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Guardiola calls for more protection for players

LONDON: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels more needs to be done to protect players from suffering serious injuries after seeing Kevin De Bruyne carried off in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Following City goalkeeper Ederson’s dramatic late penalty save, Palace’s Jason Puncheon lunged in on De Bruyne and took out the Belgium midfielder who left the pitch on a stretcher, with his right leg in a brace. De Bruyne was later seen being helped down the touchline back to the dressing room by City’s medical…

Five ways Barcelona have evolved without Guardiola

BARCELONA: As Barcelona prepare to welcome back Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp for Wednesday's Champions League game against Manchester City, Reuters Sport looks at how the club has evolved since the visionary coach departed in 2012. STEADILY INCREASING TROPHY COUNT Guardiola unseated his old mentor Johan Cruyff as Barca’s most decorated coach by winning 14 of 19 major competitions entered between 2008 and 2012, including two Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and two King's Cups. Three different coaches have taken…