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Three English sides in the Champions League semi-finals appears possible | Eni Aluko

One of Tottenham or Manchester City will definitely go through and Liverpool have the easiest opponents which leaves only Manchester United, who need to win in BarcelonaThese have been a memorable few weeks for Tottenham. I have not been to their stadi…

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Ole needs a sporting director with United in his veins – Gary Neville | Eni Aluko

Ole Gunnar Solskjær could do with help at Manchester United and Gary Neville is a club legend with business experienceIn the week Ole Gunnar Solskjær was confirmed as Manchester United’s permanent manager, I’ve been in New York to complete my executive…

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Raheem Sterling is a better player but is still the man the media criticised | Eni Aluko

Praise for Raheem Sterling for his displays and his standing up to racial abuse is welcome but as a person he hasn’t really changed. Early perceptions of him were wrongOnce again there has been lots of media focus on Raheem Sterling this week, though a…

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Sponsors queue up behind fans in huge week for women’s football | Eni Aluko

Hot on the heels of more than 60,000 attending a game in Spain, Barclays announced its £10m sponsorship of WSLWith record attendances, multimillion-pound sponsorship deals and global brand announcements, this has been a monumental week for women’s foot…

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Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

Cristiano Ronaldo’s best performance for Juve in the Champions League embodied our club’s ‘until the end’ motto – and the men can now go on to win the tournamentThe Juventus motto is “fino alla fine” – in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening …

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Bring on the World Cup after England’s victory in the US | Eni Aluko

The SheBelieves Cup triumph came at a perfect time in the team’s journey. They are exactly where they need to be only three months before France 2019England’s first SheBelieves Cup triumph is a sign of the progress they have made and their huge potenti…

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Gone are the days when only Germany or USA could win Women’s World Cup | Eni Aluko

Preparations for France 2019 are stepping up and at least six teams can win it, England and Australia among themWith fewer than 100 days now until the World Cup kicks off in Paris, preparations are in their final stages. This is a big week in women’s f…

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Snobs are wrong about women’s Serie A. It’s tight at the top and I’m learning

A salary cap makes it hard for Italy to attract the world’s best but being at Juventus has shown me the standard is highIt’s been a great week for Juventus Women as we followed up our 2-0 win over our title rivals Milan in the league on Sunday by reach…

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England or Ireland? Declan Rice’s difficult decision was about identity | Eni Aluko

Many people believe it is about picking a county and sticking with it but when your heritage is dual it is trickyIt was intriguing to see the mixed reaction to Declan Rice’s decision to commit his international future to England over the Republic of Ir…

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Something may be shifting mentally at Liverpool. How will they respond? | Eni Aluko

As much as footballers and managers say they’re focusing on themselves, I can guarantee after the West Ham draw the players were thinking: ‘That’s it, City go top on Wednesday’Manchester City top the table again, for the first time since they lost agai…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer request signals growing European trend | Eni Aluko

Chelsea want to keep the forward despite his request to join Bayern, but why not let a talented player develop in Europe?Callum Hudson-Odoi’s decision to lodge a transfer request this week after Bayern Munich’s £35m bid is a sign of changing times and …

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Maurizio Sarri is playing a dangerous game with criticism of Chelsea players | Eni Aluko

Going public can have an adverse effect and Sarri’s candour is surprising given recent Chelsea managers’ experienceChelsea started their league season with five successive victories and went unbeaten until late November. There was a lot of positive tal…

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Manchester United need to ask: can Solskjær win us the Champions League? | Eni Aluko

When it comes to their next full-time manager, United really need to make a ‘head’ rather than ‘heart’ decisionI’ve been intrigued to see the reaction to Manchester United’s win against Spurs at the weekend, with lots of supporters and pundits already …

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Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs

Why take on a rebuilding job in Manchester when he could win Tottenham the title for the first time in almost 60 years with a little help from the board?Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe…

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Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs

Why take on a rebuilding job in Manchester when he could win Tottenham the title for the first time in almost 60 years with a little help from the board?Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe…

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Ordering a plate of dog means I need to raise my game speaking Italian | Eni Aluko

Signing for Juventus was among the personal highlights of 2018, a year that saw progress on many fronts but not racismThe turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.O…

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but reaction has been oddly instructive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially …

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Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or reactions echoed class she shows on pitch | Eni Aluko

The Norwegian’s powerful, inspiring speech gave me goose bumps and the award’s worthy winner dealt with Martin Solveig’s casual sexism magnificentlyWhen I was a young girl I had to deal with people calling me weird and strange because I spent so much t…

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Mourinho has a point about young players – but he should trust them more | Eni Aluko

Youngsters today are not as ready for first-team action as they used to be. However José Mourinho should treat those who do break through, such as Marcus Rashford, with more respectThere’s been a lot of debate this week about the difference between you…

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Jadon Sancho should play for under-21s not England seniors next summer | Eni Aluko

When you consider playing time and impact, the 18-year-old would gain more from the European Under-21 Championship in Italy than the Nations League finals in PortugalThe Nations League groups came to a close this week and it was fantastic to see Englan…