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Explaining the VAR drama: Why Fernando Llorente's goal stood as Spurs eliminated Man City

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:13:00 GMT

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham's third goal. In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City's season is reduced to a "mere" potential Treble and how Tottenham are 180 minutes away from their first European Cup final. But we live in an imperfect world, and one of the legacies of Wednesday night at the Etihad is the controversy surrounding Fernando Llorente's goal and the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR). After speaking to multiple...

Juventus have been in danger of collapse all season long. Against Ajax, it happened

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:19:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley credits Ajax for teaching Juventus a footballing lesson over two legs in their Champions League quarterfinal tie. Imagine a warning light flashing on your dashboard as you speed down the highway. You know it's there. You know it's potentially important but no matter what you do, no matter what tweaks you make, it won't go away. Welcome to Max Allegri's view while driving Juve's team bus. All season long he beat the same drum, even as the side were sailing through their Champions League group and establishing a record-setting pace in Serie A that could see them win the title for the eighth straight year...

Has Liverpool's win over Chelsea swung title momentum away from Man City? PLUS: Humiliation for PSG

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:23:00 GMT

After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings. Jump to: LFC title charge | Lille thump PSG | Man City march on | Lazio-Milan drama | Man United win ugly | Juve easing up? | Barca take it easy | Dortmund win again | Spurs get rest | Bayern lose Neuer Has the title race momentum swung back to Liverpool? There was a literal slip, by Andy Robertson, but not a metaphorical one, and that's what...

Champions League quarterfinal second legs: Predictions and key battles

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:30:00 GMT

Last week's first legs in the four Champions League quarterfinals offered up a contrast of games that all entertained in their own way and, crucially, kept the ties alive into their respective second legs. Can Liverpool hang on at Porto? Will Manchester City thrash Tottenham? We get you ready for the second legs. Jump to: Man City vs. Tottenham Porto vs. Liverpool Van Dijk, left, and Liverpool seem destined for the semifinals. Can Porto stop them? AGGREGATE SCORE: Liverpool lead 2-0 WHEN: Wednesday 4/17, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. BST WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE FIRST LEG: Porto never...

Why does Guardiola make so many changes in big Champions League games? That's just Pep being Pep

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:59:00 GMT

"Proper Football Man" plays the percentages. "Proper Football Man" is reasonable and conventional. "Proper Football Man" disdains change and is suspicious of those who try to be clever. The only outside-the-box thing about "Proper Football Man" is where he asks his players to shoot from when he wants them to "have a go" or "test the keeper." Pep Guardiola is not a "Proper Football Man" and we had further evidence of this Tuesday at Tottenham Hotspur's new cathedral of a ground in the first leg...

Champions League quarterfinals, leg 1: predictions and key battles

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 10:19:00 GMT

The Champions League returns at the Elite Eight stage, which is where things really took off last season. We saw heavy favourites Manchester City and Barcelona upset and marveled at last-minute heroics and controversy, including the Real Madrid penalty at the Bernabeu that sent Juve keeper Gigi Buffon into a white-hot rage before the referee used a different color -- red -- to send him off. Brace yourself: The stage is set once again. Here's everything you need to know, from the superheroes and...

Barcelona all but clinch La Liga vs. Atletico. PLUS: Bayern rout Dortmund, Man City's Quadruple odds increase

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 07:07:00 GMT

After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings. Jump to: Bayern rout Dortmund | Man City's Quadruple | Milan-Juve fallout | Arsenal woe | Bravo, Benzema | Rabiot drama at PSG | Watford, Wolves dazzle Barcelona bring Atletico's season to an end It was the last roll of the dice in terms of La Liga's title race and there were no surprises. Or, rather, the surprise was how, playing with 10 men for...

Man United keep or dump: What should Solskjaer & Co. do about De Gea, Pogba and Martial this summer?

Tue, 2 Apr 2019 09:52:00 GMT

The future of Manchester United is becoming clearer. We now know that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the permanent manager at Old Trafford. A technical director figure may yet be named -- possibly an internal appointment, possibly more of an advisor to Solskjaer and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward. Either way, they'll be sifting through the squad and figuring out who to keep and who to extend. Bear in mind that a number of these players signed contracts with the club retaining the option to...

Liverpool were lucky vs. Tottenham -- so what? PLUS: Did we get a look at Real's XI for next season?

Mon, 1 Apr 2019 08:19:00 GMT

The international break ended and club soccer resumed with a bang this weekend that saw drama in the Premier League and a slew of controversial moments around Europe. Gab Marcotti recaps the action in his Monday Musings. Jump to: Zidane's new-look Real | Dortmund's boost | VAR drama for Chelsea | More Icardi drama | Solskjaer's to-do list | Donnarumma not an issue | Messi stars | Magic Mbappe | Roma's season over? | Bayern frustrated | Juve's Kean shines | Aspas rescues Celta It's almost...

Man United insisted they would take time to find a manager. So why pick Solskjaer after just 19 games?

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:53:00 GMT

We were told to trust the process. Jose Mourinho was gone. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his interim replacement, would buy time by steadying the ship and avoiding the typhoons the Special One seemed to blithely steer into. The club would also use that time constructively, executing a thorough internal review as well as a complete external, high-and-wide search for the best possible permanent manager. It made sense, and it fit executive vice-chairman -- read: head honcho who answers only to the club's...

