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Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

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England recall is on the cards for the midfielder after a recent upturn in form following Ronald Koeman’s reshaping of his sideSometimes managers confound stereotypes. Tony Pulis brought up 300 Premier League matches in charge by belying his image as one of the game’s great puritans to eulogise about a flair player.Sometimes praise comes from unexpected quarters. Ross Barkley had spent much of the season as the recipient of managerial criticism. After he helped outclass West Bromwich Albion in a 3-0 win for Everton, the player found his fan club had swelled to include both Pulis and Ronald Koeman, who traded tributes. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

Danny Cowley revels in Lincoln’s brush with big time and praises Arsène Wenger | Amy Lawrence

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Cowley will now focus on Lincoln’s National League and FA Trophy campaigns, while his Arsenal counterpart admitted there is no escape from criticismAs Lincoln’s players absorbed the experience by accepting the invitation to mingle with their counterparts in the home dressing room at the end of it all, it was important to make sure that City took care of some essential business. A member of Arsenal’s staff duly emerged from a cupboard with a broom, remarking: “They’ve asked for a hoover.” The broom was the best they could magic up at that moment. At Premier League level they are not used to requests from the opposition to clean the visitors’ dressing room. Whatever the circumstances, though, Danny Cowley insists on it. “The All Blacks call it ‘sweep the decks’, don’t they? If it is g...

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: I never, ever, ever train for the counterattack

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• Conte responds to José Mourinho’s insinuations that Chelsea are defensive• Italian does not feel timing of FA Cup quarter-final hinders Manchester UnitedAntonio Conte has responded to José Mourinho’s insinuations that Chelsea are a defensive team by offering an insight into his methods on the training ground and insisting that he is not a coach who focuses on counterattacking football.Mourinho recently said he has spotted a change in England, wryly noting: “It looks like this season that to be phenomenal defensively and good in counterattack is art.” The Manchester United manager, whose style of play has often been criticised for being too negative in the past, has appeared to be frustrated by the plaudits for Conte, despite not mentioning the man who now occupies the role he once...

Sergio Ramos the Real Madrid saviour again as they scrape past Real Betis

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Real Madrid’s irrepressible Sergio Ramos headed them to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Real Betis on Sunday as Zinedine Zidane’s side capitalised on Barcelona’s earlier defeat by Deportivo La Coruña to top the La Liga standings.A calamitous own goal from Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had given Betis the lead in the 25th minute, just after the Costa Rican escaped a possible red card. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Sergio Ramos the Real Madrid saviour again as they scrape past Real Betis

Icardi and Banega net hat-tricks as Inter put seven past Atalanta in Serie A

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• Argentinian pair each notch trebles as Inter move into fourth place• Dzeko on target again as Roma beat Palermo; Napoli defeat CrotoneInternazionale’s captain, Mauro Icardi, scored a perfect hat-trick in 10 first-half minutes and Ever Banega also helped himself to three goals in a 7-1 rout of hapless Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.Atalanta, whose coach Gian Piero Gasperini was infamously sacked by Inter after only five games in 2011, started the day above Inter and had been expected to provide a stern test to their opponents. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Icardi and Banega net hat-tricks as Inter put seven past Atalanta in Serie A

Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis: La Liga – as it happened

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Sergio Ramos scored another late goal to claim a 2-1 win for Real Madrid over Real Betis, after Keylor Navas had made a calamitous error earlier on 10.17pm GMT Related: Sergio Ramos the Real Madrid saviour again as they scrape past Real Betis 9.41pm GMT And that’s your lot from this one. Cheers for reading, and enjoy what remains of your weekend before the unending turmoil and bleakness of the working week. Night! Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis: La Liga – as it happened

Derby County sack Steve McClaren for second time in under two years

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• Former England manager had been reappointed in October• Derby lost 3-0 to Brighton on Friday and are 10th in the ChampionshipSteve McClaren has been sacked by Derby County for the second time in less than two years, paving the way for Gary Rowett to take over as manager at Pride Park. McClaren’s latest spell was brought to an abrupt end after only five months following what the club described as a “significant, unexpected and persistent decline in results, team unity and morale”.In a damning statement that was issued less than 48 hours after Derby slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton, leaving the east Midlands club in 10th place and with only one win from their last nine league matches, Mel Morris, the chairman, claimed “the heartbeat, commitment, focus and passion has been lacking...

FA set to investigate Millwall fans’ racist chants towards Son Heung-min

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• FA is aware of chants and awaiting reports from referee and police • Harry Kane limped off with ankle injury during Tottenham’s 6-0 winThe Football Association is set to investigate claims that Millwall supporters aimed racially motivated abuse at Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korea forward, Son Heung-min, during the FA Cup quarter-final between the clubs at White Hart Lane.Son was the star turn, scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 6-0 win, on an afternoon when the club’s first-choice centre-forward, Harry Kane, limped off with an ankle injury that could end his season. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : FA set to investigate Millwall fans’ racist chants towards Son Heung-min

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