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Man City launched the most expensive defender of the club

Ruben Dias joined Etihad Stadium for $ 79 million from Benfica, Man City’s transfer record for a defender.

Man City announced Ruben Dias with a six-year contract on September 29.

If Dias meets some sub-terms related to future performance, Man City will pay Benfica about $ 5 million, in addition to $ 79 million in transfer fees. At that time, the 23-year-old defender will become the most expensive player in Man City history for $ 84 million, surpassing midfielder Rodri’s record $ 81 million.

Man City partially recovers the cost of buying Dias by selling Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica. The 32-year-old Argentine midfielder is valued at $ 17 million.

“Joining a club like Man City is a great opportunity, and I cannot refuse. The club’s success speaks for itself,” Dias said at the launch. “Man City has dominated English football for the past few years, playing offensive football that I feel is right for me. It’s great to be part of this team and work with a world-class coach. Like Pep Guardiola, who has a long track record of developing young players like me, I believe I can improve here, at a club that has the right ambitions for me, I will give my best to succeed and conquer the titles “.

Dias is City’s third rookie this summer, behind center-back Nathan Ake and winger Ferran Torres . In the opposite direction, the Etihad home team sold Leroy Sane, Otamendi, and let David Silva and Claudio Bravo leave in a free form.

Dias matured from the Benfica training facility, and started playing for the first team in 2017. Over the past three years, he has entered 137 games. Dias has also played 19 caps for Portugal since 2018.

Dias is expected to replace Vincent Kompany, the midfielder who leaves a big gap for Man City after his departure in 2019. Last season, due to conceding too much in important matches, Man City was 18 points behind Liverpool. in the Premier League and eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League .

“We admire Ruben for a long time”, said Man City Sports Director Txiki Begiristain. “We are very impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica. He has grown into a true leader and a defender with all the traits we are looking for. He’s strong in the air, Good in one-on-one situations and has very good technique. We believe he can thrive in our system.

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Barca leads the list of the oldest team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Barcelona have the oldest squad of the eight clubs reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season with an average age of nearly 30.

Barca has the oldest squad in the Champions League quarter-finals with an average age of 29.6. Compared to the last time they won the Champions League in 2015, their current squad is 3 years older.

Even today, Barca’s squad still has 7 main players in the 2014/15 Champions League final and most of them still play the main role of the team. They are Messi, Suarez, Rakitic, Busquets, Pique, Alba and Ter Stegen.

Compared to the quarter-final opponent, Bayern Munich, the Barca team is 2 years older. Not only that, but the prolonged season due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic also made the players more physically worn out because they had to play many games in a short time.

But because the Bundesliga returned from the epidemic earlier than La Liga, Bayern Munich got more leave than Barca before the return of the Champions League. The German club retired from July 5, while the opponent had to wait until July 19 to play the last match in La Liga.

Not to mention, Barca also had to go through life and death with Napoli at the end of last week. Meanwhile, Bayern have only had a light match with Chelsea. Therefore, Bayern will have a physical advantage if the match with Barca is extended to extra time.

As a result, Bayern Munich has only the fourth oldest squad in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, behind Barca, Man City and PSG. In contrast, the two recruits Atalanta and RB Leipzig have the youngest average age, only about 25 years old.

The average age of clubs participating in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2019/20

1. Barca – 29.6 years old

2. Man City – 28.4 years old

3. PSG – 28.1 years old

4. Bayern Munich – 27.3 years old

5. Atletico Madrid – 26.4 years old

6. Lyon – 25.4 years old

7. Atalanta – 25.3 years old

8. RB Leipzig – 24.6 years old

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Man Utd reached a sad milestone after 22 years

Losing Man City 1-3 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on January 7 was the first time since 1997 that Man Utd conceded three goals in the first half of a home game.

The last time Man Utd had a similar bad result was 5/5/1997, in the draw of Middlesbrough 3-3 in round 36 Premier League. That day, Juninho, Emerson and Craig Hignett netted Man Utd in the minutes 15, 37 and 40.

After 22 years, Solskjaer is the witness of a sad milestone of Man Utd, this time as a coach. After conceding the first goal in the 17th minute, from Bernardo Silva’s long shot, “Reds” were swept away in the style of Man City, then received two more goals.

Mahrez doubled the lead in the 22nd minute, before Pereira scored an own goal because the ball bounced off the foot from De Bruyne’s shot in the 39th minute.

Man Utd played better in the second half, but it was only enough to shorten the gap to 1-3 thanks to Rashford. The team therefore still faces a difficult mountain when going to Etihad Stadium to play the semi-finals on January 29. League Cup history shows that the last 15 teams that won the first leg of the semi-finals all won tickets to the final.

Meanwhile, Man City have another important victory, helping them ease the disappointment from losing Man Utd 1-2 at home in the Premier League in December last. Great first half helped Man City have the 13th under Guardiola to lead at least three goals before halftime in away matches in all competitions.

Man Utd 1-3 Man City

In the same period, since Guardiola arrived in England in the summer of 2016, Tottenham has the best statistics behind Man City, with four times. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Leicester and Swindon are all only three times, according to Opta.

The derby yesterday was also the seventh time Man City won in the last 10 times (the remaining draws one, losing two) as guests at Old Trafford in all competitions. This statistic marks the change of the Manchester half, because they have won only seven of 42 previous visits to Old Trafford.