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Petr Cech named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Manchester United beat PSG as Blues draw, Ozil axed by Arsenal, Mbappe to Liverpool next summer?

talkSPORT Billy Hawkins - 3 hours ago

We will bring you all the latest football news, gossip and expert opinion. Plus, we’ll cover all the fallout from Tuesday’s huge Champions League games, which saw Manchester United beat PSG and Chelsea draw with Sevilla talkSPORT.com HEADLINES Marcus Rashford the Manchester United hero in Paris once again to help see off PSG as \[…\]

Champions League: Messi sparks Barcelona rout, Lazio sink Dortmund

The Guardian Reuters - 3 hours ago

Two 17-year-olds score for Barça in 5-1 win over Ferencvaros Morata double gives Juventus 2-0 win at Dynamo Kyiv Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons as he guided 10-man Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros in their Group G opener at the Camp Nou. Messi netted from the penalty spot in the first half for his 116th career goal in the competition, before the lively Ansu Fati added a second. Philippe Coutinho grabbed another goal early in the second half but Gerard Piqué was dismissed for impeding Tokmac Nguen, leading to a penalty for the Hungarian side that was converted by Igor Kharatin. Continue reading...

Liverpool launch attack on ‘completely stupid’ Jordan Pickford

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 3 hours ago

Everton accused of ‘unacceptable’ approach to derbies Club devastated over Van Dijk injury, says Wijnaldum Liverpool’s fury at losing Virgil van Dijk was laid bare on Tuesday when Georginio Wijnaldum accused the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford of being “completely stupid” and Everton of a “completely unacceptable” approach to Merseyside derbies. A clearly seething Jürgen Klopp said he shared his players’ opinion. The Liverpool manager and midfielder are in Amsterdam for the Champions League opener against Ajax on Wednesday but it was their Merseyside rivals who were the main focus – and target – of a combative press conference. Wijnaldum said Liverpool players endured a sleepless night on Saturday after Van Dijk damaged an anterior cruciate ligament and remain devastated four days on. The Netherlands international, a close friend of his compatriot, did not try to disguise the impact of the defender’s absence on Liverpool nor the feelings within the squad over what happened during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Continue reading...

Nikita Parris urges FA to set up more inner-city bases to boost diversity

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 3 hours ago

Forward one of only two black players in latest England squad Not enough accessible centres of excellence, says Parris Nikita Parris has said the Football Association needs to look at the location of its centres of excellence if it wants to open the door to more black, Asian and minority ethnic players in the England Women’s squad. The Lyon forward is one of only two black players in Phil Neville’s 28-member squad for the friendly in Germany next Tuesday and she believes it is “understandable” if young BAME girls feel underrepresented. Continue reading...

Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla: Champions League – live!

The Guardian Simon Burnton - 3 hours ago

Champions League Group E updates from the 8pm BST kick-off Follow PSG v Manchester United – live! Live scores: all the goals as they go in around Europe And email Simon here or tweet @Simon\_Burnton 10.25pm BST Frank Lampard is pretty pleased with his side’s point: \[The clean sheet is\] something you strive for always. Thiago showed experience and quality. Mendy had one save to make and he made it. It was a very organised defensive performance from us. And they’re very good, which is why they’ve been so successful in the last few years. The work is a constant. You analyse the opposition and the threats they’re going to give you which with Sevilla was crosses and getting balls in the box. You might expect a team from La Liga to try and play a lot of passes through the lines, I think they tried a lot of crosses. We dealt with all the things they threw at us. We had a few moments ourselves as well. It was cagey, a matter of two really good teams cancelling each other out in the first game, and we take the point and move on. I think both teams will be pretty happy with that. We’re going to get better, I keep saying the same thing, we haven’t had the personnel in there, playing regularly, getting relationships, working off each other. The more we do that, we’ll get better naturally. 10.20pm BST Jacob Steinberg has filed his match report from Stanford Bridge: At least Chelsea managed to stand tall at the back. Yet while there were no defensive calamities from Frank Lampard’s side, there was precious little inspiration at the other end. Low on creativity in the final third and short on fluency in possession, Chelsea made few chances and ended up with more questions than answers after a tough encounter with Sevilla. In the end a goalless draw with a side as awkward Sevilla was hardly the worst way for Chelsea to open their Champions League campaign. The Europa League winners brought all their European know-how to west London and might have won had they shown more conviction, leaving Chelsea content with a rare clean sheet, albeit with questions to ponder about where to fit their expensive new signings into their attack. Related: Édouard Mendy keeps it clean as Chelsea shut out Sevilla Continue reading...

PSG 1-2 Manchester United: Champions League – as it happened

The Guardian Scott Murray - 3 hours ago

Marcus Rashford was the late, late hero in Paris once again, as United deservedly beat an extremely poor PSG 10.25pm BST A word with a deservedly content Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who did a number on Thomas Tuchel this evening. “It’s a different feel, the start of the group stage, the last time was a knockout. But we win against a fantastic team. The euphoria was different, there are no fans here to celebrate. But I think we deserved to win. When you go away against a team like this, against players like Neymar and Mbappe, we know we have to defend well, that David will have to make a few saves. We know Axel’s qualities. His first game in ten months is testament to the character he has. Bruno showed character again. It could hardly go worse, two misses in a row! We probably need ten points, and we have three, so the next game against Leipzig will be very important. But we have Chelsea and Arsenal after, we have so many games, and I am very happy I have so many good players to pick from.” 10.13pm BST The match-winner Marcus Rashford speaks. “It’s a nice feeling. We’re in a stronger position now, but it’s the first game, and we have to take the concentration and intensity into the next game and the Premier League. It’s a good performance, and we have a lot to build on. I always believe in team and the system the manager chooses. Today we did that. When we defend like that, man to man, we can do great things. The intensity was key for us. We’re very happy today.” Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Lucas João sends Reading top after Bristol City lose

The Guardian PA Media - 3 hours ago

Royals edge past Wycombe to maintain unbeaten start Middlesbrough beat Robins thanks to George Saville goal Reading moved top of the Championship with victory over Wycombe after Bristol City were beaten at home by Middlesbrough. The Robins had seen their 100% start ended on Saturday when Barnsley struck a stoppage-time equaliser. Boro made the breakthrough on 73 minutes when George Saville robbed Taylor Moore as the midfielder tried to play out from the back. Continue reading...

