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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘We respect PSG but we don’t fear them’

• Chelsea face PSG in first leg of Champions League quarter-final• Hayes says squad are in better shape than last seasonThe Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes, has said the Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain is a game for which they ha…

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Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdict

We run the rule over the matches, including Manchester United’s clash with Barcelona, and predict who will triumphA great opportunity for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo to take a step closer to the only title that really matters to the club now that th…

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‘No plan, no courage’ – German press lay into Bayern after Liverpool loss

Bayern Munich were heavily criticised after their defeat, with Der Spiegel writing that German football ‘has been left behind’For the first time in 13 years there will be no German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact not lost on the cou…

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Real Madrid sign Brazilian defender Éder Militão from Porto for €50m

• 21-year-old becomes Zinedine Zidane’s first signing after return• Centre-back agrees six-year contract with La Liga clubReal Madrid have announced the signing of Éder Militão from Porto, the 21-year-old centre-back becoming the first transfer since Z…

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England women reveal bespoke new kit for 2019 World Cup

• Traditional white home design, with away of ‘dark red crush’• Lionesses forward Fran Kirby welcomes team’s unique kitsEngland’s women will wear a new kit specifically designed for them, rather than using the same as the men’s team, at the World Cup i…

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PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

• ‘People who know nothing about football in charge of VAR’• PSG president Al-Khelaifi says Thomas Tuchel’s job not at riskNeymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on We…

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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So who does have the easiest run-in, Manchester City or Liverpool? | Marcus Christenson

Fixtures, form and favours from friends could all come into play between now and May. We’ve crunched the numbersWe have reached the stage where fans of the two title contenders spend a large part of their days looking at the remaining fixtures. We are …

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Too old and porous? Bayern Munich face Liverpool amid serious doubts

The German champions have been sluggish for much of the season and the problems may run to the very top“Maybe they are slowly becoming part of the problem,” mused Stefan Effenberg in November. The former Bayern Munich midfielder was referring to Karl-H…

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Neymar set to be out until April in blow to PSG’s Champions League hopes

• Brazilian will miss both last 16 legs against Manchester United• Club backs player to return with ‘courage and determination’Paris Saint-Germain have said that Neymar will be out for around 10 weeks with the metatarsal injury he suffered against Raci…

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Gonzalo Higuaín: ‘infernal machine’ ready to relaunch career at Chelsea | Marcus Christenson

The Argentinian striker is set to work with the ‘best ever manager’ Maurizio Sarri but can he conquer the Premier League at the age of 31?“Not even a phone call.” Maurizio Sarri could not hide his disappointment. Gonzalo Higuaín had just left Napoli fo…

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‘No one is allowed to rest’: Dortmund face Bayern challenge in Bundesliga

The Bundesliga restarts on Friday with Bayern Munich six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Can Lucien Favre’s young team keep Bayern at bay?The Bundesliga restarts after the winter break on Friday with something very unfamiliar yet extremely tan…

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Paul Pogba is improving and can do even more for us, says Nemanja Matic

• ‘He can make the difference for Manchester United’• Bournemouth next as Solskjær looks for third win in a rowNemanja Matic has urged his team-mate Paul Pogba to keep improving while playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjær, saying that the Frenchman is capabl…

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Luka Modric ends Messi-Ronaldo duopoly to become Guardian’s No 1

The Croat has been voted the best male footballer of the year by our 225 judges, finishing way ahead of the previous winnersThe 100 best male footballers in the world 2018Move over Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, we have a new winner. After six yea…

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Luka Modric ends Messi-Ronaldo duopoly to become Guardian’s No 1

The Croat has been voted the best male footballer of the year by our 225 judges, finishing way ahead of the previous winnersThe 100 best male footballers in the world 2018Move over Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, we have a new winner. After six yea…

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Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United’s new manager?

Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are possible contenders to be José Mourinho’s long-term successorMourinho sacked after United’s worst start in 28 yearsThe former France international is currently out of work after leaving Real Ma…

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Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic

• Ranieri described as ‘risk-free’ appointment by owner• Jokanovic dismissed with Fulham bottom of tableFulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic. The Italian, who led Leicester to the Premier League title i…