Hail Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City’s oddly underrated ball-playing genius

The forward was not just graceful against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, he was disciplined and fearlessThere was a funny, slightly gruesome moment with 72 minutes gone at the Etihad as the players of Paris Saint-Germain publicly fell apart, a team playing through a mist of frazzled entitlement, unable to process the looming spectre of their own defeat.Marco Verratti, fresh from a sly dig at Phil Foden as he lay on the floor, set off after the ball, stubby legs pounding the turf, a man in search of a slice of flesh. Unfortunately for Verratti the ball was heading for Riyad Mahrez, the coolest man in Manchester. Related: Mahrez fires Manchester City into first Champions League final after win over PSG Related: Manchester City 2-0 PSG (agg: 4-1): Champions League semi-final, second leg – as it happened Continue reading…

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Roy Hodgson to leave Crystal Palace and retire as a manager at end of season

  • Hodgson to depart at the end of the season
  • ‘Time is right for me to step away,’ he says

Roy Hodgson is to leave Crystal Palace and retire as a manager at the end of the season. The announcement was made before Wednesday’s game at home to Arsenal, allowing the fans returning to Selhurst Park to pay tribute to the 73-year-old, who has kept Palace in the Premier League since taking over in 2017.

“After more than 45 years of coaching I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace,” Hodgson said.

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