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Arsenal need to rest starters for Sunday and play the kids against Ostersunds

With the Carabao Cup final set for Sunday, Arsene Wenger must be smart and rest his starters Thursday vs Ostersunds. Arsenal have two cup games on the agenda this week, although you wouldn’t know it if you were going on the conversation among Gunners supporters. The fixture against Ostersunds is passing […]

Chelsea supporters show renewed faith in Conte following weeks of uncertainty

The FC panel answer your tweets on how Chelsea should line up in their second leg at Barcelona, if Tottenham or Chelsea looked more impressive in their UCL first legs and more. Heading in to Stamford Bridge prior to Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Barcelona, Blues supporters had been in […]

Europa League position gives Arsene Wenger opportunity to test Arsenal youngsters

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsene Wenger hasn’t ruled out Aaron Ramsey for the Carabao […]

Sevilla star Pablo Sarabia has a point to prove against old boss Jose Mourinho

Craig Burley and Ross Dyer go head to head in predicting the outcomes of Bayern-Besiktas, Chelsea-Barca, Sevilla-Man United and Shakhtar-Roma. Check out the key stats and big stories before Sevilla and Manchester United square off in the last 16 of the Champions League. When Sevilla play Manchester United in the […]

Antonio Conte tactics vs Barcelona show Chelsea lack of depth

Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in nine matches as Barcelona returned to the Camp Nou ahead on away goals. The FC panel answer your tweets on how Chelsea should line up in their second leg at Barcelona, if Tottenham or Chelsea looked more impressive in their UCL […]

Lionel Messi finally finds his ruthless edge vs. Chelsea as Paulinho struggles

Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in his ninth match to earn a draw for Barcelona. In Germany, Bayern Munich took a giant step toward the quarterfinals against Besiktas. Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in nine matches as Barcelona return to the Camp Nou ahead […]

After so much success, have Manchester City fans forgotten how to lose?

The FC crew review Man City’s stunning defeat at League One side Wigan in the FA Cup, focusing in on Fabian Delph’s red card. The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on all things Man City, including how Pep Guardiola handles losing and what their FA Cup exit means for […]

Liverpool know treble elusiveness can use it against Manchester City

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his League One team didn’t even look at the draw for FA Cup quarter-final before knocking out Premier League leaders Manchester City. Wigan’s shocking 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City ensured Pep Guardiola’s team cannot secure a clean sweep of trophies. In the […]

Five things to know about Manchester United and Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij

Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij will be one of the most sought-after defenders on the market this summer. With Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Inter Milan all linked with a move for Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij, who will leave Lazio as a free agent in the summer, here are five things […]

Willian and NGolo Kante ever present for Chelsea in draw with Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in nine matches as Barcelona returned to the Camp Nou ahead on away goals. Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie but will be disappointed not to have won having taken a valuable lead. After […]

Thomas Muller turns in masterclass as Bayern crush Besiktas

Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski each scored twice as Bayern thrashed 10-man Besiktas at the Allianz Arena. Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski each scored twice as Bayern thrashed 10-man Besiktas at the Allianz Arena. Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea in his ninth match to earn a draw […]

Zinedine Zidane should use La Liga to groom rebuild the confidence of Real Madrids B team

Zinedine Zidane suggests that Cristiano Ronaldo needs a break ahead of Real’s La Liga game at Leganes. Steve Nicol explains why Real Madrid’s defence remains a cause for concern despite the club’s victory at Real Betis. Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane feels his side can replicate their 3-1 first leg win […]

Manchester City must regroup from Wigan shock

Nearly five years on from their FA Cup triumph, Wigan knocked out Manchester City yet again, this time ending the Premier League giants’ hopes of a quadruple. Will Grigg scores his tournament-leading seventh goal to lead League One side Wigan past Manchester City and reach the FA Cup quarterfinals. The […]

Marco Asensios blistering form must force Zinedine Zidane to abandon the BBC

Zinedine Zidane lauded his two wide-men, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, after Real Madrid came out on top in a eight-goal thriller against Real Betis. After trailing 2-1 at halftime, Marco Asensio and Real Madrid stormed back to a 5-3 win over Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin. After trailing […]

Nathaniel Clyne buried on depth chart but can still be an asset for Liverpool

Shaka Hislop and Mark Donaldson discuss what makes the Mane-Salah-Firmino partnership so effective and how they compare to other attacking trios around Europe. After an eight-month layoff due to a serious back problem, Nathaniel Clyne has finally returned to full training and the reports coming out of Liverpool’s warm weather […]

Stephane Bahoken makes Neymar bow picture his Twitter profile

It has been a tough week for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar. Having been criticised for a quiet performance in the 3-1 defeat away at Real Madrid in the Champions League last Wednesday, he was then trolled by Spanish side Leganes and now Strasbourg’s former St Mirren loanee Stephane Bahoken has stuck the […]

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio shaves friend’s header after scoring vs. Betis

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has made good on his goal celebration during Sunday’s 5-3 La Liga win at Real Betis by shaving the head of a mate. After heading in the opening goal at the Benito Villamarin, Asensio ran his hand over his hair in a gesture that he […]

PSG star Neymar trolled by Leganes ahead of Real Madrid fixture

La Liga club Leganes have trolled Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar with a typically smart poster for Wednesday evening’s hosting of Real Madrid. Neymar and PSG were in the Spanish capital last week for a Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie at the Bernabeu, which Zinedine Zidane’s side won 3-1 […]

Man City fans given stark reminder of past failures in Wigan defeat

Will Grigg scores his tournament-leading seventh goal to lead League One side Wigan past Manchester City and reach the FA Cup quarterfinals. After an apparent confrontation between Sergio Aguero and a Wigan fan following Man City’s FA Cup defeat, the FC crew discuss the incident and their concerns about fans […]

Who will replace Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona in the Champions League?

Catch up on all the stats and storylines you need to know about ahead of one of the biggest ties of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Luis Enrique liked to rotate during his three years at Barcelona but he knew his best XI when it was mattered. […]