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Chelsea's Eden Hazard: I'm not happy about being fouled so often

16 hours 44 minutes ago
Fernando Torres insists he felt like he had completed everything he needed to in Europe before he moved to Japan's Sagan Tosu from Atletico Madrid. Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew. Chelsea's Eden Hazard is feeling the "wear and tear" of more than 10 years of playing professional football and is "not happy" with the amount of times he is fouled. Hazard missed three consecutive games last month after suffering a back injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United, who were accused of targeting the Belgium international with fouls. He took a kick to the ankle from Yerry Mina on his return to Chelsea's XI as Maurizio Sarri's men were held to a goalless home draw by Everton on Sunday. Since...
Liam Twomey

Ghana confirm Kwadwo Asamoah absence vs. Ethiopia

17 hours 4 minutes ago
Ghana have confirmed that Kwadwo Asamoah will not join the Black Stars for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia after picking up a knee injury. The utility man was named in Kwesi Appiah's squad for Sunday's qualifier against the Walias in Addis Ababa, but misses out after picking up an injury at the weekend. The 29-year-old was hurt during Inter's 4-1 defeat by Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday. "Kwadwo Asamoah has been ruled out of the Ghana versus Ethiopia game due to recurrent...
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Manchester City could have beaten United by even more if we tried harder - Ederson

17 hours 14 minutes ago
Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City are getting even better and could have won the Manchester Derby by even more if they had gone for it, according to Ederson. City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and move 12 points clear of their rivals. Even after last season's record 100-point title-winning season, Pep Guardiola's side have improved their results with a win against United and a draw away to Liverpool -- four points better...
Jonathan Smith, Man City correspondent

Ederson: Manchester City were way better than United in derby win

17 hours 14 minutes ago
Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City are getting even better and could have won the Manchester Derby by even more if they had gone for it, according to Ederson. City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and move 12 points clear of their bitter rivals. Even after last season's record 100-point title-winning season, Pep Guardiola's side have improved their results with a win against United and a draw away to Liverpool -- four points...
Jonathan Smith, Man City correspondent

Nemanja Vidic: I want to be Manchester United manager one day

17 hours 15 minutes ago
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides. Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has said he would like to become the club's manager one day. Vidic, who ended his playing career in 2016, has been taking his coaching badges at Ajax after organising a spell at the club through former United teammate Edwin van der Sar. "To be honest, in the future, I would like to be the manager," he told beIN SPORTS after United's 3-1 derby defeat at Manchester City on Sunday. "For me to criticise Jose Mourinho, as someone who is maybe going to become...
Rob Dawson

Transfer Talk: Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez eyeing PSG switch

17 hours 16 minutes ago
FC's Paul Mariner provides his thoughts on transfer rumours surrounding Mauro Icardi, Adam Lallana, Keylor Navas and more in Transfer Rater. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: 'Isolated' Sanchez wants PSG switch Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Inter's Skriniar set for new deal - Sevilla eye Liverpool's Moreno - Under interested in Prem move - Milan want United defender Bailly - United set to veto Jose targets As speculation continues to surround the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Mirror reports that he is "eyeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain." It says Chile international Sanchez "wants out of United" after less than a year at the club, citing reports last week that he was "isolated" at Old Trafford. Both...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez eyeing PSG switch

17 hours 16 minutes ago
FC's Paul Mariner provides his thoughts on transfer rumours surrounding Mauro Icardi, Adam Lallana, Keylor Navas and more in Transfer Rater. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: 'Isolated' Sanchez wants PSG switch Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Inter's Skriniar set for new deal - Sevilla eye Liverpool's Moreno - Under interested in Prem move - Milan want United defender Bailly - United set to veto Jose targets As speculation continues to surround the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Mirror reports that he is "eyeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain." It says Chile international Sanchez "wants out of United" after less than a year at the club, citing reports last week that he was "isolated" at Old Trafford. Both...
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Real Madrid to hire Santiago Solari as permanent coach; RFEF confirms paperwork filed

