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Inzaghi insists Inter must keep going after Lautaro’s Coppa Italia-winning brace

Two goals in eight first-half minutes by in-form forward Lautaro Martinez saw Inter recover from an early setback to topple Fiorentina in yesterday’s Coppa Italia Final. Naturally, their chairman Steven Zhang has publicly praised their growing big-game mentality though head coach Simone Inzaghi stressed a desire for his side to maintain this red-hot form before Istanbul on June 10. Continue reading “Inzaghi insists Inter must keep going after Lautaro’s Coppa Italia-winning brace”

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Istanbul bound: City composed in 4-0 Real rout, as a pivotal three weeks now beckon

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Manchester...

Premier League champions Manchester City banished their demons from twelve months ago, avenging a painful collapse against Real Madrid with a 4-0 (5-1 aggregate) win over the Champions League holders on Wednesday, earning a date with Serie A giants Inter Milan for the Istanbul final on June 10. Five games in 20 days across three competitions between now and then, what’s next?
Continue reading “Istanbul bound: City composed in 4-0 Real rout, as a pivotal three weeks now beckon”

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Pioli staying positive as Milan look to overturn UCL semi-final deficit tomorrow

Head coach AC Milan Stefano Pioli and Rafael Leao of AC Milan look on during training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second...

Many are unconvinced after watching last Wednesday unfold the way it did. However, Milan boss Stefano Pioli remains steadfast in his belief they can pull off an unlikely comeback with a two-goal deficit to overturn tomorrow vs. their arch-rivals Inter, as a Champions League Final berth dangles in the balance. Continue reading “Pioli staying positive as Milan look to overturn UCL semi-final deficit tomorrow”

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Milan 0-2 Inter: Dzeko, Mkhitaryan strikes stun Rossoneri in UCL semi-final first leg

Edin Dzeko of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg...

Two goals in three first-half minutes saw Simone Inzaghi’s disciplined Inter side seize a valuable cushion heading into next Tuesday’s second leg, as Edin Dzeko’s venomous volley and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s composed finish exposed Milan’s meek defending. The 220th Derby della Madonnina, and first in the Champions League since 2005, ultimately proved a happy one for the Nerazzurri.
Continue reading “Milan 0-2 Inter: Dzeko, Mkhitaryan strikes stun Rossoneri in UCL semi-final first leg”

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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester City: de Bruyne keeps semi-final tie finely poised

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between...

In a tense Champions League semi-final first leg encounter headlined by two excellent strikes from distance, Kevin de Bruyne’s emphatic equaliser midway through the second-half saw Manchester City restore parity vs. defending champions Real Madrid during their nailbiting affair at the Bernabeu tonight. Continue reading “Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester City: de Bruyne keeps semi-final tie finely poised”

Analysis, feature pieces

Graham Potter was doomed at Chelsea from Day 1, but poisoned chalice moves on

Graham Potter, Manager of Chelsea, reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on April 01, 2023 in...

Graham Potter was always going to find himself under intense scrutiny after succeeding Thomas Tuchel last September, and has barely lasted seven months in charge. The managerial merry-go-round has returned once more in west London, where club legend Frank Lampard will this week take interim charge while a host of free agent big names are linked for the summer months. Continue reading “Graham Potter was doomed at Chelsea from Day 1, but poisoned chalice moves on”

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Borussia Dortmund 2-1 RB Leipzig: Goals from Reus, Can see BVB back top of the Bundesliga

Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus celebrates with Dortmund's Turkish midfielder Salih Ozcan and Dortmund's German midfielder Emre Can scoring a...

First-half goals from Emre Can and a Marco Reus penalty saw an in-form Borussia Dortmund side extend their winning run to ten games across all competitions, returning top of the Bundesliga after a hard-fought 2-1 home victory against rivals RB Leipzig. Emil Forsberg pulled one back for Marco Rose’s side, before they almost snatched a point at the death in stoppage-time. Continue reading “Borussia Dortmund 2-1 RB Leipzig: Goals from Reus, Can see BVB back top of the Bundesliga”

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World Cup 2022: Kolo Muani reflects on magical experience, while Morocco duo set to leave Angers

Randal Kolo Muani of France is passing dejected the world cup trophy after receiving the silver medal during the World Cup match between Argentina v...

France forward Randal Kolo Muani will undoubtedly be thinking about his stoppage-time miss against Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup Final, but the Eintracht Frankfurt frontman – a late-notice injury replacement – shone on the world stage and spoke of his pride at a tournament he didn’t expect to be at. Elsewhere, Morocco duo Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi have attracted interest from a host of European clubs: both are now anticipating January transfers. Continue reading “World Cup 2022: Kolo Muani reflects on magical experience, while Morocco duo set to leave Angers”

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Mbappe scores record-breaking goal in Benfica draw, as reports swirl he wants to leave PSG

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Paris...

As reports emerged today that PSG’s superstar forward Kylian Mbappe wants to leave the club in January – a broken relationship with the board being cited as the reason – the 23-year-old made history with his first-half penalty: becoming the French champions’ highest-scoring player in the Champions League during their 1-1 Group H draw against Benfica earlier tonight.
Continue reading “Mbappe scores record-breaking goal in Benfica draw, as reports swirl he wants to leave PSG”

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Guardiola confirms red-hot Haaland will be rested when time is right, after Manchester derby treble

Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrates their sides sixth goal and their hat trick with team mate Erling Haaland during the Premier League match...

Having broken another league record with his third hat-trick of the campaign against Manchester United, Erling Haaland’s formidable form has not gone unnoticed – 14 goals and three assists in his first eight Premier League games. It’s important not to be transfixed by the moment, and is why head coach Pep Guardiola has tonight reaffirmed the fact the Norwegian will be rested when the time is right, with a heavy year-long fixture schedule to consider.
Continue reading “Guardiola confirms red-hot Haaland will be rested when time is right, after Manchester derby treble”

Analysis, feature pieces

Jorginho: Chelsea players to blame for Tuchel’s sacking; Campos linked with sporting director role

Jorginho of Chelsea during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League group E match against FC Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on September...

As they prepare to host Red Bull Salzburg in their first game of the post-Thomas Tuchel era tonight in Champions League action, Chelsea vice-captain and Italy international midfielder Jorginho told reporters in the pre-match press conference while the 47-year-old’s dismissal was a surprise last week, the players were ultimately responsible for the German’s abrupt sacking. Continue reading “Jorginho: Chelsea players to blame for Tuchel’s sacking; Campos linked with sporting director role”

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Reports: Declan Rice has ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to leave West Ham in summer of 2023

Declan Rice of England controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Italy at Molineux on June 11, 2022...

Per reports, West Ham’s talismanic midfielder Declan Rice has a gentleman’s agreement with the club to stay for the 22-23 season before leaving next summer – where he’ll have 12 months remaining on his contract and more of Europe’s suitors will undoubtedly circle for his signature. Continue reading “Reports: Declan Rice has ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to leave West Ham in summer of 2023”