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Bournemouth v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at the Vitality StadiumLive scores: all the goals from the games around the UK and EuropeEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com Tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.56pm BST Bournemouth make two changes from the team that lost 3…

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The Fiver | Pining for the days of William Prunier and Bebé

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! For fans of Plucky Little Manchester United, the PFA’s Premier League team of the year must have made for heartening reading. Yes, the only representative from the biggest club in England was David De…

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Roma’s Edin Dzeko a standard bearer for all Premier League leavers | Jacob Steinberg

Dzeko proves players can succeed in an elite league outside England’s top 20 after not quite succeeding at Manchester CityOne of the joys of European football is catching up with familiar faces who have slightly fallen off the radar since leaving Engla…

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Waning powers of Iniesta and Suárez point to change at Barcelona | Jacob Steinberg

Champions League exit against Roma was proof ageing team can no longer rely on Lionel Messi to get them out of troubleIf it was possible for Barcelona not to become overwhelmed by despair when they fell to Juventus last season, there was no way for the…

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Mark Hughes may yet beat the drop but the Southampton Way has gone | Jacob Steinberg

Whether or not Southampton stay up, their status as a model club for others to follow has fallen victim to a familiar short-termism and harsh financial realitiesThere came a point during the first half at the London Stadium last Saturday when the stewa…

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Football transfer rumours: Monaco’s Djibril Sidibé to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is ducking and divingThe Mill has no doubt about who’ll be getting it in the neck if Manchester City get over their rocky coach ride outside Anfield by wrapping up the title with victory over Manchester United on Saturday evening: step fo…

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Barcelona v Roma: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Camp NouMessi fit and firing to lead charge against RomaAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.47pm BST Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Roberto; Rakitic, Iniesta; Me…

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The Fiver | It sounds different and special and holy

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Ray Wilkins, the former England midfielder, has died at the age of 61. Wilkins, whose clubs included Chelsea, Manchester United, Milan, PSG, QPR and Rangers in a 24-year playing career that spanned thr…

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Sevilla v Bayern Munich: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off Juventus v Real Madrid – live with Scott MurrayJoshua Kimmich: ‘I want to be me, not a Lahm clone’Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg with your thoughts 7.00pm BST Vincenzo Montella has made a big …

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Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 4pm kick-off at Stamford BridgeAntonio Conte: Chelsea are having the season that we deserveTottenham must break hold of history at Chelsea, says LamelaEmail Jacob or tweet: @JacobSteinberg 3.44pm BST Mauricio Pochettino speaks! He…

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Fragile mood blights West Ham’s first return since ugly crowd scenes | Jacob Steinberg

A toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium has led to heightened security for Saturday’s relegation match against SouthamptonIn different circumstances it would be possible simply to look forward to a day of huge significance at the bottom of the Premier…

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FA sexual abuse inquiry head ready to investigate any clubs who fail to cooperate

• Some clubs asked to detail how they reacted to abuse allegations• Clive Sheldon QC’s report may recommend sanctions to the FAThe QC leading the Football Association’s independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in football is prepared to launch his o…

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Eden Hazard to prioritise Belgium’s World Cup over Chelsea contract talks

• ‘I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season’• Forward says Belgium’s target is to reach World Cup finalEden Hazard has said he will not think about signing a contract extension with Chelsea until the World Cup has finished.Hazard, who …

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Joe Gomez: ‘I didn’t have time to think about my England debut’

The young Liverpool defender was shocked to find Gareth Southgate sending him on from the bench against Germany in November but now he is firmly in World Cup squad contentionJoe Gomez barely had time to think. It had not even crossed his mind that Gare…

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James Tarkowski has England pedigree as a ball-playing centre-half | Jacob Steinberg

The Burnley player called up by Gareth Southgate says his reputation as an old-fashioned English defender is unfairThe general view of Burnley as a long-ball outfit meant that the logic behind Gareth Southgate’s decision to hand James Tarkowski a first…

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West Ham’s Brady told by London mayor to withdraw claim of budget cuts

• Vice-chairman wrote to Sadiq Khan blaming the stadium owner• Monday meeting followed serious crowd trouble in loss to BurnleySadiq Khan has rebuked Karren Brady for claiming that cuts in the London Stadium’s security budget were responsible for the c…

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Barcelona v Chelsea: Champions League – live!

Latest updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at Camp NouDominic Fifield: Chelsea aim to be boldFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.43pm GMT Here come the teams! The Barcelona anthem is being belted out and the flags are fluttering. There…

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West Ham accused of behaving like ostriches over abuse of fan

• MP asks Karren Brady why board were silent after fan threatened• Club were alerted to abuse by supporter group before meeting themWest Ham United have been described as behaving like “ostriches with their heads in the sand” by a Labour MP who has wri…

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West Ham ready to pay for huge police presence at London Stadium

• Decision follows ugly scenes at home game against Burnley• Under stadium deal LLDC foots bill for police at matchesWest Ham United are prepared to pay for a huge police presence inside the London Stadium to help to prevent a repeat of the crowd distu…

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West Ham fan groups at war after rift over protest march

• Head of one supporters’ association says he has feared for his safety• Club’s board meets members of fans’ groups before march called offWest Ham United have been accused of failing to respond appropriately after the chairman of one of their supporte…