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  • Chelsea squad under Sarri react differently than teams in my day - Zola

    Sat, 16 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. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden explains why he doesn't see a future for Maurizio Sarri and his style of play at Chelsea. LONDON -- Gianfranco Zola has said that this Chelsea squad reacts differently to defeat than the teams he played in during his time at Stamford Bridge, but insisted that Maurizio Sarri remains confident of teaching them to respond in the way he wants. Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Malmo in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, but questions about the resilience of Sarri's group of players and whether his style can work at Stamford Bridge persist in light of last weekend's...
  • Manchester City's 'brilliant' Foden faces fight for regular spot - Guardiola

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:23:00 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. Pep Guardiola hailed "brilliant" Phil Foden for his starring role in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Newport County but warned he faces a fight to become a Manchester City regular. The 18-year-old scored twice as City overcame a difficult pitch to knock out the League Two side to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. "The only problem I have with Phil is one, he has to compete with Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Bernardo Silva," Guardiola told a news conference. 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! "He's a player who...
  • Barcelona earn ugly win against Real Valladolid with Messi penalty

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:08:11 GMT Barcelona Real Valladolid 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Lionel Messi made just one of his two penatly opportunities, but that was all Barcelona needed to secure three points at Estadio José Zorrilla. Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed another as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday to open up a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga. The Catalans played far below their vibrant best but were not troubled by the visitors at the Nou Camp as they ended a run of three consecutive draws in all competitions. Ousmane Dembele was handed his first start after injury, and loan signing Kevin-Prince Boateng featured for only the second time since joining in January as Ernesto Valverde rested...
  • Manchester United had unhealthy atmosphere under Mourinho - Sanchez

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:55:00 GMT 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. Alexis Sanchez claimed that the atmosphere at Manchester United wasn't healthy under Jose Mourinho, with the Chilean saying that players "lost confidence" because of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager's methods. Sanchez, signed by Mourinho from Arsenal in January 2018, is a doubt for Monday's FA Cup fifth round clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (live on ESPN+ at 11:30 a.m. ET) after being injured in a collision with an assistant referee during last week's 2-0 Champions League defeat...
  • AC Milan beat Atalanta as January signing Piatek nets twice

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:49:06 GMT Atalanta AC Milan 1 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Two more goals from Krzysztof Piatek helped Milan pick up a big win against regional rivals Atalanta in the race for fourth in Serie A. Two goals from Krzysztof Piatek helped AC Milan come from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 away in Serie A and move four points clear in fourth place on Saturday. Piatek cancelled out Remo Freuler's first-half opener with goals either side of half-time to take his tally at Milan to six in five games since joining from Genoa in January, with Hakan Calhanoglu also finding the net between the Pole's two strikes. The result could prove significant in the Champions League race with just one point having separated...
 
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