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Thibaut Courtois: ‘It felt the right moment to go to Chelsea. I was ready’

For Thibaut Courtois, the true rite of passage came in his initial training session with the senior Belgium squad. The teenager had been called up for critical Euro 2012 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Germany, a rookie of huge promise but an Atlético Madrid loanee still digesting a thrashing, …

Arsenal Will Have to Lay Groundwork in Advance If They Want to Get Pep Guardiola

“I would have gone with Pep Guardiola,” as Manchester United fan Andy Tate, the internet’s latest unwitting social media star, famously once said. “At least he [would have] brought a Barca style of play.”<p>If Tate was disappointed United ultimately made the decision to appoint David Moyes, not …

Mane backs Southampton to go the distance

Ronald Koeman has guided the Saints to second in the Premier League after 11 games and the former Red Bull Salzburg star is sure the club can maintain their impressive form<p>Sadio Mane is convinced that Southampton have what it takes to maintain their position in the Premier League top four following …

Jason Cundy: Arsenal Winger Alexis Sanchez is the Only Premier League Player who'd Improve Chelsea

<i>Jason Cundy played for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during his playing career, and now regularly commentates on games at Stamford Bridge.</i><p><i>In his</i> …

Reality check: Saints' Champions League bid remains only a dream

<i>"I have absolutely no sympathy for Southampton. They have a choice as a club. They don't have to sell. They had that choice. Maybe Southampton's</i> …

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Why Jose Mourinho's Summer Transfer Deals Prove the Chelsea Manager's Genius

Chelsea have played 15 games in all competitions this season and still Jose Mourinho's side remain unbeaten.<p>Such has been their dominance this term, Chelsea have trailed opponents for just 37 of the 1,350 minutes they have played, with only Burnley and Swansea City scoring first against them.<p>It's …

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3 things we learned from City's 1-0 win over 10-man United

The performances of both teams -- and the referee -- left something to be desired, but the Manchester Derby at least gave us plenty to talk about.<p>The early signs were positive. Sort of. Manchester United were getting forward, although the offside rule kept tripping them up. Marouane Fellaini was …

Real Madrid unveil IPIC deal to make Bernabeu 'best stadium in the world'

Los Blancos announce a link-up with the United Arab Erimates-based investment company, with a view to building the club brand worldwide and improving installations<p>Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has promised to make the new Santiago Bernabeu the "world's best stadium" after announcing a …

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he must win Premier League to be Jose Mourinho's equal

Jose Mourinho has won the league in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy, while the Dutchman has been a champion in Holland, Spain and Germany<p><b>Louis Van Gaal</b> has said <b>Manchester United</b> must win the Premier League for him to consider himself <b>Jose Mourinho</b>’s equal.<p>United face <b>Chelsea</b> at Old Trafford on …

Man Utd v Chelsea: all the best action shots - Telegraph

Higuain had a hat-trick, but Hamšík proved his worth in 6-2 Napoli win

In their 6-2 win over Verona, Napoli were reminded just how much they need Marek Hamšík to be great.<p>Marek Hamšík never performs in the big games. He never shows up when Napoli needs him the most. He may wear the armband, but he's not a real leader. Yes, you've read that somewhere online, or heard …

Didier Drogba Rolls Back Years, but Chelsea to Blame for Manchester United Draw

OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER — Chelsea remain undefeated this season, but Jose Mourinho will see his latest draw in Manchester as a massive opportunity lost.<p>Chelsea drew 1-1 with Manchester City in September and when they returned to the north west to face Manchester United, they left with the same …

Mats Hummels - Borussia Dortmund running out of explanations

Mats Hummels says Borussia Dortmund can no longer achieve their targets this season after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat in the …

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard prepares to face Manchester United with the world at his feet

Under Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard is flourishing - with many believing the Belgian could be the new Lionel Messi<p>Eden Hazard strides into Old Trafford on Sunday as <b>Chelsea</b>’s Player of the Year, as PFA Young Player of the Year and hailed as a great entertainer who will eventually rival <b>Lionel Messi</b>, …

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1: Luis Suarez return and debut overshadowed as Karim Benzema wraps up win

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico, La Liga - Neymar scored early on but goals from Ronaldo, Pepe and Benzema spoil striker's return from four-month ban<p>It was never going to be quiet, the billion dollar game. In a match that fizzed and sparkled, crackling with pace and fury, <b>Real Madrid</b> beat their …

