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Perfectionist Marcelo Bielsa brings radical approach to Leeds United

The legendary manager has implemented bold changes at the Championship club since his arrival in EnglandMarcelo Bielsa had a question. The new Leeds manager wanted to find out how hard the average supporter had to work to pay for a ticket to watch the …

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Maurizio Sarri ready to lock horns with Guardiola even if Chelsea are not

Italian has barely had time to work with his players but is keen to start strongly against Manchester City at Wembley on SundayMaurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared t…

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Maurizio Sarri ready to lock horns with Guardiola even if Chelsea are not

Italian has barely had time to work with his players but is keen to start strongly against Manchester City at Wembley on SundayMaurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared t…

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Maurizio Sarri ready to lock horns with Guardiola even if Chelsea are not

Italian has barely had time to work with his players but is keen to start strongly against Manchester City at Wembley on SundayMaurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared t…

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Luka Modric: ‘We expect a difficult, demanding match against England’

• Croatia captain hails his side’s character after shootout win• Manager Zlatko Dalic breaks down in tears after dramatic winLuka Modric admitted a second, draining extra time and penalties victory in less than a week had taken a toll on Croatia but in…

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Sweden scouting report: Granqvist and Forsberg lead the way | David Hytner

Defensive leader Andreas Granqvist and the creative Andreas Forsberg are the best players in Janne Andersson’s tough teamJanne Andersson has built this team on sturdy defensive principles and the most obvious thing to note is how they compress the spac…

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David Hytner’s World Cup diary: ‘A brush with oncoming traffic and Carlos Valderrama’

Our Russian rover spends a week in taxi turmoil, posing for photos with Colombia’s curly haired maestro and discovers that it’s curtains for curtains in Nizhny NovgorodThe taxi driver at Rostov airport introduces himself as Vladimir in such a heavy acc…

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Portugal look to grow with Cristiano Ronaldo after two close shaves | David Hytner

The forward is growing a superstitious goatee at the World Cup, but the Euro 2016 champions can’t continue to ride their luckWhen Cristiano Ronaldo scored his opening goal of this World Cup – the early penalty in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain – he add…

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‘He fell down very often’: Granit Xhaka set to lock horns with Neymar again

Switzerland talisman has no fears as he prepares to face Brazil nine years after stunning them at the Under-17 World CupGranit Xhaka’s first brush with Neymar was light yet memorable. “It did not take much for him to go down, even the slightest touch w…

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Arsenal’s Unai Emery raids PSG to sign teenage midfielder Yacine Adli

• New manager takes 17-year-old from his former club• Adli made first-team debut on final day of seasonArsenal have signed the 17-year-old midfield prospect Yacine Adli from Paris St-Germain. They have secured him to an initial three-year contract, alt…

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‘Mini Messi’ Marcus Edwards seeking exit from Tottenham this summer

• Teenager sees no chance of first-team breakthrough at Spurs• Pochettino favouring experienced internationals in squadMarcus Edwards will seek a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, having reluctantly accepted that his chance of a first-team …

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Mikel John Obi: If Nigeria were organised we’d have won the World Cup | David Hytner

Nigeria’s captain opens up on the ‘massive problems’ that derailed the team in 2014, life in China and the day he feared Sir Alex Ferguson would punch himFor Mikel John Obi, it was the boyhood dream that soured. “It was a disaster,” the Nigeria midfiel…

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Ivan Gazidis has won Arsenal power battle but Arteta was a gamble too far | David Hytner

Arsenal’s chief executive will add Unai Emery to his ideal management structure after carrying out a meticulous coupIvan Gazidis met the higher-ups at Real Madrid in August 2013 with the intention of signing one player – Ángel Di María. The Spanish clu…

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Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

• Former PSG and Sevilla manager has impressed club hierarchy• Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to replace Arsène WengerArsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery, the former PSG and Sevilla manager, as the successor to Arsène Wenger.The club have con…

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Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

• Former PSG and Sevilla manager has impressed club hierarchy• Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to replace Arsène WengerArsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery, the former PSG and Sevilla manager, as the successor to Arsène Wenger.The club have con…

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Mikel Arteta is strong favourite to replace Arsène Wenger at Arsenal

• Arteta considering his backroom team after positive talks• Former captain seen as better fit than Max Allegri by clubMikel Arteta is the strong favourite to be appointed as successor to Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, with productive talks having progresse…

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Harry Kane says Mo Salah Golden Boot battle pushed him to new heights

• Tottenham striker aims to beat Salah’s 32-goal mark• Kane delighted to have scored 30 goals in league for first timeHarry Kane has said the emergence of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool has driven him to new heights. The Tottenham Hotspur striker finished …

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Arsenal’s interest in Mikel Arteta grows but Max Allegri still in the frame

• Former Arsenal midfielder highly regarded by Ivan Gazidis • Juventus manager Allegri remains on whittled down shortlistMikel Arteta has emerged as an increasingly strong contender to replace Arsène Wenger as the Arsenal manager, with members of staff…

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Arsène Wenger: Regrets? I’ve had a few and David Dein leaving was one

The Frenchman was in wistful mood before his last Arsenal game and admitted the 2007 departure of the man who brought him to Highbury was a major disappointmentArsène Wenger turned them all down, every leading European club, in order to remain true to …

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Arsenal suspend two coaches after complaints from players

• Under-23s coaches Steve Gatting and Carl Laraman suspended• Arsenal say they have launched an investigationArsenal have suspended two coaches, understood to be for alleged bullying – the under-23s manager, Steve Gatting, and his assistant, Carl Laram…