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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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Jürgen Klopp’s tepid attack is feeling ripple effects of a drained defence | Barney Ronay

Last year’s free-scoring champions were blunted by Manchester United but all blame does not lie with Mohamed Salah and coOf course it was nil-nil. Liverpool came to Anfield for the most spiteful, razor-edged derby in elite-level English football having…

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How good can Bruno Fernandes make Manchester United? Anfield may tell | Barney Ronay

Midfield risk-taker has been a transformative signing but needs to nail it in the big games – starting at Liverpool on SundayThis is not the beginning of the title run-in. This is not the start of the middle, or the beginning of the end. Let’s face it,…

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Bouncers, sledging and mischief: why Australia v India is series for these times | Barney Ronay

The best sporting contest of the lockdown era has been full of qualities we’ve all needed: endurance, patience, transcendenceEvery man has his breaking point. You and I have one. Navdeep Saini, India’s seventh-choice seam bowler, reached his at The Gab…

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José Mourinho takes a supporting role in Marine’s drama of homespun charm

Watched over garden fences in the middle of a bleak winter, Spurs’ FA Cup win was a rare occasion of comfort and uplift With 19 minutes gone at Rossett Park, and the score still 0-0 between Marine AFC and Tottenham Hotspur, something almost-brilliant a…

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Cool down the outrage and give football’s Covidiots a little empathy | Barney Ronay

There’s nothing to be gained getting cross at everyone who makes a bad call – the collective effort has been commendable What did you do in the culture wars, Daddy? Cue the haunted stare across the parlour room, the weak-chinned stammer, the single bea…

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Guardiola’s caution helps Stones shine and get back on England radar | Barney Ronay

It is a good time to be a Manchester City centre-back, if only because the team is more committed to the idea of defendingAnd so the Carabao kings march on. In the course of Pep Guardiola’s four years at Manchester City a fair degree of energy has been…

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Ashwin and Bumrah bring Twenty20 unorthodoxy to the Test stage | Barney Ronay

India’s two premier bowlers have lit up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by tormenting Australia with skills honed in the IPLThey’re coming for you. They’re coming for you. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin – they’re coming for you. As cricket struggles…

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Manchester City’s experiment in fun a lesson for Frank Lampard | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s expensively-assembled unit lacked intensity and were vulnerable to Pep Guardiola’s exhilarating sideWith 43 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge Phil Foden could be seen gliding through the debris, the ruined city walls of Chelsea’s right flank.Th…

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Pelé’s revolutionary status must survive numbers game against Lionel Messi | Barney Ronay

After Messi was said to have broken the Brazilian’s record for goals at a single club, Santos updated their statisticsIt seems odd looking back now, but Pelé’s 50th birthday was marked with a star-studded Pelé exhibition match televised live around the…

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Pelé’s revolutionary status must survive numbers game against Lionel Messi | Barney Ronay

After Messi was said to have broken the Brazilian’s record for goals at a single club, Santos updated their statisticsIt seems odd looking back now, but Pelé’s 50th birthday was marked with a star-studded Pelé exhibition match televised live around the…

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Farewell 2020, sport’s bizarro year of fear, decay and uplifting change | Barney Ronay

The past 12 months have been like no other and while most of it has been troubling and terrible there has been some good, most notably the rise of athlete activismIt was the worst of times. And in between it was also – just to be clear – the worst of t…

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Farewell 2020, sport’s bizarro year of fear, decay and uplifting change | Barney Ronay

The past 12 months have been like no other and while most of it has been troubling and terrible there has been some good, most notably the rise of athlete activismIt was the worst of times. And in between it was also – just to be clear – the worst of t…

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Granit Xhaka strikes a telling blow but it is the Age of Saka Arsenal must embrace | Barney Ronay

The Swiss midfielder has had a strange Arsenal career of ups and (mostly) downs but his goal against Chelsea could be a catalyst for the club and its managerWith 44 minutes gone, Arsenal 1-0 up and producing a performance of rare verve and energy, Gran…

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Arsenal’s problems lie with Kroenke’s ownership rather than Arteta | Barney Ronay

All traces of Arsène Wenger are gone and what remains is a US-registered ghost ship sailing through the doldrums It’s Christmas time. There’s no need to be afraid. Lol. That Paul Young was full of shit, man. There is, of course, plenty of fear around t…

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Arsenal’s problems lie with Kroenke’s ownership rather than Arteta | Barney Ronay

All traces of Arsène Wenger are gone and what remains is a US-registered ghost ship sailing through the doldrums It’s Christmas time. There’s no need to be afraid. Lol. That Paul Young was full of shit, man. There is, of course, plenty of fear around t…

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Erling Braut Haaland could be the reboot signing Pep Guardiola needs | Barney Ronay

The Norwegian would vastly improve a drifting Manchester City and fascinate students of Guardiola’s project-buildingWe had it pretty good for a while back there but as things stand the stream of behind-the-scenes Pep Guardiola books really does seem to…

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Liverpool’s Curtis Jones enjoys the midfield battle and comes of age

Young midfielder played with wonderful control, swift feet and calmness despite the close attentions of an equally compelling Pierre-Emile HøjbjergAnd: breathe again. We really must do a few more of these injury?ravaged, muscle-fatigued, migraine-footb…

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First v second, Klopp v Mourinho – but Liverpool v Spurs has potential for more | Barney Ronay

Champions could put pretenders in their place at Anfield, but game may also be first meaningful shot in a battle for the titleWhen the top two meet in the Premier League it is a reflex action – muscle memory of Super Sundays gone, Judgment Days past – …

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Lukewarm anti-derby lacks spectacle but will satisfy Ole Gunnar Solskjær | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s eerily featureless 0-0 draw with City will at least have eased the pressure on their manager“Football without fans is nothing,” read the banner draped across the Old Trafford seats on a lukewarm night in Manchester.Not quite nothing…

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Gurus, Power Surges and problem-solvers: Big Bash bids to be T20’s biggest hitter | Barney Ronay

Lure of T20 franchise leagues is greater than ever in the time of Covid-19 with coaches like Trent Woodhill leading the wayJust after eight o’clock on Thursday night, with the Hobart sky powder blue above the lights, umpire Paul Wilson began to whirl h…