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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk: we want to win it all, that’s our mindset

• Dutch defender believes Reds are a threat in four competitions• ‘It’s a great time to be a Liverpool player. Everyone is excited’Liverpool have made an excellent start in both the Premier League and the Champions League, winning their first six match…

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Manchester City have best players in the world, says Mikel Arteta

• City No2 still makes Real Madrid Champions League favourites• Arteta in charge on bench against Lyon with Guardiola bannedMikel Arteta believes Manchester City have the best players in the world and would not change them for anyone, though he still r…

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Champions League is back with Manchester City unlikely favourites | Paul Wilson

Pep Guardiola’s team have yet to reach a Champions League final but the bookmakers fancy them to halt Real Madrid’s hot streak and outpace Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester UnitedThe Champions League is back this coming week, and easily the most striking…

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Manchester City manager unaware of any release clause in De Bruyne’s contract

• I don’t know anything about that, says Pep Guardiola• Spanish newspapers had reported a €250m trigger pointPep Guardiola has denied any knowledge of a release clause in Kevin De Bruyne’s contract, following reports in Spanish newspapers that the Belg…

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Maurizio Sarri leads way for Premier League newcomers at Chelsea

The Italian has made the most impressive start of the seven new managers in the top flight while doubts already dog Manuel Pellegrini and Neil WarnockThere are no fewer than seven new managers in the Premier League this season, four of them completely …

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Manuel Pellegrini must convince West Ham he’s not yesterday’s man | Paul Wilson

The Chilean needs to quickly start turning his disparate collection of individuals into a team to avoid more unrestIt would be premature, though only a little, to suggest that when the Premier League returns on Saturday it will find West Ham in crisis …

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: ‘I feel very lucky … I am living my dream’

Hard work and dedication to family and club have put the young Liverpool and England right-back on the path he always dreamed of followingTrent Alexander-Arnold pauses to consider his answer to a question. A long pause, positively Pinteresque. The Live…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: ‘I feel very lucky … I am living my dream’

Hard work and dedication to family and club have put the young Liverpool and England right-back on the path he always dreamed of followingTrent Alexander-Arnold pauses to consider his answer to a question. A long pause, positively Pinteresque. The Live…

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Manchester City ready for ‘war’ with Chelsea in Women’s Super League

Jill Scott says rivalry between the clubs is ‘getting stronger every year’ as contenders prepare to meet in first game of new seasonThe Women’s Super League season begins this weekend with two of the favourites meeting on Sunday. Manchester City visit …

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José Mourinho says Juventus’ spending can win them Champions League

• ‘They don’t hide,’ says Manchester United manager• ‘The investment they made shows they want to win’José Mourinho has described Juventus as major contenders in this season’s Champions League because of the money they have invested, sending a none-too…

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Benítez’s idling at Newcastle exposed by Mitrovic’s flying start for Fulham | Paul Wilson

The Spaniard said: ‘You can only drive the car you have’ – but could he push his side closer to the speed limit?It won’t last long, but the infant Premier League table is about as close to telling porkies as a league table can ever get at the moment, g…

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Manchester United must wish they had gone for Mauricio Pochettino

As fans face another season of José Mourinho moaning, they will reflect on who United could have chosen instead of David Moyes and Louis van GaalFunny old game, football management. Both Stoke and West Brom were glad to see the back of Tony Pulis, and …

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Whisper it quietly but Javi Gracia’s Watford could be the new Burnley

Spaniard is firmly in the group of managers who regard themselves as improvers and the best start to a top-flight season for 36 years has Watford buzzingIt is still very early in the season and there is little more point in forming opinions than produc…

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Manchester City still some way from being fully fit, says Pep Guardiola

• Premier League leaders without Bravo and De Bruyne• ‘Hopefully after the international break we will be better’Manchester City go into their game against Wolves on Saturday with six points out of six and the best goal tally in the Premier League tabl…

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José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class

• United manager infuriated by appearances in City documentary• Mourinho defends David de Gea and says new deal is imminentJosé Mourinho has criticised Manchester City over their new documentary All or Nothing, accusing the club of lacking class and re…

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Kevin De Bruyne injury blow exposes chink in Manchester City’s armour

Champions will be relieved Belgian is not out for the season but Guardiola must find a way to overcome loss of his best playerIn slightly different circumstances 2018 could have been an annus mirabilis for Kevin De Bruyne, arguably the single most impo…

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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne suffers knee injury in training

• Belgian sent for tests on right knee after injury in training• Extent of problem is not yet known, say Mancester CityManchester City face losing Kevin de Bruyne for a significant spell in the early part of the season after the midfielder suffered a k…

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Manchester City scout alleged to have used racially inappropriate language

• Dean Ramsdale is Manchester City’s chief youth scout• Acronym ‘BBQ’ understood to stand for ‘big, black and quick’Manchester City have confirmed they received a complaint last month relating to racially inappropriate language used by a club employee …

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Kepa Arrizabalaga and Alisson show youth beats experience for keepers | Paul Wilson

The old-fashioned assumption that keepers can go on forever appears to be drawing to a closeA debate is still raging over whether the spectacular late winner Wayne Rooney created to help DC United beat Orlando City on Sunday was a highlight of the MLS …

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It’s back! The ever-changing, unignorable Premier League returns| Paul Wilson

The start of the new league season brings with it countless storylines and points of intrigue, from Liverpool’s designs on the title to Wolves’ step back into the big timeIt was an enjoyable summer, though nothing actually came home apart from a faintl…