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Sarri's Chelsea future depends on mercy of Abramovich after FA Cup exit

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:09:00 GMT

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks over matched in the Premier League, after yet another lackluster performance from the club. LONDON -- It is a long way back now for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager. The players appear to have stopped listening a while ago, but now that the supporters have lost patience with him, this chastening FA Cup defeat against Manchester United could be the final straw. A manager can limp on for only so long when the players aren't winning games for him, especially at a club like Chelsea. But when the supporters vent their fury -- the Chelsea fans chanted "F--- Sarri-ball" and "You don't...

Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho overrun in midfield as listless Chelsea dumped from the FA Cup

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:51:00 GMT

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba helped Manchester United avenge last season's FA Cup final defeat by dumping Chelsea out of the competition in the fifth round, winning by a score of 2-0 on another torrid night for Maurizio Sarri. Positives Chelsea still have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to next week ... against the Manchester City team that put six goals past them without reply a week ago. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Negatives Chelsea's defending in the middle third of the pitch was woeful, allowing...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Zidane demands Hazard contract, £200m war chest to take over at Chelsea

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT

ESPN's Craig Burley addresses the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie on Monday, live on ESPN+ at 2:30 PM ET. Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi's strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Zidane hands Chelsea list of demands The stakes in Monday's FA Cup showdown with Manchester United just got a little higher for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. The Sun reports that Zinedine Zidane has indicated he is willing...

Patrice Evra, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba enjoy NBA All-Star Weekend

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 06:50:00 GMT

Game respect game! You never have to wait too long for Patrice Evra's latest adventure, and the most recent edition has seen the former Manchester United and Juventus full-back head stateside to take in the festivities of NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. And what's more, Evra had fellow Premier League legends Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba alongside for the occasion! With @premierleague legends @ThierryHenry and @didierdrogba as well as @NBA legend @ripcityhamilton ! NBA All Star game <À<À<À #ILoveThisGame #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/iAOKLXnwfz&mdash; Patrice Evra (@Evra) February 17, 2019 Before taking in Saturday night's skills contests, which included the slam dunk competition, ex-France internationals Evra and Henry...

Man United vs. Chelsea is all about the managers, Solskjaer and Sarri, fighting for their futures

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:50:00 GMT

Manchester United revealed last week that it cost &#163;19.6 million to sack Jose Mourinho and his coaches in December. If proof was ever needed that finding the right manager can be an expensive business, it was laid out in black and white, halfway down a news release about United's financial figures, under the section marked "exceptional items." Chelsea, who face United in Monday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Stamford Bridge (watch on ESPN+ on Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET), know all about sacking...

FA Cup key for Man United, Chelsea futures; can Newport, Wimbledon cause upset?

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:27:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden explains why he doesn't see a future for Maurizio Sarri and his style of play at Chelsea. After West Ham and Everton were knocked out of the FA Cup by lower-division sides, the FC crew examine what made those upsets possible. Relive the best of the FA Cup fourth round as the drama continued with more last-gasp wins and big-time upsets. In our brand new 'That FA Cup Podcast' Craig Burley and Paul Mariner talk about the of facing lower league teams in the 3rd round. There have been some high-profile exits already, but Nick Miller previews the top FA Cup storylines to watch for ahead of the fifth-round fixtures. All FA Cup games are live on ESPN+ in the U.S., find out more here. Chelsea vs. Manchester United means a lot for both bosses Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! What the FA Cup actually means to Chelsea and Manchester United (live on ESPN+ on Monday, Feb.18 at 2.30 p.m. ET) is a question that has been asked and discussed and worried about for a quarter of a century. At least one of them...

Chelsea's Barkley, Giroud are best of bunch in Europa League win over Malmo

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 02:21:00 GMT

Chelsea responded to humiliation at the hands of Manchester City by earning a 2-1 win over Swedish giants Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie, with Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scoring in each half before Anders Christiansen found the net for the home side. Positives Chelsea have finally scored away from home in 2019, and once in the lead there were signs that this group of players have not yet given up on trying to play Maurizio Sarri's football. Two away goals...

Manchester City fire shot over Liverpool's bow while furthering Chelsea's woe

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 05:22:00 GMT

Nick Miller runs the rule over the Premier League's biggest storylines. Realisation of the weekend Liverpool won't be getting ahead of themselves having beaten a Bournemouth side who have lost their past nine away games, but the 3-0 victory was at least a nerve-steadier, a reminder that two draws wasn't a colossal crisis. Also, it will have been a relief that they held on to, then extended an early lead, rather than relinquishing it -- as they did against Leicester and West Ham. But while they will...

By the numbers: Chelsea suffer biggest defeat since 1991, Sergio Aguero levels with Alan Shearer

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 03:19:00 GMT

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 to climb up to second in La Liga, and are now -- aided by Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao -- just six points off the top. Juventus beat Sassuolo 3-0 -- Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal and an assist -- to go nine points clear of second-placed Napoli. Manchester United continued on their merry way with a 3-0 win at Fulham to climb into the top 4 for the first time since the opening day of the Premier League season, while Liverpool eased the pressure threatening...

Maurizio Sarri's future in question after Chelsea are exposed by Pep Guardiola and Man City

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:25:00 GMT

Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0. ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with colleague Gab Marcotti's excuse-making for Maurizio Sarri's tactics in Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City. Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0. Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0. Craig Burley breaks down how Manchester City were able to stretch N'Golo Kane, Ross Barkley and Jorghino, allowing their star play makers to run rampant. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola credits his players for the turnaround in play, after another big win to keep title hopes alive. MANCHESTER -- On at least two occasions, Roman Abramovich tried and failed to persuade Pep Guardiola to jump onto Chelsea's managerial carousel, so the club's Russian billionaire owner will not have enjoyed seeing the Catalan mastermind Manchester City's 6-0 hammering of Maurizio Sarri's team at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. But as Guardiola's players tore Chelsea apart, inflicting the London club's heaviest-ever Premier League defeat and their biggest loss since a 7-0 reverse at Nottingham Forest...

