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Ronaldo was signed by Juve to win the Champions League. He’ll need to deliver in second leg vs. Atletico

21/02/2019

Cristiano Ronaldo’s manita gesture went unnoticed on TV in Italy. Subtle and off-camera, the moralising was instead dedicated to Diego Simeone’s celebration of the testicular fortitude Atletico showed in opening the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano. When journalist Gianluca Di Marzio asked Simeone to explain what some adjudged to be inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour toward […]

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Arrivals of Piatek, Paqueta have Gattuso, Milan in position to return to the Champions League

21/02/2019

Last Friday afternoon, Gennaro Gattuso walked into his pre-match news conference and did what he always does. He walked down the aisle to his desk, exchanging a few words and shaking some hands only to notice that a couple of the reporters were not in their usual places. To great curiosity and no little amusement, […]

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Wild Champions League Wednesday The VAR effect vintage Atletico fortunate Man City

21/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe credits Atletico Madrid for showing their mental strength by overcoming the reversed decisions made by VAR. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw […]

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VAR in focus in Wednesday Champions League action

20/02/2019

VAR was a dominant storyline in each of Wednesday’s Champions League games. After a fairly inauspicious first three matchdays in the Champions League’s round of 16, the video assistant referee (VAR) took centre stage on Wednesday, as Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus and Schalke 04 vs. Manchester City saw no fewer than five match-changing decisions as […]

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Ike Opara wanted a fair deal. Now he’s got a fresh start and a new challenge in Minnesota

20/02/2019

Ike Opara is officially a Minnesotan now. It’s not down to the fact that he’s one of several new faces with Minnesota United, or that he spent his New Year’s holiday in the Twin Cities. Instead, it comes down to a recent purchase. “I finally invested in a proper outerwear jacket,” said Opara, a native […]

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Mohamed Salah off target, Jordan Henderson immense as Liverpool held vs. Bayern

19/02/2019

Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at Anfield. LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool were frustrated by Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday as the first leg of their Champions League last-16 […]

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Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho overrun in midfield as listless Chelsea dumped from the FA Cup

19/02/2019

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United’s place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba helped Manchester United avenge last season’s FA Cup final defeat by dumping Chelsea out of the competition in the fifth round, winning by a […]

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Juventus’ twin towers of Ronaldo, Mandzukic to provide a unique test for Atletico’s stingy defence

19/02/2019

With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence. It might not provide the most enthralling technical football of the Champions League round of 16, but there’s something wonderfully intriguing about the tie between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, the […]

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Marcelo lurches from one disaster to another while Diego Simeone’s renewal doesn’t sit well

19/02/2019

It’s been a week of new beginnings in La Liga or at least, a week of new opportunities. One was merited, one is doubtful and one disastrous. The three characters on stage are Ernesto Valverde, Diego Simeone and Marcelo, so let’s start with the disastrous and build from there. Even though it’s the decision that, […]

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Exclusive Manuel Neuer on Liverpool clash in Champions League injuries and finding form

19/02/2019

Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp’s side to play. In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer makes no excuses when asked about his side’s Bundesliga campaign. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich’s continued struggles […]

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Liverpool stars prepare for Bayern Munich clash by getting stuck in elevator

19/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich’s continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it’ll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp’s side to play. Relive the top […]

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Jurgen Klopp needs to rule with his head and focus on the Premier League, not Bayern

19/02/2019

The trick is getting head and heart to coexist in the right proportion, at the right time, and a great manager knows when to turn the dial toward the “heart” end. It’s how Liverpool came back from 3-0 down in a Champions League final, remember? You loosen the reins, go for it and believe in […]

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Paul Pogba 9/10 as Man United sweep past sorry Chelsea in FA Cup

18/02/2019

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United’s place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. FA Cup: Paul Pogba (45′) Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United FA Cup: Ander Herrera (31′) Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United LONDON, England — Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United to a 2-0 win over […]

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James Rodriguez’s big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

18/02/2019

James Rodriguez’s time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller’s suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool. Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993. At the time, this was seen as a case of […]

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Marco Fabian can’t wait to get started on next chapter in MLS with Philadelphia

18/02/2019

The veteran of two World Cups for Mexico has had more extremes in his career than most. From losing his older brother to violence when he was starting out, winning Olympic gold in 2012 and proving himself in the Bundesliga, it’s been quite the ride for Fabian. But even given his past, stepping out onto […]

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LIVE Transfer Talk Zidane demands Hazard contract £200 million war chest to take over at Chelsea

18/02/2019

ESPN’s Craig Burley addresses the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie on Monday, live on ESPN+ at 2:30 PM ET. Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi’s strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the […]

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Transfer Talk Zidane demands Hazard contract £200 million war chest to take over at Chelsea

18/02/2019

ESPN’s Craig Burley addresses the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie on Monday, live on ESPN+ at 2:30 PM ET. Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi’s strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the […]

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Manchester City’s Phil Foden shines on FA Cup weekend where powers prevail over minnows

18/02/2019

Phil Foden and Manchester City put an end to Newport County’s FA Cup run, beating the League Two side at Rodney Parade to reach the quarterfinals. While the Premier League may have taken a break this week for the fifth round of the FA Cup, Nick Miller had no such leisure. Here are his top […]

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Transfer Talk Arsenal want Kai Havertz known as the ‘new Ozil’

17/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop does not hold back in how Mesut Ozil has been performing at Arsenal under Unai Emery. Following their Europa League defeat at BATE Borisov, ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner takes Arsenal to task for their less-than-impressive showing. ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop disagree about the amount of pressure Unai Emery […]

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Patrice Evra Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba enjoy NBA All Star Weekend

17/02/2019

Game respect game! You never have to wait too long for Patrice Evra’s latest adventure and the most recent edition has seen the former Manchester United and Juventus full-back head stateside to take in the festivities of NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, NC. And what’s more, Evra had fellow Premier League legends Thierry Henry and […]

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