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Paint the town blue: Amazing pictures as 100,000 turn out for City’s Premier League trophy parade

“I’m still in a bit of shock, we all are,” said James Milner

Blue moon rising: players and fans celebrate in style

Blue moon rising: players and fans celebrate in style

Ecstatic Manchester City players hailed their fans yesterday for turning out to celebrate – and for their backing throughout the season.

Around 100,000 lined the streets for the ­champions’ victory parade and City keeper Joe Hart said: “Sunday was an ­incredible day but the support we’ve seen here on the streets almost matches it. The fans are brilliant.

“I’m just going to enjoy today as much as I can and then we’ll begin again next season.

Gareth Barry added: “Days like these are why we came to City and it’s just fantastic. Our fans have always been amazing and they’re showing it here today. I’ve memories I’ll treasure for the rest of my career.”

Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy for the second time in two days

Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy for the second time in two days

James Milner was also overwhelmed – and yet to come to terms with being a title-winner.

“I’m still in a bit of shock, we all are,” he said.

“It’s still hard to believe we were 2-1 down going into injury time so it’s going to take a while to sink in.”

Boss Roberto Mancini had the final word: “I love our supporters – they’re incredible and that’s who we won it for.”

‘RIP Fergie’: Watch video of Carlos Tevez’s controversial banner held up during Manchester City bus parade

General view of Manchester City fans gathering in Albert Square before the parade

General view of Manchester City fans gathering in Albert Square before the parade

Manchester City fans wear shirts displaying the messages "Champions" and "Noisy Neighbour" as they look on in front of Manchester Town Hall

Manchester City fans wear shirts displaying the messages “Champions” and “Noisy Neighbour” as they look on in front of Manchester Town Hall

Fans gather as players and staff of Manchester City prepare to parade the English Premier League Trophy through the city centre from an open-top bus

Fans gather as players and staff of Manchester City prepare to parade the English Premier League Trophy through the city centre from an open-top bus

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Going Kwakers: Why I’m in love with Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400

It has so much power you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

I’ve just taken delivery of the world’s fastest motorcycle.

It’s the Kawasaki ZZR1400 and I’m in love with it already.

It’s a fantastic bike with so much power that you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about.

It’s not a superbike, more of a ­supertourer.

Like several European car makers (Audi, BMW and Merc) that voluntarily restrict their cars to a top speed of 155mph, the Japanese bike manufacturers limit the top speed of their machines.

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

But since that limit is 186mph, it’s pretty meaningless.

Quite how fast the ZZR1400 would go if uncorked I don’t know – not least because I obviously haven’t ridden it flat out because there isn’t a race track or piece of runway long enough in the UK to do so – but the four-cylinder motor kicks out a massive 207bhp, so 200mph is probably possible.

Until recently, I owned a Suzuki ­Hayabusa, to which I fitted a top box and panniers. It looked a bit odd but made it a brilliant bike for a quick commute between Gloucestershire and London – so I’ll do the same with the Kwacker.

The handling is really good, the seat is comfortable and you can get almost 200 miles from a tankful of petrol. The big difference between the two bikes is that the ZZR1400 is fitted with a very s­ophisticated traction control system that has two sport settings and a safety setting.

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Call me a wimp if you like but when you’re riding in the rain, your hands are cold, you’re looking out for people in cars doing something stupid and you have more power in your right hand than Ford’s Sierra Cosworth had, a bit of electronic help is a pretty welcome thing.

The ZZR1400 isn’t the best-looking bike in the world and it’ll be even less pretty when I’ve stuck the luggage on it, but that’s not the end of the world because I’ve got some bikes in my ever-increasing collection that do look amazing.

I bought the Kawasaki to do a job and it does it brilliantly.

I might buy a set of Akrapovic exhausts for the bike because it’s a bit quiet in town and I worry about pedestrians ­stepping into the road.

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Photos credit to > Kawasaki

Mind you, the pipes cost £1,800, which is a bit painful when you’ve just spent £11,499 on the bike itself.

It’s lots of money, but then the Bugatti Veyron, which is the fastest car in the world, costs rather more than that.

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The Liver Bird is back! Liverpool’s new kit nods to golden era

Anfield side unveil their first Warrior Sports strip

Golden boy: Steven Gerrard in the new Liverpool kit

Golden boy: Steven Gerrard in the new Liverpool kit

Liverpool’s new kit has an old look – with a return for the Liver Bird club crest from their glory days.

Manufacturers Warrior Sports, who have paid the Anfield club an incredible £25m per season, have gone back to the classic badge and dumped the newer version, which featured an image of the Shankly Gates, the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ motto and two Justice flames honouring the Hillsborough campaign.