Juan Mata has chance to prove Chelsea were wrong to sell him to Manchester United

Spaniard comes up against his former club for the first time hoping to finally make his mark in a United shirt<p>Louis van Gaal’s abrupt response to a gentle question about Juan Mata betrayed the truth: the £37 million signing from <b>Chelsea</b> has not worked. Not at all. It has been a huge outlay with, as …

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal honed his mind and body

Exclusive: Dutch winger has worked under the Chelsea and Manchester United managers and both have been important influences in his rise and renaissance<p><b>Jose Mourinho</b> made him mentally tough, <b>Louis van Gaal</b> banished his injury nightmares, but it is Pep Guardiola who has given Arjen Robben his place in …

In Focus: Divock Origi - the man to solve Liverpool's striker conundrum?

The Lille striker, who is currently on loan from Liverpool, led the line against Everton in the Europa League on Thursday evening and turned in an accomplished display<p>Having agreed to join Liverpool in the summer, Divock Origi was subequently loaned back to Lille and faced off against the Reds' …

How football got serious, or why Martin Keown talks as if a dog just died

A while ago I came up with a theory known, by almost nobody, as the Baniesta principle. The basic idea is that if you were to take two footballers of similar skill levels but diverse development paths – for example, the World Cup winner Andrés Iniesta and the likable Scottish midfield ace Barry …

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has to improve to be called the best in the world, says Edwin van der Sar

Belgian shot stopper is already rated as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, but Edwin van der Sar has spotted an area in which the 22 year-old can improve<p>Edwin van der Sar claims <b>Chelsea</b>'s Thibaut Courtois must become a better coach to be considered one of the best goalkeepers in the …

Luis Suárez will make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid

Barcelona's latest galactico will make his debut at the Bernabéu in this Saturday's clásico.<p>Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that striker Luis Suárez will make his debut for the club in this Saturday's clash with Real Madrid.<p>He will have some minutes for sure, how many I cannot say. It is …

Arjen Robben intense Louis van Gaal will get best from Manchester United

Arjen Robben has told The Telegraph that Louis van Gaal is the right man to turn Manchester United's fortunes around following a difficult transition …

This Week In Webclips

<b>CLIP OF THE WEEK: Ryan Burch In Indo</b> <br>Asymmetrical tails, odd fin-placements, heaving left-hand barrels, and Ryan Burch collide in our Clip of the …

How not to perform an Erik Lamela style ‘Rabona’

Erik Lamela’s amazing ‘Rabona’ goal for Tottenham in their 5-1 Europa League win over Asteras Triplis, has already been described as the goal of the season.<p>It’s a phenomenal piece of agility and a trick that every child in the playground will be looking to emulate today.<p>A word for warning though, …

Agüero reveals sentiments on Balotelli in autobiography

Firmino eager to make Brazil impact

The Hoffenheim midfielder is in line to make his international debut next month and is desperate to ensure Selecao fans at last know who he is<p>Roberto Firmino says he is determined to make an impact on Brazil supporters who may not yet even know his name.<p>The 23-year-old Hoffenheim midfielder is in …

Goalkeeping: it’s harder than it looks

Tottenham forward Harry Dane demonstrates that goalkeeping is harder than it looks.<p>The striker had scored a hat-trick to help his side to a 5-0 lead at White Hart Lane when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was sent off<p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbhBuZGIm4g<p>Having used all their substitutes, Lloris passed …

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Why always me? Balotelli might have a point

LONDON (Reuters) - When Mario Balotelli scored for his Manchester City side at the Old Trafford home of their bitter rivals three years ago, he lifted his sky blue shirt to reveal a message asking the question ‘Why Always Me?’.<p>Italy's soccer player Mario Balotelli attends a training session during …

Erik Lamela: ‘rabona wonder goal for Tottenham was best of my career’

Érik Lamela has said his <i>rabona</i> against Asteras Tripolis was the best goal of his career, even though he scored a similar effort in the youth ranks at River Plate. The Argentinian forward hopes the wonder strike will prove to be a catalyst that sparks his Tottenham Hotspur career into life after a …

B/R Experts Predict Top Matches in World Football for Weekend of October 25-27

There are no prizes for guessing which game dominates the weekend schedule.<p>Real Madrid play host to Barcelona on Saturday in the first Clasico of the season, with much of the football world ready to tune in.<p>But there are some notable matches across Europe this weekend, Chelsea traveling to …