Marcus Rashford pounces late for Manchester United to sink PSG again

The Guardian David Hytner - 3 hours ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjær had been clear. The Miracle of Paris from two seasons ago, when his Manchester United team drove to a famous Champions League last-16 win at this stadium, was nothing more than history. Yes, it was glorious and had helped him to get the manager’s job on a permanent basis but he wanted a fresh statement against Paris Saint-Germain, a performance to inspire renewed hope. How his players delivered and, once again, it was Marcus Rashford who produced the decisive moment with time ebbing away. In March 2019 it was his 94th-minute penalty that edged United to an away-goals triumph and, in the driving rain at an empty Parc des Princes, it was his precision late drive that served to ignite his team’s group phase campaign. Continue reading...

Édouard Mendy keeps it clean as Chelsea shut out Sevilla

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at Stamford Bridge - 3 hours ago

Perhaps this was Frank Lampard’s way of proving that he is not a gung-ho coach. His first goalless draw since becoming Chelsea’s manager arrived in tough circumstances, built on a rare show of defensive solidity to keep Sevilla at bay. Chelsea stood firm to deny the Spaniards, who had the better opportunities in a tight contest, and Lampard could take satisfaction from the way his neurotic side maintained order, refusing to let the game run away from them against opponents who pushed their concentration to the limit. Related: Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla: Champions League – as it happened Continue reading...

Manchester United news LIVE: Red Devils beat PSG to get Champions League campaign off to perfect start, Bruno Fernandes’ captaincy surprise

talkSPORT Marc - 4 hours ago

Manchester United got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start on Tuesday evening. Ole Gunner Solskjaer took his side to Paris-Saint Germain for their Group H opener, and Marcus Rashford’s late goal secured the Red Devils a fine 2-1 win. Bruno Fernandes had earlier opened the scoring for United, before an Anthony Martial \[…\]

Arsenal news LIVE: Mesut Ozil not named in Premier League squad, Partey brings ‘good mentality and great quality’, injury blow

talkSPORT Marc - 4 hours ago

Arsenal get their Euro campaign under way this week having made an OK start to the Premier League season. The Gunners have won three and lost two of their opening five games, and now attention turns to Thursday night’s clash with Rapid Vienna in the Europa League. Mikel Arteta could hand a full debut to \[…\]

European Premier League: talks held over lucrative breakaway competition

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 5 hours ago

Banking giant JP Morgan asked to seek finance for new league Fifa dismissive, Uefa opposes plan for ‘boring’ format Plans for a lucrative breakaway European Premier League involving top English clubs that would supersede the Champions League have been revived, with the banking giant JP Morgan being asked to seek financing for a new competition. Liverpool and Manchester United have been approached to join the league, which would comprise 18 teams – including three more English sides and teams from Spain, Italy, Germany and France – and have no promotion and relegation, according to proposals reported first by the Spanish outlet Vozpopuli and by Sky News. Continue reading...

Arsenal hero Per Mertesacker admits he was a summer panic buy after Manchester United trouncing – ‘I’ve got no problems with that’

talkSPORT Joe - 6 hours ago

Arsenal legend Per Mertesacker is content in the knowledge he was a panic buy by Arsene Wenger in August 2011. The giant Germany international moved to the club on the final day of the summer window nine years ago after a humiliating defeat to Manchester United. Arsenal were trounced 8-2 by the Red Devils at \[…\]

Petr Cech included in Chelsea's Premier League squad while Arsenal omit Özil

The Guardian Guardian sport - 6 hours ago

The 38-year-old Cech is added as emergency goalkeeper cover Özil and Papastathopoulos not included by Arsenal Petr Cech has been included in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad as emergency goalkeeper cover – but there is no place in Arsenal’s squad for Mesut Özil. Cech, who is now a technical adviser at Stamford Bridge, is one of four goalkeepers included in Frank Lampard’s squad despite having retired from football last year. Cech’s last game was against Chelsea in the Europa league final in which Arsenal lost 4-1 in Baku but he has also been playing in goal for the ice hockey team Guildford Phoenix. Continue reading...

Sevilla's transfer king Monchi is the secret weapon behind their success

Daily Mail - 7 hours ago

PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: As Chelsea made their way through £222m of new signings in the summer, Sevilla were leaning on sporting director Monchi's catalogue of bargains and discoveries.

Diogo Dalot addresses long-term future after Man United to AC Milan loan

Manchester Evening News - 9 hours ago

The Man Utd defender sealed a season-long loan move to the Serie A giants at the end of the summer transfer window.

Pep Guardiola press conference RECAP

Manchester Evening News - 9 hours ago

Pep Guardiola spoke to the press ahead of City's game against Porto in the Champions League.

Manchester United news and transfers RECAP

Manchester Evening News - 9 hours ago

Follow throughout the day for the latest Man United transfer rumours and breaking news ahead of the Champions League match with PSG.

Pep Guardiola accepts blame for Manchester City's European failures

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 9 hours ago

‘We have to do things differently,’ says the manager City without four key players for visit of Porto Pep Guardiola has denied Manchester City have a mental block in the Champions League and has instead claimed that their failure to progress beyond the quarter‑finals under his management is solely his fault. In four years under Guardiola City have reached the last eight three times and the last 16 once. Their campaign last season ended with a 3-1 quarter-final defeat against Lyon. This followed a 4-4 aggregate elimination by Tottenham on away goals in 2018-19, a 5-1 defeat by Liverpool in 2017-18, and 6-6 elimination by Monaco, again on away goals, the year before. Continue reading...

