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Can Tottenham pull off a win at Barcelona? Will Liverpool beat Napoli?

44 minutes 2 seconds ago
With Barcelona already qualified for the UCL round of 16, the FC guys question if Ernesto Valverde will field his star forward at the Camp Nou. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes if Napoli try to take the game to Liverpool, they could be in for a painful night at Anfield. Arsenal's failure to beat Huddersfield Town by more than a single goal denied the column an 8/1 treble winner at the weekend. Attention now turns back to the Champions League with the final round of matches from the group phase, including Tottenham's make or break trip to face Barcelona. Running total: -£10.43 The Banker The scenario for Tottenham is pretty simple: If they beat Barcelona they will progress along with the Catalan giants from Group B. However Spurs should not be expecting...
Derek Bilton

Harry Kane's rise to No. 1 in FC 100 a testament to his peerless versatility

1 hour 43 minutes ago
It started with a twist. Swivelling on the edge of the area, Harry Kane drifted away from Nemanja Matic and rolled the ball beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois. In one seamless sequence, he eluded both an elite defensive midfielder and the man who was then arguably the world's leading goalkeeper, scoring Tottenham's fourth goal in an eventual 5-3 victory over Chelsea. But Kane had done much more than that. On that evening, New Year's Day 2015, Kane had announced himself to the planet as one...
Musa Okwonga

Barcelona have quality to beat Tottenham even without Lionel Messi - Jan Vertonghen

9 hours 43 minutes ago
With Barcelona already qualified for the UCL round of 16, the FC guys question if Ernesto Valverde will field his star forward at the Camp Nou. Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester. Son Heung-Min dominated Leicester City scoring in thr first half and assisting in the second, as Tottenham earned a place in the top 3. Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde heaps praise on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentine can do anything he wants with the talent he possesses. Diego Lopez watched the ball fly past his fingers twice, as Lionel Messi put two fantastic free kicks into net to lead Barcelona to victory on the road. Jan Vertonghen has said it would be a boost if Barcelona rest Lionel Messi against Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday, but that Spurs will be facing one of the best teams in the world regardless of who is in Barca's line-up. Barcelona have already secured top spot in Group B, while Tottenham need to match Inter Milan's result at home to PSV Eindhoven to qualify for the round of 16. Spurs will likely need to be the first away side since September 2013 to win a Champions League match at...
Ben Pearce

Manchester United will go on the attack against Liverpool at Anfield - Ashley Young

9 hours 43 minutes ago
Luka Modric leads a Clasico-dominated list of the best central midfielders, as Paul Pogba's positioning causes a stir. Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI. Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham. MANCHESTER, England -- Ashley Young has warned Premier League leaders Liverpool that Manchester United will attack from the start at Anfield on Sunday. United manager Jose Mourinho has said slow starts have been a key reason for his team's disappointing league position but, after a change of tack against Arsenal and Fulham, Young is keen to maintain the momentum and inflict Liverpool's first league defeat of the season. "Everyone knows what the Liverpool games are like," Young said. "We should play...
Rob Dawson

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp immortalised in mural form as Everton fans complain

10 hours 15 minutes ago
A giant mural of Jurgen Klopp has gone up in Liverpool in tribute to the Reds' manager. The finishing touches are still being applied to the 16ft portrait, though it has already begun to provoke strong reaction from fans on both sides of the Merseyside divide. Almost complete... =@=@Send us a pic if you've seen Klopp in progress, so far. =ø pic.twitter.com/1VAHPCoDlH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 9 December 2018 The mural is located on Jamaica Street in the Baltic Triangle area of the city -- a former industrial nook that has since been re-purposed as a "cutting-edge destination where pioneering creatives work and play." New Klopp street art going up in @baltictriangle today. Visit it on the way in to see us =¼Photo by Terry Toc pic.twitter.com/wjxkaqlmWY— Baltic Market (@BalticMarketLiv) 8 December 2018 While Liverpool fans have...
Chris Wright

Paul Pogba actually makes Man United worse and is incompatible with Jose Mourinho's team

10 hours 20 minutes ago
Luka Modric leads a Clasico-dominated list of the best central midfielders, as Paul Pogba's positioning causes a stir. Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI. At 25 years old, Paul Pogba should be approaching the peak of his powers for club and country. Physically imposing, with his vision and athleticism giving him the ability to dominate the middle third of the pitch, he should be the player that Jose Mourinho builds his team around at Old Trafford. But, instead, he makes the United team worse. Neither Pogba nor Mourinho are blameless in a situation that has led to the midfielder's future being shrouded in doubt -- with Italian champions Juventus ready...
Mark Ogden

LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United to back Jose Mourinho and sign Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld

10 hours 44 minutes ago
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs may be closed but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives. TOP STORY: Jose Mourinho given green light to sign Alderweireld It is not often one of the best centre-backs in Europe becomes available on the relative cheap but that is the case with Toby Alderweireld and Jose Mourinho has reportedly...
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling backed by players' union over racial abuse claims

