Leicester City edges past Manchester City to win Community Shield (video)


Leicester City beat Manchester City 1-0 to win the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as the Foxes were sharper throughout.

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The 2020-21 FA Cup winners created numerous chances and Manchester City had USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen to thank for keeping them in the game. Jack Grealish came on for his City debut after his $138 million move from Aston Villa, but Kelechi Iheanacho won it for Leicester late on.

Leicester’s striker was brought down by Nathan Ake and brushed himself off to slot home the penalty kick and seal their second Community Shield trophy in club history and their first at Wembley Stadium as Brendan Rodgers was delighted.

As for Manchester City, they were missing plenty of their superstar players but Pep Guardiola looked far from happy on the sidelines.

3 things we learned

1. Near full-strength Leicester sharp: This was pretty much a full-strength Leicester side and they were sharp throughout. Their bench is now extremely deep as the likes of Albrighton, Daka, Soumare and Iheanacho came on. The Foxes were better in the first half, sat back a little too deep in the second half but had the better chances throughout and deserved this win. Is this the season they finally break into the top four? Brendan Rodgers has certainly kept them on track over the summer and added to his squad impressively, once again.

2. City may start slowly this season: Without Kevin de Bruyne, Ederson, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus , Aymeric Laporte and others, this was very much an understrength Manchester City side. Due to the success of their players across multiple tournaments this summer, they could struggle to get going at the start of the season as Guardiola has had little time to reorganize and refocus his squad. Mahrez looked good, but City once again looked lackluster in the final third as they created chances but lacked a clinical finisher. That sound you can hear is Pep Guardiola calling his owners to ask for Harry Kane…

3. USMNT’s Steffen stands tall: Zack Steffen was so unlucky not to save Iheanacho’s penalty kick as he got extremely close to it as the ball flicked off his fingertips, but that shouldn’t take away from another fine display. Steffen will back up Ederson this season, we all know that, but it is clear to see he has improved. For a USMNT perspective, many believe that Matt Turner is pushing him all the way for a starting spot and Steffen will likely need to head out on loan to play regularly. That said, his reflex stop to push Vardy’s shot on to the post, calmness with the ball at his feet and ability to rush off his line to clear danger were all on show at Wembley and he looks at home on a big team in Europe. Steffen stood tall, but will he be at City this season as a back-up? Surely another Premier League club will be pushing hard to get him on loan.

Man of the Match: Wilfred Ndidi – Broke everything up in midfield and made a fine last-ditch tackle to deny Riyad Mahrez. Solid as ever.

Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly pushed away an Ilkay Gundogan free kick as Manchester City looked dangerous but Leicester City had more of the play in the first half.

Benjamin Mendy’s cross caused problems as Caglar Soyuncu cleared the ball over his own crossbar, but Leicester grew into the game.

USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen then denied Harvey Barnes’ low shot at the near post as the game opened up, with Riyad Mahrez leading a counter but his shot was deflected over by Soyuncu.

Jamie Vardy hit the post right on half time after a fine Leicester attack, as Steffen stood tall and got a touch on the shot as it hit the woodwork and bounced clear.

At the start of the second half Maddison played in Vardy but Ruben Dias stood his ground and blocked the shot from the Leicester City striker.

Mahrez caused problems at the other end but Leicester did just enough to thwart him, as Ndidi put Mahrez off at the crucial moment as he smashed his shot over after a mistake from Ricardo Pereira.

The game opened up late on as Jack Grealish came on for his Manchester City debut and tried to unlock the Leicester defense.

After a host of substitutions, Steffen rushed off his line to deny Patson Daka with a well-time challenge, but Leicester were awarded a penalty kick soon after.

Nathan Ake was caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho and got his tackle all wrong as he tried to win the ball back. Iheanacho slammed the penalty kick just past the diving Steffen, who got his fingertips to it, to win the trophy for Leicester City.

Reports: Tottenham Hotspur to hire Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou as next manager


Multiple reports say that Ange Postecoglou will be leaving Celtic to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Celtic had reportedly granted permission for Spurs to speak with their trophy-collecting boss, and things apparently progressed quickly as the 57-year-old looks set to oversee the club’s big rebuild.

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Spurs suffered through an inconsistent 2022-23 season with Antonio Conte at the helm, followed by Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason in interim stints.

