Man United's lack of team spirit, Mourinho's negativity explains wide gap to rivals Liverpool

Jose Mourinho is hoping Paul Pogba makes a statement when Manchester United face Valencia in the UEFA Champions League after being dropped in their Premier League games. Craig Burley explains how Paul Pogba's current mindset and relationship with Jose Mourinho is negatively impacting Man United's team dynamic. Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham. The last time Manchester United went into a league game against Liverpool with a bigger deficit than the 16-point gap between the two clubs, the men from Anfield were just weeks away from clinching their 18th -- and last -- English league championship. Back in March 1990, when Alex Ferguson's relegation-threatened team were languishing in 16th position of the old First Division, two points above third-bottom Manchester City, United faced Liverpool at Old Trafford no fewer than 21 points behind their...
ESPN - 13.12.2018 13:33

Marcelo: Real Madrid don't have attitude problem

Marcelo does not believe Real Madrid have an attitude problem following their humiliating Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow. Madrid crashed to the heaviest home defeat in any European competition in the club's illustrious history, the three-time reigning Champions League winners stunned 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Fedor Chalov, Georgy Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson condemned Madrid to a forgettable night in the Spanish capital, though Wednesday's result had no impact on Marcelo and his team-mates finishing top of Group G. Reflecting on the sixth and final matchday before the last 16, Madrid star Marcelo told reporters: "I don't think it's an attitude problem.
Yahoo - 13.12.2018 06:53

England FA CEO Martin Glenn to quit role at end of 2018-19 season

The English FA has released a statement confirming that Martin Glenn has resigned from his position of Chief Executive Officer, though he will remain in post until the end of the 2018-19 season. The statement said that Glenn, who spent four years in the job, "helped create the culture around St. George's Park and the England teams which has led to an unprecedented period of success for elite teams across all age groups in tournaments" but that he has chosen to depart "having delivered much...
ESPN - 13.12.2018 05:09

Liverpool to beat struggling Man United? Juventus to overcome Torino?

The FC guys answer your tweets on what it will take for Man United to sack Jose Mourinho, how Liverpool will make do with their injuries and more. The column was on fire in midweek with 15/2, 9/2 and 14/5 winners to take us roaring back into profit for the season. And we've got all the best betting angles covered on another busy weekend which sees Manchester United travel to Anfield to face in-form Liverpool. Running total: +£20.79 The Banker Strange but true: Liverpool have not beaten Manchester United in the Premier League since 2014. However it would take a brave punter to back against them this weekend. Jurgen Klopp's side are top...
ESPN - 13.12.2018 02:21

'The first goal was beautiful': Pep Guardiola hails Leroy Sane

Pep Guardiola hailed Leroy Sane's 'beautiful' winner as Manchester City came from behind to finish their Champions League group stage with a 2-1 victory over plucky Hoffenheim. The Germany international equalised for a dominant but wasteful City on the stroke of half-time with an outrageous, dipping free-kick after ex-Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric's 16th-minute penalty had given the visitors a shock lead. And Sane struck again on 61 minutes, eventually finishing a slick counter-attack. 'The first goal was beautiful,' the City manager said. 'The second goal was a bit lucky because his control was not good, but he finished it.' Days after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused by fans
Yahoo - 13.12.2018 00:38

UCL, LIVE: Man City, Man United aim to win groups

LIVE: Champions League scores ] Manchester City host Hoffenheim knowing a win will secure top spot in Group F, while Man United head to Valencia knowing they must win and hope that Juventus fail to beat Young Boys in order to win Group H. Stranger things have happened, but it appears Pep’s City are nailed on to win Group F and United will finish second behind Juve and be at risk of facing a much tougher team in the last 16. Elsewhere, the only thing to sort out is in Group F as Shakhtar and Lyon go head-to-head for the final spot available in the last 16 of the competition.
Yahoo - 12.12.2018 23:01

Arsenal could need to buy centre-back in January window - Unai Emery

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop run the rule over football's latest transfer rumours. Unai Emery reveals Laurent Koscielny will make his long-awaited return from injury when Arsenal face Qarabag in the Europa League. Arsenal coach Unai Emery has admitted that the club may need to bring in a centre-back in January to boost his defensive options. Arsenal are facing a shortage of defenders after Rob Holding was ruled out for the season last week with a torn knee ligament, while Laurent Koscielny is only now ready to play his first game of the campaign after recovering from an Achilles injury. But with doubts remaining over whether Koscielny can be fully relied upon at the age of 33 after seven months out, Emery...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 11:30

