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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri humble before first encounter with José Mourinho

• Italian cannot compare himself to former Chelsea manager• ‘Mourinho is a coach who has won everything, everywhere’Maurizio Sarri has said he is “lucky” to find himself in direct opposition to José Mourinho and does not yet consider himself worthy of …

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Burnley’s Ben Mee: ‘We’d targeted Europe for a season. Then it was snatched away’ | Dominic Fifield

Defender talks of his side’s struggle to emerge from their Europa League ‘hangover’ and why Manchester City should expect a tough game on SaturdayBen Mee is talking hangovers. Not the pounding kind induced by a night on the sauce. Rather the lingering …

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Gareth Southgate may allow several seniors to play at Euro Under-21 finals

• The more games I play the better, says Harry Winks• Tournament takes place in Italy and San Marino during JuneGareth Southgate’s desire for his players to gain further tournament experience will leave him facing key decisions next summer, with member…

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Eric Dier says England have learned how to avoid being intimidated

• Tottenham midfielder was quick into action against Spain• ‘It’s knowing when to win fouls, when to take your time’Eric Dier has pointed to England’s eagerness to stamp their authority on the Nations League match with Spain as evidence their youthful …

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Harry Kane says he is not concerned about his England goal drought

• ‘I don’t think my game has dipped’• Kane expects tougher test against SpainHarry Kane has defended his recent form and insisted his all-round game has not dipped in the aftermath of a busy summer at the World Cup and early return to pre-season traini…

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Harry Kane hopes to lead England line despite coaches’ burnout fears

• Spurs striker wants to start against both Croatia and Spain• Harry Winks could be in line for second cap in RijekaHarry Kane hopes to convince Gareth Southgate to allow him to start England’s Nations League games against Croatia and Spain despite con…

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England warned to watch what they say in behind-closed-doors game in Croatia

• Players told every word will be audible with no supporters• Croatia punished by Uefa for swastika on pitch in 2015Gareth Southgate has instructed his players to watch footage of Barcelona’s behind-closed-doors game with Las Palmas last year as he pre…

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Trips to Google and the RAF: inside the FA’s technical directors’ course

Arsenal and Chelsea are participating in a programme designed to haul football into the future. We get a taste with the studentsOn Monday morning at Google’s snazzy headquarters in Pancras Square a group of students in a second-floor corner office are …

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Jean Michaël Seri: ‘You have to take risks or you are just a water carrier’

The Ivorian says he will stay bold at Fulham after a turbulent journey that started barefoot and nearly took him to BarcelonaJean Michaël Seri has grown used to the comparisons and, when they have come, they have nearly always been complimentary. Back …

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Chelsea rediscover energy and optimism under Maurizio Sarri

Italian head coach has overseen eye-catching start – and with Eden Hazard in the form of his life positivity abounds at Stamford BridgeAlmost 11 weeks into his stint in charge, Maurizio Sarri is still stumped. The Italian would appear to have overseen …

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Gareth Southgate set to sign contract to stay as England manager until 2022

• Proposal to go before FA board on Thursday• Southgate offered significant pay riseGareth Southgate is set to agree a new four-year contract on improved terms to stay as England’s manager to the end of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.The proposed d…

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Gianfranco Zola delights in Chelsea return as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant | Dominic Fifield

Zola is grateful to be back at Stamford Bridge with his fellow Italian after a difficult time managing BirminghamGianfranco Zola never expected to find himself back at Chelsea. Not as a club employee, at any rate, and certainly not in the dugout as ass…

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FA technical director Dan Ashworth in talks over Brighton role

• Ashworth is close ally of England manager Gareth Southgate• Brighton one of several clubs to have shown interestThe Football Association is braced to lose its technical director, Dan Ashworth, to Brighton & Hove Albion as the man credited with pl…

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West Ham need to secure Declan Rice’s signature, says Pablo Zabaleta

• Dressing room needs to keep his feet on ground, Zabaleta says• Teenage Hammers midfielder holds out for £30k a weekPablo Zabaleta has urged West Ham to prioritise securing Declan Rice to a new contract following the teenager’s hugely impressive start…

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Roy Hodgson urges Wilfried Zaha to focus despite anger over fouls

• Crystal Palace striker complained about being fouled• ‘Wilf has a strong sense of justice,’ Hodgson saysRoy Hodgson has backed Wilfried Zaha’s decision to voice a sense of injustice at the treatment he receives from markers but has stressed to him th…

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Chelsea’s preparations for West Ham clash hampered by cancelled flight

• Team forced to spend second night in Greece after PAOK win• Maurizio Sarri says European schedule ‘may be a problem’Chelsea’s preparations for Sunday’s derby at West Ham United have been further hampered after their return flight post-match from Thes…

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Maurizio Sarri open to John Terry joining Chelsea coaching staff

• ‘He would be a point of reference for me,’ manager says• Sarri believes Terry wants to play on for another seasonMaurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club’s former captain is intent …

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek scents Chelsea chance but Palace return still possible

• England midfielder set for Europa League role at Paok Salonika• Maurizio Sarri ‘has told me I need to learn tactically’Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to make his mark for Chelsea in the Europa League over the next few weeks but has opened the door to a pot…

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Harry Maguire commits future to Leicester by signing five-year deal

• Manchester United had shown interest following World Cup• Fellow Foxes Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray in England squadThe England defender Harry Maguire has committed his long-term future to Leicester City by signing a new five-year contract on improv…

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Harry Maguire commits future to Leicester by signing five-year deal

• Manchester United had shown interest following World Cup• Fellow Foxes Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray in England squadThe England defender Harry Maguire has committed his long-term future to Leicester City by signing a new five-year contract on improv…