Chelsea boss Sarri gets 1/10 after playing into Guardiola's hands in City thrashing

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 10:28:00 GMT

Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0. Referee Mike Dean hid the hat trick ball from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero following their 6-0 victory over Chelsea. Craig Burley breaks down how Manchester City were able to stretch N'Golo Kane, Ross Barkley and Jorghino, allowing their star play makers to run rampant. Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0. ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with colleague Gab Marcotti's excuse-making for Maurizio Sarri's tactics in Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City. Manchester City handed Chelsea their heaviest defeat since 1991 as a first-half blitz won the game for the Premier League champions inside the first 25 minutes, with Sergio Aguero completing his hat trick in the second half and Raheem Sterling netting a late second to complete a 6-0 win. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Positives At least Chelsea have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to...oh. Negatives This was a defeat to raise questions about the entire Maurizio Sarri project. Chelsea came to the Etihad Stadium, tried...

Transfer Talk: Man United, Chelsea circling for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho

Thu, 7 Feb 2019 04:32:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Coutinho to return to England? Philippe Coutinho's teammates have been rallying around the "sad" Brazilian star, but speculation continues to grow about his long-term future. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - Real, United tracking 'new Ronaldo' - Bayern, Juve eye Henderson - United open talks with Rashford - Tottenham to move for £30m Soler Sport is reporting that Coutinho's colleagues...

Footballers' goal celebrations caught in mid-air are a thing of beauty

Wed, 6 Feb 2019 06:30:00 GMT

Gonzalo Higuain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marcus Rashford -- three high-flying Premier League strikers. Gonzalo Higuain and Marcus Rashford both marked scoring in the Premier League this weekend with some serious elevation by leaping as high as they could go. The Chelsea and Manchester United strikers kept up a long tradition of leaping celebrations that are spectacularly caught on camera by match photographers. In reverential tribute to that singular thrill of seeing still images of footballers suspended in that glorious moment in time, here is a whole gallery full of them, accompanied by a suitable...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea eye Coutinho if Hazard leaves for Real Madrid

Tue, 5 Feb 2019 04:22:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Chelsea brace for Hazard exit Eden Hazard's on-off departure from West London could be about to reach its apparently inevitable conclusion. The Telegraph reports that the Belgian is ready to tell Chelsea that his...

Chelsea should give Sarri time despite Man City thrashing. PLUS: Real's best game of the year

Mon, 4 Feb 2019 08:45:00 GMT

Less than a year ago, Antonio Conte famously said "I am not so stupid to play against Manchester City open and lose 3-0 or 4-0." After the 6-0 beatdown that Pep Guardiola's crew inflicted on Chelsea Sunday, you wonder if it makes Maurizio Sarri "stupid" -- at least on the Conte-meter. And because too many people like simple, ready-made storylines, they jumped on that, as well as the always reliable tropes about N'Golo Kante not playing defensive midfield and Sarri's like-for-like substitutions. Indeed,...

Sarri's Chelsea revolution at a crossroads with decisive February ahead

Mon, 4 Feb 2019 02:19:00 GMT

LONDON -- Eight months in, Maurizio Sarri has reached the fork in the road that all Chelsea coaches arrive at sooner or later. The initial wave of excitement that greeted his arrival at Stamford Bridge is long gone; now every Chelsea performance is scrutinised for evidence either of a corner turned or a tipping point reached. Look closely at Saturday's 5-0 rout of Huddersfield Town and you could see signs of both. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Three days after shutting himself in the Vitality Stadium dressing room with his...

By the numbers: Cristiano Ronaldo tops Serie A charts, Lionel Messi best in Europe

Sun, 3 Feb 2019 07:13:00 GMT

Manchester City dismantled Arsenal 3-1 to put the pressure on Liverpool while Manchester United continued their run under new management with a squeaky 1-0 win over Leicester City. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo's brace wasn't enough as Juventus squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Parma, and across the Mediterranean, a Lionel Messi brace found Barcelona coming back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Valencia. Oh, and Lyon stunned PSG 2-1 at home, leaving Juventus as the only unbeaten side in...

Higuain at the double as Chelsea hammer Huddersfield

Sat, 2 Feb 2019 08:52:00 GMT

Two goals apiece from Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a straightforward 5-0 win over a feeble Huddersfield. Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goals in English football as Chelsea demolished Huddersfield Town, 5-0, to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri.&nbsp;Eden Hazard also found the net twice and David Luiz contributed with a late deflected header. Positives Higuain looked much sharper than he did in the embarrassing 4-0 loss at Bournemouth and linked up nicely with Hazard at times, though there were also moments in which it was clear he is not yet completely on the same wavelength as his new teammates....

Transfer Talk: Bayern will be back for Callum Hudson-Odoi

Fri, 1 Feb 2019 05:07:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday.&nbsp;Click&nbsp;here for all the deals&nbsp;and keep track of&nbsp;who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Bayern will be back for Hudson-Odoi The Sun reports that defending German champions Bayern Munich will return for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer. That's according to their CEO Karl-Heinz...

Chelsea won't give Sarri long, he needs to try something different

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 03:07:00 GMT

These are troubling times for Maurizio Sarri but the Chelsea manager is not helping himself. When results are bad, it isn't the time to criticise your own players and suggest that you might not be the man to clear up the mess. Times may have changed at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich dispensed with managers before they had even completed a full season in charge, but Sarri still needs to be careful to avoid becoming another Chelsea statistic like Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas before...


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