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele apologised to team after being late to training - Carles Alena

Given Inter's draw with PSV and Barcelona having nothing to play for, Craig Burley says everything lined up for Tottenham to reach the UCL last 16. Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele apologised to his teammates for showing up late to training on Sunday, said teammate Carles Alena. Dembele scored the lone Barcelona goal in a 1-1 Champions League draw against Tottenham on Tuesday with a sensational solo effort in which he beat a number of Spurs defenders before curling past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How teams can qualify Find out how all eight Champions League groups are shaping up at the half-way point. How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 11:14

Youthful Real Madrid beaten soundly by CSKA in group stage finale

Real Madrid CSKA Moscow 0 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Real Madrid were beaten soundly by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. An inexperienced Real Madrid side were defeated 3-0 by CSKA Moscow in their final Champions League group stage game on Wednesday at the Bernabeu. Madrid, who had already clinched the top spot in Group G, were handed their worst-ever home defeat in Europe on a night in which manager Santiago Solari started the likes of Vinicius Junior, Javi Sanchez, Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, Marcos Llorente and Federico Valverde to face the Russians. The visitors took a surprising...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 08:48

The pressure is on for France, Women's World Cup host

Corinne Diacre played for the French women's national team from 1993 to 2005. Now as head coach, she's preparing France to earn its best placing yet in the Women's World Cup. The prospect of facing the United States in the Women's World Cup could sound daunting, but France's head coach, Corinne Diacre, promises she won't lose any sleep over it. At least not now. After Saturday's draw in Paris, Diacre knows her team could potentially play the Yanks in the quarter finals on June 28. Yet, she refuses to think about it and is instead focusing on getting her Les Bleues World Cup-ready. "First, the Americans have to top their group -- and we have to as well. It is not a given,"...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 08:24

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to take time out from football

Leigh Griffiths has been a regular for Celtic since joining in 2014. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that striker Leigh Griffiths will take some time away from football to focus on personal issues. Griffiths recovered from injury and illness to return for Celtic in their 5-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend, but Rodgers said he will be unavailable for selection indefinitely ahead of their Europa League clash with Red Bull Salzburg. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around ...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 08:07

Mesut Ozil in Arsenal squad vs. Qarabag, Laurent Koscielny to start

Check out all the action from around Europe this weekend, from Lucas Torreira's overhead kick for Arsenal to Lionel Messi's heroics for Barcelona. The FC crew answer your tweets on N'Golo Kante's positioning under Maurizio Sarri, what Unai Emery will do with Mesut Ozil and much more. Arsenal maintain their unbeaten run after an acrobatic finish from Lucas Torreira. English Premier League: Lucas Torreira (83') Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield Unai Emery hailed Lucas Torreira's physical quality ahead of Arsenal's game with Huddersfield. Unai Emery has said that Mesut Ozil will return to the Arsenal squad for Thursday's Europa League tie with Qarabag, while captain Laurent Koscielny will start for the first time since May. A back problem has ruled Ozil out of Arsenal's last three games, while Koscielny has only played for the under-23s so far this season after suffering an Achilles injury in last year's 1-0 los...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 06:19

A-League confirms two new teams: Western Melbourne and South West Sydney

Newcastle have comfortably accounted for Brisbane 2-0 to pick up their second win of the season. Perth Glory continued their top form with an easy win over Melbourne City Melbourne continue their winning run with a 2-0 win over ladder-rivals Adelaide United. Roy Krishna lead the charge against the Sky Blues, scoring two before Steven Taylor added one more to defeat Sydney 3-1. Western Sydney Wanderers have breathed new life into their Hyundai A-League campaign with a much-needed 2-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night. Melbourne Victory star Keisuke Honda speaks on the challenge of playing for the side and managing the Cambodian national team. Australia's top club competition, the A-League, will expand to 12 teams by 2020 with a team based in Western Melbourne joining next season, Football Federation Australia said on Thursday. A side based in South West Sydney will join the competition for the 2020-21 season, giving Au...
ESPN - 12.12.2018 06:17


