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Mourinho thwarting Pogba

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:10:00 PST

Paul Pogba's recent struggles have led to talk of a Manchester United exit. And while Jose Mourinho flatly denies the midfielder will leave Old Trafford, a shift in tactics is needed to get his world-class star back on track. Scott Patterson &#187

Inter Milan to be without Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi against Genoa

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:27:00 PST

Inter Milan will be without their attacking duo on Saturday. Inter Milan duo Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi will not be available for their side's Serie A game against Genoa on Saturday. Perisic, who was a target of Manchester United last summer, has a reported shoulder injury. Leading scorer Icardi, who has missed Inter's past two matches, remains out due to a muscular injury. "Icardi and Perisic are players we always want to have in the group," manager Luciano Spalletti said to a news conference. "We did some tests but they hadn't recovered enough in training...

Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon: Crying makes me 'feel human'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:39:00 PST

All seemed lost for Tottenham after 10 minutes, but Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen dragged Spurs back from a two-goal deficit to take control of the tie heading back to Wembley. ESPN FC's Paul Mariner takes a look at the latest transfer rumours surrounding the likes of Jack Wilshere, Emre Can, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more. Gianluigi Buffon has no issue being in touch with his softer side and has admitted that crying makes him "feel human." The 40-year-old Juventus and Italy legend famously shed tears after the Azzurri were eliminated by Sweden in World Cup qualifying late last year. A World Cup winner and eight-time Serie A champion, the former Parma goalkeeper has been no stranger to big disappointment either. And he spoke about his emotions recently. Gianluigi Buffon is no stranger to tears. "I cry often and I cry alone. Crying helps -- it frees you...

LAFC nearing a deal for Sporting Braga midfielder Andre Horta - source

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:34:00 PST

Carlos Vela joins the FC crew to talk about leaving Europe to join MLS expansion team LAFC, the brewing rivalry with LA Galaxy and Mexico's World Cup outlook. Omar Gaber describes the special relationship he has with LAFC coach Bob Bradley and how it played a role in the Egyptian international's move to MLS. Los Angeles FC is moving closer to securing the services of Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. Horta, 21, is currently on loan to Sporting Braga from reigning Portuguese champions Benfica. Horta has made a total of 16 league and cup appearances this season, scoring one goal. He began his professional career with Vitoria Setubal in 2014, appearing 43 times over two seasons and scoring two goals. He moved to Benfica prior to the start of the...

Riyad Mahrez's Leicester saga 'behind us', says boss Claude Puel

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:52:00 PST

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined for Leicester's only goal to lift the Foxes over Sheffield United and into the FA Cup quarterfinals. Claude Puel insists the Riyad Mahrez saga was put to bed once and for all with the reception the midfielder received from the Leicester fans on Friday night. Mahrez made his return to the starting line-up - and was back at the King Power Stadium - for the first time since going AWOL after the collapse of his proposed transfer to Manchester City. The Algerian received warm applause from the home supporters when his name was announced before the FA Cup fifth round tie against Sheffield United, and...

San Jose Earthquakes part ways with DP Simon Dawkins

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:13:00 PST

Simon Dawkins has been placed on waivers. The San Jose Earthquakes parted ways with designated player Simon Dawkins on Friday. Dawkins signed a DP contract in 2016 but only scored five goals in 43 games and only played three times after Dominic Kinnear was fired in June. In buying out Dawkins' guaranteed contract for 2018, the Earthquakes free up a DP slot for Swedish striker Magnus Eriksson, who joined the team in December.

ESPN FC Best of the Week

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:12:17 PST

Stevie Nicol takes centre stage once again in our recap of the best moments of the week on the ESPN FC set.

