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‘It is the right way’: Kevin De Bruyne defends Pep Guardiola’s tactics at Barcelona

Kevin De Bruyne has defended manager Pep Guardiola’s tactics following Manchester City’s Champions League thrashing by the Spaniard’s former club Barcelona. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and Neymar netted a late fourth as Luis Enrique’s side made the most of Claudio Bravo’s red card in Wednesday’s meeting at Camp Nou. Guardiola opted to leave Sergio Aguero out of his starting line-up, …

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Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr to contest WBO title vacated by Tyson Fury

Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr will fight for the WBO heavyweight title vacated by Tyson Fury on 10 December. The news means the WBO belt would not be on the line if IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of Britain and Wladimir Klitschko agree to fight. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said terms were almost agreed with former champion Klitschko …

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Totti makes 100th cap in European club football

The Stadio Olimpico stalwart took in his 100th European appearance on Thursday, but had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Austria Wien In what will be his last season as a professional footballer, it seems only fitting that Francesco Totti was able to reach a notable career landmark on Thursday night. The Roma stalwart, in his 25th campaign at …

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Non-European city could host Champions League final, says UEFA chief Ceferin

The new president suggested it would make sense to play European finals in other continents, but says the idea needs further discussion  New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is open to the possibility of the Champions League final being played outside of Europe. Similar ideas have cropped up in other sports, with London hosting NFL matches and the Premier League once …

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Cristiano Ronaldo slammed for ‘disrespecting’ Buddhist statue

A photo of Cristiano Ronaldo posing on a Buddhist statue has provoked heavy criticism, accusing the Real Madrid star of not paying proper respect to the religion. Standing nonchalantly with his hands in his pockets, the Portuguese winger is pictured straddling the icon with one foot placed up onto the platform, an act considered disrespectful by many. “Its basic knowledge that …

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Atletico Madrid accept January transfer ban

Atletico Madrid have waived their right to freeze their one-year transfer ban, agreeing not to sign any players in January. Both Atleti and city rivals Real Madrid were handed one-year transfer bans for breaching transfer rules in relation to the signing of underage players. However, the club and FIFA have both confirmed that they will not put up a fight …

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Robben: Guardiola was possessed, Ancelotti allows us freedom

Arjen Robben has given a telling insight into the managerial methods of two of the game’s biggest names, with the winger declaring former boss Pep Guardiola to be ‘possessed’ by football. Guardiola was replaced at Bayern by Carlo Ancelotti over the summer, and after being coached by both of them, Robben admitted that the ex-Barcelona manager’s style was a bit …

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Pogba steps up in Manchester United’s Europa League rout

A brace from Paul Pogba began to chip away at the recent criticism that the player is overvalued, as Manchester United eased to a 4-1 victory over Fenerbahce on Thursday at Old Trafford in the Europa League. The positional solidity of Michael Carrick went a long way in giving Pogba the freedom and flexibility a player of his talent needs, …

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