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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

Manchester United's top four chances are slipping away - Ander Herrera

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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. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. 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. English Premier League: Ilkay Gündogan (86') Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United English Premier League: Anthony Martial 58' PEN) Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United Manchester United are in a battle to finish in the top four this season after the derby defeat to Manchester City, according to Ander Herrera. The midfielder is targeting back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Southampton after the international break in a bid to close the gap before the hectic winter fixture list. United, eighth in the table, are seven points adrift of Tottenham in fourth following the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium and Herrera has said the focus now is to get back into...
Rob Dawson

Thierry Henry backed by Monaco as struggles continue with PSG thrashing

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The guys respond to your tweets about Craig Burley working on a Sunday, the Scudetto race, Thierry Henry at Monaco and Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich. Monaco have backed coach Thierry Henry after his difficult start continued with a 4-0 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Canal+ that Henry, who has taken only one point from his first four Ligue 1 games, was a "long-term" solution for the club. The Arsenal legend was appointed to his first senior coaching role last month when he succeeded Leonardo Jardim with Monaco struggling in the relegation zone. And speaking after PSG had inflicted a second successive...
Ian Holyman

Samuel Chukwueze announces arrival with first Villarreal goal

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Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze were amongst the goals for their clubs, and their scoring form at the weekend will surely delight Gernot Rohr as the pair link up with Nigeria ahead of the international break. KweséESPN reviews the performances of Nigerian players across the European leagues at the weekend. England Isaac Success started and finished for Watford in their 1-1 away draw at Southampton. It was the vastly improved forward's fourth straight Premier League start. Wilfred Ndidi...
Dami Ugbane

Transfer Rater: Denis Suarez to Chelsea, Exequiel Palacios to Manchester United

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Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alexis Sanchez to Paris Saint-Germain Less than one year after joining Manchester United from Arsenal, the Chile international wants to quit the club as he is isolated, bored...
Adam Newson, Football Whispers

Ex-Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura quits Chievo after just four matches

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Chievo Verona blew a 2-1 lead against Bologna, but a draw was enough to erase their Serie A points deduction and get back to zero for the season. Former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has tendered his resignation as coach of Chievo after picking up his first point at the fourth attempt on Sunday. Just minutes after the Flying Donkeys' 2-2 draw with Bologna, Ventura entered into the dressing room and told his players he would be stepping down, according to the club's sporting director Giancarlo Romairone. "We are still trying to make head and tail of it," Romairone said at the post-match news conference, which he attended instead of Ventura....
Ben Gladwell

Man United's struggles highlighted by confident, controlled Man City

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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 Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho was not wrong when he claimed ahead of the 177th Manchester derby that Manchester City are "untouchable." Off the field, the last week has seen the latest Football Leaks revelations pose questions about how City's rise to the top has been funded by their Abu Dhabi owners, but on the pitch their 3-1 derby-day victory over Mourinho's United hammered home the reality that the blue half of Manchester reigns supreme. Pep Guardiola's team are two points clear at the...
Mark Ogden

Boca Juniors, River Plate share thrilling draw in Copa Libertadores final first leg at Bombonera

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Boca Juniors River Plate 2 2 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats River Plate after Boca Juniors' Carlos Izquierdoz put through his own net. Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Copa Libertadores final first leg at the Bombonera, which leaves the tie finely poised heading into the Nov. 24 return. This clash was billed as one of the biggest club matches of all-time as Argentina's fiercest rivals were pitted against one another in South America's ultimate game. With the threat of violence between the supporters high, it was decided that no away fans would attend either tie -- but that did not affect the...
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