Flying home: The gold Liver bird is back on Liverpool's shirts

Flying home: The gold Liver bird is back on Liverpool’s shirts

Sock it to 'em: The rest of the kit taks a classic approach

Sock it to ’em: The rest of the kit taks a classic approach

Photos credit to > Liverpool FC

The club’s publicity campaign for the new look claims: “It’s inspired by greatness. It’s modern tradition. It’s unapologetically Liverpool FC. It will make you feel 7ft tall.”

The kit is the first collaboration with Boston-based company Warrior Sports, a £25m-a-year partnership which broke British records when its was announced last year.

Old look: The badge has been replaced

Old look: The badge has been replaced

They expect to sell over 900,000 new shirts – making Liverpool’s kit the fourth-biggest seller in world football behind Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The kit can be preordered on Liverpool’s website.

Dalglish stays: Liverpool boss won’t be axed… but his budget will

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Arsenal 3-3 Norwich: RvP’s silence speaks volumes about his future

Arsenal captain scored a brace but failure to qualify for the Champions League could see him seek pastures new

 
MVP: Robin van Persie scored his 30th league goal in an incredible season for the Gunners
 

Actions are supposed to speak louder than words.

Robin van Persie is still delivering on the pitch and his goals saved Arsenal once again in a season when he has carried the club single-handedly at times.

But the Dutch striker’s silence spoke volumes and Arsenal’s Champions League fate may end up deciding his long-term intentions.

Yossi Benayoun celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates

Van Persie refused to talk after a game which provided a snapshot of Arsenal’s failings in a turbulent season.

Arsenal’s early promise descended into a dreadful first half before Van Persie led a thrilling fightback only for Arsenal’s defensive frailties to contrive to throw it all away. And with it potentially kiss goodbye to a Champions League place.

Van Persie has given everything this season. Scored goals, sweated blood and held his nerve when – as again happened on Saturday – everyone else around him were losing their heads

Wes Hoolahan celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during the Premier League match at The Emirates

Maybe Van Persie ducked the chance to speak because with every trophy-less campaign the temptation must grow to seek success elsewhere.

You could not begrudge him either. While others have left – notably Samir Nasri – blaming everyone but themselves for Arsenal failing to win silverware that is not something you could aim at 37-goal Van Persie.

Van Persie declared he would “always be a Gunner” on accepting his Football Writers’ Player of the Year award which some saw as him waving a painful goodbye.

Grant Holt celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring the third Arsenal goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at The Emirates

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Stramaccioni: “Inter won for Inter”

 

Stramaccioni: “Inter won for Inter”

[FOTO Monday, 07 May 2012 00:30]MILAN – “I don’t know if I’m a man for the derby but we won. That I do know…” AndreaStramaccioni can smile at the end of his first derby as Inter’s first-team coach. He explained to Sky Sport Italia: “For us this game was important and spectacular. The first half was perfect, and then there were a few incidents. There was bitterness after the penalty awarded to AC Milan, but I had to set the players back on the winning path that we had started on. The team showed a great reaction after Ibrahimovic’s goal. We can talk about things that didn’t go well, like the three-minute spell in Parma, but I want to look at the positive side. Since I’ve been here we’ve earned more points than AC Milan. The comments by president Moratti? I’m happy to hear them but I’m sorry – as an Interista – that no one points out that the president’s ideas and plans are very clear. They go beyond this one match and don’t depend on whether I’m here or not.”

 The interviews continued and Stramaccioni then spoke to Mediaset: “It was a beautiful game, played without calculations. And in the end, overall, I believe that Inter deserved the victory. The president has a clear plan in mind. As Inter supporters, seeing those images of Juve’s victory makes us even angrier and hungrier for the next season.” The coach then continued his analysis of the match, stressing that “in the most difficult moment Pazzini gave us a big hand in turning the match around. I calmed the players down at the end of the first half, that’s true. We had played at least 35 perfect minutes, so we had to get back on the right path, playing our game. It was also probably for this reason that we reacted after Ibra’s goal, without giving up even when it was at 3-2. Then we went on to score a fantastic goal through Maicon. Inter played for Inter.”

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The coach then spoke to Rai, explaining “just how lovely it is to win a match like this. At halftime I tried to look at things in a different way to the players. I tried to transmit calm because Ibra’s penalty had thrown us off our balance a bit. A win in the derby has a different flavour. We realise that a third-place finish is very difficult but we’re not making calculations. We’re going to Rome to win the game and then we’ll see where we are. Seeing Juve celebrate charges us up to build a great Inter. Moratti’s ideas about this are clear.”