Kylian Mbappe ‘open to joining Liverpool’ from Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar could ALSO leave next summer, talkSPORT told

talkSPORT Joshua - 10 hours ago

Liverpool is a realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe next summer but any transfer to Anfield will come down to money, talkSPORT has been told. Mbappe’s contract runs out in 2022 and Paris Saint-Germain may be forced to sell him to avoid losing the France superstar for nothing. The France World Cup winner has previously spoken \[…\]

The Fiver | As defensively sound as a fishnet face mask

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 10 hours ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! If the recent international break taught us one thing, it’s that herding entire squads of footballers on to airplanes and shuttling them to different locations around the world to play matches during a plague is in no way feckless or irresponsible. After all, it’s not like the Republic O’Ireland or Scotland had their teams decimated for Covid-related reasons, while the virus seemed to account for as many withdrawals and absences from various other nations’ line-ups as the usual more common-or-garden niggles and knacks. Covid saw to it that the Czech Republic had to maroon half their squad on a Mediterranean island with enough food and water to last them a fortnight and Ukraine were forced to bring a 45-year-old goalkeeper out of retirement, while even Cristiano Ronaldo proved susceptible. He remains in quarantine – a period of splendid self-isolation with nobody for company but his own reflection in the mirror, a state of affairs one suspects isn’t a hugely radical departure from normality. Continue reading...

'I was not expecting this': Bruno Fernandes surprised with captaincy during press conference – video

The Guardian - 11 hours ago

Bruno Fernandes will captain Manchester United in their Champions League opening game with PSG on Tuesday after Harry Maguire was ruled out through injury. The Portuguese midfielder was surprised with the news during a press conference with his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. 'The captain sits next to me, Bruno will captain the team,' said Solskjær. 'I know the same time as you,' a smiling Fernandes told reporters via Zoom Continue reading...

Tottenham turn attentions to new deal for Son Heung-min

Daily Mail - 11 hours ago

EXCLUSIVE BY SAMI MOKBEL: Tottenham will turn their attentions to securing the futures of their current squad, with Heung-min Son in line for a new contract.

Pep Guardiola press conference LIVE

Manchester Evening News - 13 hours ago

Follow throughout the day for the latest Manchester City transfer rumours, injury updates and breaking news ahead of Porto fixture.

PSG 'make Christian Eriksen their No 1 target for the January transfer window

Daily Mail - 13 hours ago

Christian Eriken signed with Inter Milan for £17.5m in January, but having failed to hit the heights expected of him, his management are now weighing up his options for next season.

'Football is a working-class sport, it should be affordable': Bilic slams PPV matches – video

The Guardian - 13 hours ago

The West Brom manager, Slaven Bilic, has slammed the decision to make some Premier League football matches available via a pay-per-view service. 'I always used to say that football is not polo, football is not golf. Football is sport for the masses … it's a working-class sport,' said Bilic. Currently, the cost of a match on Sky Sports’ or BT Sport’s PPV 'box office' services is £14.95. This was the cost of watching West Brom 0-0 Burnley, as it was not part of the regular TV schedule. Continue reading...

Manchester United news and transfers LIVE

Manchester Evening News - 14 hours ago

Follow throughout the day for the latest Man United transfer rumours and breaking news ahead of the Champions League match with PSG.

David Squires on … a tale of two Jordans and rough justice on Merseyside

The Guardian David Squires - 14 hours ago

Our cartoonist looks back on a wild derby, unwanted workplace interactions and 57-year-old men dancing in empty stadiums Buy a Squires cartoon in the Guardian print shop And take a look through David’s archive treasure trove Continue reading...

Arsenal news LIVE: Holding injury blow, Aubameyang responds to criticism, Arteta slammed for Lacazette treatment, Mustafi exit expected

talkSPORT Marc - 15 hours ago

Arsenal get their Euro campaign under way this week having made an OK start to the Premier League season. The Gunners have won three and lost two of their opening five games, and now attention turns to Thursday night’s clash with Rapid Vienna in the Europa League. Mikel Arteta could hand a full debut to \[…\]

The absurdity of Mesut Özil’s exile, yet another top talent cut adrift | Jonathan Liew

The Guardian Jonathan Liew - 17 hours ago

Arsène Wenger must despair at the inefficiency in the game, embodied by the German midfielder’s omission There’s been something strangely disconcerting about seeing Arsène Wenger back on our screens, promoting his new book. Almost every interviewer he has faced has tried to lure him into some sort of indelicacy. Come on Arsène, settle some scores. Shit-talk Mourinho. Shit-talk Arteta. Shit-talk the board. Give us the full-body contact. Yet by and large, Wenger has refused to dance. His book is restrained, measured, high on facts and light on gossip, and has thus inevitably been panned as a crushing disappointment. Occasionally, however – much like his teams – he can still produce a moment of pure transcendence. On Friday night, Wenger was a guest on the Graham Norton Show, where he explained why footballers need a coach. “When people come together, it creates a magic,” he answered. “Sometimes the energy gets together, and they go up to a level where it becomes art. The art of flying together.” It was a beautiful, succinct image: his life’s mission, boiled down for a prime-time BBC One audience. Naturally, Norton quickly changed the subject to Wenger banning Mars bars. Freddie Flintoff told a story about drinking pints. The audience roared. Later, when the show’s Facebook page posted a clip from the programme, the one they chose was: “Arsène Wenger on his iconic fight with José Mourinho.” Continue reading...

