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Meet Shakhtar's Fred: Fernandinho's heir apparent

Comparing athletes based on tribes and traditions can be a dangerous dalliance with carelessness. Player X inspires similarities with Player Y because they’ve endured analogous paths to first-team football, or because they’re from the same country, or worst, they share an ethnicity. In the case of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Manchester City tactical savant Fernandinho, it’s a comparison that ...

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Aston Villa 1-1 Preston North End

Aston Villa missed the chance to move up into second in the Championship as they came from behind to claim a draw with promotion rivals Preston. North End looked poised for victory when Tom Barkhuizen’s scissors kick gave them a half-time lead. But Villa responded well to the half-time introduction of substitutes Lewis Grabban and Keinan Davis. And Davis won ...

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Conte's patience gives Chelsea fighting chance against Barcelona

Patience. That was the word that came into Antonio Conte’s head when asked what he had learned from his first season at Chelsea. Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera shortly after leading his team to the Premier League title, he confessed that it was not a trait that he had ever located in himself before. “I feel more ...

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Chelsea can do 'something incredible'

Antonio Conte said Chelsea “will try to do something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League after a drawn first leg on Tuesday. Willian put the Blues ahead but Lionel Messi equalised 15 minutes from full-time after Andreas Christensen’s error in the last-16 tie. Barcelona, who are seven points clear in La Liga, had barely threatened the hosts ...

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Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas

Bayern Munich put five past 10-man Besiktas to equal their longest winning run and take a convincing lead in their Champions League last-16 tie. The hosts won their 14th consecutive game after a dominant second half against Besiktas, who had Domagoj Vida sent off after 16 minutes. Thomas Muller converted from close range in both halves and Kingsley Coman also ...

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Pogba, Ibrahimovic back in training ahead of Sevilla clash

Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic trained with the rest of their teammates before boarding a flight to Seville for Wednesday’s Champions League tie. Pogba missed last weekend’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield due to illness. Ibrahimovic, who last appeared on Boxing Day, has struggled to overcome a long-standing knee issue. Great to see these three back in ...

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Morata benched for Barcelona tilt as Hazard leads Chelsea's attack

Antonio Conte has named striker Alvaro Morata to the bench in Chelsea‘s first-leg round of 16 tilt against Barcelona, opting to start Eden Hazard, Pedro, and Willian in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Belgian operating as a false nine up top. The Blues’ new striker Olivier Giroud was also named among the substitutes for Tuesday’s match at Stamford Bridge, with ...

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West Ham hit with FA charge in relation to anti-doping rules

The English Football Association (FA) announced on Tuesday it’s charged West Ham United with a breach of anti-doping rules, specifically for a violation of “Regulation 14(d),” regarding the submission of accurate information about the whereabouts of players. The FA stated: “It is alleged the club (West Ham) failed to ensure its ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within ...

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Everton confirms Gueye's contract renewal until 2022

Idrissa Gueye signed a new contract with Everton until 2022 on Tuesday, confirming rumours that surfaced the previous day. Toffees fans were confused about there being no confirmation from the club on Gueye extending his stay yesterday, but the news has now been confirmed upon the conclusion of Everton’s warm-weather training trip to Dubai. “I love the fans here. They ...

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Aguero avoids punishment over altercation

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not be punished by the Football Association following a post-match confrontation with a fan after Monday’s FA Cup defeat by Wigan. Television footage appeared to show Aguero pushing a supporter and he later claimed he was spat and sworn at. Both clubs have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players ...

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