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Exclusive: Chelsea want too much - Costa

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:39:00 PDT

Diego Costa has told ESPN Brasil he is being priced out of a move to Atletico. The wantaway striker says Atletico are not close to meeting Chelsea's valuation of him and that he may have to consider other options this summer. Read &#187

Europa League group stage draw 2017-18

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

The draw ceremony for the group stage of the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League is due to begin at around midday BST, 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug, 25. Teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four, and clubs from the same national association cannot be drawn together. All draw pots, which will be confirmed after the playoff round ties have been completed, are decided by UEFA coefficient. However, some teams are already sure to be in the top pot due to their coefficient score. Pot 1 (confirmed to include): Arsenal,...

Champions League group stage draw 2017-18

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

The draw ceremony for the group stage of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League is due to begin at around 4.45 p.m. BST, 11.45 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug, 24. The UEFA Player of the Year award will also be presented as part of the hour-long event.  Teams will be drawn into eight groups of four, and clubs from the same national association cannot be drawn together. Pot 1 contains the champions of the top eight European leagues. Pots 2-4 are then seeded based on UEFA coefficient. Seeded (confirmed):...

Trending: Lionel Messi to sign new deal soon as Luis Suarez ruled out injured

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:00 PDT

La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe reports from Spain on the league-wide response to the terror attack in Barcelona. Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... BARCELONA: Vice-president Jordi Mestre has reassured fans that Lionel Messi will soon sign a contract extension. - Luis Suarez will be out of action for "at least four to five weeks" after suffering a knee injury late in Barcelona's loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. - Barcelona will wear black armbands for their match at the Camp Nou on Sunday following the attack in the city on Thursday in...

Matuidi might lack 'wow' factor but could be a great fit for Juventus

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti previews the upcoming Serie A season with his predictions for the top four and the Scudetto winner. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the state of Juventus following their defeat against Lazio in the Italian Super Cup. In January, Beppe Marotta was being asked questions about Paulo Dybala's contract renewal. Looking to clarify that a deal would be completed soon, the director stated that Juventus are looking for a high-profile player in midfield over the summer, a Gonzalo Higuain/Dybala style of player. Fans rubbed their hands with glee. Was Marco Verratti, a fan of the club, coming home? Or were Juve going for an even bigger name? Fast-forward to mid-August and Blaise Matuidi has been announced as the...

Blaise Matuidi deserves PSG gratitude but times his Juventus move well

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:53:00 PDT

Frank Leboeuf says Neymar puts PSG on the path to winning the Champions League, but they still need more. Neymar is happy with his PSG debut after the Brazilian scored and got an assist in their win over Guingamp. Gab Marcotti discusses the reports linking Kylian Mbappe to PSG and whether the club can afford him after landing Neymar. PARIS -- With Blaise Matuidi now a Juventus player, only Javier Pastore remains from Antoine Kombouare's Paris Saint-Germain squad at the start of the 2011-12 season, which marked the beginning of the Qatari era at Parc des Princes. (Alphonse Areola does not count because he did not make an appearance, while Thiago Motta joined in January 2012.) Signed at the same time as Jeremy Menez and just as Oryx Qatar Sports Investments took over in the French capital -- the two deals were actually in place...

Portugal not proving a springboard to Europe's elite clubs for Mexico stars

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:51:00 PDT

Sebi Salazar joins the guys to talk Rafa Marquez and the lack of Mexican stars in MLS. Bradley Wright-Phillips calls in to discuss his big season, Kaka's red card and more. A team made up of players picked up and sold on for profit by Portuguese giant Porto in recent years would take some beating. The lineup would include the likes of Pepe, Nicolas Otamendi, Danilo, Alex Sandro, James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Eliaquim Mangala, Jackson Martinez and, if you go back a few years, Deco. All were born outside of Portugal, bought by Porto, given a window to shine and moved on to bigger clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. So when...

