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

6 hours 31 minutes hence
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

6 hours 30 minutes hence
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

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

6 hours 25 minutes hence
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

6 hours 25 minutes hence
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

6 hours 21 minutes hence
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

Bernd Leno 'frustrated' at being Petr Cech understudy at Arsenal

47 minutes 37 seconds ago
Unai Emery was pleased with goalkeeper Bernd Leno's debut for Arsenal as they beat Vorskla 4-2. Arsenal's Alex Iwobi revealed the team are enjoying manager Unai Emery's new system and his increasing demands are causing them to train much harder than before. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has admitted "it's a bit frustrating" to serve as Petr Cech's backup and is still hoping to play in the Premier League this season. Leno made his debut in Arsenal's 4-2 win over FC Vorskla in the Europa League on Thursday, where he had little to do before being beaten by two late strikes. He has been on the bench for the Gunners' first five Premier League games as coach Unai Emery has opted to stick with Cech as his No. 1 despite spending €25 million on Leno this...
Mattias Karen

UEFA concerned by Turkey's human rights record amid Euro 2024 bid

1 hour 17 minutes ago
UEFA expressed concerns about Turkey's approach to guaranteeing human rights in its evaluation of the bid submitted by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to host Euro 2024. The report, released on Friday, acknowledged that the TFF said it remained committed to guaranteeing personal freedoms in its formal presentation but offered no substantial proof of that responsibility. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increasingly cracked down on political dissent during his presidency, especially since a failed military...
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Lyon issue life ban to Nazi-saluting fan during Manchester City clash

1 hour 32 minutes ago
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon. Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is thrilled by Nabil Fekir and the whole side as they beat Manchester City. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Lyon have confirmed they have identified a fan accused of performing a Nazi salute during their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League group-stage opener on Wednesday and will ban him from games for life. A video that circulated via social media showed a supporter raising his right arm, leading to a police investigation over an alleged hate crime. 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 In a statement, Lyon confirmed their security team had identified the man in question and reiterated that the fan will not be...
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Barcelona's Sergio Busquets to sign new contract in coming weeks - sources

1 hour 39 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV. Sergio Busquets is expected to sign an improved contract at Barcelona with an announcement expected in the coming weeks, sources have told ESPN FC. Busquets' deal, signed just two years ago, runs until 2021 and includes a clause which would see it automatically renew until 2023 based on the number of games he plays in the coming years. However, the club have decided to fast-track the midfielder's extension to bring him in line with some of the club's other top earners. Mundo Deportivo report that...
Samuel Marsden

Transfer Rater: Memphis Depay to Manchester United, James Milner to Leeds

1 hour 57 minutes ago
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. Frenkie De Jong to Manchester United The Dutch youngster is one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment, and Manchester United are the latest club to throw...
James Piercy, Football Whispers

Hoffenheim ban Borussia Dortmund fans after insulting owner

2 hours 17 minutes ago
Hoffenheim have banned at least 33 Borussia Dortmund supporters from the Rhein-Neckar-Arena for the Bundesliga game on Saturday after they were identified as having insulted Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp last season. The fans are also awaiting criminal proceedings by Heidelberg's public prosecution after insulting Hopp and his mother during the final match of last season. In a document shared with ESPN, a statement from Hoffenheim said: "On the occasion of the meeting of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and...
Stephan Uersfeld

Jose Mourinho tells Diogo Dalot to wait for Premier League debut after impressing vs. Young Boys

2 hours 47 minutes ago
Craig Burley sings Paul Pogba and Man United's praises after their win over Young Boys, but isn't convinced they'll advance from their group just yet. Manchester United's Jose Mourinho insists his side have played phenomenally in their last three matches and is hoping they can take it into their match against Wolves at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho has told Diogo Dalot he will have to wait for his Premier League bow despite an impressive debut against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday. Dalot, 19, starred on his first senior start as United won 3-0 in Switzerland but club captain Antonio Valencia will return against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday as Mourinho's men go in search of four straight wins for the first time since January. "I want him in this process of adaptation to play totally...
Rob Dawson

Cristiano Ronaldo should not face ban, VAR needed after red card controversy - Marcello Lippi

2 hours 52 minutes ago
Steve Nicol believes Cristiano Ronaldo needs to adjust his game and his mindset as he ages, playing through the middle more for Juventus. Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the correct decision when sending Cristiano Ronaldo off in their 2-0 win over Valencia. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. The FC guys explain why it's unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia will be overturned, even though they strongly disagree with the sending off. Cristiano Ronaldo should not face a suspension following his red card against Valencia and UEFA should immediately introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR), former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi has said Ronaldo was sent off following a tussle with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in the box during the Bianconeri's 2-0 Champions League win on Wednesday. After the match, Massimiliamo Allegri claimed VAR would have reversed the decision -- but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is against...
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Barcelona's La Masia academy 'scary' for players as young as 10 - Marc Bartra

3 hours 9 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV. Marc Bartra has said Barcelona's La Masia youth academy can be a scary place for youngsters hoping to make it at Camp Nou. La Masia has produced a number of the world's best players during the last 20 years, including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and is widely held up as an example to follow when it comes to youth development. However, Bartra, who spent 14 years at Barca before leaving in 2016, does not remember his early years in the academy fondly. "The scariest part is that you know...
Samuel Marsden

Chelsea's late Europa League return delays West Ham training plans

3 hours 11 minutes ago
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's Willian insists he is very happy at the club and that he had always wanted to stay despite being linked to a move away in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have been delayed on their return from Greece following the 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday. A scheduled flight from Thessaloniki to London was cancelled after weather warnings, meaning Chelsea will return to Cobham on Friday afternoon -- less than 48 hours before they are due to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday. Sources told ESPN FC that the club were aware of the situation prior to kick-off against PAOK, where Chelsea made a winning start...
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