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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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It’s time to ignore the sceptics and take delight in this Tottenham team | Barney Ronay

While the doom merchants point out they have yet to win anything, most fans would like to see their own team built, and play, like Mauricio Pochettino’sThe last time a Premier League team produced a stirring two-goal comeback in Turin was in 1999 when …

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First the knife but then Juve’s assassin turns into a Sunday League fat bloke | Barney Ronay

Gonzalo Higuaín followed up a stunning volley with a penalty to put Tottenham on the rack but missed a second spot-kick that may prove Juventus’s Champions League undoingFor all the goals and the garlands Gonzalo Higuaín still carries a shadow. There i…

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Pogba and Ramsey epitomise struggles of central midfielders | Barney Ronay

Pogba, Ramsey and Bakayoko patrol the last really undefined playing position – the complex task of midfield controllerThere was a strange and strangely protracted period in the modern history of the England football team when coaches, spectators and pu…

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey goes on hat-trick rampage against Everton

Well, that didn’t take long. Arsène Wenger has had one of his more frantic January transfer windows, the doors of the Emirates revolving like the barrels on a Las Vegas slot machine. Against Everton the fruits of Wenger’s toils clicked beautifully into…

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Mesut Özil, Yaya Sanogo and Arsène Wenger’s ticking doomsday clock | Barney Ronay

Özil and Sanogo were supposed to define the ambitions of the late-Wenger era at Arsenal. And indeed they have. Just not in the right wayThere was a murmur of foreboding last month when it emerged that the Doomsday Clock, a metaphorical timepiece that r…

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Ross Barkley’s stumbling start shows how even playing badly is difficult | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, rather than his debutant midfielder, should be the focus of any scorn after Barkley’s traumatically raw and rusty hour against ArsenalThere was a funny start to Ross Barkley’s Chelsea career on Wednesday night. As Willian prepa…

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Chelsea’s hunt for a medieval big man adds intrigue to football’s space race | Barney Ronay

Seeing Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch at Chelsea is too good to hope for as it could confirm suspicions about the basic numbers of effectiveness and opportunity in elite teamsIt is nearly 40 years since a famous photo emerged that left the nascent Indian…

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Manchester United spending a fortune to get Alexis Sánchez at 29 makes sense

United would benefit from a ready-made prime-career star and the signing of Sánchez would bring an intriguing meeting of sporting souls with José Mourinho – a shared dark lust for gloryIt isn’t hard to pick out the moment Alexis Sánchez began to say hi…

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Jürgen Klopp can show Manchester City that Liverpool’s real star remains | Barney Ronay

The Liverpool manager has built a thrilling side geared to absorb high-level departures such as Philippe Coutinho’s without losing momentumThere was an interesting moment towards the start of Jürgen Klopp’s time at Liverpool, back in the days when he s…

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VAR fails the football test in more ways than we could have imagined | Barney Ronay

The game is too emotional, and the experience within the stadium too important, for it to be reined in by a system that does not cater for eitherOne of the most striking aspects of the rolling-out of video assistant referees in English football over th…

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London Schools reforms after scandal and revitalises cricketing mission

The alma mater of Gooch, Compton and Emburey was rightly ostracised after scandal last year but its role is too important to be neglected, which is why a group of us have intervened to get it back on its feetFor 92 years the London Schools Cricket Asso…

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José Mourinho’s living hell: everything he does magnifies Guardiola’s success | Barney Ronay

Trying to talk people into believing Manchester United are a plucky underdog is not fooling anyone, but Mourinho is running out of arguments against why his great rival appears to be simply superior“I am bound upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears …

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Record-breaker Arsène Wenger will be hard act to follow when he finally goes | Barney Ronay

As Frenchman prepares for 811th league game in charge to overhaul Sir Alex Ferguson it will sharpen focus on his legacy and who will eventually succeed himBehold, the age of Arsène. The past few years of Arsène Wenger’s extended Arsenal farewell have b…

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Raheem Sterling’s stoicism should not gloss over horror of what happened to him | Barney Ronay

Manchester City player’s reaction to racially aggravated assault and ability to perform so soon and so well afterwards is proof he is impressive young manThere were plenty of extreme reactions to England’s Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, a defe…

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Lewisham council still looking to seize land around Millwall ground, email says

• Email from borough’s deputy mayor appears to confirm plans not dropped• Mayor said in January CPO would ‘not proceed’ after outcry over schemeLewisham council is still seeking to compulsory purchase land leased by Millwall around the Den, according t…

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England hope Terminator Stuart Broad can conjure killer Ashes spell | Barney Ronay

Broad’s powers are waning but he remains competitive and one of those giddy bowling spells of his will surely come again. The Ashes would be just the stageA theory has been doing the rounds in my household about the Indian pace bowler Varun Aaron. Whic…

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Belated bravado shows José Mourinho is feeling the sting of his own methods | Barney Ronay

In confronting Manchester City’s staff after Sunday’s defeat, the United manager showed an aggression that was missing from his side’s display on the fieldAt first glance the most startling aspect of the Manchester derby tunnel fracas is the fact it se…

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Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet | Barney Ronay

India’s captain is on the verge of becoming the first player to be No1 simultaneously in Tests, ODIs and T20s – a feat that would end debate about his status among the greatsA disturbing thing happened last month. Sachin Tendulkar, the most unapproacha…

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José Mourinho’s harry and hurry battle plan could unstitch Manchester City | Barney Ronay

Manchester United have pressed aggressively in recent matches and Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders could find the seams in their defence coming apart in Sunday’s Old Trafford derbyIt may go right, it may go wrong. But this is the one – this is th…

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Chelsea ensure Atlético pay a high price for their stretched resources | Barney Ronay

Atlético Madrid’s no transfer policy contributed to their failure to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League, while Eden Hazard’s dazzling display gives Chelsea cause for optimismAt the end of this occasionally heated, largely room temperature…