Germany's bold moves pay off vs. the Dutch, Spain still a work in progress

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:59:00 GMT

Jump to: Spain a work in progress | Hudson-Odoi's future | Argentina lose | Signs of life for taly Fifteen years at the highest level gives a national team coach plenty of sporting capital. Enough, for example, to survive both a humiliating first-round exit at a World Cup and relegation from the inaugural Nations League. It also gave Joachim Low licence to make bold moves, and he certainly did that when Germany traveled to take on the Dutch in the pick of the weekend's Euro 2020 qualifiers. Having...

Ronaldo and Messi at the 2022 World Cup? Don't bet against them

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:40:00 GMT

Ronaldo and Messi return to international duty, and it's not unthinkable that their eternal rivalry will stretch to the 2022 World Cup. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are back on Friday. It's been two-hundred and sixty-five days since we last saw them, each bowing out on the same day, at the same stage of the World Cup, likely with the same heartache. Lionel Messi was in Kazan, where his Argentina side had let a 2-1 second-half lead slip in a wild, drunken shootout of a knockout game that saw France advance 4-3. Cristiano Ronaldo was in Sochi, a thousand miles away on the banks of the Black Sea, yet shoulder-to-shoulder with...

Serie A's biggest derby, Milan vs. Inter, delivers a classic. PLUS: Messi's latest magic trick for Barcelona

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:05:00 GMT

The Milan derby and Lionel Messi's performance at Betis raised overall what was a relatively humdrum weekend. It may be just an impression, but derbies tend to either be defined by fear and tension, or they break out into end-to-end brawls. The 223rd Derby Della Madonnina was the latter, and if you missed it, you missed a classic. Ahead of the game, it looked as if Sunday's meeting would mark the start of Inter's implosion: from the Mauro Icardi affair -- he was watching at home, a five minute...

What to expect from Friday's FIFA Council: 48-team 2022 World Cup, Global Nations League and more

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:13:00 GMT

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be pushing for an expanded 2022 World Cup, among other things, when the council convenes on Friday. The FIFA Council is the 37-member assembly that replaced the Executive Committee following the election of Gianni Infantino as the president of the game's governing body back in 2016. It includes representatives from each of the six confederations and is generally charged with making administrative and organizational decisions, some of which then need to be ratified by the FIFA Congress, meaning all 211 member nations. They meet on Friday in Miami and have plenty on their plate. Three of the biggest...

Real Madrid keep or dump: What will Zidane do about Bale, Isco, Marcelo, Ramos & Co. this summer?

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:32:00 GMT

Everybody is expecting a summer of change at Real Madrid following last week's elimination from the Champions League and the prospect of a season without a trophy. Club president Florentino Perez and chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez have some huge calls to make, and if history is anything to go by, they'll be making most of them on their own, albeit with input from Zinedine Zidane, who returned to the club on Monday. With that in mind, here's some unsolicited advice from me and Graham Hunter:...

Man United's defeat at Arsenal exposes (a little) the size of Solskjaer's challenge

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:51:00 GMT

Winning has two ancillary effects. On the one hand, it gives you sporting capital. Folks point to your record and are more likely to overlook a stumble or a bad decision. That, in turn, means you can be that little bit more daring and experimental, which is a good thing. On the other hand it raises expectations, sometimes unrealistically so, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experienced the former on Sunday in Manchester United's 2-0 loss away to Arsenal. - Ogden: Emery gamble pays off Deploying Paul...

Why Real Madrid suffered their darkest night in Champions League history

Tue, 5 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT

Ajax produced a stunning 4-1 victory over the Spanish giants, while Tottenham won 1-0 away to progress to the quarterfinals. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti predicts Real Madrid's disastrous UCL exit to Ajax will be the catalyst for major changes at the Bernabeu. Craig Burley says the arrogance shown at every level of Real Madrid is to blame for their current domestic and European troubles. The poison of blame, recrimination and scapegoating was already flowing through the veins of Madridismo -- the collective noun encompassing the hefty slice of humanity that swears loyalty to that other White House, on La Castellana avenue in the Spanish capital -- before they even stepped on the pitch for what would be Real Madrid's darkest night in Champions League history. Two defeats -- at home in the past week -- to archrival Barcelona, the yin to their yang, had meant Real Madrid were out...

Real Madrid's issues resurface in back-to-back Clasico defeats. PLUS: Are Liverpool in trouble?

Mon, 4 Mar 2019 08:21:00 GMT

Lose two Clasicos at home in the space of four days and yeah, the sky will be falling at Real Madrid. Especially when the defeats come against a Barcelona side that, despite being on course for a Treble, simply don't look on a par with those of yesteryear. They're on pace to win La Liga with 87 points, which would be the lowest total in 11 seasons and no, it's not because the rest of Spanish football has suddenly improved dramatically. Truth be told I didn't think Real Madrid, with all their...

Sarri, Kepa drama overshadows Chelsea's effort vs. Man City in cup final defeat

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:43:00 GMT

It feels weird to start not with a game itself but with an attempted substitution that never came to pass, but this was the big talking point of the European weekend and there's no escaping it. I'm talking, of course, about the end of extra time in Chelsea's Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City. It's easy to get lost in the minutiae and the speculation, but there is one overriding fact we do know: Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch when his number was called. He offered his own...

Chelsea's transfer ban explained: What did they do wrong, and how will the punishment play out?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:09:00 GMT

FIFA have banned Chelsea for a period of two transfer windows after violations of Article 19 and Article 18b of the Regulation on the Transfers and Status of Players (RTSP) nearly two months after the club completed the signing of Christian Pulisic. Here's a Q&A to make sense of it: Q: Let's see: Chelsea won't be able to sign anybody new until the 2020-21 season? That's got to be a massive blow. A: Easy there. We've been here before with transfer bans inflicted on Atletico Madrid, Real...

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