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

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:59:00 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...

James Rodriguez's big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:36:00 GMT

Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993. At the time this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the Colombian professional game up and running. Argentine coaches were given pride of place. That Colombia side was coached by a Colombian, Francisco Maturana, who did much to put his country's football on the global map,...

Liverpool's Firmino, Lovren absent from training ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:07:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. LIVERPOOL, England -- Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren were both absent from training on Monday afternoon ahead of Liverpool's Champions League round-of-16 tie with Bayern Munich. A source has told ESPN FC that Firmino was absent from the session at Melwood due to a virus. The Brazil international has played in every single one of Liverpool's matches this season, scoring 11 times in 34 appearances. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. 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 - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Lovren, meanwhile, has not featured for Jurgen Klopp's side since injuring his hamstring in January. Before...

Liverpool stars prepare for Bayern Munich clash by getting stuck in elevator

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 04:30:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. With a massive Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at Anfield on the cards this week, Liverpool could probably have done without any slapstick mishaps in the build-up. However, as shared by Dejan Lovren on Instagram, it would appear that several of the Reds' first-team players had the misfortune of getting trapped in a broken elevator together on Sunday afternoon. Lovren posted a video of himself, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino...

Manchester City's Kompany set for one-year deal on lower wages - sources

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:39:00 GMT

Phil Foden and Manchester City put an end to Newport County's FA Cup run, beating the League Two side at Rodney Parade to reach the quarterfinals. Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out. It's Fashion Week and Kevin De Bruyne is given the tough task of rating the fashion sense of his Manchester City teammates. Vincent Kompany is set to earn a new one-year contract extension at Manchester City, sources have told ESPN FC. The City captain's contract runs out at the end of the season but talks have been ongoing over a new 12-month deal. 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! Kompany has made just 14 appearances this term and is in his testimonial season, having joined in 2008. The 32-year-old is keen to stay at the club but will have to accept terms on lower wages. The Belgium international showed his experience by marshalling the defence...

Joao Felix remaining calm amid Manchester United links - Benfica coach

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:19:00 GMT

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. Joao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and is reportedly interesting Manchester United, "has his feet firmly on the ground," Benfica coach Bruno Lage has said. Felix, promoted to Benfica's first team at the start of the season, has scored seven goals and set up three more in 13 league appearances. Diario AS has reported that United are prepared to offer £100 million for the 19-year-old, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also monitoring him. 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! "Joao is a youngster with...

Liverpool favourites against Bayern, shows progress under Klopp - Grujic

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:44:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including Liverpool and Man City's big wins, a thrilling Madrid derby and much more. BERLIN, Germany -- Marko Grujic has said Liverpool's favourites tag against Bayern Munich in the Champions League highlights the progress made under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool, last season's finalists in the competition, meet the Bundesliga champions in the round of 16 first leg at Anfield on Tuesday. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. 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 - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news And Grujic, who is spending the season on loan at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool, said the reputation of Klopp's side is now much different to when he signed in January 2016. "It's changed," the midfielder...

Saudi Arabia takeover of Manchester United not in pipeline - chief

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:06:00 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. Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom's government has said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with the Premier League giants The Sun reported Prince Mohammad was stepping up a bid over the weekend but Saudi media minister Turki Al-Shabanah has distanced the country from a takeover. Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false. Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity . No deal has been materialized.— *1CJ 'D4('FG (@TurkiAlshabanah) 17 February 2019 "Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false," Al-Shabanah...

Man United's Sanchez can restore confidence with goal at Chelsea - Solskjaer

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:30:00 GMT

The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. Craig Burley calls Manchester United's 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United's first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Mark Ogden and Julien Laurens examine the different directions Manchester United and PSG have gone in leading up to the last 16 of the Champions League. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Alexis Sanchez has suffered from a loss of confidence but backed him to come good. Sanchez has managed just five goals in over a year and found himself on the fringes of the team since Solskjaer was appointed in December. But injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will give the 30-year-old a chance to start in Monday's FA Cup fifth round clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (live on ESPN+ at 11:30 a.m....

Sarri needs time to thrive at Chelsea as Guardiola did at City - Zola

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:30:00 GMT

Stewart Robson reignites his criticism of Jorginho, calling him a liability in Chelsea's midfield as the Blues' struggles persist. The FC guys answer your tweets on the best club to invest in outside the Premier League top six, N'Golo Kante's positioning for Chelsea and more. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden explains why he doesn't see a future for Maurizio Sarri and his style of play at Chelsea. 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. LONDON -- Pep Guardiola's success after early difficulties at Manchester City should encourage Chelsea to give Maurizio Sarri time, his assistant Gianfranco Zola has said. Three defeats in four Premier League games -- culminating in last weekend's 6-0 humiliation at City -- have put Sarri under pressure to reinvigorate Chelsea's faltering challenge for a top-four finish. Guardiola defended Sarri after the match at the Etihad Stadium, and Zola suggested City's Premier League title triumph last season...

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...

Argentines pay tribute to Sala at special memorial

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 05:49:00 GMT

Neil Warnock reveals he had the chance to speak with Emiliano Sala's mother the evening before his funeral services and says there are "what ifs" that will linger. A period of silence was held to remember the life of Emiliano Sala before kick-off between Southampton and Cardiff at St. Mary's. Tributes were paid to footballer Emiliano Sala on Saturday at a special memorial in his home region of Santa Fe, Argentina. The body of the 28-year old, who died in a plane crash last month, was laid out in a gymnasium in the town where he grew up so friends and family could pay their last respects. 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! A single-engine plane carrying Sala from his French club Nantes to his new team Cardiff City crashed on Jan. 21 in the English Channel, before he could make his debut for the Premier League side. Wreckage...

For Liverpool and Man City, beating the 'low block' could be decisive in tight title race

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 05:06:00 GMT

Despite Manchester City's strong run of form, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why Liverpool remain his favourites to win the Premier League title. The 2018-19 Premier League season offers the most intriguing title battle in many years, yet unfortunately, we won't witness a genuine title-decider between Liverpool and Manchester City. The two contenders have already played each other twice -- a boring goalless draw at Anfield early in the season, and then a 2-1 City win at the start of January. Instead, the title might be decided by which team is better at breaking down minnows who are deploying a low block. The phrase "low block" has...

Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Manchester United dugout for charity match

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:23:00 GMT

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. The FC crew assess Paul Pogba's performance before his red card against PSG and why he didn't play to the level he has demonstrated in recent weeks. Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out. Craig Burley calls Manchester United's 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United's first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Sir Alex Ferguson will return to the Manchester United dugout&nbsp;for the first time since undergoing&nbsp;emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage when he takes charge of a United side in a charity match to mark the 20th anniversary of the club's Treble win. Ferguson -- who ended his reign as United manager in 2013 -- will guide a side likely to consist of club legends against Bayern Munich, who United beat to win the 1999 Champions League, in a game that will raise funds for Manchester United...

ESPN FC Best of the Week

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:46:55 GMT

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk.

Emiliano Sala's body arrives in Argentina for weekend wake and burial

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:19:00 GMT

A period of silence was held to remember the life of Emiliano Sala before kick-off between Southampton and Cardiff at St. Mary's. The body of footballer Emiliano Sala arrived in Argentina on Friday, ahead of this weekend's wake and burial in his home town. TV pictures showed a van carrying the body being slowly escorted out of the Buenos Aires airport by police vehicles. The body is being driven to Progreso, around 538 kilometres (334 miles) northwest of the capital Buenos Aires, for a vigil and wake. Sala, 28, had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 with pilot&nbsp;David Ibbotson...


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