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Liverpool are still in Premier League title race but 0-0 at Everton suggests a critical loss of momentum

They were accentuating the positives at the end of the game, but it felt as though Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson were clutching at straws as the Liverpool manager and captain attempted to find a silver lining from the 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. The result pushes Liverpool down to second, a point […]

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Barcelona faced an impossible week, including two Clasicos, but were perfect. Here’s how they did it

So extraordinary has this week been for both Real Madrid and Barcelona that I think it’s worth stopping and reflecting on the size of the task Barca were facing at half-time last Saturday in Sevilla. With the fates having arranged that the reigning Spanish champions, in limp form at the time, had to play Sevilla […]

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Fantasy Premier League: Manchester City’s best options

We’ve got another double matchweek to deal with, for all your ESPN Premier League fantasy players out there! There’s a full round of 10 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 26-27), and another 10 on Saturday and Sunday (March 2-3). Each team will play one home game, and one away. There are two “Big Six” […]

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Man United winning without playing particularly well a return to tradition

After Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park, both managers agreed that United had been superior — and yet it was slightly difficult to pinpoint precisely what worked for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Up front, Romelu Lukaku scored two goals, but his all-round performance was inconsistent, full of poor touches […]

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Son Heung-min’s South Korea overcame China, but Team Dragon still have Wu Lei to call on

South Korea have Son Heung-min, and China have Wu Lei. The two may not be at the same level in terms of talent or renown, but the Chinese attacker is as important to Marcello Lippi’s side as Son is to Paulo Bento’s. This was made all the more clear on Wednesday when the teams met […]

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Thierry Henry’s Monaco draws Patrick Vieira’s Nice in clash of ex-teammates

Thierry Henry’s Monaco stretched their winless run in Ligue 1 to four games as they drew 1-1 with Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Wednesday as two Arsenal legends did battle in the dugout. Former France internationals Henry and Vieira played 313 games together at Arsenal, under the Premier League club’s former boss Arsene Wenger, and with […]

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PSG needed winter ‘recruits’ regardless of Coupe de la Ligue loss – Tuchel

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel believes that Wednesday’s Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal exit at the hands of Guingamp has changed nothing regarding the January transfer window, saying the deposed titleholders needed to and still need to sign new players to remain competitive. “We did not need to lose to know that we must recruit,” […]

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Sorry, Pep: Possession isn’t everything. Just ask Atletico and Dortmund, football’s ‘medieval minimalists’

The final matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage was a very good one for teams who saw little of the ball, as several sides who had 40 percent or less possession claimed some notable victories. The most striking of those wins came at the Santiago Bernabeu, where CSKA Moscow, who had just 31 […]

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River Plate’s Club World Cup exit the latest low point for declining South American football

Ever since the current format of the FIFA Club World Cup was introduced in 2005, the semifinal stage has been an exercise in torture for South American champions. First, there is almost too much at stake. The most powerful force in the competition is the desire of the Libertadores winners to have a crack at […]

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The Premier League has a title race; can Man City handle the pressure?

Pressure, heat of battle, mind games: they are all key elements of every title battle — apart from when a team wins the Premier League by 19 points and leaves the rest trailing in their wake. Manchester City were so utterly dominant last season that the usual rules of engagement did not apply to Pep […]

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