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Premier League grades: Chelsea, Leeds, Man City top of the class as Arsenal flounder

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4:00 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......

Barca complete signing of Aguero from Man City

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10:03 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Sergio Aguero will join Barcelona on a free transfer from Manchester City when his contract expires next month, the Spanish club announced on Monday. Aguero, 32, has agreed a two-year deal with a €100m buyout clause after announcing earlier this season that he......

Transfer Talk: Manchester City seek funds for Harry Kane, Jack Grealish moves

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With most of the major European seasons now complete, the rumour mill has been sent into overdrive as clubs ponder their moves ahead of what will be a busy transfer window. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here. TOP STORY: City seek funds for Kane,......

De Bruyne’s injury fear with Euro 2020 looming

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Kevin De Bruyne is in danger of missing the start of Belgium‘s Euro 2020 campaign after suffering a fracture to his nose and left orbital during Manchester City‘s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea on Saturday. The 29-year-old midfielder was forced out of the game in Porto on 60 minutes......

Chelsea’s ruthlessness pays off with second Champions League title

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PORTO, Portugal — Nothing quite underlines the unusual dynamic between owner and head coach at Chelsea as the first meeting between Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel taking place on the field after they had just won the Champions League. Almost an hour beyond the final whistle of the 1-0 victory......

Tuchel keeps it simple to beat overthinking Guardiola

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PORTO, Portugal — As Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea celebrated, Pep Guardiola walked straight past the Champions League trophy without giving it a single glance. Manchester City were outplayed in a 1-0 Champions League final defeat, and this was the closest Guardiola would get to touching the European Cup since he......

Chelsea beat Man City, claim Champions League glory: How social media reacted

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Chelsea have been crowned Champions League champions for the first time in almost a decade after beating Man City 1-0 in the 2020-21 final. Thomas Tuchel’s side found success repeatedly hit Man City on the break in Porto to claim their first Champions League since Didier Drogba’s heroics proved pivotal......

With Midseason Manager Magic and Financial Might, Chelsea Reigns Again

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jonathan Wilson It turns out the formula is simple. Sack your coach midway through the season when you’re so far behind the league leaders that the Champions League is the only realistic target, and, at least if you’re Chelsea, you......

LIVE: Man City, Chelsea Meet in Champions League Final

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Andrew Gastelum For the second time in the last three seasons, two English clubs meet in the  Champions League final when Manchester City and Chelsea take the field in Porto. It’s the third-ever all-English final and the third straight year......

How to Watch the Champions League Final

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In 2016, Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City with a clear directive: Lead the club to its first Champions League title. After nearly five years, Guardiola has the Premier League champions 90 minutes from that coveted trophy with a familiar foe in Chelsea standing in the way. It’s been nine......

Noel Gallagher loves Man City, but Champions League final will be no fun

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Noel Gallagher, a Manchester City fan who has also done some recording and touring, laughed and told me a story about his kids. His daughter is 21, and until she was 16, he said she believed all Manchester United fans had six toes. When she told him this, he said......

The Hurdles En Route to History for Two USMNT Stars in the UCL Final

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgxMzM3NjY1MjIyNzQ3MjM5/pulisic-steffen-ucl-final-usmnt.jpg Brian Straus History is usually observed in hindsight, so it’s not always obvious in the moment that it’s being made. We’re distracted by the demands of the occasion and the day-to-day. We’re focused on the now. Discrete incidents and achievements accumulate and become history, but during the process, when,......

Pulisic, Steffen making UCL final a fitting end to a great season for U.S.

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The Champions League final serves as one last celebration of the European club season. And the soon-to-be-concluded campaign has been one like no other for American players. U.S. performers have dotted some of the biggest clubs in Europe, be it Weston McKennie at Juventus, Tyler Adams at RB Leipzig or......

Ultimate Champions League preview: Storylines for Man City vs. Chelsea

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The final game of the 2020-21 season is upon us as the UEFA Champions League will be decided this Saturday in Portugal. Will it be the all-conquering super-team that is Manchester City, as they finally win the one trophy they’ve never held? (It would also break a 10-year drought for......

Walker ready to win Champions League that players ‘owe’ Man City

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Manchester City‘s pursuit of a maiden Champions League success is viewed by many as the club’s Holy Grail, but Kyle Walker explains to ESPN that the situation is more complicated. “It’s a question that’s always asked in the changing room: Premier League or Champions League,” says Walker in an exclusive......

Foden, Mount and the All-English UCL Final’s Dynamic English Stars

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgxMzExNzYyODExODU2ODQz/foden-mount-champions-league-final.jpg Jonathan Wilson This Saturday’s Champions League final will be the third all–Premier League affair. In the first, between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008, 10 English players started. In the second, between Liverpool and Tottenham in 2019, there were seven. The likelihood is on Saturday, as Manchester City face......

Man City goalie Ederson ‘on the list’ to take penalty in Champions League final

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Should this season’s Champions League final end up going the full distance, Manchester City can rest assured that goalkeeper Ederson is fully prepared for penalty shootout glory against Chelsea — but not in the way you’d expect. The Brazilian has declared his willingness to step up and take the potentially......

How Chelsea, Man City dominated English football and why that will continue

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The Champions League final proves, in a sense, that money buys success. Chelsea vs. Manchester City is the team bankrolled by a Russian oligarch against the club that has been transformed by the financial might of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. They are two clubs that......

Talles Magno to NYCFC is good, but don’t compare him to Manchester City-bound Kayky

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Two quick conclusions can be drawn by the move of teenage striker Talles Magno from Vasco da Gama to New York City FC. One is that Major League Soccer is now a serious force in the market for young Brazilian talent. There has always been a strong South American flavour......

Premier League 2020-21 season’s strangest stats and facts

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It’s been a gruelling eight months and 11 days, but the 2020-21 Premier League season is finally done and dusted. The compacted campaign kicked off on Sept. 12, 2020, just seven weeks after the 2019-20 term had finished, and plans for a winter break were scrapped in order to fit......

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