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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester City to break club record for Atletico's Rodri

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 03:18:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is set to open soon. Find out when here and rest assured that 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: Man City to reel in Rodri and break transfer record The Telegraph reports that Manchester City are ready to smash their transfer record by spending more than £60 million on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Rodri, 22, has been identified by...

Premier League review: Liverpool, City the gold standard as United, Spurs and Arsenal struggle

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:17:00 GMT

Nick Miller recaps another wild weekend in the Premier League, as Man United were hammered, Liverpool and Man City kept up their title challenges, and Tottenham and Arsenal lost. Jump to: Jones, Smalling not good enough | Mustafi a liability | Vardy happy again | Rafa doing well | TOTW Ludicrous standard of the weekend March 3, which was 50 days ago, was the last time one of the top two dropped points in the Premier League -- 12 flawless games between them. You have to go back as far as January...

Phil Foden can offset Kevin De Bruyne's absence for Man City

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:11:00 GMT

Phil Foden's goal was the difference versus Tottenham as Man City remain in control of their Premier League title destiny. Phil Foden's goal was the difference versus Tottenham as Man City remain in control of their Premier League title destiny. Shaka Hislop wasn't too impressed by Manchester City's win over Tottenham but says they have proven they can hold off Liverpool in the title race. Bernardo Silva sets his sights on the remaining Premier League fixtures as Manchester City stay on course for the title by beating Tottenham. Premier League champions sometimes need goals from unlikely sources. Granted, they will usually have a striker trying to win a golden boot and a prolific attacking midfielder in the running for player of the year honours, but contributions can also come from less obvious sources, who choose the perfect moment to score their first goal in the English top flight. There was Christopher Wreh for Arsenal in 1998, who netted for the first time in a Premier League game to secure a win against Wimbledon;...

Phil Foden Manchester City's saviour for settling nerve-shredding win over Tottenham

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 06:35:00 GMT

English Premier League: Phil Foden (5') Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Bernardo Silva sets his sights on the remaining Premier League fixtures as Manchester City stay on course for the title by beating Tottenham. Manchester City moved back top of the Premier League with a nerve-jangling 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday. Phil Foden got the crucial goal in the fifth minute in just his second Premier League start as City gained some revenge for their midweek Champions League exit to the same side. Positives The emotional Champions League exit had the potential to give City a hangover and derail their Premier League hopes. The title remains in their own hands if they keep on winning and this game will...

Man City need to refocus or a potentially historic season could become a massive failure

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:15:00 GMT

With Pep Guardiola once again crashing out of the Champions League, the FC panel confront the question of whether or not the City manager is overrated. Pep Guardiola resembled a broken man at the end of Manchester City's epic, but draining, Champions League quarter-final exit against Tottenham earlier this week. The image of the City manager on his knees on the touchline, his head in his hands, perfectly summed up the mood of everyone connected with the club. Spurs had ended City's dream of a Quadruple, with a helping hand from VAR, but Guardiola's anguish was not about missing the chance to create history by winning four trophies -- it was the...

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...

Man City players to pay for 26 supporter buses to FA Cup final

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:47:00 GMT

Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson go head-to-head predicting this week's Premier League matchups, including Manchester City and Tottenham's heavyweight bout. Spurs players Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Fernando Llorente on the controversial VAR decision in Champions League win over Manchester City. Manchester City players will pay for fans' coach travel to Wembley for next month's FA Cup final as a thank you for their support. Pep Guardiola's squad will pay for 26 supporter buses to travel down to London on May 18 for the final against Watford. Despite Wednesday's night disappointment in the Champions League, City can still land a domestic Treble and if they can pip Liverpool to the title, the FA Cup would be the final leg. "The support from our fans throughout the season has been nothing...

What we learned from the Champions League: Llorente actually made Spurs worse...

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:23:00 GMT

Champions League knockout ties are meant to be tight -- instead, we were treated to 18 goals in the four quarterfinal matches this week, with almost non-stop action from Lionel Messi's brilliant opener for Barcelona against Manchester United to Raheem Sterling's disallowed goal against Tottenham in the final minute. Here are some key talking points from a wonderful week of European action. Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur (4-4 on aggregate): Llorente actually made Spurs worse... At the end...

Premier League has competitive issues with 'big six' but it still tops Europe for excitement

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:20:00 GMT

Whatever the outcome of a captivating Premier League title race, the losers will surely go down as the unluckiest runners-up ever. It's unprecedented for any team to top 90 points and not become champions, but that's almost certain to happen this year. Indeed, Liverpool could get to 97 points and still not end their 29-year run without a league title. - W2W4: How will City and Spurs recover after UCL epic? - Ogden: City need to refocus or a historic season could become a failure Manchester...

Seven goals and VAR drama as Tottenham stun City. Was this greatest UCL game ever?

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:35:00 GMT

MANCHESTER, England -- It was Pep Guardiola's Jose Mourinho moment. A late, dramatic winner in a Champions League tie, followed by the victorious manager sprinting down the touchline to celebrate wildly with his players. But then, in the flash of a video screen, it wasn't. The Etihad Stadium went from raucous noise to mournful silence as Raheem Sterling's 93rd-minute hat-trick goal, Manchester City's fifth on the night, was ruled out -- correctly -- following a VAR review that ruled that Sergio...