Alonso in, Bakayoko out against Barcelona, says Chelsea's Conte

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:10:00 PST

Antonio Conte says Willian's two-goal night in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Hull City adds to the difficulty of choosing the best lineup to face Barcelona. The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another instant classic. A brace from Willian and Olivier Giroud's first goal for the club highlighted Chelsea's dominant victory over Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal. LONDON -- Antonio Conte revealed that Marcos Alonso will be fit for Chelsea's clash with Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16, but Tiemoue Bakayoko is out. Alonso has missed Chelsea's last two Premier League matches and was rested for Friday's 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round, having sustained a minor hamstring injury followed by a kick to the ankle in training. Bakayoko, meanwhile, has not been seen since being sent off 30 minutes into a nightmare performance against Watford...

Athletic Bilbao clear Ager Aketxe to complete move to MLS

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:10:00 PST

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that Ager Aketxe is set to move to Major League Soccer and terminated the midfielder's contract on Friday. Aketxe has been heavily linked with a move to Toronto FC in recent days, though the Spanish club did not specify Aketxe's destination within MLS. The 24-year-old has made 12 appearances in all competions for Athletic this season, but none since December. He was most commonly used as a substitute in the Europa League, and he also started two matches in the Copa...

Chris Hughton wary of FA Cup shock against Coventry

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:36:00 PST

Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol argue about their picks for the Premier League team of the weekend, despite agreeing on several players. Brighton boss Chris Hughton wants to avoid another painful FA Cup shock at the hands of Coventry. Former defender Hughton was targeting his third winner's medal as a Tottenham player when their star-studded team suffered a surprise 3-2 extra-time defeat to the unfancied Sky Blues in the 1987 final at Wembley. His Premier League team are even stronger favourites for Saturday's fifth-round clash, with Coventry now in League Two and currently 63 places below Brighton in the football pyramid. Victory...

Rashford, Herrera 'have a chance' to face Sevilla - Mourinho

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:30:00 PST

The ESPN FC panel welcome in French correspondent Julien Laurens to sort out the latest report alleging Paul Pogba regrets his return to Manchester United. MANCHESTER -- Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera are in with a chance of being fit for Manchester United's Champions League clash with Sevilla next week, according to Jose Mourinho. The pair will miss Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Huddersfield but could feature in the last-16 first-leg tie in Spain on Wednesday if they recover from their respective muscle injuries. Rashford missed the defeat to Newcastle with a hip problem while Herrera has missed the past two games with a thigh injury. Meanwhile,...

Ryan Mason feels 'lucky' despite career-ending injury

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:09:00 PST

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins pays tribute to midfielder Ryan Mason who has announced his retirement after fracturing his skull in January 2017. Ryan Mason feels "lucky to be here" and admits the knowledge that playing football again could risk his life has helped him accept the early end to his career. Mason announced his retirement from playing earlier this week, just under 13 months on from suffering a fractured skull in a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea defender Cary Cahill. The 26-year-old former Hull and Tottenham midfielder, who won one England cap, told BBC Radio Five Live on Friday: "It's been quite sad and emotional but at...

Monaco rout Dijon to move into second in Ligue 1

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:59:00 PST

AS Monaco Dijon FCO 4 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Monaco solidified second position in Ligue 1 with a 4-0 rout of Dijon on Friday night at the Stade Louis II stadium. Goals from Keita Balde, Fabinho, Rony Lopes and Kamil Glik earned a comfortable victory which moves them four points ahead of Marseille, who play on Sunday. Monaco had already threatened by the time Balde opened the scoring in the 13th minute as the Senegal international converted Djibril Sidibe's centre to mark his return from suspension with a goal. Fabinho doubled the lead in the...

Vardy goal gets Leicester past Sheffield United, into FA Cup quarters

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:57:00 PST

Leicester City Sheffield United 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined for Leicester's only goal to lift the Foxes over Sheffield United and into the FA Cup quarterfinals. Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy put the Blades to the sword as Leicester knocked Sheffield United out of the FA Cup. Sheffield-born Vardy, released by the club he supports at the age of 16, had been the target of "Owls reject'' taunts by the visiting supporters, but he had the last laugh when he headed the only goal of the game after 66 minutes. The fifth-round tie was the first game the striker had started in this season's competition, having previously played just 10 minutes of the replay...

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