Jamie Carragher tells Liverpool they MUST sign Dayot Upamecano in January to replace injured Virgil van Dijk – ‘Pay the money and get it done’

talkSPORT Joe Moore - 17 hours ago

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the club to sign a first-class replacement for Virgil van Dijk in January after losing their defensive rock for the season with a knee injury. Van Dijk’s campaign is reportedly over after just five games after he suffered a serious ACL injury in the weekend’s Merseyside derby, following a \[…\]

Manchester United's improvement buys breathing room for Solskjær | David Hytner

The Guardian David Hytner - 18 hours ago

The performance in victory at Newcastle was reminiscent of their summer form and brings hope before the visit to PSG To fully appreciate the highs, it is necessary to first plumb the depths and Manchester United appeared determined to test the theory on Saturday in the must-win Premier League game at Newcastle. On the back of three shambolic performances in the competition, the most recent being the 6-1 capitulation at home against Tottenham, the last thing they needed to do was give their opponents a head start. Still, they did so and, when David de Gea unfroze himself and Luke Shaw contemplated the reality of his second-minute own goal, United’s situation was heavy on bleakness. At that point the storm was coming for Ole Gunnar Solskjær – the questioning of his selection decisions, which had featured a few eyebrow-raisers; the bookmakers slashing his odds in the sack race; Mauricio Pochettino trending on Twitter. Continue reading...

Man United can justify transfer strategy with line up vs PSG

Manchester Evening News - 19 hours ago

Man Utd take on PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can justify his transfer overhaul with his team selection.

Man City transfer news LIVE

Manchester Evening News - 21 hours ago

Follow throughout the day for the latest Manchester City transfer rumours, injury updates and breaking news ahead of Porto fixture.

Why Manchester United have changed Odion Ighalo's role

Manchester Evening News - 22 hours ago

Odion Ighalo has only started in the Carabao Cup for Man United this season but is due to be on the bench against Paris Saint-Germain.

Jack Wilshere takes to the park to keep up his fitness as he seeks to find a new club

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

The transfer window may have closed but there are still gems to be signed up on free transfers including Jack Wilshere, who in a bid to prove his worth is keeping up his fitness by training in the park.

Arsène Wenger: 'A sense of anger, humiliation, hate … every defeat is still a scar on my heart' | Donald McRae

The Guardian Donald McRae - 1 day ago

Former Arsenal manager reflects on his 22 years in charge of the club, how hurt he was by malicious rumours when he first arrived and how he has managed to move on from his life’s obsession Arsène Wenger still believes he could milk a cow but, as he says with a smile: “I haven’t tried for a long time. I might have lost the technique a little bit.” Wenger is one of the most humane and original thinkers in football and so it is not surprising that, moving beyond his “obsession”, we should spend 100 minutes talking about much more than the game that consumes him. Whether describing how he learned to milk cows as a boy in the Alsace village of Duttlenheim, or reliving his first memory as a five-year-old watching his local football team while clutching a prayer book, Wenger stresses his life has been built on the pillars of hard work and faith. “It’s amazing that you make your life with the values from childhood. I think all the champions I have met have been the same. They had the root of their motivations in childhood.” Continue reading...

Raúl Jiménez's deflected strike at Leeds earns a precious away win for Wolves

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at Elland Road - 1 day ago

Kalvin Phillips can curse his luck for being Leeds’s finest performer and being the unfortunate whose deflection ensured Raúl Jiménez’s shot settled this contest and allowed Wolves to move from 15th to sixth in the Premier League. On balance Nuno Espírito Santo’s side deserved the victory, having turned their opponent’s early ascendancy around, doing so convincingly following the break. A pleased Wolves manager said: “It was a good performance with some aspects to improve. We were better in the second half, but at the start it was very difficult for us.” Continue reading...

Football news live: Cavani and Maguire out of PSG vs Manchester United, police investigate offensive tweets sent to Everton duo, Carragher doubts over Liverpool title bid amid Van Dijk injury

talkSPORT Billy Hawkins - 1 day ago

After a dramatic weekend of Premier League action, we bring you all the latest news, reaction and fall-out on talkSPORT… talkSPORT.com HEADLINES Jordan Pickford: Everton goalkeeper avoids retrospective action for Virgil van Dijk horror tackle in Merseyside derby vs Liverpool Police are investigating offensive tweets sent to Jordan Pickford and Richarlison in the wake \[…\]

Leeds United v Wolves: Premier League – live!

The Guardian Nick Ames - 1 day ago

Live updates from Elland Road, kick-off 8pm BST West Brom 0-0 Burnley: read Ben Fisher’s match report Feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 9.44pm BST 86 min: Time is running out for Leeds now. It’s been half-chances all night and little more. Can they find the big one? 9.42pm BST 83 min: And Raphinha is almost involved in a goal, tearing to the line and cutting back from the left side. The ball eventually falls to Poveda, whose shot is blocked and loops up in front of goal with Patricio flailing. Nobody can convert. Continue reading...

Haaland 'prefers Real Madrid move' over Man United and more transfer rumours

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland would reportedly rather join Real Madrid than Man United and more transfer gossip.

Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood absent as Manchester United face PSG

The Guardian David Hytner - 1 day ago

• Bruno Fernandes to captain United for the first time• Solskjær denies Greenwood is out for disciplinary reasons Manchester United face the daunting task of keeping out Paris Saint‑Germain without their captain on Tuesday after leaving the injured Harry Maguire at home. Bruno Fernandes will instead wear the armband in the Champions League opener because of Maguire’s minor injury. The usual captain is one of a clutch of absentees for the trip to Paris including Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard. Continue reading...

Neil Warnock blames Yannick Bolasie over failed transfer to Middlesbrough

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

MIddlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has revealed Yannick Bolasie wasn't entirely blameless in his failed deadline day switch to the Riverside, opening up on the scale of poor communication all round.

Burnley off the bottom with first point as Nick Pope keeps West Brom at bay

The Guardian Ben Fisher at the Hawthorns - 1 day ago

Perhaps it was inevitable that a game broadcast by Sky Sports Box Office would throw up the Premier League’s first goalless draw this season.. The match, available to watch on a pay-per-view channel, may have failed to live up to its teatime billing but Nick Pope made a string of superb saves to prevent West Brom from earning their first win of the season and help Burnley stop the rot and claim their first point of the campaign. Karlan Grant also had a debut goal disallowed after straying offside. Related: What Sergio Agüero did to Sian Massey-Ellis was not OK – just ask any woman | Suzanne Wrack Continue reading...

