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Pulisic boost for Chelsea as forward set to return

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Frank Lampard has confirmed Christian Pulisic is available to return to Chelsea‘s squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old has made just five appearances this season and was forced to withdraw from the USMNT squad earlier this month as he continues to be dogged......

Chelsea are good, but not great. How can Lampard unlock the potential of Werner, Pulisic & Co.?

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Chelsea have been one of the Premier League’s form teams in recent weeks, but they’ve yet to carve out a consistent style or identity under Lampard. Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Thanks to a 2019 transfer ban, Chelsea had spent an uncharacteristically low amount on new players of late. Owner......

Goal of the Year! Son, Suarez, WSL stars up for FIFA Puskas Award

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The nominees for The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 were unveiled on Wednesday, including the 11 goals shortlisted for this year’s Puskas Award. A variety of candidates from around the world are in contention to win the 2020 award named after legendary Hungary and Real Madrid goal scorer Ferenc Puskas,......

Home run! Breaking down Liverpool’s Anfield club record

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Liverpool‘s 3-0 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday saw Jurgen Klopp’s reigning Premier League champions break an impressive club record that has stood for almost 40 years. Anfield has been a fortress for the Reds, who last suffered a league defeat on home soil over three years ago,......

Decimated by injuries, Liverpool remind challengers of ‘favourites’ status

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LIVERPOOL, England — You can always gauge the strength and true quality of champions when they have their backs against the wall and the pretenders are lining up to take advantage of any sign of weakness. Liverpool faced that test against Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday, and responded with......

Man United win ugly vs. West Brom, but can it serve as a springboard for the rest of their season?

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6:27 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Two weeks ago Manchester United were a club in crisis after back-to-back defeats. Now, after a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday night, they are above Manchester City in the Premier League table. In the space of......

Spurs show title credentials as the Mourinho-Guardiola rivalry finally ignites in England

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Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday hints that the Premier League might just get to witness a genuine rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola after all. When Mourinho returned to England to manage Manchester United in 2016, the script was written for the Portuguese to renew hostilities......

For Arteta and Arsenal, the honeymoon may be over

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3:00 AM ET Ian DarkeESPN.com writer Close Darke, who called games for the network during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is ESPN lead soccer voice in the United States. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the......

Mourinho’s first year with Tottenham showing signs of success

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There’s a sense of fragility in the air when considering Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Tottenham Hotspur, but on the first anniversary of his appointment in north London, their marriage of convenience is much more stable than many anticipated. The origin of the tension was this: Mourinho and Spurs chairman Daniel......

Liverpool’s injury crisis status report: Who’s out, who could step up?

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It can happen to any team, at any time, but right now it is Premier League champions Liverpool who are battling their way through a bona fide injury crisis. 2 Related With a crucial game against Leicester City coming up on Sunday, a game in which the Reds could set......

Guardiola extends Man City deal until 2023

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7:35 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2023, the club confirmed on Thursday. The 49-year-old’s deal ran until the end of the 2020-21 season, which began on Sept. 12, but he will remain in the Premier League after agreeing an extension. Guardiola......

Premier League’s punishing schedule causing more injuries this season and it will get worse

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The 2020-21 Premier League season is just over two months old and for those players expecting to play for their countries at the delayed Euro 2020 or Copa America next summer, there are another eight months of football across multiple competitions to get through before “the end” in mid-July. In......

Liverpool or LiVARpool? Liverpool’s nemesis as Klopp’s men affected more than others

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Liverpool’s troubles at the hands of VAR headlines this week’s ESPN’s Insider Notebook. PLUS: Lionel Messi is set for a huge Barcelona payday. Jump to: Messi’s bonus after trying to leave Barca | Man United track rising star defender | Spurs, Eriksen cool on reunion | FA staff reeling from......

Diary of a scout: How COVID-19 has impacted the search for new talent

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Football is largely back in various forms across the globe, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt how things normally operate in the sport. Club scouts in particular have been hugely affected as they are used to travelling to games to watch players and, while live matches have returned, scouting......

Liverpool’s Salah tests positive for COVID-19

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Egypt Football Association confirmed, ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualification double-header against Togo. Sources have told ESPN that the former Chelsea and AS Roma player, who is the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer this season with eight goals,......

England FA chief resigns after using racist phrase

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England Football Association chairperson Greg Clarke has resigned from his role following the use of a racist term during a press briefing. When asked why there isn’t an openly gay men’s footballer at the elite level in England, Clarke said, “The answer is I don’t know, right, because I’ve spent......

Why more injuries and more games is no coincidence

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What do Cristiano Ronaldo, Christian Pulisic, Ansu Fati, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joshua Kimmich all have in common? Other than being some of the biggest names in world football, they have all suffered injuries that have left them either out of, or likely to miss, this week’s international break. Here we......

Kane outshines Bale, Son on trio’s first start together

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Harry Kane was Tottenham’s hero as his last-gasp header sealed a 1-0 win against a spirited West Bromwich Albion side and sent Spurs top of the Premier League with three games of the weekend’s fixtures yet to be played. The England captain’s 88th-minute goal proved to be the only one......

Man City, Liverpool show flaws and fatigue, giving hope to Premier League title rivals

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3:20 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — After 90 minutes between the Premier League’s best two teams there was no clear winner, and if anything, Manchester City‘s 1-1 draw with Liverpool served as more evidence that this season’s title race is open to anyone. After a weekend that saw......

Solskjaer does enough to stay safe again as familiar cycle continues

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10:55 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent LIVERPOOL, England — It will take more than victory at Everton to prove Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s prematch assertion that he remains the right man to resurrect Manchester United, but for now it will stop the bleeding. After coming out fighting at his usual Friday news......

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