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Valencia v Real Madrid – story of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real Madrid posted an emphatic 4-1 victory over Valencia and eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane. Zidane’s position as coach has come under intense scrutiny, with Real languishing fourth in LaLiga, but his side rose to the occasion at the Mestalla to secure a morale-boosting win. Ronaldo twice converted…
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Arsenal to top Europa League group despite defeat in Cologne

Arsenal fell to defeat at Cologne on Thursday night but will still progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group H winners. An uninspiring evening at the impressive RheinEnergieStadion saw Bundesliga’s bottom club secure a 1-0 win through Sehrou Guirassy’s second-half penalty to keep their own qualification hopes alive. On the back…
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Chelsea’s performances keeping Antonio Conte awake

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is struggling to sleep. The Blues’ schedule means Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Newcastle is their eighth of nine games in January. And so far Chelsea have won just one of those fixtures, last weekend’s Premier League victory at Brighton, while they squeezed by Norwich on penalties in a…
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Return of key men will give Reds platform to build on, says Mignolet

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the squad have handled the absence of key players Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana well and their impending comeback after the international break provides a chance to kick on. Mane played 77 minutes in Sunday’s 4-1 win over West Ham, his first appearance in a month after a…
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No deal – Watford will not listen to offers for Marco Silva

Watford are unwilling to release Marco Silva to Everton at any price, sources close to the Hertfordshire club say. Reports on Sunday suggest the Merseysiders are preparing to make an increased offer to the Hornets to secure the highly-rated Portuguese boss, as they seek a successor for Ronald Koeman. But it is understood Watford are…
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Conte quiet over Hazard future after claims he rejected new contract

Antonio Conte refused to discuss Eden Hazard’s future despite claims from his father that he has rejected a new contract at Chelsea. Hazard’s father Thierry has told Belgian newspaper Le Soir that the offer of a new deal was turned down because of “interest” from Real Madrid. Chelsea insist no new contract offer has been…
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Henderson hails team performance after five-goal Liverpool win

Captain Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool are greater than the sum of their parts and that is why they can absorb the loss of Philippe Coutinho. So far Jurgen Klopp’s side have not truly missed the Brazil international since his £142million January move to Barcelona. There may come a time when that is not true but…
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Philippe Coutinho to complete move to Barcelona – reports

Barcelona appear to have finally succeeded in their long pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Reports in both Spain and the UK suggest a British record fee of £142million – with £105m up front – has been agreed for the Brazil international. That would be a considerable increase on the £118m which the Catalan club…
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Watford boss Marco Silva refuses to discuss Everton rumours

Watford manager Marco Silva once again refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the vacant Everton job. The Portuguese coach is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, although the Hornets are reportedly unwilling to let him leave. Silva has said very little about…
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Chelsea midfielder Kenedy undergoes medical at Newcastle

Chelsea midfielder Kenedy was undergoing a medical on Tyneside on Tuesday morning as he closed in on a loan move to Newcastle, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old Brazilian headed for the north-east on Monday night after being given the green light to do so by manager Antonio Conte. Should the deal go through as…
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Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus returns to training

Gabriel Jesus has returned to full training with Manchester City as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury. The Brazil striker has been out since suffering ligament damage in the Premier League leaders’ goalless draw at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve. There were hopes the 20-year might have been fit to play…
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Preview – England v Germany FP’s top 5 talking points

England face Germany at Wembley on Friday in what is a first friendly for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions since qualifying for next summer’s World Cup. Here, Football Paradise looks at some talking points ahead of the game. Who will play for England? Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in line to make his England debut against Germany (Mike…
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Bodvarsson’s the Dadi for Reading as his hat-trick sinks Stevenage

Striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson helped himself to a hat-trick as Sky Bet Championship strugglers Reading eased to a 3-0 victory over League Two Stevenage in their FA Cup third-round replay. The Iceland international scored a volley, a header and a second-half tap-in to earn a fourth-round tie at Sheffield Wednesday. Though Stevenage impressed early on,…
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Bradley Lowery to be honoured at BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Bradley Lowery is to be honoured posthumously with the Helen Rollason award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. The parents of the Sunderland fan, who died in July aged six, will be presented with the award on stage at Sunday night’s ceremony in Liverpool. Lowery suffered from neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – from…
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Jose Mourinho refuses to rule out major signing in January transfer window

Manchester United are prepared to do business in this transfer window rather than wait until the summer should a “fantastic opportunity” arise, according to Jose Mourinho. Two weeks ago Mourinho thought it was unlikely there would be any arrivals at Old Trafford in January but Alexis Sanchez’s apparent availability may have changed all that. The…
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I can kick-start Swans revival, says caretaker boss Leon Britton

Leon Britton has expressed his confidence that he can have a positive impact on Swansea’s players as caretaker boss. The 35-year-old was handed the role after Paul Clement’s sacking earlier this week and will be in charge for the Premier League basement boys’ home clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Long-serving midfielder Britton, who became…
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Bayern Munich win 13th straight after late Lewandowski winner

A last-gasp Robert Lewandowski penalty helped Bayern Munich come from behind to extend their winning run to 13 games in all competitions with a 2-1 triumph at Wolfsburg. Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes made eight changes to his side following a bout of flu in the Bayern camp and in preparation for Tuesday’s Champions League last…
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Conte backs Blues to upset the odds after Barcelona draw

Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea to achieve something “incredible” against Barcelona at the Nou [...]

God Is Round: Why Football Writing Matters

Citing the examples, anecdotes & words of Coltrane, Van Gogh, Chesterton, Einstein, Mondrian, Cruyff and [...]

Chelsea 1 v Barcelona 1 – story of the match

Lionel Messi broke his goal duck against Chelsea to deny Antonio Conte’s side a crucial [...]

Chelsea 1 v Barcelona 1 – story of the match

Lionel Messi broke his goal duck against Chelsea to deny Antonio Conte’s side a crucial [...]

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