Frank Lampard leaps to defence of Chelsea's under-fire backline

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 1 day ago

63 goals conceded in 43 league games is cause for concern Club sweating over fitness of preferred keeper Édouard Mendy Frank Lampard knows that the numbers do not say much for his ability to organise a defence. Unflattering statistics show that no Chelsea manager with more than one game in charge has seen his side concede at a higher rate in the Premier League than Lampard, who witnessed another defensive implosion when Southampton fought back to earn a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The goals-against column rose to 63 in 43 league games on Lampard’s watch when Jannik Vestergaard headed in Southampton’s equaliser in stoppage time. That translates to almost 1.5 goals a game, which feels unsustainable even though plenty of other Premier League defences have struggled since the start of this weirdest of seasons. Continue reading...

With Van Dijk set to miss rest of the season, it's time for Gomez and Matip to step up for Liverpool

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are now the only senior centre backs in the first-team squad and without their calming Dutch presence next to them, the pair will have to hit the ground running.

What Sergio Agüero did to Sian Massey-Ellis was not OK – just ask any woman | Suzanne Wrack

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 1 day ago

Those who defend the Manchester City striker’s grabbing of the official are blind to the context that makes it indefensible After Sergio Agüero had vented his frustrations at Sian Massey-Ellis for not awarding a throw-in in the 41st minute of Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Arsenal on Saturday, the official walked away. Agüero then reached out and grabbed the base of the 35-year-old’s neck. Eyes firmly forward, Massey-Ellis flinched out of his touch and brushed it off. It was over in a flash. But social media exploded. Clips of the incident went viral. I was one of those to watch, cringe and tweet – “Disgraceful, unprofessional and patronising.” Within 24 hours my post had 8,800 likes, 716 retweets and 236 comments. Continue reading...

PSG's summer business and the impact it could have on clash with Man United

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

The French giants were very busy over the summer, both in terms of arrivals and departures, and could have a very different look to themselves against Man Utd this week.

The Fiver | An excitable goalkeeper, red and blue lines and a Dutchman's knee

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 1 day ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! As if seeing their team diddled out of victory over Everton on the back of an offside call so tight it resembled The Fiver clambering out of a pub toilet window to avoid getting in a round, Liverpool fans were forced to endure further horror when it emerged Virgil van Dijk will be out for many months after it was confirmed he had “done” his ACL and will need surgery followed by rehab. Continue reading...

Jordan Pickford avoids disciplinary action for Virgil van Dijk challenge

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 1 day ago

Incident involving Everton goalkeeper was seen by VAR Referee Michael Oliver should have consulted pitchside monitor Jordan Pickford will face no disciplinary action for the wild challenge that potentially left Virgil van Dijk missing the rest of the season through injury. The Everton goalkeeper slid in recklessly on Van Dijk, with his studs over the ball, in the 10th minute of the Merseyside derby on Saturday. On Sunday, Liverpool confirmed the defender will undergo surgery on his right knee after sustaining damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. Continue reading...

Moyes dances, Liverpool lose Van Dijk and Villa march on – Football Weekly

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden, with Barry Glendenning, Andy Hunter, Natasha Henry, and Ewan Murray. Produced by Danielle Stephens. - 1 day ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Andy Hunter, Natasha Henry and Ewan Murray to run through a weekend of late goals, VAR’s latest impact on the beautiful game, Sergio Agüero’s handsiness, and the first Old Firm derby of the season Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. When was the last time David Moyes danced? Three goals in the last 10 minutes were enough for him to really let himself go at Spurs. A late belter from Ross Barkley means Aston Villa have four wins from four. Manchester United score three after the 86th minute to make sure #BruceOut trends again. Meanwhile last-minute goals rescue points for Brighton and Southampton. Continue reading...

Manchester United news LIVE: PSG’s shock injury list gives Red Devils boost, Cavani eyes perfect debut, Pogba to return?

talkSPORT Marc - 1 day ago

Manchester United beat Newcastle on Saturday evening to get their shaky season back to winning ways. Late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford fired the Red Devils to a 4-1 victory, after Harry Maguire had cancelled out Newcastle’s very early opener. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face PSG next in the Champions League, \[…\]

Manchester United news and transfers LIVE

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Stay tuned for today's Man United transfer rumours, injury updates and breaking news ahead of facing Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Manchester United news and transfers RECAP

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

A recap of today's Man United transfer rumours, injury updates and breaking news ahead of facing Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

'No timeframe' for full-time referees in women's game despite latest blunder

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 1 day ago

FA’s Sue Campbell defends quality of officiating in WSL FA launches four-year strategy for women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell, the director of women’s football at the Football Association, has conceded there is no timeframe for the introduction of full-time professional referees in the women’s game between now and 2024. The quality of refereeing in the Women’s Super League has been heavily criticised this season. On Sunday the Brighton forward Kayleigh Green was shown two yellow cards but the referee Lucy Oliver failed to issue a red, and the player remained on the pitch for the duration of the match despite protests from Everton. Continue reading...

Newcastle fans boycott pay-per-view and donate fees to local food bank

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Initiative has raised £19,000 for West End food bank so far Fans unhappy with fee of £14.95 per Premier League game Newcastle United supporters have raised an estimated £19,000 by choosing to give to a local food bank charity rather than watching their team on pay-per-view at the weekend, a fans’ group has said. Premier League matches in October which have not been earmarked for regular televised coverage can only be watched live via Sky Sports’ or BT Sport’s PPV “box office” services for a fee of £14.95 per game. Continue reading...

