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Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion

Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAston Villa’s season has been shaped by injuries, for better and for wo…

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Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League triumph in 201…

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Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?“As an opponent I suffered the Alba-Messi society often; let someone else suff…

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David Squires on … West Brom’s mini-break in Barcelona

Our cartoonist on Alan Pardew’s team-building exercise in CataloniaView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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‘No to Monday night football’: Frankfurt fans protest against Bundesliga plans

• Angry supporters delay start of both halves in win over RB Leipzig• Match first of five Monday night matches in Bundesliga this seasonThe Bundesliga’s plans for increased Monday night matches met with fierce resistance as Eintracht Frankfurt fans sho…

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London Leopards project to put 100 women coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack

New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged five to eight in the cityThe FA launched its women’s football Gameplan for Growth 11 months ago with three bold aims: to d…

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Pep Guardiola backs his Manchester City players despite Wigan FA Cup loss – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the professionalism of his players despite a shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Wigan on Monday night. Fabian Delph saw red for the Premier League leaders, and Guardiola was involved in an angry outburst in…

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Manchester City to seek explanation from Wigan Athletic for pitch invasion

• Sergio Agüero made contact with home supporter during melee • FA assessing situation and may also look into actions of City fansManchester City will seek an explanation from Wigan Athletic for the pitch invasion that occurred after Monday night’s ill…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín to Real Madrid?

This morning’s fluff is skating on thin iceFed up with watching Barcelona waltz off into the distance in La Liga, the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has decided to dig out his transfer war chest and take the fight to their bitter rivals off t…

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Pep Guardiola’s gamble backfires and Wigan complete unlikely FA Cup hat-trick | Paul Wilson

City’s manager fails to learn from Tottenham’s experience at Rochdale and his weakened team paid a hefty priceManchester City had already done their bit for the romance of the FA Cup by losing to Wigan twice in the last few years, first in the 2013 fin…

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Wigan’s shock win over Manchester City sparks angry scenes at DW Stadium

• City fans launch fusillade of missiles at pitch after final whistle• Sergio Agüero involved in skirmish with home fanWigan put in the doughtiest of defensive performances to pull off the shock of the season against Manchester City and once again brea…

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Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds ConteChelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this eli…

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Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for successThis is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s s…

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Will Grigg stuns 10-man Manchester City to put Wigan in quarter-finals

There is a famous song here about the man who has just scorched Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple. And in the closing moments here it is doubtful if “Will Grigg’s on fire” has ever reverberated around this stadium with greater noise. City were on …

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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits to worries about facing Chelsea

• Head coach impressed with English clubs in Europe this season• ‘Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the world’Barcelona wanted to avoid facing Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, according to their manager, Ernesto Valverde, who is wary…

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Until Sunderland have a new owner, we are where we are, says Chris Coleman

• Manager fans flames before Tuesday’s trip to Bolton• Coleman also digs out players for ‘not standing up to the fight’Chris Coleman has risked the wrath of Ellis Short after making some brutally honest, and arguably incendiary, comments before his Sun…

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Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates, kick-off 7.55pm GMTTen talking points from the weekend’s fifth-round tiesAnd mail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg to get in touch 7.20pm GMT The draw for the quarter-final was done on Saturday night. Of course it was. The win…

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Leaving The Fiver’s pluck-o-meter in a smoking, short-circuited mess

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Former football coach Barry Bennell has been branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years in prison. The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed during his trial has pr…

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reachIn the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the M…

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West Brom ‘taxi’ quartet unlikely to face court case in Barcelona

• Case against Evans, Barry, Livermore and Myhill put on ice• Taxi driver decides not to press charges against West Brom playersJonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill are highly unlikely to face punishment in Spain after a Barcelona …