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PSG's Gianluigi Buffon to start next two games as Alphonse Areola sidelined

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The FC guys offer Thomas Tuchel some examples of PSG's imperfections after he called their defeat against Liverpool "not logical or correct." Craig Burley believes PSG's inability to close down and apply pressure in midfield was what cost them against Liverpool's potent attack. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Paul Mariner break down Liverpool's deserved win over PSG and highlight Neymar's disappearance during the match. The guys respond to your tweets about a "backhanded compliment," Cristiano Ronaldo's red card and whether Neymar is overrated. ESPN FC chronicles Liverpool's Champions League matchweek against PSG, from the buildup around the city to the celebrations following Firmino's winner. Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has said that Gianluigi Buffon will be back in goal for the away game at Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday and at home to Reims next week. Alphonse Areola started PSG's Champions League defeat away at Liverpool on Tuesday due to Buffon being suspended but was prevented from training on the eve of the Rennes clash due to an "important" family issue. "Alphonse will not be training," Tuchel told his prematch press conference on Saturday. "He needs to be with his family...
Jonathan Johnson

Cristiano Ronaldo's ¬1bn release clause was 'not there to be paid' - Real Madrid president

10 hours 57 minutes ago
Tensions are mounting between the Exploding Heads as they argue over which one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan. The guys respond to your tweets about a "backhanded compliment," Cristiano Ronaldo's red card and whether Neymar is overrated. Cristiano Ronaldo's €1 billion release clause in his Real Madrid contract was "not there to be paid," according to club president Florentino Perez, who insisted the European champions "got the highest value we could" when he was sold to Juventus in the summer. Ronaldo moved to Italy for €100 million after nine years at Real Madrid and Perez said that, when it was clear the Portugal captain wanted to leave, Madrid negotiated the best price for him. "The release clauses are not there to...
Robbie Dunne

Frustrated Gary Cahill could leave Chelsea amid lack of game time

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Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri hopes striker Alvaro Morata has better luck in the future and that his side were unfortunate not win beat PAOK by more goals in the Europa League. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is considering leaving the Premier League club in January as he is frustrated with the lack of game time he is getting under new coach Maurizio Sarri. The centre-back has not played since Sarri took over from Antonio Conte at the start of the season, and says he could call time on his career at Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens if his situation does not improve. "I don't want to jump the gun, but as things stand at this time, probably, yes," Cahill told...

Knee-jerk conclusions: Alexis Sanchez a busted flush, Jorginho a star turn and Burnley down

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ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action. The Premier League season is five games old so it's far too early to reach sensible, informed conclusions. Therefore, here are 10 knee-jerk, hastily jumped to conclusions: 10. Manchester City's biggest hurdle is complacency It was interesting that Pep Guardiola said he was "angry" after Manchester City beat Fulham 3-0. One explanation for this is that he is simply a perfectionist, but another might be that he is striving to avoid the complacency that could set in when a team is so far ahead...
Nick Miller

AS Roma have gone backwards but all is not lost for Eusebio Di Francesco

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A sobering and honest assessment of Roma's misadventures at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night made defeat no less painful for the away support. But it was hard not to find a kernel of truth in the words Monchi uttered while passing through the mixed zone shortly after full-time. "The best Roma last season would probably have lost tonight as well," he observed, and it's hard to disagree. Real Madrid have won the Champions League in four of the past five years and for all the curiosity surrounding...
James Horncastle

Vinicius Jr. included in Real Madrid squad for first time since ¬45 million move

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Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley square off in predicting some of the more notable fixtures during week 5 of La Liga. Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. has been called into the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Espanyol, taking the youngster closer to his debut for the European champions following his move from Flamengo. Vinicius, 18, has not been called into the first-team squad for a game since he moved to Spain in the summer, a year after completing his €45 million transfer. He has instead been playing for Real's reserve side Real Madrid Castilla in the third tier of Spanish football. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system Vinicius...

Theo Walcott returns to Arsenal as a poster boy for Arsene Wenger's demise

1 day ago
Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants his goalkeepers to get used to his style of play as soon as possible. The player on the Emirates Stadium pitch with the most Arsenal appearances to his name will not be wearing Red. The one with the most Gunners goals will not be cheered if he scores. Such is the peculiar position in which Theo Walcott will find himself if, for the 401st time, he plays in an Arsenal game on Sunday. For the second, he will be on the opposing side. As his first return ended in an ignominious 5-1 defeat for Everton, perhaps Arsenal will be especially pleased to welcome him back. Yet...
Richard Jolly

Man United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in line for Lazio deal - chief

1 day ago
Download the second episode of the Serie Awesome podcast featuring Mina Rzouki, Gab Marcotti and Paolo Bandini. Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol go head-to-head to predict the fixtures in the fifth week of Serie A action, which all can be watched on ESPN+. Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile will both sign new contracts with the club next week. Tare, speaking to Sky Sport Italia on Thursday night, when Lazio got their Europa League campaign off to a winning start by beating Apollon Limassol 2-1, said the deals will be completed soon. "It's just a matter of days now," Tare said. "All will be signed at the start of next week. The agreements have been in place for some time now." Milinkovic-Savic, 23, was...
Ben Gladwell

Premier League W2W4: Can Man City bounce back? Tottenham desperately need win

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ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action. Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. 1. Manchester City face a different test It was amusing that, a day after Liverpool's schooling of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League prompted some to conclude the French champions couldn't cut it in Europe because their domestic league was too easy, the English champions were beaten by Lyon. Manchester City weren't actually that bad and Pep Guardiola might turn this into a positive,...
Nick Miller

Queretaro teen Marcel Ruiz handles sudden spotlight, keeps focus on Qatar

1 day ago
Marcel Ruiz patterns his style after Barcelona's Andres Iniesta. QUERETARO, Mexico -- Marcel Ruiz enters the interview room at the Mexican federation's facilities with apprehension. It's a new experience for him. His eyes reveal feelings of uncertainty over the questions to come, over how he'll handle more than three interviews in less than 15 minutes. He's never been through anything like this. "It's easier to be on the pitch," said Queretaro's newest sensation, who at just 17 already had his first stint with Mexico's senior team a couple of weeks ago after...
Iván Cañada

Salzburg finally get their glory vs. Leipzig in the 'Red Bull battle'

1 day 1 hour ago
Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years. LEIPZIG, Germany -- They were loud and they were present. Three hours before kick-off, they gathered at the Richard-Wagner-Platz in Leipzig's city centre. Some were drinking beer while others waited in anticipation of things to come. This was their night, this was their match and this was their club: RB Salzburg. But it wasn't their city, and not even their name. In Europe, they go by the name of FC Salzburg as UEFA don't allow sponsor names. (Their opponents, RB Leipzig, maintain plausible deniability...
Stephan Uersfeld
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