. One guy who’s not feeling it? Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss says he gets the criticism of player selection, but bristles at the extent and severity of the post-match vitriol being served up to Wenger. Guardiola was asked about making eight changes to his lineup for Man City’s draw against Huddersfield Town, which caused an FA Cup replay. Here’s his answer, from Sky Sports: “My friend, I take the decisions, you analyze my decisions. You have to take a decision before [the game], to the best solution. It was what I did.
Around a quarter of an hour after Sutton United’s victory over Leeds, Gander Green Lane’s front office started filling up with giddy people in club tracksuits and blazers. When Arsenal, their supporters and the world’s media arrive in Sutton on Monday night, this semi-professional outfit will be tested to their limit. “I have ended up putting the club under enormous pressure over the last month,” admitted Paul Doswell, the manager, during his pre-match press conference, sounding almost apologetic for being too successful.
BERLIN (AP) Robert Lewandowski struck in the seventh minute of injury time for Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to draw at Hertha Berlin 1-1 and avoid to its second defeat on Saturday. Lewandowski rifled in the ball after Arjen Robben’s effort was blocked on the line, setting off celebrations cut short amid initial confusion over whether the goal stood. Hertha had long been calling for the final whistle – five minutes of injury time were indicated – but Bayern’s last chance came when Peter Pekarik fouled Kingsley Coman on the edge of the penalty area. Thiago Alcantara sent the ball in for Robben to shoot. Lewandowski’s goal was eventually confirmed. “A game lasts until the referee blows the whistle,”