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Are Manchester City so drilled they can’t think enough on their feet? | Jonathan Wilson

City’s shock defeat by Lyon raised concerns regarding the team’s leadership and capacity to think independently, as well as a susceptibility to pressingIt’s one game, at the beginning of the group stage. There is plenty of time to recover. For Manchest…

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Paul Pogba thanks José Mourinho in sign of thawing relations

• Manchester United manager allowed midfielder to take penalty• Mourinho hails Pogba’s ‘courage’ after previous spot-kick missPaul Pogba has thanked José Mourinho for trusting him to take a penalty against Young Boys, with Manchester United’s manager r…

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Mikel Arteta refuses to blame Guardiola ban for Manchester City’s defeat

• Manager absent from touchline because of suspension• Coach says team were slow and careless against LyonMikel Arteta said he had no idea whether Pep Guardiola’s touchline absence because of suspension had anything to do with Manchester City unexpecte…

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Cristiano Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus go on to beat Valencia

• Ronaldo may miss trip to Manchester United next month• Ajax defeat AEK Athens 3-0; Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0Cristiano Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford with Juventus on 23 October after he left the pitch in tears following a red card for…

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Real Madrid begin Champions League defence by easing to win over Roma

It was just one night in Madrid but by the end of it, Real’s fans left the Santiago Bernabéu wondering if this team might be better than the one that won three European Cups in a row.Zinedine Zidane has gone, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone too, sent off 40…

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Manchester City pay price for carelessness with shock loss to Lyon

Pep Guardiola confessed before this game to becoming frustrated at Manchester City’s inability to do the simple things well. He will be closer to furious now that his side have lost ground in the Champions League with their most inept performance of th…

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Paul Pogba hits double as Manchester United start with win at Young Boys

The mental edge José Mourinho praised in the build-up was evident in a Manchester United victory which must surely be the template for the season.Fast, cold-eyed and a concerted unit: these were the key components in how the visitors downed Young Boys …

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Manchester City v Lyon: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST Group F gameYoung Boys v Manchester United: Champions League – live!And feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.14pm BST Here’s Ed Aarons on Lyon’s danger man. Related: Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer…

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Young Boys v Manchester United: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST Group H gameManchester City v Lyon: Champions League – live!And feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 7.11pm BST The team news. Manchester United make four changes to the starting XI named at Watford …

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‘Don’t disrespect my players’: Pochettino angry at media after Spurs defeat – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at questions over his squad selection after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Internazionale, despite leading until the 86th minute. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead in the second half before Mauro Icardi’…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have the stamina to stick to his gameplan | Andy Hunter

With Roberto Firmino absent from the starting lineup, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold proved their worth against PSGIn the blink of a damaged eye Roberto Firmino brought Anfield the victory its team deserved and the finale an en…

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Liverpool 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain: player ratings from Anfield

James Milner was the star for Jürgen Klopp’s side, while Neymar struggled to make much of an impactAlisson Little to do until beaten by Meunier and no chance with the second. Kept things simple. 7 Continue reading…

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Champions League roundup: Atlético Madrid fight back to win at Monaco

• Spanish side come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1• Borussia Dortmund grab late victory at Club BruggeAtlético Madrid battled their way back from a goal down to pull off a confidence-boosting 2-1 win at Monaco in Group A on Tuesday, a defiant response t…

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Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino leaves it late to sink PSG in five-goal thriller

It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Kylian Mbappé decided it was time to introduce himself to Anfield properly and at that stage PSG must have imagined they had salvaged a draw. Unfortunately for them, Roberto Firmino had other ideas and the game was …

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Mauricio Pochettino accuses reporters of disrespect after Inter’s late show

• Spurs manager loses cool over selection questions• ‘You disrespect the players … it’s so painful to hear’Mauricio Pochettino accused journalists of disrespecting his players after Tottenham opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 defeat at …

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Tottenham fail to heed clear evidence Harry Kane needs a rest | Barney Ronay

The striker has run out of puff, and failed to get a shot on target against Inter, but Spurs have no one in reserveWell, that escalated quickly. A goal up on 85 minutes: 2-1 down at the final whistle. Defeat for Tottenham to Internazionale in the Champ…

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Lionel Messi hits hat-trick as Barcelona trounce PSV Eindhoven

Lionel Messi scored the eighth Champions League hat-trick of his career as 10-man Barcelona eased to an emphatic 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in Group B.The Argentinian was once again in imperious form as the hosts overcame a low-key start to cruise …

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Matias Vecino breaks Spurs hearts with injury-time winner for Inter

Tottenham looked to be on course for a comfortable opening win at San Siro only for their night to turn to ashes in a frantic final five minutes in Italy.Leading by Christian Eriksen’s deflected shot Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked like they would ha…