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Author Archive for Barney Ronay at Wembley

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Kyle Walker’s VAR escape shows up football’s dunderheaded experiment | Barney Ronay

No one really knows whether the Manchester City right-back should have been sent off – all we have are opinionsIt seemed fitting that this FA Cup semi-final should end with Manchester City’s players keeping the ball in a kind of ad hoc rondo deep in th…

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England’s discover a perfect, potent blend of skill in attacking trio | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate’s attack of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho complemented each other to great effect in England’s exciting victory over Czech RepublicThree perfect touches at the end of twenty-five. The opening goal of a room temperature q…

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Brittle tittle-tattle exposed as Spurs find hard edge to grind out derby draw | Barney Ronay

By any reasonable measure Mauricio Pochettino’s side proved themselves up to the task by clawing back an ugly point from an Arsenal side playing more than ever in Unai Emery’s imageIt’s happened again, it’s happened again. Oh, Tottenham Hotspur. The ha…

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Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Refusal of keeper to be substituted near end of extra time undermined manager’s good work in League Cup finalSomething astonishing happened in extra-time of extra time here. Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch. He was substituted by his man…

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Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho finally makes mark in English club game | Barney Ronay

England’s 18-year-old winger turned out at Wembley against Spurs at a venue where he has already played for his countryTwo lucrative transfers, two academy stints and one dramatic overseas switch into Jadon Sancho’s career the English football prodigy,…

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United produced 60 minutes of pure, uncut Ole-ball and then: enter gloveman | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s win over Spurs gave us a glimpse of that babyfaced tactical brain and a demonstration of the gifts of his genius-level lime green octopus of a goalkeeperNo doubt someone somewhere will bring up Napoleon’s line about a good general b…

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Harry Hollywood has the cutting edge for Spurs that Chelsea lack | Barney Ronay

Harry Kane was quietly brilliant and was a reminder of Chelsea’s inability to get goals out of Olivier Giroud or Álvaro MorataThere is of course no such thing as a sure thing. No guarantees, no certainties. Except, now and then, when there is.As Harry …

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Tottenham’s spellbinding attack spooks David Luiz and Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri’s team could not cope and were left frazzled by the fury of Mauricio Pochettino’s potent front threeWith 16 minutes gone at Wembley it was clear the witching hour was at hand. Strange things had already begun to happen. Chelsea’s custard…

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Blooming marvellous – Gareth Southgate throws off weeds of caution

With England facing defeat by Croatia, the manager brought on the 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho and the world turnedNever throw anything away. That was the lesson from this fun, late-breaking England victory. On an unexpectedly epic afternoon at Wemb…

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Farewell to Wayne Rooney brought cheers and a hymn to the new age

It was a slightly odd occasion and Rooney’s reappearance in an England shirt provided a reminder how much football has changedIn the end Wayne Rooney got the biggest cheer of the night. Which was, after all, the whole point. With 58 minutes gone there …

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Raheem Sterling’s moment of clarity lifts NFL-scarred Wembley spectacle | Barney Ronay

The pitch looked terrible and the match was patchy but the Manchester City forward showed what a top performer he isRaheem Sterling spent a fair amount of his childhood dodging potholes and wrong?footing passers-by as he kicked a ball around Wembley. S…

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Lionel Messi leaves Spurs toiling on a lower plane of sporting reality | Barney Ronay

This was a night when all there was to do was gawp at the player who can bend the game according to his own physical lawsSometimes you really do just have to stand and watch – and maybe gawp a little, too. The best athletes in every sport give us a gli…

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Finely tuned Liverpool are really getting into Jürgen Klopp’s groove

This may not have been a whirl of red pain for Tottenham, but every part of the machine looks calm and settledGet ready. It looks as though, this time, the Reds really are coming up the hill. It was not that Liverpool played irresistibly well. This was…

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Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan | Barney Ronay

Isolated outing for forward in the cup final was dismaying proof that skilful attackers are being left to regress at Old TraffordOn a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally eutha…

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Paul Pogba surges to centre stage at Wembley with display of art and graft | Barney Ronay

Midfielder recovered from a shaky start against Spurs to showcase his silky creative gifts in the game’s pivotal momentsIt seems safe to say Paul Pogba won’t ever please everyone. Not least when so many of those watching seem so eager to be displeased:…

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David Silva still the conductor even if his tempo may be on the wane | Barney Ronay

The Premier League may never have had a greater friend of the football than David Silva, but time wears down even the most boyishly irrepressible of footballersAnd breathe again. On a misty night at Wembley Manchester City squared their shoulders, slap…

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Magic and workrate of Dybala and Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs | Barney Ronay

Spurs looked like they would reach the last eight before the playmaker sprang to life and Chiellini defended for his lifeFor an hour at Wembley, with the quarter-finals of the Champions League beckoning and the scalp of Juventus already partially hacke…

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Vincent Kompany leads the way for Manchester City’s old boys in victory | Barney Ronay

Kompany at his best as he and his fellow longstanding team-mates Sergio Agüero and David Silva ease past ArsenalOn an icy, full-throated afternoon at Wembley Manchester City produced a kind of medley-triumph, a run-through of the greatest hits of the n…

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Mousa Dembélé is fast becoming the ultimate midfield controller | Barney Ronay

Harry Kane will grab the headlines for his winning goal, but the Spurs midfielder controlled the north London derbyShortly after the only goal of this bruising north London derby Arsène Wenger could be seen standing on the touchline, swirling the skirt…

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Phil Jones the fall guy in Manchester United’s backline of pumpkins | Barney Ronay

The defender’s torrid first half against Tottenham will be the focus of attention but Manchester United’s unbalanced midfield was as much part of their problemFor Manchester United this was a bruising 2-0 defeat by better-balanced opponents and an occa…