MANCHESTER, England (AP) It's at this stage of the season, when games seem to matter more and trophies are on the line, where Manchester City was relying on Pep Guardiola coming into his own. After all, this was the acclaimed serial winner who was going to ''transform our team to a whole new level,'' according to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as he welcomed the Spanish coach to City amid much fanfare last June. Guardiola has come up short.
This is not good news for Real Madrid. Welsh wizard Gareth Bale, 27, is expected to be out for a month after suffering a setback with a calf injury. Bale was forced off in the first half of Real’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat at home against Barcelona on Sunday and Zinedine Zidane is now likely to be without Bale for the UEFA Champions League semifinals against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid. Below is the statement from Real on Bale’s injury. Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Sanitas Medical Services, the player has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf. His recovery will continue to be assessed. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Karem Benzema, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio,
Sam Allardyce is feeling strong these days (and every day). The Crystal Palace manager is disappointed in referee Jon Moss after the head official failed to give Victor Wanyama a second yellow card following a tackle on Andros Townsend in the first half of Spurs’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Sitting on yellow for a foul on Luka Milivojevic, Wanyama slid late on Townsend. The midfielder certainly made sure it looked worse than it was, but even without the tomfoolery it could’ve been a yellow. [ RECAP: Palace 0-1 Spurs | Pochettino reacts ] Moss instead gave Wanyama a talking-to, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino subbed the fiery midfielder at halftime. Allardyce isn’t too happy,