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Kane sluggish as Spurs held

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:40:00 PDT

Harry Kane didn't look his usual self as Brighton held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw. Spurs moved eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, while a Maty Ryan inspired Brighton went eight clear of the relegation zone. Dan Kilpatrick &#187

England defender Kyle Walker: We need miracle to win World Cup

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:39:00 PDT

Brazil forward Neymar expects Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to be among those who impress at this summer's World Cup in Russia. Kyle Walker says that England need to be a realistic about how far they can go at the World Cup this summer and first need to concentrate on getting out of a group that includes Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. After impressing for Manchester City this season and being named in the PFA Team of the Year, Walker is set to be a key figure for England at Russia 2018. But the right-back insists that the squad are still lacking in big-game experience. "I hope we can go as far as we can go, but we need to...

Chelsea's Antonio Conte: No rift with Antonio Rudiger after benching

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:52:00 PDT

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien reflects on the Blues' 2017-18 season and his days playing at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's Antonio Conte sheds light on the message he gave to his team at half time to spur the Blues' comeback at Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. LONDON -- Antonio Conte dismissed suggestions of a rift with Antonio Rudiger and insisted the Germany international remains in contention to play for Chelsea until the end of the season. Rudiger was a surprise omission from Conte's matchday squad in Saturday's 3-2 win over Southampton, with the Italian afterwards stating that Rudiger's omission was a "tactical decision" and declining to explain further. This week, Rudiger admitted that he was "probably" dropped for criticising Chelsea's tactical...

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: Criticism only made to 'sell newspapers'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:47:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are showing no signs of sadness despite questions concerning their futures with Real Madrid. Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema told the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair that media critics of his goalscoring record use great players to sell newspapers and thanked club president Florentino Perez for his continued support. Benzema has had an uneasy relationship with Bernabeu fans and pundits during his nine seasons in Spain and has again been criticised regularly during a season in which he has scored just nine times in 38 games across all competitions. Having not found the net in open play...

Sam Allardyce savaged as Everton fans voice fury after miserable campaign

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:46:00 PDT

Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. A wide-ranging survey sent by Everton to supporters caused quite the frenzy since its release on Tuesday. Topics ranged from media portrayal of Everton to reasons for supporting the club, touching on the role played by international supporters. These surveys are commonplace as Everton often seek the views of fans but this one has attracted attention due to questions relating to the direction of the club and matters on the pitch. Each question needed a rating from 0 to 10, with 0 signalling...

Tottenham plan new move for Leicester's Demarai Gray - sources

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:26:00 PDT

Mauricio Pochettino looks back on Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Brighton, as they fight to remain in the top four. Harry Kane breaks down how a tactical switch in the second half helped him get on the ball more and score in Tottenham's draw at Brighton. Tottenham Hotspur are considering another move for Leicester City winger Demarai Gray in the summer, sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC. Spurs expressed an interest in Gray last summer, but Leicester refused to consider offers and boss Mauricio Pochettino has continued to keep an eye on his situation at the King Power Stadium. Gray has made 14 starts in the Premier League this season, with another 16 coming off the bench. The 21-year-old, who has contributed four goals and three...

Premier League PFA Team of the Year Alternative XI: Ederson, Firmino included

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:23:00 PDT

With Mohamed Salah a strong favourite for the PFA Player of the Year, the FC crew direct their attention to the Young Player of the Year award. The PFA Premier League team of the year is out. But which players can consider themselves unlucky not to have made the final XI? GK: Ederson. Surely the player more than any other who turned City around. His passing and distribution mark him out, and would be an easy choice but for David De Gea. RB: Cesar Azpilicueta. The one shining light from Chelsea's terrible Premier League title defence and the one player in the squad who looks like he wants to fight for every ball. CB: James Tarkowski. Quite...

WATCH: Furious player pushes own manager

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:15:43 PDT

Thiago dos Santos of Bolivian side Nacional Potosi reacted violently towards his manager after being substituted during a league match with Sport Boys.

Manchester City, Pep Guardiola still chasing history after winning title

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:54:00 PDT

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. Joleon Lescott talks about Manchester City's new generation and what to expect from Pep Guardiola in the coming seasons. So, what now for Manchester City after the early conclusion to their quest for a third Premier League title? It seems reasonable to expect any side coached by Pep Guardiola to maintain the same level of performance through to the end of the season. There are several reasons why this is almost certain to happen. First, in respect to the other clubs in the league and especially those still struggling to conclude their own seasons positively, City must not back off. All five of City's remaining games...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives motivational message to club's fans

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:51:00 PDT

Watch the video below and it's gives a slight indication as to why footballers are often so quick to buy in to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's methods. The charismatic German is the voice over on a video published this week entitled "We Are Liverpool: This Means More," delivering a motivational message for fans. "They have a stadium, we have a home. They have songs, we have an anthem. They have a manager, we have a guardian. They have supporters, we are a family. We are Liverpool," the manager...

PSG chasing history in Ligue 1 but title success comes under a UCL cloud

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:51:00 PDT

With Thomas Tuchel rumoured to the top choice to take over at PSG, the ESPN FC guys question if he has what it takes to succeed in the French capital. Javier Pastore is happy PSG reclaimed the French Ligue 1 title, thrashing the defending champions Monaco 7-1 at the Parc des Princes.  It might not feel like it, but this season could still turn out to be the best ever for Paris Saint-Germain. Better than any other at the club during the Zlatan Ibrahimovic years; even the best for any team in the history of French football. Yet, last Sunday when PSG were crowned champions for the fifth time in the last six seasons (and seventh in total) after the 7-1 demolition of Monaco, the atmosphere in the Parc des Princes was flat. This was mostly, it has to be said, because some members of...

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is special because of his selflessness - Dirk Kuyt

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:50:00 PDT

The guys respond to your tweets about the Premier League manager of the year, Andres Iniesta and whether they'd take Mohamed Salah or Neymar. Stevie Nicol and Ross Dyer recap the latest in the Premier League relegation scrap, another Mo Salah masterclass and more from Saturday's action. Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has said Roberto Firmino is a "special" player because of his ability to score goals and willingness to create chances for his teammates. Firmino's 25 goal in all competitions this season is the best total of his career to date, and the Brazil international has also contributed 14 assists. Kuyt, a tireless worker during his time at Anfield, saluted the selflessness of Firmino, who he said prioritises the team over individual accolades. "He has his own style and...

Neymar positive on World Cup fitness

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:34:13 PDT

Following the first surgery of his career, Neymar is positive he will be in good shape for the start of the World Cup in June.

Manchester City's Ederson has had 'almost perfect year' after Premier League win

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:21:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Joleon Lescott talks about Manchester City's new generation and what to expect from Pep Guardiola in the coming seasons. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. Ederson said he has had "almost a perfect year" after Manchester City clinched the Premier League title. The City goalkeeper joined in the summer and has been part of a record-breaking season that also saw the club win the Carabao Cup. Ederson made his debut for Brazil in October, while the 24-year-old has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award. City have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and the former Benfica player is one clean sheet behind Manchester United's David...

Vipers title dream fuelled by SC Villa triumph - Da Costa

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:16:00 PDT

Vipers Sports Club coach Miguel Da Costa believes his team can go onto claim the Uganda Premier League title after beating rivals SC Villa on Tuesday. In-form Dan Sserunkuma scored the only goal of the game in the title showdown to take Vipers to 46 points, three behind SC Villa who have played a game more. Vipers have a goal difference of +15 compared to Villa's +16, but coach Da Costa believes they'll have the edge as the title race comes down to the wire. "As a coach I am happy my title ambitions...

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