PSG show off the power of their squad before Manchester United visit

The Guardian Adam White and Eric Devin - 1 day ago

PSG were without nine first-team regulars for their trip to Nîmes in Ligue 1 on Friday. They still won 4-0 By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News PSG were missing nine potential first-choice players for their trip to Nîmes on Friday evening (Mauro Icardi, Neymar, Marquinhos, Ángel Di María, Juan Bernat, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti, Danilo Pereira) yet still cruised to a 4-0 win over Les Crocos in a bad-tempered affair. Admittedly, the hosts also had their share of absentees, with captain Anthony Briançon suspended and the sublime winger Zinedine Ferhat out with a hamstring injury, but it was still a potent reminder of PSG’s class. They remain a force with which to be reckoned. Thomas Tuchel had to deal with a handful of departures this summer, including captain Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier and Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, the hero of their dramatic win over Atalanta in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Gone too are the promising youngsters Adil Aouchiche and Tanguy Kouassi – continuing a pattern of young academy talent leaving the club due to lack of playing time. Tuchel spared little ire for his sporting director, Leonardo, when his team, undermanned by Covid-19 and injuries, started the season with defeats to Marseille and Lens, before needing a 94th-minute winner against Metz to pick up their first points. Continue reading...

Schalke finally show fight but fans send warning before Dortmund derby | Andy Brassell

The Guardian Andy Brassell - 1 day ago

The few fans who saw the draw with Union Berlin were keen to remind the players of the upcoming Revierderby’s importance It briefly felt like a potential turning point, if not quite a vindication. When Gonçalo Paciência’s header, applied to Omar Mascarell’s corner, crept inside Andreas Luthe’s near post, the roar was hearty even from a meagre crowd. At the end of a week in which the 300 available tickets for the home game with Union Berlin on Sunday were distributed to key workers, a welcome splash of feelgood after weeks and months of bad news for Schalke and their fans, it felt good. It felt positive. A first point won this season was at least some relief, and out of step with what we’ve come to expect from Schalke. When you’ve gone 20 successive Bundesliga games without a win, the host of cameras around the stadium tend to focus in that bit more tightly on dropped heads and anguished faces, ready for the mournful musical montage later. Continue reading...

Van Dijk injury could accelerate Man United's transfer plans

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Manchester United's rivals Liverpool were handed a significant injury blow following Saturday's draw against Everton.

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

The Guardian Rachel Brown-Finnis - 1 day ago

Arsenal juggernaut rolls on, Russo shines for Manchester United and Everton lose 100% record after refereeing shambles Another week, another big win for Arsenal, now the only side with a 100% record and doing it in style. They are battering teams – this was their second 6-1 win, to add to last week’s 5-0 victory over Brighton and a 9-1 thrashing of West Ham – and if the league does go down to the wire they are already well placed, with a significant goal difference advantage. Vivienne Miedema scored a first-half hat-trick to move ahead of Nikita Parris and become the WSL’s all-time leading scorer and the Gunners are profiting from having a good group of players – Beth Mead, Katie McCabe, Kim Little, Daniëlle van de Donk – who have been at the club long enough to develop that understanding and synchronicity that good players get over time. Continue reading...

Cádiz soar into dreamland after stunning Real Madrid in historic win | Sid Lowe

The Guardian Sid Lowe - 1 day ago

The newly promoted side were left pinching themselves after ending a 30-year wait to beat – and outplay – the champions The plane was miles above above Spain heading south, it was dark outside and they were still some way from home when an urgent announcement came from the flight deck. “I’m from Cádiz,” the co-pilot informed them over the loud speaker, “and I just wanted to say congratulations because today you did something historic that will be remembered for ever.” It was late and the passengers – the first Cádiz team to play in primera for 15 years – were exhausted but they began to applaud. From down the cabin, a few chanted his name. “Rufiano! Rufiano!” they sang, the noise level briefly rising again, songs starting once more. Rufiano was right. Cádiz’s manager, Álvaro Cervera, was wrong: he was wrong before the game and wrong halfway through it too but by the end he was beaming, engulfed in an embrace so tight he could barely breathe, celebrating like they had won something, which they absolutely had. On the eve of his team’s visit to Real Madrid, he had said: “You can forget about being better than them.” At half-time, with his team a goal up, he feared the lead would soon be gone, admitting afterwards that all he could think was: “We’ll lose this.” Now he was leaping about, delighted that neither turned out to be true. Continue reading...

Manchester United news LIVE: Cavani trains ahead of debut vs PSG, Red Devils target 16-year-old ‘next Luis Figo’, Jadon Sancho update

talkSPORT Marc - 1 day ago

Manchester United beat Newcastle on Saturday evening to get their shaky season back to winning ways. Late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford fired the Red Devils to a 4-1 victory, after Harry Maguire had cancelled out Newcastle’s very early opener. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face PSG next in the Champions League, \[…\]

Danny Ings 'on the brink of signing a new long-term Southampton deal'

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

Southampton are confident that Danny Ings will extend the three-year deal he signed in 2019 after manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said the froward had 'zero interest' in leaving the club.

Former Bolton, Blackpool and Rochdale defender joins non-league Matlock Town

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Joe Bunney set up the winner for his new club against South Shields over the weekend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic a lion among men on wild weekend in Serie A | Nicky Bandini

The Guardian Nicky Bandini - 1 day ago

The 39-year-old’s two goals sealed a first derby win in four years for Milan, who he has helped to transform into contenders It was one of those weekends in Serie A. Oh, you know, the sort that begins with the league leaders getting thrashed 4-1 and ends with a likely goal-of-the-season contender, while the champions drop points against a newly promoted side in between. The kind of weekend when a team can come from 3-1 down after 63 minutes to win and barely cause a ripple, because everyone is still busy talking about a picture of a lion. The grisly image, of a big cat whose maw is dripping with blood, was posted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his social media accounts on Saturday night. It came captioned with a single word, “Fame” – Italian for “Hunger”. Continue reading...