17 hours 21 minutes ago
As Real Madrid prepare to take the next step in replacing Julen Lopetegui, the FC crew discuss whether Santi Solari has earned a shot at the job. The guys respond to your tweets, and a tweet from Ian Darke, about derby analysis, Santi Solari, what makes Craig Burley happy and future pundits. Sid Lowe breaks down what Santiago Solari has done to get the best out of Real Madrid, with the club winning his first three matches in charge. Karim Benzema scored a goal and forced an own-goal in Real Madrid's win over Celta Vigo, marking a fourth successive victory for Los Blancos. Real Madrid have filed papers to appoint Santiago Solari as permanent first-team coach, the Spanish FA (RFEF) has told ESPN. The club are now expected to confirm the 42-year-old, who has won all four of his games in caretaker charge, as first-team boss until at least the end of the season. Solari, who had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side, stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5-1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October. However, league rules state that an interim coach...
Dermot Corrigan

Xherdan Shaqiri 'like Lionel Messi,' could become Liverpool's best player - ex-Basel manager

17 hours 34 minutes ago
Fernando Torres insists he felt like he had completed everything he needed to in Europe before he moved to Japan's Sagan Tosu from Atletico Madrid. Mohamed Salah scored seconds after a Fulham goal was disallowed, and Xherdan Shaqiri doubled the lead in the 2nd-half as Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0. Jurgen Klopp reflects on Liverpool's win over Fulham, which included a disallowed Fulham goal at 0-0. Mohamed Salah scored seconds after a Fulham goal was disallowed, and Xherdan Shaqiri doubled the lead in the 2nd-half as Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0. Former Basel manager Thorsten Fink has told ESPN FC that Xherdan Shaqiri possesses world-class natural footballing ability like Lionel Messi does and believes he can go on to become the "best player for Liverpool." Shaqiri has continued to impress in a Liverpool shirt after the Merseyside club triggered a £13.5 million release clause in his Stoke City contract in July. The ex-Basel attacker scored his second goal for Liverpool against Fulham on Sunday and has been directly involved in five goals...
Glenn Price

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck has second surgery on broken right ankle

17 hours 36 minutes ago
Arsenal's Unai Emery admitted striker Danny Welbeck will be out for a lengthy period after he had surgery on an ankle injury during their Europa League match with Sporting Lisbon. The FC guys answer your tweets on Arsenal's draw vs. Wolves and if Gregg Berhalter being appointed U.S. head coach is a formality at this point. Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a late equaliser to salvage a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton. Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a late equaliser to salvage a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton. Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a late equaliser to salvage a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton. English Premier League: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (86') Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers English Premier League: Ivan Cavaleiro (13') Arsenal 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Arsenal say striker Danny Welbeck has undergone a second operation on his broken right ankle, but that it's still too early to say when the England international will be back on the pitch. Welbeck had his first surgery on Friday after breaking his ankle during Thursday's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon, and the club issued a statement on Monday evening saying the striker "has undergone a second planned operation on his right ankle." "Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny...
Mattias Karen

Premier League manager grades: Pep Guardiola, A; Jose Mourinho, D

17 hours 58 minutes ago
The Premier League enters the final international break until next spring with almost a third of the season now completed and the title contenders becoming clear after 12 games. Some of the "Big Six" managers are performing to expectations, others are surprisingly ahead of schedule, while questions are being raised of those who are failing to deliver. So after 12 games, how do these manager rate? PEP GUARDIOLA: MAN CITY Grade: A Season so far: Two points clear at the top of table, unbeaten and...
Mark Ogden

Bayern Munich confirm Franck Ribery altercation with pundit after Dortmund defeat

18 hours ago
Shaka Hislop recaps Borussia Dortmund's thrilling 3-2 win over rivals Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich have confirmed an altercation between winger Franck Ribery and pundit Patrick Guillou following the 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Ribery, 35, played the 90 minutes as Bayern dropped seven points behind leaders Dortmund despite twice taking the lead. Following the match, the former France international was involved in an incident with beIN SPORTS pundit Guillou, Bayern said. "Franck Ribery has informed us that he had an altercation with his countrymen Patrick Guillou,...
Stephan Uersfeld