Tottenham will not have European football this season and is at risk of losing legendary center forward Harry Kane. The club has eight players including Kane going into the final year of their contracts, including Ivan Perisic, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, and Hugo Lloris.

Spurs finished eighth last season, 15 points off the top four despite spending much of the season inside of it. The club’s finished fourth just once in the past four seasons despite qualifying for the Champions League the previous four seasons.

Ironically, Celtic is being linked with pursuit of Brendan Rodgers and Jesse Marsch if Postecoglou departs this week.

Who is Ange Postecoglou?

Postecoglou, 57, was born in Greece and moved to Australia at a young age, starring for South Melbourne as a player and earning for caps for the Socceroos.

He is coming off a domestic treble with Celtic and won five of six trophies available to him in his two seasons with the Bhoys.

At Celtic, Postecoglou played with a 4-3-3 for much of the first half of his tenure but played a lot of this campaign in a 4-2-3-1.

Postecoglou won trophies as a manager with South Melbourne, Brisbane Roar, and Yokohama F. Marinos, claiming the Asian Cup during his stint as Australia national team coach.

He said he expects tricky early times wherever he goes.

“Wherever I’ve been, the initial part is always rocky, because my ideas are… well they’re not extreme to me but I can see how they can be seen as extreme from the outside. It takes a while. Usually it can take me six months, it can take me a year to really bed them in, depending on how many opportunities I have to change the playing squad and the staff and all those kinds of things.”

Five players to watch in the Premier League’s summer transfer window


There’s going to be turnover in the Premier League this offseason, and it seems likely the big boys will again be looking to the top young talents in other leagues to get in when the getting is good.

There will be big price tags attached to some players this summer, but in the case of the players below we may be talking about players just a window away from having unattainably high price tags for most clubs.

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Most of these names have danced through ProSoccerTalk‘s transfer rumor mill at least once during the past season or two, and in one case have been on the radar for a half-decade or so.

Here’s a look at five players who may well find their way to the Premier League in the very near future, and could move somewhere this summer.

Xavi Simons, PSV Eindhoven

At times the teen hype around Xavi Simons coming out of Barcelona’s academy was akin to the recruitment of Martin Odegaard out of Norway so many years ago. But Simons couldn’t break through at Barca and his move to Paris Saint-Germain didn’t take off as expected. So Simons, who just turned 20 in April, landed at PSV Eindhoven. All he did was lead the Eredivisie in goals. PSG has a buyback clause but Simons would have to want to go there… and there are plenty of rumored suitors for the playmaker. Simons chipped in eight assists and was Fotmob’s highest-rated Eredivisie player.

Possible fits: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool

Jurrien Timber, Ajax

Still 21 for a couple more weeks, Timber got Mancunian tongues wagging when he attended the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Manchester City. The star center back played under United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and now has 15 caps for the Netherlands senior team. He has a ridiculous passing and ball progression profile for his position, and has showed enough attacking acumen to get any team excited about him.

Possible fits: Manchester United, Manchester City

Randal Kolo Muani, Eintracht Frankfurt

The 24-year-old has acknowledged dreams of playing in the Premier League following a blockbuster first season at Eintracht, where he scored 23 goals with 17 assists amongst all competitions. Moving to a new country did not slow him at all after his time at Nantes, and he was linked with a number of PL sides even before he admitted his interest in the league.

Possible fits: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United

Sepe Elye Wahi, Montpellier

The 20-year-old nearly scored as many goals as his age in his third season with Montpellier’s first team, and has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Chelsea amongst others. Wahi is still very raw when it comes to passing the ball but part of his statistical deficiencies could have to do with his club’s relative struggles. A eager presser, his best traits are finishing and that’s the stat that drives the bus for him.

Possible fits: Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal

Gabriel Veiga, Celta Vigo

Here’s another playmaker linked with Arsenal, but you can see why he could fit in Mikel Arteta’s system. His 11 goals were 13th in La Liga this season and his four assists means he had a goal contribution on 15 of Celta’s 43 league goals. An eager dribbler, he delivered 80 shot creating actions this season and ranked in the 99th percentile for midfielders when it came to non-penalty goals.

Possible fits: Newcastle, Arsenal, Man CIty

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.