Conti Cup structure is too kind to Champions League entrants

Arsenal cruised through their midweek Conti Cup game and are one game from the final. Except they’ve only played one game in the competition due to European duties. Is that really fair? Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Busy with the Women’s Champions League during the league cup group stage, both Arsenal and Chelsea reached the semifinals after… Continue reading Conti Cup structure is too kind to Champions League entrants

Barcelona extend LaLiga lead as Pedri scores on his 100th appearance

GIRONA — Pedri’s third goal in his last four games earned Barcelona a crucial 1-0 win away at Girona on Saturday as Xavi Hernandez’s side strengthened their grip on the top spot in LaLiga. The midfielder struck on the hour mark, turning home his sixth goal of the season from close range after Paulo Gazzaniga… Continue reading Barcelona extend LaLiga lead as Pedri scores on his 100th appearance

Caicedo given break as Brighton insist midfielder won’t leave

Brighton & Hove Albion have told midfielder Moises Caicedo not to return to training until after the January window, sources have told ESPN, as the club insist he is unavailable for transfer after a £60 million offer from Arsenal was rejected on Friday. Caicedo said on Twitter on Friday that he wants to leave Brighton,… Continue reading Caicedo given break as Brighton insist midfielder won’t leave

Mohamed Salah struggling as Liverpool’s front three no longer ‘well-drilled’

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s poor form in front of goal is down to the club no longer having the “well-drilled” front three that caused problems for defenses in the past, manager Jurgen Klopp said. Although Salah has scored 17 goals in all competitions at the halfway mark this season, he has managed only seven in… Continue reading Mohamed Salah struggling as Liverpool’s front three no longer ‘well-drilled’

Real Madrid influence, pressure affects refereeing decisions

6:30 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has said Real Madrid’s “huge influence” and the pressure it puts on referees affects their decisions, after Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Atletico in Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal. Alvaro Morata put Atletico ahead in the 19th minute at the Bernabeu… Continue reading Real Madrid influence, pressure affects refereeing decisions

Arsenal can focus on the Premier League after the FA Cup loss

6:27 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Mikel Arteta was quick to say he was “disappointed” after watching his Arsenal team exit the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester City on Friday, but the feeling might not last too long. No manager wants to lose a game but for Arteta and Arsenal this… Continue reading Arsenal can focus on the Premier League after the FA Cup loss

USA interim coach Hudson seeks progress amid leadership void

CARSON, Calif. — US men’s national team interim manager Anthony Hudson said he’s going to continue to do all he can to move the team forward, now that it looks like he’ll be in charge possibly through the summer. The US is set to play the second of two friendlies on Saturday against Colombia at… Continue reading USA interim coach Hudson seeks progress amid leadership void

Dumfries eyed by Bayern, Chelsea, