Manchester United To channel Humphrey Bogart: “We’ll always have Paris.” The PSG result was the greatest moment since Fergie retired – almost payback for all the dull football we’ve had to endure from the previous managers before Ole came back. Solskjær has rejuvenated the squad and restored the spirit, the football is fast and incisive, the gameplans are good and he’s shown faith in our young players. We’re better defensively, our game management is much improved, and the players are adapting to different systems. In short, he’s been absolutely brilliant. The board will have a riot on their hands if they don’t appoint him full time. … [Read more...] about Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 2: Leicester to Wolves
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Arsenal’s revival after the arrival of Joe Montemurro in the preceding November ensured they were no longer outsiders and an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Liverpool on the opening day presented their title credentials in style. A staggering 42 goals in their next 10 games followed. But then an extraordinary injury crisis threatened to derail their campaign. In their 2-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City, 17-year-old Paige Bailey-Gayle, who made her debut two games beforehand against Everton, started. The Scotland international Emma Mitchell was the only senior squad member fit enough for the bench. She was joined by three teenagers. … [Read more...] about Full-time Women’s Super League a success but top clubs have work to do
Uefa is well aware of the depth of the tensions that exist between Azerbaijan and Armenia. There may even be some culture buffs at Uefa who read a report in February in the art journal Hyperallergic, which claimed that over the last 30 years the Azerbaijani government has engaged in the systematic destruction of traces of the country’s Armenian heritage, including Unesco-protected monuments, on a scale beyond that of the Islamic State’s dynamiting of Palmyra in the Syrian desert. … [Read more...] about Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?
But they are finding the Portuguese outfit - who are said to be closing in on a deal for Fernandes' replacement - will not be forced to sell on the cheap. … [Read more...] about Bruno Fernandes ‘desperate’ for Man Utd transfer but still included in Sporting squad for League Cup semi-final
Ligue 1 talking points • After deplorable recent incidents of fan violence and racism at Ligue 1 games, homophobic chanting has been the centre of attention this week. Both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 officials have been instructed to pause games should homophobic chanting be heard, leading to a number of stoppages in matches since the start of the season. Worryingly, the crackdown has been met with resistance from some fan groups. L’Équipe reported that Brest fans asked for “freedom for ultras” after their game with Reims was halted, while a banner at the Parc des Princes suggested that authorities were “swimming against the tide”. These stoppages will continue as part of an overdue crackdown with more concrete punishments soon likely; as referee Amaury Delerue said after he halted the Monaco v Nîmes game: “We must act.” … [Read more...] about Monaco have lost sight of everything that made them Ligue 1 champions