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Guardiola applauds Vardy-like Ferran Torres after Arsenal demolition

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Guardiola applauds Vardy-like Ferran Torres after Arsenal demolition Aug 28, 2021

Pep Guardiola compared Ferran Torres to Jamie Vardy after his two-goal display in Manchester City’s 5-0 dismantling of Arsenal on Saturday.

Just this week City saw long-term target Harry Kane confirm he will not be leaving Tottenham this year despite apparently trying to force a move away and then they missed out on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.

The central striker position is an area of the team City have been particularly keen to strengthen given no one scored more than 17 goals for them across all competitions in 2020-21, and Sergio Aguero – who missed much of the season through injury – left for Barcelona.

But Guardiola reiterated that he is perfectly happy with the options he currently has in attack after blowing 10-man Arsenal away – Torres led the way with a brace, while Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri all got one each.

The Spaniard drew much of the focus after the match, with Guardiola shooting down suggestions he was underwhelming last season when his 13 goals across all competitions was bettered by just five City players, all of whom played at least 726 minutes more than him.

Similarly, of those five with more goals, only Gundogan (24.3 per cent) boasted a better conversion rate than Torres (21 per cent), who showed a real clinical streak with his xG overperformance of 3.2 – Vardy, as a base for comparison, only scored 17 from 22.7 xG.

“Last season, the way he played was exceptional,” Guardiola said of Torres in his post-match news conference.

“His numbers in terms of goals and assists… he played incredibly well. But in this position, a striker, he made movements like some of the best strikers’ movements in behind – Jamie Vardy, these types of players.

“He moves incredibly well. He’s a good finisher, so young. We did an incredible job buying him with a nice price and he can play in the three positions up front, and he’s an incredible finisher.

“We’re pleased for his movements, his work ethic and learning, many, many things. We’re pleased for his performance even aside from the goals.”

But Guardiola, while happy with his squad, was not getting carried away with the suggestion Saturday’s win proves they do not necessarily need attacking reinforcements.

“We don’t need a striker if we score five goals, if we don’t score five goals then we need a striker,” Guardiola added.

“You’ll see throughout the season, if we don’t score in games people say we need a striker. We tried but it was not possible. This team is still fantastic.

“Thanks to all the people working in the scouting department from day one to now for the players they gave me. The squad is really good and we’re very pleased for this result. We scored a goal without deserving, sometimes it happens, and after 2-0 and the sending off the game was completely free.”

Granit Xhaka was the man to see red for the Gunners – it was his fourth Premier League dismissal since the start of 2016-17, a joint high for the competition.

But even before that point, City were 2-0 up and cruising, ultimately becoming just the third side in Premier League to win three successive home games by five or more goals (after City themselves in October 2017 and Chelsea, August 2010).

City restricted Arsenal to just one shot, which came in the sixth minute, the Gunners’ lowest such tally in a league game since Opta began recording such data (2003-04).

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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Vinicius strikes as Real claim 14th European crown

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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Vinicius strikes as Real claim 14th European crown Vinicius Junior scored the decisive aim as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-zero in a behind-schedule Champions League very last in Paris on Saturday. Kick-off changed into driven returned via way of means of greater than half-hour as Liverpool lovers struggled to advantage access…

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

According to a taxpayer perception poll performed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) for 2021, only approximately 13% of Nigerian taxpayers, particularly those in the informal sector of the economy, are unlikely to evade tax payment in Nigeria.

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

“A bigger majority of workers in the sector, 83 percent, are inclined to avoid tax payments because they do not feel tax officials have the authority to compel people pay taxes,” according to the survey.

The survey demonstrated the public’s mistrust of the government.

 

According to the research, the informal sector in Nigeria accounts for around 65 percent of employment and a large percentage of the economy’s national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and infrastructure deficits.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes.” The research stated that “a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government continues to jeopardize the legitimacy of taxes.”

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and an infrastructural deficit.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes. The research stated that “the legitimacy of taxes is threatened by a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government.”

Mr Lanre Ajogbasil, senior programme manager, NGF/SFTAS, said weak transparency and accountability by the Federal Government and States internal revenue services; misunderstood tax law(s) and incomplete revenue codes; and multiplicity of taxation system, fees, and levies during a recent workshop organized by the national coordinating office of the Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) for financial journalists in Abuja.

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It’s true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

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It's true Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It's true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

The online entertainment goliath affirmed Monday that the Tesla Chief and the very rich person will gain the organization in an arrangement worth $44 billion.

And when the arrangement is finish, as most would consider normal by this year,

Twitter will turn into a secretly held organization.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy,

and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk tweeted to his 84 million followers.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features,

making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”
Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% in afternoon trading Monday.

“Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world,

” its CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet.

“Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by,

the work that has never been more important.”

Prior Monday, Musk tweeted,

“I trust that even my most terrible pundits stay on Twitter since that free discourse implies.

” The tweet got more than 1.4 million preferences.
Last week, Musk said he had arranged $46.5 billion in support to purchase Twitter,

and had been proceeding to haggle with the organization.

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