LA Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos was 'not even close' to joining America

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Get to know LA Galaxy's newest signing Jonathan dos Santos on a bit more of a personal level. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno shares his thoughts on the LA Galaxy's signing of Jonathan dos Santos. Jonathan dos Santos has refuted reports that he was close to signing with Club America or used the Mexican team to influence his deal with the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy's newest designated player completed his move from Villarreal last month and made his debut as a substitute on Aug. 6, before starting in a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC on Saturday night. And though he acknowledged some talks took place with America, he told ESPN's One Nacion that a move was never realistic. "Not even close,"...

Orlando faces Columbus in six-pointer; Toronto can pile on Chicago woe

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:36:00 PDT

Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predicting the latest high-profile MLS fixtures in Week 24. Jason Davis highlights three matches worth keeping an eye on across Major League Soccer this weekend. Orlando and Columbus' crucial showdown In the parlance of MLS, this one is what's called a "playoff six-pointer." Columbus Crew SC currently has a tenuous grasp on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The men in yellow occupy fifth place but are just two points up on Montreal Impact, in seventh, and have played two more games. With less than 10 games to go, Gregg Berhalter's team needs...

Kelechi Iheanacho sees specialist over toe injury

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:13:00 PDT

Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has visited a specialist as he continues to struggle with a toe complaint. The Nigerian international, a £25million summer signing from Manchester City, sustained the injury at the beginning of this month in Leicester's final pre-season friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach. He still made his full debut for the Foxes last week as they got their Premier League campaign underway against Arsenal, lasting 82 minutes of the 4-3 defeat at the Emirates Stadium. However,...

Chelsea's conflicting priorities sabotage club's long-term success

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:13:00 PDT

Alison Bender and Liam Twomey look back on the latest from Antonio Conte, as he endures a tough start to the season. There is not a single doubt that Roman Abramovich's reign as owner has seen the fortunes of Chelsea Football Club soar to unknown heights. Every conceivable trophy has been won while the club's global profile has been elevated to sit among the cream of football's aristocracy. But no relationship is without its flaws and one of the common threads throughout the last 14 years has been the quest for something beyond merely winning. After Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to their first English title in half...

Amid Barcelona's transition, Messi is more important than ever before

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:12:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel assess how Luis Suarez's absence with affect Barcelona's formation and tactics as La Liga commences. Steve Nicol and Sid Lowe discuss Barcelona's transfer needs as the club continue to pursue Coutinho and Dembele. For the first time as a Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique admits he feels inferior to Real Madrid after their Super Cup defeat. The guys answer your tweets on Barcelona's needs and wants and if Ernesto Valverde is merely a placeholder coach. Lionel Messi admits that there is a simple trick he tries when the going gets tough and the game is slipping away. He looks for Andres Iniesta and says: "come closer." On Wednesday night, as Real Madrid overran Barcelona, he couldn't -- Iniesta was 600km away, injured - and, when the league campaign begins on Sunday evening at home to Betis, he won't be able to either. Messi won't see his teammate unless he glances to the stands. Nor will he see Luis Suárez, who has a knee problem. And as for...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken team to next level - Kelly

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:31:00 PDT

Jurgen Klopp reveals a helpful bit of advice from Huddersfield's David Wagner on how to beat Crystal Palace. Former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly believes Jurgen Klopp has taken Liverpool to the "next level." Kelly, preparing to return to Anfield with Crystal Palace at the weekend, came through the ranks at Liverpool's Kirkby academy and made 62 first-team appearances before joining Palace in 2014. He said he had been impressed by what he had seen since Klopp took over in October 2015 and told the official Liverpool website: "I think you can see the change Klopp's made. "He's taken the team and the brand...

Pep Guardiola wants Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to be more clinical

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:21:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says he has not yet seen in an improvement from his forwards after criticising their lack of ruthlessness last season. His Manchester City side kicked off the season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton, but they missed a number of chances before Sergio Aguero -- who was partnered up front by Gabriel Jesus -- and a Lewis Dunk own goal settled matters. They also missed a hatful of chances in the 3-0 preseason victory over Tottenham, and Guardiola told a news conference ahead...

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