Then during the press conference Stramaccioni sent out a special thanks to the Nerazzurri fans: “They were fantastic. And if we consider that overall this was a negative season for Inter then it makes it even more important. It makes you understand just how strong and important the Nerazzurri support is. It’s something powerful…” said the coach smiling.

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Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United: Blue Moon rises to the top of the table

Vincent Kompany’s header settles titanic derby to hand title advantage to Mancini’s men

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany scores & celebrates

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany scores & celebrates

The blue moon has risen. The new order is upon us.

And as the Achilles Heel that Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to acknowledge all season brought about United’s downfall and City’s triumph last night, there could be no Old Trafford complaints.

Fergie’s faith in David De Gea has been steadfast but when it mattered more than ever, the Spaniard capsized United’s title ship.

Deep into first half stoppage time as David Silva prepared to deliver a corner, De Gea was so obsessed with Carlos Tevez that, when Vincent Kompany lost marker Chris Smalling, the Spanish keeper was powerless to prevent the City skipper scoring the one goal that surpassed, in meaning, all six City claimed in October.

Driven on by the remarkable Yaya Toure, the side that was written off by most, including Roberto Mancini just a few weeks ago, are now just two games, 13 days, from ending the 34-year wait and being crowned the best in the country.

Of course, it is not done and dusted yet. Not by a long chalk.

Yet United did not have a shot worthy of the name. Only the most red-eyed of watchers could deny City deserved their victory, are rightly top of the pile, justifiably masters of their own destiny.

It was always likely to be nervous and twitchy but while Ferguson’s selection of Park Ji-Sung in a five-man midfield, with Rooney alone up front, might have ceded the advantage, City initially struggled to take it.

A dodgy punch by Joe Hart from Nani’s deflected cross inside 70 seconds only added to the palpable tension, City relieved that Michael Carrick’s drive thumped into Kompany.

Slowly, though, City were able to get Samir Nasri, Silva, Sergio Aguero and Tevez into the game, sniping runs that asked more serious questions of Rio Ferdinand and Co and Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry took more of a grip.

Not that either keeper was really tested in the opening spell, the highlights of which were a sliding Ferdinand clearance after Tevez briefly escaped down the right and Kompany’s soft booking for making contact with Rooney after the ball had gone.

City’s first shot took 25 minutes to come, Rooney’s attempted clearance ballooning high into the air with Joleon Lescott flicking back into the danger area but Aguero blazing high and wide of David De Gea’s goal.

Rooney was starting to get irritated as City, Nasri to the fore, threatened.

Aguero, twisting inside the box, could not find sufficient purchase on his shot after Nasri teased the ball in from the right before Pablo Zabaleta, who walked through Patrice Evra, swung a weak left foot as the ball was set to fall onto Aguero’s right.

Rooney retrieved Nani’s deep cross but there was nobody there to apply the finishing touch before Park smashed a clever short-corner move miles too high.

And then, in stoppage time, the red line was breached.

Nasri’s cross was turned behind. Silva swung in the corner, De Gea stayed on his line and with Chris Smalling caught under the ball, Kompany’s header ripped into the back of the net to send the Etihad into meltdown.

United, struggling all game down their left as Nasri and Zabaleta linked, needed to change things.

But while Hart fumbled a speculative Nani shot, City were more poised in possession, more potent in attack.

Nasri, fed by Barry, turned to shoot wide before Ferguson acted, though sending Danny Welbeck on for Park before the hour seemed an admission of a tactical and strategic error.

At least, for the first time, Rooney had company against Kompany yet United lacked any precision in their final ball and City remained in charge, De Gea kicking away Toure’s left-wing cross.

Mancini hooked Tevez, sending on Nigel De Jong to reinforce midfield, another bulwark against a late siege although Toure, a force of nature, was twice so close after trademark runs and 25-yarders that fizzed past the frame of the goal.

De Jong’s foul on Welbeck saw Fergie and Mancini going toe to toe, hammer and tongs, with fourth official Mike Jones intervening between the pair before each was dragged away.

City kept coming, De Gea foiling Gael Clichy, Nasri denied as he tried to walk the ball in.

Not even five minutes of “Fergie time” could alter this one. City are within touching distance of glory.

A Manchester City fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere with a Manchester United fan prior to the Barclays Premier League match

A Manchester City fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere with a Manchester United fan prior to the Barclays Premier League match

Vincent Kompany (C) scores the first goal for Manchester City

Vincent Kompany (C) scores the first goal for Manchester City

Man City's Vincent Kompany scores their first goal

Man City's Vincent Kompany scores their first goal

Diego Maradona watches the action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United

Diego Maradona watches the action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United

Wayne Rooney lies on the floor holding his ankle

Wayne Rooney lies on the floor holding his ankle

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