UEFA pledges new investigations if clubs abuse FFP following reports

18 hours 14 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens talks Financial Fair Play and the reported negotiations to keep PSG and Man City in the UEFA Champions League. As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football. Pep Guardiola says he knows nothing about UEFA's investigation into Manchester City breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The FC crew answer your questions about the potential European Super League, Jose Mourinho and much more! The guys respond to your tweets about annoying questions, fun teams to watch, the Serie Awesome podcast, Aaron Ramsey, Financial Fair Play and more. UEFA has warned it is ready to re-investigate clubs who may have "abused" its Financial Fair Play regulations following claims by Der Spiegel, the German publication, that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain circumvented the rules to avoid strict penalties for non-compliance. Der Spiegel released a number of stories earlier this month based on so-called Football Leaks data alleging that Premier League champions City and Ligue 1 winners PSG had avoided UEFA's FFP regulations. PSG, owned by Qatar...
Mark Ogden

Premier League transfer a must before retirement - PSG's Dani Alves

18 hours 27 minutes ago
Monaco head coach Thierry Henry said his side are not making excuses and that PSG were simply too good, after a humbling 4-0 defeat in Ligue 1. Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick, while Neymar converted a penalty to help Paris Saint-Germain come away victorious against a hapless Monaco. Ligue 1: Neymar penalty (64') Monaco 0-4 PSG Ligue 1: Edinson Cavani (53') Monaco 0-3 PSG Edinson Cavani has gotten PSG off to a flyer, but VAR was needed on both of his goals due to the assistant referee incorrectly flagging for offside. Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves has said he cannot consider ending his career without sampling the Premier League. Speaking to the Telegraph, the Brazil international -- who has won 38 trophies from spells with Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and Brazil -- reiterated his desire to move to England before retirement. "The idea that I might finish my career without going to the Premier League, it is not possible," Alves said. "For sure, this is the most amazing football in the world. "First,...
Jonathan Johnson

Tigres are peaking at the right time with Liga MX playoffs approaching

18 hours 38 minutes ago
MEXICO CITY -- There are three playoff spots still available after 16 games in the Apertura 2018. However, the rest of the field is set -- and fans will take in the international break before coming back to the season's final act. Here's what we learned in Week 16: 1. Are teams wary of Tigres' run? If there's a clear dark horse candidate going into the Apertura 2018 playoffs, Tigres has clearly emerged in that role. In the last four games, Tigres have grabbed eight points and scored 13 goals. Andre-Pierre...
Eric Gomez

Wayne Rooney to mark England farewell at Wembley with a goal?

18 hours 44 minutes ago
Craig Burley believes England hosting a 'farewell' game for Wayne Rooney makes a mockery of their friendly match against the United States. ESPN FC's Brian McBride has no problem with England's decision to add Wayne Rooney to the roster and feels the decision won't hinder younger players. Our Banker bet landed again at the weekend courtesy of Manchester City's emphatic 3-1 victory over Manchester United, but we were a little unlucky with our other selections. Club football takes a back seat for a while now and there's a busy week of international action ahead, including Spain's UEFA Nations League trip to Croatia. Running total: -£26.86 The Banker Spain know a win in Zagreb against Croatia will see them confirmed as Group A4 winners in and, having beaten Zlatko Dalic's charges...
Derek Bilton

Chelsea in talks over antisemitism match against New England Revolution in U.S. - sources

18 hours 57 minutes ago
Fernando Torres insists he felt like he had completed everything he needed to in Europe before he moved to Japan's Sagan Tosu from Atletico Madrid. Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew. Chelsea are in discussions about playing a friendly match against MLS club New England Revolution next summer as part of their antisemitism initiative, sources have told ESPN FC. Last week, Robert Kraft, the owner of the Revolution and the New England Patriots, told the World Jewish Congress he had spoken to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about a game that would see both men donate $1 million (£778,565) to the fight against antisemitism, with all money from ticket sales going to the cause. Sources...
Liam Twomey
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