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Arsenal are crying out for change - and Antonio Conte is the man to deliver it

By Chelsea’s recent standards, Antonio Conte is reaching that point in his reign at Stamford Bridge where he will be considered ‘long-serving’.<p>The secret of Chelsea's success is hiring and sacking managers with rapid gunfire and the signals coming out of the club suggest they are readying …

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Chelsea’s hunt for a medieval big man adds intrigue to football’s space race

Seeing Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch at Chelsea is too good to hope for as it could confirm suspicions about the basic numbers of effectiveness and opportunity in elite teams<p>It is nearly 40 years since a famous photo emerged that left the nascent Indian space programme an object of widespread …

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Atletico Madrid and La Liga have missed the fiery, furious Diego Costa

They tore the shirt from his back, a gaping hole exposing his torso, which was tighter now than ever before, but he kept on. Not without complaint, …

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Diego Simeone Claims His Atletico Madrid 'Must Take Advantage' Following Mentality Criticism

Diego Simeone insists his Atletico Madrid side still have a strong mentality, despite throwing away a lead to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.<p>Atletico …

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Ray Parlour and Paul Merson back Chelsea to make January approach for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Parlour stressed that Arsenal striker Giroud "would be perfect" for Antonio Conte's Chelsea.<p>Merson advised the Premier League winners to make an …

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Report: Swansea enlists help of Jorge Mendes in January window

Carlos Carvalhal's swift rebuild mission at Swansea City will be assisted by Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese super-agent who boasts Cristiano Ronaldo …

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STEADY ATLETICO SET TO BE BARCELONA’S REAL CHALLENGERS

Many La Liga fans already have the league title sown up, despite there being half a season of football still left to play.<p>The dominance of Barcelona …

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Montella views win at Atletico as turning point for Sevilla

Vincenzo Montella is certain Sevilla has picked up the victory needed to galvanize its season.<p>The coach said the 2-1 come-from-behind win at Atletico …

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea: Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Blues desperate for points after slipping down to fourth in the table.<p>Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has overseen three consecutive league draws, and the Stamford Bridge outfit appear short of …

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La Liga 17/18 Gameweek 20: Atletico Madrid vs Girona– Lineups, Preview and Prediction

15:15 GMT, Saturday 20th January, Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid, Spain)<p>Atletico Madrid come into this weekend fixture on the back of a terrible week. …

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Why Chelsea are looking for another striker

The transfer window always throws up some outrageous rumours, and many laughed at the initial reports of Chelsea lining up a move for West Ham …

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Barca lose to Espanyol in Cup after Messi penalty miss

BARCELONA - Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as triple King's Cup holders Barcelona suffered a surprise 1-0 loss at city rivals Espanyol in a …

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Tottenham Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura

Chelsea are reportedly set to reignite their interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente, while Spurs are said to be keen on signing Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain.<p>Blues boss Antonio Conte failed with an attempt to sign Llorente in the summer, with the striker moving to Spurs …

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Rumours rated: Aubameyang to Arsenal, Belotti to replace Griezmann

<i>With the transfer window open, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place.</i><p><b>Pierre</b> …

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Chelsea Accused of Breaking Youth Player Signing Rules in FIFA Inquiry

Premier League champions Chelsea have been accused of breaking rules regarding signing foreign players under the age of 18 following a FIFA investigation.<p>According to David Hytner at the <i>Guardian</i>, the investigation looked into the signing of 25 players and the information has been passed to its …

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MNF Extra: The Morata problem

<b>Alvaro Morata endured another difficult night as he was sent off in Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Norwich. With the help of Jamie Carragher, we</b> …

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Atletico Madrid 1 Sevilla 2: Montella's men stage dramatic first-leg comeback

Sevilla scored twice in the last 10 minutes to beat Atletico in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg, with Joaquin Correa settling it.<p>Atletico Madrid have been left with it all to do in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals as a late Miguel Angel Moya own goal was followed by a Joaquin Correa winner …

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Lionel Messi misses penalty, Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten run ends

Lionel Messi missed a penalty against Espanyol. (Reuters)<p>Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak …

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Copa del Rey 2018: Wednesday's Quarter-Final, Leg 1 Results and Reaction

Espanyol defeated Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi missed a penalty.<p>The La Liga leaders dominated possession but could not find the vital breakthrough in the Catalan derby.<p>Oscar Melendo was the hero for the hosts as he netted with two …

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5 solutions to Chelsea’s attacking woes

1 Staying with the back three<p>When analysing the current Chelsea side, it’s easy enough to point to the liberal rate at which Conte employs defensive …

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Five reasons Real Madrid have fallen into crisis

Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat by Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday was greeted by boos and jeers from the Santiago Bernabeu and plunged the Spanish …

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Rumour Mill: Puel on Mahrez future, Bordeaux talk Malcom, Swansea to make record bid

LEICESTER manager Claude Puel has put a huge price tag on Riyad Mahrez, while Bordeaux have made an indication they’re prepared for life without …

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World<p>Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were honored as USA Swimming's top male and female athletes of 2017 at the Golden Goggles awards on …

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European Club Power Rankings After January 12-14 Matches

Just as we thought we were getting all of Europe's top five leagues back in action for good, Serie A take a belated winter break having played through Christmas.<p>It's created a few kinks in our European Club Rankings this week, as teams have had to move up or down a spot despite not necessarily …

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Antoine Griezmann Hits Up Paul Pogba on Instagram as Fans Clamour for the Work of 'Agent P'

It's no secret that Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are close friends, and Manchester United fans are on their midfielder's case again following an …

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The honeymoon is over: How Chelsea lost its groove

Antonio Conte is convinced his squad is too tired and too thin to cope with the demands of multiple competitions. Though Chelsea has contested eight …

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Madrid crisis deepens with defeat by Villarreal, Atletico and Valencia win

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid’s struggles showed no signs of easing on Saturday as the champions slumped to a second La Liga defeat in three games which increased pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.<p>Beaten 1-0 by Villarreal and with their title hopes in total disarray on a rain swept Saturday, …

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La Liga: Barcelona visit Real Sociedad looking for first win at Anoeta since 2007; Real Madrid face Villarreal - Firstpost

<b>Madrid:</b> Barcelona conclude a busy week on and off the pitch with a visit to Real Sociedad, where the runaway Spanish league leaders are winless in La …

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Atletico Madrid Look Set to Revive Their Interest in Torino Frontman Andrea Belotti

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have reportedly revived their interest in Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti and could make a move in the …

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Eibar 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Heroic Defensive Display Earns Atletico All 3 Points Against Los Armeros

Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 1-0 at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday evening in what was a forgettable fixture.<p>In a game of very few chances, …

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