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Who makes the Manchester derby combined XI?

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Manchester City face Manchester United in the 185th Manchester derby on Sunday in a game that, less than two months ago, was shaping up to be a potential Premier League title decider. 2 Related United climbed to the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Burnley on Jan.......

Chelsea position themselves for top-four place, leaving Liverpool behind

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LIVERPOOL, England — There is no good news right now for Liverpool. The reigning Premier League champions are falling apart at the seams and Chelsea‘s history-making victory at Anfield was only one element of the misery that is now threatening to consume Jurgen Klopp’s team. The image of Mohamed Salah......

Dejected Klopp: Chelsea defeat ‘a massive blow’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Thursday’s 1-0 home loss to Chelsea as a “massive blow” as his side set an unwanted club record of five successive home league losses. A sixth Premier League defeat in their last nine games left the champions in seventh spot and facing the prospect of......

The Gundogan Awards: Recognising Europe’s unlikely MVPs

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For most professional sports these days, we end up spending a lot of time marveling at two different groups of athletes: the players who should be past their respective primes but keep playing at a particularly elite level, and those who are coming for the throne. The Patrick Mahomeses vs.......

Clubs remove animals from crests for awareness

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Aston Villa and Wolves are a number of football clubs who have removed animals from their crests for World Wildlife Day. Photo by Tim Keeton/PA Images via Getty Images Premier League clubs Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Wolves have removed the animals from their badges to raise awareness for World......

How Shankly’s typewriter connects Klopp & Co. with Liverpool’s history

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Liverpool’s coaching staff wanted Bill Shankly’s typewriter put on display at the club’s new training ground. Liverpool FC At every top club there is the internal conflict between the need to modernise and expand — reaching out to new global fans and recruiting the world’s best talent — and maintaining their......

Who is your club’s top U19 prospect to breakout in 2021?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting football clubs’ finances around the world, Europe’s top teams are looking to their youth teams rather than to transfers for ways to freshen up. Already this season we’ve seen teenagers like Borussia Dortmund‘s Giovanni Reyna, Arsenal‘s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United‘s Mason Greenwood make their......

How to catch Man City? A way-too-early look at how Premier League rivals can be ready next season

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The 2020-21 Premier League title race has now become a battle for second place with Manchester City stretching their lead at the top to 12 points over the weekend. A win at home to Wolves on Tuesday would take City 15 points clear of the pack and register their 21st......

Chelsea, Man United lack cutting edge that Haaland offers

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What began as a much-anticipated clash in the battle for the top four ended up as a 0-0 draw that served as a 90-minute advert for why Chelsea and Manchester United are expected to fight for Erling Haaland’s signature this summer. That particular off-field battle might prove more of a......

Bale shows Mourinho he can be the unlikely X factor in Spurs’ top-four pursuit

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Jose Mourinho has waited all season for Gareth Bale to make a difference at Tottenham. Finally, and just when he needed the on-loan Real Madrid wide man to deliver, Bale showed he is still a force to be reckoned with by rolling back the years to inspire a 4-0 victory......

Man City’s balance of beauty and brawn bodes well for quadruple quest

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10:39 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — As Rodri re-took his seat in the stands at the break, he was asked by a member of Manchester City‘s staff about Pep Guardiola’s half-time team talk. That the Spanish midfielder chose to respond only by widening his eyes and puffing out......

Man United great Yorke tells ESPN: Rashford can rival Mbappe as world’s best No. 9

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Marcus Rashford can rival Kylian Mbappe as one of the best players in the world within the next two years if he is “given time to learn the game a little bit more,” former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke has told ESPN. Rashford, 23, goes into United’s Premier League clash......

Mourinho’s Spurs future depends on evolving from his combative past

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We’re about to find out if Jose Mourinho really has changed. Tottenham progressed into the Europa League round of 16 with such a comfortable win against AC Wolfsberger on Wednesday — 4-0 in the second leg, to advance 8-1 on aggregate — that it’s easy to feel the bigger battle......

Angelino: Guardiola ‘killed’ my confidence at City

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RB Leipzig defender Angelino said Pep Guardiola “killed” his confidence during their time together at Manchester City. Angelino has become an important member of Julian Nagelsmann’s side as Leipzig look to win their first-ever Bundesliga title. – Bundesliga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only) The 24-year-old recently......

Father of Liverpool’s Alisson drowns in Brazil

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The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Jose Becker, died in a tragic accident on Wednesday. Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker drowned in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil on Wednesday, local police said. Jose Becker, 57, had been swimming......

Guardiola: Team leaks ‘unprofessional, unethical’

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8:50 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said anyone leaking team news before games is “unethical and unprofessional.” Aston Villa have launched an investigation after news broke that midfielder Jack Grealish had suffered an injury in training ahead of their clash with Leicester City. – Stream LIVE......

Kane, Haaland, Mbappe? Who could Man City sign to replace Aguero?

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Favourites to regain the Premier League title this season, Manchester City have hit a rich vein of form with a record 18 wins in a row, yet one area where they have not been as dominant as in recent years is in front of goal. They’ve averaged above 2.5 goals......

Premier League fight for fourth: Liverpool to miss out? Breaking down the battle, key men

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Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title race and seemingly on course to be crowned champions for the third time in four seasons, but while the biggest prize appears destined for the Etihad again, the battle for Champions League qualification is intensifying with every round of fixtures.......

‘Backstreet Moyes!’ Lingard’s musical goal celebration explained

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West Ham United‘s incredible Premier League form continued with a big win over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s derby clash, an impressive result that keeps the Hammers’ Champions League hopes alive. David Moyes’ side registered a 2-1 victory, their seventh win in nine league outings and a result that propelled them......

Arsenal must prioritize Europa League after settling for defeat vs. Man City

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LONDON — There often comes a point when European competition takes on greater significance than domestic pursuits, and Arsenal have surely reached that juncture now. The same is true of Manchester City, especially given the responsibility Pep Guardiola feels in delivering Champions League success as the ultimate validation of his......

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