Tottenham's unforgettable UCL quarterfinal win over Man City: the social reaction

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 02:52:00 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. With Pep Guardiola once again crashing out of the Champions League, the FC panel confront the question of whether or not the City manager is overrated. It was an incredible match. A European night no football fan will soon forget. Manchester City's 4-3 win over Tottenham saw the North London clubs advance to the Champions League semifinal on away goals, with the aggregate scoreline level at 4-4. Wednesday's clash at the Etihad had everything: early goals, lead changes, video review, overturned goals and of course, late drama. Logically, social media was buzzing with hot takes. Take a look at some of the better fire opinions on the night. -...

Aymeric Laporte's nightmare sees Man City bounced from UCL, Quadruple dream die

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 02:30:00 GMT

With Pep Guardiola once again crashing out of the Champions League, the FC panel confront the question of whether or not the City manager is overrated. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham Hotspur on away goals rule on a dramatic night at the Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling thought he had won the tie with a winner in injury time but the goal was ruled offside via the Video Assistant Referee and despite winning the game, 4-3, City go out at the quarterfinal stage. Positives It's difficult to take too many positives from the match as City crashed out of Europe in such a devastating way....

Man City fans can join 'virtual' Pep Guardiola news conference on stadium tour

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:50:00 GMT

Manchester City moved back ahead of Liverpool thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Gabriel Jesus. Manchester City moved back ahead of Liverpool thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Gabriel Jesus. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson square off in predicting who will advance to the Champions League semifinals. As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Man City are launching a brand new interactive tour at the Etihad Stadium. The package contains all the standard club tour itinerary along with some impressive new futuristic elements, including augmented reality and a 360-degree cinema screen. Fans will also have access to some top-notch 3D holographic content featuring a certain knitwear-clad Catalan coach, but more on that later. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk'));

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...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:30:00 GMT

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot.  Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

Manchester City are boring their way to the title as Premier League also-rans struggle to keep up

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:21:00 GMT

Manchester City moved back ahead of Liverpool thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Gabriel Jesus. English Premier League: Gabriel Jesus (90') Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City If Manchester City retain the Premier League title, the signs are they will have done it the boring way. Sunday's win at Crystal Palace -- beyond a nine-minute spell after Luka Milivojevic's clever free kick to make it 2-1 -- was not a contest. And that has become a consistent theme. If you seek drama and tension, or perhaps simply to be moved by football, City's Premier League games are probably not for you. They are exhibitions of control and it is difficult, when they perform with this kind of...

Sterling's 9/10 leads Manchester City to key win over Crystal Palace

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 08:03:00 GMT

English Premier League: Gabriel Jesus (90') Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City LONDON -- A Raheem Sterling double helped keep Manchester City's title hopes remain in their own hands after a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace. The England winger raced onto Kevin De Bruyne's clever pass to fire City into a 15th minute lead before he turned in Leroy Sane's cross in the second half. But Luka Milivojevic's free-kick nine minutes from the end set up a tense finish before Gabriel Jesus killed off the game with a late strike. Positives Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! City's task is pretty clear: keep winning and they...

Liverpool's minds or Man City's legs: Which will falter first in this high-pressure Premier League title race?

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:53:00 GMT

Perhaps it is nothing more than a coincidence that Manchester City face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend on the same day that Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in what promises to be a compelling double-header in the Premier League title race. After all, every team has to play each other at some point during a league season, yet it seems as though somebody in the fixtures department is having fun at Liverpool's expense by throwing up another unwanted reminder of what happened the last...

Power Rankings: Barcelona No. 1; Liverpool, Juventus climb; Man City drop

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 01:53:00 GMT

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly Power Rankings where Premier League sides have taken control of the top five, but will any claim top spot? Craig Burley doesn't see a way back for Manchester United, even though they limited Barcelona to just one goal at Old Trafford. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview that he wants Lionel Messi to remain linked to the club forever. The leaders claim another week on top, but there is movement down below as a pair of Premier League clubs, plus the Italian champions, move up. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Atletico Madrid, Porto, Borussia Dortmund Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Solskjaer formation fail, Guardiola's strange changes among UCL first-leg talking points

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 05:00:00 GMT

Barcelona will take a one-goal advantage back to the Camp Nou, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return in a 1-1 draw with Ajax. Craig Burley doesn't see a way back for Manchester United, even though they limited Barcelona to just one goal at Old Trafford. Our ESPN FC crew discuss whether Ajax can knock off another European giant away from home following their 1-1 draw with Juventus at home. Steve Nicol believes Jurgen Klopp has no choice but to start Mohamed Salah despite his continued struggles in Liverpool's win over Porto. While Harry Kane's injury is a major concern for Tottenham, Craig Burley says it could also be a curveball for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. The Champions League quarterfinals produced four patient but entertaining first legs that ended with four different scorelines: 1-0, 2-0, 1-1, 0-1. Here are four talking points from the four contests played this week... Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City: Guardiola's UCL approach prompts more questions We're no longer surprised when Pep Guardiola names a starting XI that doesn't quite make sense on paper -- but too often in Champions League away legs, it doesn't make sense on the pitch either. On Tuesday,...


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