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‘We were having fun’: Lampard and Mourinho on touchline row – video

José Mourinho and Frank Lampard have explained their touchline squabble in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea.’I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak to the referee more than his players,’ said Lampard after the pair were seen arguin…

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Champions League draw explained: the clubs, pots, format and more

A guide to Thursday’s draw for the group stage, including which pots the clubs are in and how it will all workThe draw begins at 4pm BST on Thursday in Geneva and you can follow coverage on theguardian.com/football as it unfolds. Continue reading…

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Champions League draw explained: the clubs, pots, format and more

A guide to Thursday’s draw for the group stage, including which pots the clubs are in and how it will all workThe draw begins at 4pm BST on Thursday in Geneva and you can follow coverage on theguardian.com/football as it unfolds. Continue reading…

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Borussia Dortmund: where dreams are made or a glorified feeder club? | Jonathan Liew

The Bundesliga side’s recruitment policy is held up as a model – but they have won only one trophy since 2012 The chase begins frighteningly early. Often years in advance and usually when the object is still a child. Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna were …

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Football transfer rumours: Bayern to bid £23m for Brighton’s Lamptey?

Today’s whispers are glad that they didn’t tune inBayern have got another crush on a Chelsea youth academy graduate. Last year the German giants tried and failed to get Callum Hudson-Odoi on board. This year, the target is very much Tariq Lamptey, now …

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‘I didn’t want pity’: O’Brien plots Newport’s latest upset after retiring at 27

Heart surgery forced Mark O’Brien to retire at 27 and though Newport’s former captain will miss facing Newcastle, analysing games is helping his recoveryRodney Parade has, as Mark O’Brien can vouch, been home to some of the biggest giantkillings in rec…

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Football matches with more goals than the penalty kicks that followed | The Knowledge

Plus: Premier League stalwarts leading clubs into the Football League and Dennis Bergkamp’s road tripsMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“In the Europa League qualifiers I saw the remarkable scoreline of Backa Topola 6-6 Steaua Bucharest, …

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Chelsea need better support from Frank Lampard at times, says Mourinho

Mourinho: Lampard looked ‘sad’ when losing to West BromFormer Chelsea manager argued with Lampard on touchlineJosé Mourinho said that Frank Lampard looked “sad and quiet in his chair” when Chelsea were 3-0 down to West Brom on Sunday and offered his fo…

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Tottenham beat Chelsea on penalties to reach Carabao Cup last eight

Tottenham advanced in dramatic style to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a late Erik Lamela equaliser forced penalties – and he and his teammates duly kept their nerve from the spot. It was no more than they deserved. Mason Mount missed Chelsea’s f…

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Rúben Dias completes £62m move from Benfica to Manchester City

‘I couldn’t turn down this opportunity’ says centre-backDias takes Guardiola’s spending on defenders to over 400mRúben Dias has described the opportunity to join Manchester City as one he “couldn’t turn down” after completing his move to the club from …

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Premier League referees to be more lenient on handball after outcry

Officials allowed more leeway when making decisions Eric Dier incident would still have led to a spot-kickPremier League referees are to take a lenient approach to applying the new handball law after an outcry from across the game.This season there hav…

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Dortmund tell Manchester United €90m is nowhere near enough for Jadon Sancho

United were preparing €90m bid for England internationalBarcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé an option but only on loanBorussia Dortmund have told Manchester United there is no point in bidding less than €120m (£109.6m) for Jadon Sancho after discussions betwee…

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Dortmund tell Manchester United €90m is nowhere near enough for Jadon Sancho

United were preparing €90m bid for England internationalBarcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé an option but only on loanBorussia Dortmund have told Manchester United there is no point in bidding less than €120m (£109.6m) for Jadon Sancho after discussions betwee…

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Leicester agree £36.5m deal to sign Wesley Fofana from St-Étienne

Central defender was also a target for West HamFee for 19-year-old includes add-onsLeicester are close to signing Wesley Fofana from Saint-Étienne after agreeing a deal worth up to €40m (£36.5m) for the central defender.The 19-year-old has also been ta…

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Liverpool’s Thiago Alcântara tests positive for Covid-19

29-year-old midfielder is now self-isolating ‘We have followed all the protocols and Thiago is OK’The Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara has tested positive for Covid-19. The 29-year-old, who missed Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has exhibited m…

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Tottenham v Chelsea: Carabao Cup fourth round – live!

Carabao Cup updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s games in EuropeAnd you can get in touch with Simon by email or Twitter 6.39pm BST Squad news should be incoming in a couple of minutes, but word on the street is…

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Tottenham v Chelsea: Carabao Cup fourth round – live!

Carabao Cup updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s games in EuropeAnd you can get in touch with Simon by email or Twitter 6.39pm BST Squad news should be incoming in a couple of minutes, but word on the street is…

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Premier League to pay for compulsory Covid tests for EFL opponents in cups

Policy applies to FA Cup and to Carabao Cup after this weekTop-flight teams agree to use points per game if season curtailedThe Premier League is to pay for Covid-19 testing for EFL opponents in cup competitions this season. Under the terms of an arran…

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Birmingham dismayed by ‘ridiculous’ gap between Women’s FA Cup ties

Blues face Everton on Wednesday after Sunday’s extra-time win‘It’s an injustice,’ says manager Carla Ward before the semi-finalBirmingham’s manager, Carla Ward, has branded as “ridiculous” the decision to give her team only two clear days between their…

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The Fiver | Fulham and the need to post criticism on Social Media Disgrace Twitter

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Even in the immediate aftermath of Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, Scott Parker seemed strangely forlorn. As if he realised that, in masterminding unlikely victory over a strangely subdued Br…