Barcelona 2-0 Leganes: 5 Hits and Flops as Fati, Messi on target in another Barca win

Barcelona players celebrate Ansu Fati's first-half opener, enroute to their 2-0 win over Leganes

Goals from Ansu Fati and a Lionel Messi second-half penalty sealed successive wins for La Liga leaders Barcelona, who overcame a stiff Leganes challenge to continue their encouraging return to action on Tuesday evening. Which players excelled while others struggled at the Nou Camp? Continue reading

5 low points in Jose Mourinho’s managerial career

Manchester United v San Jose Earthquakes

Jose Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the world’s best football managers but like everyone else, has made some memorable mistakes and endured tough times at various spells throughout his 18-year managerial spell to date. 

Currently the Manchester United manager, the 2018/19 campaign is set to be a significant one for him and his players, as he aims to banish the ‘third-season syndrome’ tag while looking to deliver Premier League silverware back to the red half of Manchester for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement five years ago. Without further ado, here are five low points that have occurred during Mourinho’s managerial career to date:

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Does a Premier League return beckon for Steven N’Zonzi?

After three successful years at Sevilla, could N'Zonzi make his top-flight return with a handful of interested sides?

When the news first broke suggesting that Steven N’Zonzi was set for a £7m Sevilla move in the summer of 2015, it was met with both surprise and an air of inevitability. Inevitable in the sense that, several big clubs in Europe had a growing interest in the midfielder. After all, he quickly garnered a reputation as being amongst the best midfielders on the planet. So, three years have passed and once again, speculation surrounds N’Zonzi’s future. Why though? 

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Kevin Gameiro completes Atlético Madrid switch for £27m

Kevin Gameiro completes Atlético Madrid switch for £27m

Diego Simeone’s side have completed another summer transfer – this time to sign Sevilla forward Kevin Gameiro as they strengthen their attacking options ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

La Liga giants Atlético Madrid have completed the signing of Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro for a reported transfer fee of £27million pounds. The talented 29-year-old, who flourished with the Rojiblancos last term, netted 29 goals and created seven assists in all competitions.

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Sevilla vs Manchester City preview: Citizens aim for three consecutive European victories

Sevilla vs Manchester City preview: Citizens aim for three consecutive European victories

Provided they win tomorrow night, and Juventus manage to beat Borussia Monchengladbach too, the Citizens will have sealed their place in the knockout stages of this year’s competition.

Given their bumpy start to life amongst Europe’s elite, this news will be a welcome boost to Manuel Pellegrini and his players as they’ve travelled to Spain, in the hope they can snatch all three points again just like they did in Manchester two weeks ago.

Kevin de Bruyne‘s cooly-taken finish in the dying embers at the Ethiad helped the sky Blues to their second successive group stage victory – as Sergio Agüero did similarly during their trip to Germany on matchday two.

Sevilla hoping to avenge cruel defeat

Fast-forward to current day, and Unai Emery‘s side will be hoping for revenge. Naturally, as they dominated large parts of the game at Eastlands and travelled back home with nothing to show for it.

The La Liga outfit, who are no easy side by any means, must win to keep their hopes of qualification alive. Sitting on three points from a possible nine, they’ve won once and lost two.

To really prove they are ready for the step-up in class between the Europa League – which they’ve conquered in back-to-back seasons – and the Champions League, this is a crucial game toward their campaign thus far.

Currently in mid-table after a topsy-turvy beginning to the league season, they suffered another defeat on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal.

Contrasting league form

In stark contrast, Manchester City are doing relatively well in the Premier League – and haven’t even reached top gear yet. With the influential figures of David Silva and Agüero still to return from respective injuries, the Citizens have done a sufficient job in their absence. A goalless draw in the Manchester Derby, coupled with narrow wins when you’d have expected them to drop points, is an encouraging mark of true champions.

Whether they’ll be able to replicate this consistently, we will have to wait and see.

Team news

Sevilla forward Kevin Gameiro remains a doubt to feature for the full ninety minutes after his exploits on Saturday suggest he needs a rest – whilst Nicolas Pareja, Daniel Carrico and experienced goalkeeper Beto are all out of action.

Rumoured City target, Ever Banega, could make an appearance at some stage, but having recently returned from a knee complaint, it’s unsure whether he will be risked or not.

City’s crocked duo of Gäel Clichy (ankle) and Fabian Delph (hamstring) have both been pictured in training, and were on their flight to Spain this morning – but are not yet 100% matchfit, after returning from respective injuries.

Silva, Agüero, Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri are all sidelined still, so will not feature.

Possible line-ups:

Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Sergio Rico; Tremoulinas, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Coke; Krychowiak, N’Zonzi; Reyes, Vitolo, Konoplyanka; Llorente.

Man City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Otámendi, Kompany, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando; Navas, de Bruyne, Touré; Bony.