Watch: ‘Angry' Gerard Deulofeu hopes to beat Man City in FA Cup final

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Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu’s anger at being named as a substitute fuelled the match-winning display which took Watford into the FA Cup final, according to his manager Javi Gracia.

Deulofeu’s 104th-minute winner completed the Hornets’ comeback after they recovered from going 2-0 down with 11 minutes left to claim a remarkable 3-2 extra-time victory over Wolves at Wembley on Sunday.

The Spaniard’s wonderful chip had kick-started the fightback before Troy Deeney’s injury-time penalty – after the striker was tripped by Leander Dendoncker – brought Watford level in the most dramatic of fashions.

“I think Gerard was angry when we started to play,” Gracia said. “I like to see the players this way, when they’ve felt angry, to show what they are able to do.”


Deulofeu admitted himself, he was fuming with being left on the bench for the Wembley clash but is turning his attention toward a showpiece final with Manchester City.








Check out what the former Barcelona winger had to say in the video above.



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Raheem Sterling not just blossoming into one of world's best, but a leading campaigner in football's fight against racism

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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling had his own special fanclub in attendance as Manchester City eased into the FA Cup final on Saturday with the England winger paying for 550 pupils of his former school to attend the match at Wembley.

However, appreciation of Sterling the player and the man now extends from the estate he grew up in the shadows of England’s national stadium, to Manchester and beyond as he becomes an ever more important figure on and off the field for club and country.

City go into Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Tottenham still on course for a historic quadruple of trophies.

Sterling scored the winning penalty as they retained the League Cup in February, and the Premier League title is also still in their hands despite a titanic battle with his old club Liverpool.

His 19 goals and 16 assists for Pep Guardiola’s men have seen him emerge as City’s leading candidate for player of the year awards, while a three-year drought for England has been emphatically ended by a run of six goals in his last four international caps.

“He is incredible,” said England captain Harry Kane, who has the challenge of outgunning his international teammate for Tottenham in three meetings over the next two weeks.

“He is a great a player and so humble as well. He just wants to work hard and get better.”

Raheem Sterling after scoring against Montenegro

Raheem Sterling after scoring against Montenegro

At just 24, Sterling though is not just blossoming as one of the world’s best players, but a leading campaigner in football’s fight against racism.

A teenage protégé, the Jamaican born winger, made his England debut as a 17-year-old, but was often hounded by negative publicity and often not for his performances on the pitch at international level.

Instead, harmless off the field activities such as buying his mother a house, taking a budget airline flight or even going for breakfast the day after missing out on a young player of the year awards were picked apart and judged.

The subject of alleged racist abuse during a match at Chelsea in December, he turned the focus on the media for their portrayal of young black players compared to their white counterparts helping to “fuel racism and aggressive behaviour.”

When his England teammates suffered racist abuse in Montenegro last month, Sterling stepped forward, firstly on the pitch by scoring and cupping his ears towards the home support, then by eloquently handling a series of post-match interviews calling for tougher sanctions.

“He’s in a really confident moment, not only on the field, but off the field he’s so mature and comfortable in himself,” said England manager Gareth Southgate. “We can’t hide from the fact that he’s had difficult moments with England and he’s turned that full circle.”

Guardiola has played no little part in Sterling’s development. The latter dubbed himself “The Hated One” during England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 campaign that ended in defeat to Iceland due to the stinging press coverage he received.

The same summer Guardiola took charge at the Etihad Stadium and one of his first acts was to contact Sterling to tell him “I will fight for you”.

Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling

Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling

That faith has been more than rewarded. Even as the Catalan coach was left frustrated at times in his first two seasons by Sterling’s failings in front of goal, he promised “he will become one of the best players in the world because he has everything.”

Now City have a difference maker and not only when it comes to deciding how many titles they end the season with.

“When people like Raheem express what they express, it’s good for our future society,” added Guardiola.

“I think he’s an important person in this country, and these kind of statements help us to make a different society.”

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Brazil legend Pele on the mend after illness scare

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Pele has announced he is feeling “much better” after falling ill in Paris this week.

The 78-year-old Brazilian was reported to have been admitted to hospital in the French capital on Wednesday due to a urinary infection.

Pele tweeted: “Thank you for all your love! The antibiotics are working and the tests are all (ok). I feel so much better, I think I’m ready to play again!”

The three-time World Cup winner recently met up with Paris St Germain strker Kylian Mbappe for a promotional campaign.

It was reported on Wednesday that Pele would be in hospital for up to two days.

Pele has struggled with health issues in recent years, pictured using a cane to aid his walking due to hip and knee problems.

He pulled out of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to unspecified health reasons and arrived at the draw for the 2018 World Cup using a wheelchair.

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