Harry Kane urged to consider his future at Tottenham THIS SEASON as striker is branded ‘the greatest player in football who hasn’t won anything’

talkSPORT Joe Moore - 1 day ago

It’s about time Harry Kane considers leaving Tottenham to pursue the top silverware his talent deserves. That’s according to former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who believes White Hart Lane hero Kane may start assessing his future THIS SEASON if the club’s wait for trophies continues. Kane is in the form of his life, says Bent, \[…\]

When does the January transfer window open and shut? Premier League clubs can start spending again soon

talkSPORT Marc - 1 day ago

Premier League transfer spending has continued to be sky-high despite the issues that have come with the COVID-19 lockdown this year. The 2020 summer market saw some huge deals done before deadline day – Chelsea signed Kai Havertz for £72million while Manchester City spent £62m on Ruben Dias in the two biggest signings of the \[…\]

Ex-Bolton, Wolves and Cardiff striker seals loan move to Indian club Mumbai City

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Former Wanderers forward Adam Le Fondre has joined the Indian Super League from Sydney FC

Champions League 'final eight' mini-tournament may return from 2024

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Single-country one-leg format was success, says Uefa Europa League could have same finale after current TV deal Uefa says a “final eight” will be considered as a way to round off the Champions League and Europa League from 2024. The single-country one-leg format was adopted for practical purposes as an effective way to conclude the competitions last season in a campaign badly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and proved to be a big hit as a spectacle. Continue reading...

Ronald Koeman rues failure to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool in the summer

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

The Barcelona boss wanted to bring both Wijnaldum and Depay to the Nou Camp this summer but revealed the current economic situation prevented both moves from happening.

Adama Traore 'ready to sign new £100,000-a-week deal with Wolves' 

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

Adama Traore, who made his international debut for Spain last week, has generated interest from Liverpool and Barcelona but is now expected to remain with Wolves on bumper new terms.

Premier League done deals: Every completed transfer in the 2020 summer window

talkSPORT Marc - 1 day ago

While some clubs have had to fight the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, others have found significant cash to improve their squads. And big money has been spent in the 2020 summer transfer window, especially by Chelsea. The market opened the day after the season ended last term and has now closed with Arsenal and \[…\]

Manchester United set to announce Joe Hugill professional contract

Manchester Evening News - 1 day ago

Joe Hugill has made a fabulous start to his Man United career after the club fought off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the England U18 striker.

James Rodriguez's flying start to life in the Premier League has 'upset' Real Madrid's hierarchy

Daily Mail - 1 day ago

James Rodriguez's stunning start to his Everton career has reportedly 'upset' previous club Real Madrid.The Colombian attacker joined the blue half of Merseyside during the summer.

Women's football is growing but can the FA keep pace with demand? | Flo Lloyd-Hughes

The Guardian Flo Lloyd-Hughes - 1 day ago

The WSL has been nurtured well but the top of the domestic game may need to strike out to get the showcase it deserves It all kicked off on women’s football Twitter this month. Not because of something Phil Neville said, which is the usual cause of button bashing, but as a result of TV coverage, or lack thereof. Women’s football fans are a unique, loyal and opinionated tribe. So the news that very few of the first-round of games in the Continental Cup, including the mouth-watering Chelsea-Arsenal match, were going to be available to watch live went down like a lead balloon. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

The Guardian Guardian sport - 1 day ago

Lampard needs to change tack with Chelsea’s defence, Lallana’s Indian Summer and Pickford’s failings Sergio Agüero’s comeback after four months out with a knee injury was a 65-minute cameo that oozed class and in which he was a vital link in Raheem Sterling’s winner. City’s record goalscorer is out of contract in June and Pep Guardiola stated the club will make a new offer if the striker continues to play well while also saying Agüero knows what he has to do. “We know what he means for us, we know how we appreciate him, but now he has to show like everyone of us – me first – that we deserve to continue here and are playing good and winning games,” the manager said. “After that the club and myself decide. When he is playing at his level and we don’t have any doubts \[then\] he is a player to stay until he decides \[to go\] because he is unique, the numbers \[goals\]. He is important for us, the fans and everyone.” Jamie Jackson Continue reading...

Arsenal news LIVE: Wenger responds to Mourinho jibe, Gunners thrashing Tottenham in WSL, Aguero ‘avoids retrospective action’ after grabbing lineswoman

talkSPORT Marc - 1 day ago

Arsenal returned to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Manchester City – but they suffered their second defeat of the season. There was some good news, however, as new £45million signing Thomas Partey made his debut off the bench. One key moment of drama in Saturday’s match was Sergio Aguero grabbing lineswoman \[…\]

Manchester United news LIVE: Greenwood absence explained, Pogba-Valverde swap deal with Real Madrid, Wayne Rooney’s coronavirus drama

talkSPORT Marc - 2 days ago

Manchester United beat Newcastle on Saturday evening to get their shaky season back to winning ways. Late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford fired the Red Devils to a 4-1 victory, after Harry Maguire had cancelled out Newcastle’s very early opener. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face PSG next in the Champions League, \[…\]

Premier League and transfer news live: Bale has second Tottenham debut to forget, Liverpool confirm Van Dijk ACL injury, Aguero avoids retrospective punishment for grabbing lineswoman

talkSPORT Billy Hawkins - 2 days ago

We are midway through another thrilling weekend of Premier League football, so stick with talkSPORT.com as we bring you the latest news and biggest gossip from the beautiful game. talkSPORT.com HEADLINES Fears Virgil van Dijk could miss rest of the season with knee injury after horror challenge from Jordan Pickford Danny Welbeck: Brighton complete \[…\]

Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners thrashing Tottenham in WSL, Aguero ‘avoids retrospective action’ after grabbing lineswoman, Welbeck back in Premier League

talkSPORT Marc - 2 days ago

Arsenal returned to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Manchester City – but they suffered their second defeat of the season. There was some good news, however, as new £45million signing Thomas Partey made his debut off the bench. One key moment of drama in Saturday’s match was Sergio Aguero grabbing lineswoman \[…\]

Aston Villa's Ross Barkley strikes late to sink Leicester and keep up 100% record

The Guardian Paul Doyle at the King Power Stadium - 2 days ago

The first goalless draw of this extraordinary season was looming like an obnoxious guest when Ross Barkley seized his moment. After collecting a pass from John McGinn midway inside the Leicester half in the first minute of stoppage time, Aston Villa’s on-loan Chelsea midfielder strode forward and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. And with that, Villa had won their opening four matches of a campaign for the first time since 1930 and climbed to second in the Premier League. Leicester know better than anyone that a team can win the title one season after narrowly escaping relegation. It would be ludicrous to start talking to Villa about such notions just yet but there is no doubt that Dean Smith’s side have made huge progress since being thrashed here 4-0 in March. Attracting players such as Barkley has been part of that improvement. Continue reading...

