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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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England’s big six have backed down but Super League fight isn’t over | Barney Ronay

The energy of football’s outrage over the Super League has been heartening, but this is just a retreat, a ceasefireAs the sun dipped below the roof-line of Stamford Bridge something strange began to happen. The birds flew backwards through the sky, the…

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Power grab in a pandemic: how absence of fans gave greedy owners their chance | Barney Ronay

The European Super League shows that football club owners don’t care about supporters, even more so after a year when they realised they can exist on TV income aloneSelling England by the pound, part 94. The European Super League may be many things: a …

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Citius, altius, virus: it seems absurd, but the Olympic Games must go on | Barney Ronay

Covid logic suggests Tokyo 2020 shouldn’t go ahead but there may be some undimmed joy in staging it after all this horrorThe American poet Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story called The Masque of the Red Death about a prince who holds a fancy costume b…

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Liverpool hit white wall as fearless Real Madrid refuse to be moved | Barney Ronay

Zinedine Zidane’s team are a superpower built on big personalities, always certain of their own version of eventsOn a night of steadily deflating momentum, Jürgen Klopp’s marauding Liverpool did their best Jürgen Klopp’s marauding Liverpool impression….

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Conspiracy of nihilism suits Chelsea and pragmatic Thomas Tuchel | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s manager set up his team in such a way as to give Porto no hope and can now picture a Champions League triumphAnd so the Tuchel revolution roars on. In a manner of speaking. The second-best thing anyone could say about the second leg of Chelse…

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England’s cricketers provide voice of reason after racist abuse of Moeen Ali | Barney Ronay

In a heartening collision of the cultural spheres Moeen’s England teammates were quick to jump in when he was abused by dissident free-thinker Taslima NasreenThe first little buds and whispers are here. Rabbits are rustling in the tree line. Photos of …

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Kylian Mbappé double gives PSG thrilling win at Bayern Munich

Kylian Mbappé produced a performance of stunning high-end incision to drive Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first?leg victory in Munich.Hansi Flick’s Bayern produced the familiar high-pressing red waves, racking up 31 shots …

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Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos in total control mode to expose Liverpool’s soft centre | Barney Ronay

Elegant German midfielder revelled in the space and time he was afforded by a Liverpool who are down but certainly not outWith 35 minutes gone at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano, Toni Kroos was yet to misplace a pass, or indeed, break into a jog. He loo…

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Sergio Agüero a man out of time as Manchester City change around him | Barney Ronay

A genuine aristocrat of European football, the striker’s final run at the club he has flourished at may well come from the fringesThe agony of choice. Manchester City started this game with a frontline of Riyadh Mahrez, Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus:…

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Sergio Agüero a man out of time as Manchester City change around him | Barney Ronay

A genuine aristocrat of European football, the striker’s final run at the club he has flourished at may well come from the fringesThe agony of choice. Manchester City started this game with a frontline of Riyadh Mahrez, Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus:…

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Haaland transfer saga is grotesque circus we may never see again | Barney Ronay

In a time of economic hardship, it is right to feel appalled at the potential sums involved in Erling Haaland’s impending transferAt this time of year it was a common thing for elegant young men of the 19th century to set off on a Grand Tour of Europe….

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Gareth Southgate is not a risk-taker but he is ideal for this England team | Barney Ronay

Southgate has proven to be a master of managing expectation and criticism of his methods evokes memories of Alf RamseyWe. Want. Goals. It is easy to forget that when England won their only international trophy they did so against an early chorus of une…

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Chris Lewis: ‘You smile and try to brush it off, but those things eat away at you inside’

Negative comments about Jofra Archer’s hunger for Test cricket resound with the West Indian-born former England all-rounderIn the course of an hour-long chat Chris Lewis laughs often, and with an impressively wide range and depth. There are regular gur…

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Coutinho is both cursed and a delight – one of the most baffling elite footballers | Barney Ronay

The Brazilian is reported to soon end his strange time on the books of Barcelona, the club who made him their record signingShould Arsenal, a club at a highly delicate stage of re-gearing, sign the mercurial, itinerant Philippe Coutinho? Should Paris S…

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England hopes of glory do not rest in attack, even with all that talent | Barney Ronay

Southgate’s more defensive instincts are right, especially when there is a slightly deluded notion of his team’s actual levelUnlock! Throw open the gates. Unleash the legions of nimble-footed attacking midfielders. Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of…

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Tielemans a glorious throwback while Solskjær’s thoughts wander forward | Barney Ronay

The midfielder propelled Leicester to a FA Cup quarter-final victory that Manchester United never looked like winningWith hindsight Ole Gunner Solskjær might concede there have been better weeks to talk, a little disdainfully, about the “ego” of trophy…

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Euro 2020 and the big coming out can help restore football’s collective value | Barney Ronay

England are very good and may even win, but the Euros matter more as a chance to revel in the unity and joyful dissent the game inspiresWe want to be free, to do what we want to do. We want to throw beer in the air. We want to dress up as Gareth Southg…