10 hours 47 minutes ago
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea. Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders. Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge. The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling after he was allegedly racially abused at Chelsea, and accused the media of helping to "fuel racism" with its coverage of black footballers. City were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and the Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is reviewing footage that shows a Chelsea fan allegedly directing racist abuse at England international Sterling. In a post on Instagram on Sunday...
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Real Madrid job interests every coach - Germany boss Joachim Low

11 hours 22 minutes ago
Joachim Low expects Germany to bounce back after their World Cup disappointment and relegation from their group in the UEFA Nations League. Joachim Low has told ZDF TV he would be interested in joining Real Madrid when his time as Germany coach comes to an end but is unlikely to work in the Bundesliga. Low, who has worked for the German FA since 2004 and is under contract until 2022, led Germany to the 2014 World Cup. But following what he called "an overall bad year" in which the defending champions went out in the World Cup group stages and were relegated from UEFA Nations League Group A, Low said he had started looking to the future. "I'll...
Stephan Uersfeld

Augsburg goalkeeper played for an hour after losing part of tongue

11 hours 27 minutes ago
Augsburg's Andreas Luthe carried on playing after biting part of his tongue off against Bayer Leverkusen. Augsburg keeper Andreas Luthe bit off part of his own tongue after colliding with an opposition striker but played on for more than an hour to finish his team's Bundesliga match at Bayer Leverkusen. Luthe collided with Germany international Kevin Volland 30 minutes into the match, and was cleared to carry on after following the concussion protocol. "It felt like I was hit by a car," Luthe told Sky after the match. "I bit on my tongue and a part came loose. It's nothing to show on TV." "I spit blood...
Stephan Uersfeld

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez signs new long-term contract

11 hours 43 minutes ago
With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes if Napoli try to take the game to Liverpool, they could be in for a painful night at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal. Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool, with a source telling ESPN FC the deal runs until the summer of 2024. Liverpool announced the news on Monday morning as the 21-year-old becomes the latest player to commit his future to Anfield. Gomez is currently sidelined for around six weeks with a fracture to his lower left leg, but has been rewarded for his impressive performances across the past two seasons. "Signing this new deal means the world to me," Gomez told Liverpool's official...
Glenn Price

Liverpool focused only on beating Napoli in crucial Champions League clash - Virgil van Dijk

11 hours 46 minutes ago
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk believes Anfield's special atmosphere on Champions League nights is similar to Celtic Park and can help them progress into the Champions League knockout stages. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes if Napoli try to take the game to Liverpool, they could be in for a painful night at Anfield. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk spoke to ESPN about how he still feels he can reach another level at the club and that the team will achieve something special soon. With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. With Man City not playing until later, Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after sweeping aside Bournemouth thanks to a Mohamed Salah hat trick. Virgil van Dijk has told ESPN FC that Liverpool will focus only on winning Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash against Napoli at Anfield and will not think about the mathematical permutations that could decide their fate. Liverpool, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, who travel to Red Star Belgrade, go into the final round of Group C matches with their hopes in the balance. A 1-0 win, or a victory by a margin of two goals or more, will assure Liverpool of qualification. Matters could become complicated...
Mark Ogden

Copa Libertadores final celebrations marred by violence in Buenos Aires

12 hours ago
Two police officers were injured and at least 20 people arrested in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Monday as River Plate fans celebrated winning the Copa Libertadores. Approximately 20,000 fans gathered at the Obelisk monument in Argentina's capital city on Sunday to celebrate their team's fourth Copa Libertadores title after beating rivals Boca Juniors. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg at La Bombonera, River prevailed 3-1 after extra time in Madrid. Back in Argentina, La Nacion newspaper reported...
Adriana Garcia

Cristiano Ronaldo challenges Lionel Messi to join him in Italy

12 hours 33 minutes ago
The guys respond to your tweets about whether the Derby d'Italia is properly named, Gab Marcotti's fandom, his friendship with Ale Moreno and more. Mario Mandzukic's diving header earned Serie A leaders Juventus a narrow win over rivals Inter in a tense Derby d'Italia in Turin. Italian Serie A: Mario Mandzukic (66') Juventus 1-0 Inter Milan Cristiano Ronaldo has challenged Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona and join him in Serie A to prove his influence in another league. Ronaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he left his comfort zone by joining Juventus in the summer, and has laid down the gauntlet to Messi to follow his example. Serie A Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy's Serie A TIM, one of the world's top soccer leagues. The agreement will bring more than 340 matches per season to ESPN+ | Schedule Why Italian football finds its way into your blood Roma beat Lazio, but the derby doesn't end, it merely pauses. Because like the city that birthed both clubs, it is eternal, reports Wright Thompson. LISTEN: The Serie Awesome Podcast Get the latest edition of The Serie Awesome Podcast, as the likes of Gab Marcotti, Mina Rzouki and Paolo Bandini discuss what is happening in Serie A. "Maybe [Messi] misses me," Ronaldo said. "I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and with the national team while he's always been in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge and...
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