Amelie Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to coach compatriot Lucas Pouille

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has decided not to become France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille.
Daily Mail - 06.12.2018 22:52

Mark Farrell: 1953-2018

Mark Farrell, a Wimbledon mixed doubles runner-up in 1974 with fellow Briton Lesley Charles, has passed away aged 65 after a long illness. Left-handed Farrell, who grew up in Liverpool and played at the Vagabonds Lawn Tennis Club, was always cheerful and terrific company. He compiled an 11-38 tour-level match record and achieved a career-high of No. 120 in the ATP Rankings on 20 December 1974. The same year, he played one Davis Cup tie for Great Britain versus Iran, partnering John Lloyd to victory in the doubles rubber. Farrell and Charles won five matches en route to the 1974 Wimbledon mixed doubles final, where they lost to the top seeds, Australia’s Owen Davidson and Billie Jean King of the United States, 6-3, 9-7. Two other career highlights, included beating 16-year-old Bjorn Borg at the 1973 Sydney International and also Stan Smith in the 1975 Nottingham second round.
ATP - 29.11.2018 11:41

Andujar's 1,619-Spot Climb Leads Year-End Top 100 Movers

For all players competing on the ATP Challenger Tour, capping a season of tireless hard work with a year-end Top 100 finish is the pinnacle. It marks the culmination of a successful campaign and signals a transition to the ATP World Tour in the coming year. On Monday, the 2018 year-end ATP Rankings were published following an exciting final few weeks of tennis on the Challenger circuit. And as the season neared its conclusion, there was arguably no storyline more captivating than that of Pablo Andujar. One year ago, Andujar was sitting at No. 1,701 in the ATP Rankings. The Spanish veteran, a former Top 50 stalwart and three-time ATP World Tour champion, had experienced the greatest of highs in his career. But after enduring three elbow surgeries and years of anguish, he had his doubts that he would ever step on a court again. That made Andujar's rise to the year-end Top 100 just that much more special. The 32-year-old capped a resurgent campaign in extraordinary fashion, rising a total...
ATP - 28.11.2018 02:46

Humbert, Ymer The Last Men Standing In 2018

A LOOK BACK Andria e Castel del Monte Challenger (Andria, Italy): After 159 tournaments and nearly 5,000 matches, the 2018 season came to a close on Sunday evening in Andria. The traditional season-ending tournament saw Ugo Humbert claim the final match of the year, blasting to his third ATP Challenger Tour title. Top seed Humbert defeated Filippo Baldi 6-4, 7-6(3) in Sunday's championship, completing a dominant week on the carpet courts. The #NextGenATP Frenchman did not only win the title without dropping a set, but he conceded just one break of serve throughout the entire tournament. Humbert entered the week on the bubble of the year-end Top 100 and he would blast to a career-high No. 84 in the ATP Rankings. After opening the season at No. 378, it was quite the breakout campaign for the 20-year-old from Metz. He finished in sixth place among win-loss percentage leaders, behind a 34-13 record (.723) and titles in Segovia, Spain and Ortisei, Italy, in addition to his victory in Andria...
ATP - 26.11.2018 01:12

Cilic Clinches Second Davis Cup Crown For Croatia

FRANCE 1, CROATIA 3 Lille, France (Indoor Clay) Marin Cilic ended Croatia's 13-year wait for a second Davis Cup title on Sunday, beating Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. The World No. 7 needed two hours and 19 minutes to secure victory for the visiting nation, winning 89 per cent of first-serve points and landing 16 forehand winners. Cilic has now won a record 39 Davis Cup rubbers for Croatia (39-17), which includes 29 wins from 40 singles encounters. Cilic ends his season with 44 tour-level wins for the second straight year. The World No. 7 lifted his 18th tour-level title at the Fever-Tree Championships in June, saving one championship point to overcome Novak Djokovic. Cilic has claimed at least one tour-level title in each of the past 11 ATP World Tour seasons. After falling to a 3-2 loss against Argentina in the 2016 final, Croatia was appearing in its third Davis Cup final. In 2005, Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic led Croatia to its maiden titl...
ATP - 25.11.2018 15:53