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Bright future after failure for Italy?

Published: November 14, 2017

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Italy’s World Cup miss will linger for some time but there are reasons for hope. Assuming Gian Piero Ventura steps aside for a new manager, the talent pool is deeper than ever and can bring the Azzurri back into the elite.


Real aren’t in crisis yet, but Zinedine Zidane needs to halt the slide quickly

Published: November 2, 2017

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Real Madrid have now lost two straight games in all competitions, and while that may prompt some to view it as a cataclysmic event, in


Spurs punished Liverpool lapses

Published: October 23, 2017

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Sunday displayed the strengths of Tottenham and Liverpool’s weaknesses.


No more excuses for Liverpool

Published: September 25, 2017

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Jurgen Klopp knows what’s wrong: his leaky defence just needs to execute. PLUS: Is man-marking Lionel Messi the way to slow Barcelona down


Mbappe, PSG and FFP

Published: September 1, 2017

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UEFA will investigate Kylian Mbappe’s transfer; do PSG have the answers? Meanwhile, how will he fit into a team that is chasing Champions League glory


Liverpool joy, Arsenal woe

Published: August 28, 2017

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The hosts got everything right at Anfield; the visitors had another day to forget. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Valencia played out a classic and there’s optimism on both sides of Milan.


Champions League draw takeaways

Published: August 24, 2017

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From Guardiola vs. Sarri to the Costa derby, the draw has a bit of everything. Embattled Barcelona got a break, while there were contrasting fortunes for the north and south of England.


Vindication for Conte?

Published: August 21, 2017

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Under-fire Chelsea boss Antonio Conte got it right in Sunday’s win at Spurs. PLUS: Neymar’s home debut in Ligue 1 was an event to remember and Barcelona’s president is facing some serious pressure. Marcotti’s Musings »


What was Ronaldo thinking?

Published: August 14, 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Super Cup dismissal was stupid, but showed he’s human. Plus: Nemanja Matic might well be a game-changer for Man United and Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut went as well as you’d expect. Marcotti’s Musings »


Neymar’s move: The fallout

Published: August 3, 2017

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What impact does Neymar’s record transfer have on the parties involved? Barcelona should not panic, while PSG must get the most from their new star. Meanwhile, the man himself must rise to his own challenge


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