Leicester City 0-1 Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

The Guardian Niall McVeigh - 2 days ago

Updates from the 7.15pm BST kick-off at the King Power Stadium Scoreboard: all Sunday’s results and latest scores How they stand: the latest Premier League table And you can get in touch with Niall by email or on Twitter 9.23pm BST “Count on Peter Oh to cover all the Engels,” offers John Peeler. Indeed, it was not so long ago we turned to puns as the game drifted towards a goalless draw. Villa had other ideas though, and their winner means every game today saw late drama. Proof that for last-gasp excitement, you can’t beat the Barkleys. 9.18pm BST Here’s Ross Barkley: “We started a bit slow, but got a bit of momentum in the second half and I think the win was deserved. In the first half, I played as the 10 but I dropped a bit deeper in the second half and it worked.” On his goal: “I saw the goal, the space opened up and I thought I’d have a pop,” he says with a wry smile. Barkley went over to the bench after scoring, and says he was only “50-50” to play, having barely trained all week. Which makes his game-winning effort even more impressive. Continue reading...

José Mourinho says Spurs 'not strong enough psychologically' after collapse

The Guardian David Hytner at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - 2 days ago

Tottenham lose three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with West Ham Mourinho: ‘We should be stronger. I have to analyse it’ José Mourinho criticised his Tottenham players for a lack of mental toughness after they drew 3-3 in a wild derby with West Ham, having led 3-0 in the 82nd minute. The Spurs manager brought on Gareth Bale in the 72nd minute for his second debut for the club after his return on loan from Real Madrid and the forward would miss a clear chance to kill the game at 3-2. It was left instead to the West Ham substitute Manuel Lanzini to score a screaming 94th-minute equaliser that sent his manager, David Moyes, cavorting on to the pitch in celebration. Continue reading...

Manchester United news LIVE: Gary Neville slams Red Devils tweet, Pogba-Valverde swap deal with Real Madrid, Wayne Rooney’s coronavirus drama

talkSPORT Marc - 2 days ago

Manchester United beat Newcastle on Saturday evening to get their shaky season back to winning ways. Late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford fired the Red Devils to a 4-1 victory, after Harry Maguire had cancelled out Newcastle’s very early opener. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face PSG next in the Champions League, \[…\]

Gareth Bale's bizarre return shows Spurs' possibilities and problems | Nick Ames

The Guardian Nick Ames - 2 days ago

Tottenham’s remarkable 3-3 draw with West Ham from 3-0 up showed the potency of the Son-Kane partnership Gareth Bale can complement but also what can go awry The scriptwriters can hardly say they did not try. When Gareth Bale weaved in, out and past Angelo Ogbonna with two minutes left of added time, the juiciest of cherries looked ripe for garnishing a Tottenham performance that had lurched from scintillating to skittish. Through he ran, rolling back the years in so doing, and it was the kind of self-made chance he has made a career of gobbling up. Lukasz Fabianski stood still; the romantics held their breaths; the ball went past the post and, well, it was probably not going to matter all that much. Moments later Manuel Lanzini’s thunderbolt ascribed it rather more significance. The chance had, it turned out, been more than a nice-to-have. Continue reading...

Fernando: 'Chelsea have quality but we travel in hope'

The Guardian Sid Lowe - 2 days ago

Sevilla’s midfield rock says his spirited team have the collective resources to cause a Champions League upset at Stamford Bridge “One touch, two. If there are three, something strange has happened.” It’s early evening in Seville, the sun is coming through a crack in the curtain, and as Fernando is discussing his craft, there is a calm, almost peaceful simplicity to the way he talks, which Sevilla supporters have come to see reflected in his play. On Tuesday the former Manchester City midfielder returns to England, but don’t expect to see him on the ball much at Stamford Bridge. That’s not what he’ll be there for. “It’s a very hard place to play and we’ll struggle: Chelsea have quality, talented players, but we travel in hope, knowing we can leave happy,” the 33-year-old Brazilian says. Recent history suggests he could be right. It took an extra-time winner for Bayern Munich to defeat Sevilla in the European Super Cup and they land in London as Europa League winners, having defeated Manchester United in the semi-finals and then Internazionale in the final. “I got messages from City fans congratulating me,” he grins. Unbeaten in the league, something is building and if there is a team that can resist, it is they. And if there is a player who can, it is he. Continue reading...

Man United 'consider' Pogba swap-deal and more transfer rumours

Manchester Evening News - 2 days ago

Man United are reportedly keen on Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde and could use Paul Pogba in a swap deal plus more transfer gossip.

Liverpool's loss of Van Dijk exacerbates every doubt after chaotic start | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson - 2 days ago

The long absence of the leader of their defence leaves Jürgen Klopp’s side looking fragile for the first time in three years This was already shaping up to be a very different title race to those of the last three years and the news that Virgil van Dijk will be out for several months only makes the picture more uncertain. He, above all others, is the player Liverpool could not afford to lose. Jordan Pickford’s wild lunge at him could become the defining image of the season – and the failure to send the Everton goalkeeper off the most mystifying failure of VAR. The start to this campaign has been generally chaotic. None of the expected title contenders has looked quite ready, their various issues magnified by a truncated pre-season. After three seasons in which the title was won with 95+ points, the likelihood is that this season something in the mid-80s will be enough, the sort of figure that was usual before the financial stratification of the league allowed the very best sides to stretch towards three figures. Continue reading...

Man City 'plot £15million January bid for Messi' and more transfer rumours

Manchester Evening News - 2 days ago

Manchester City are reportedly planning an attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the January transfer window and more gossip.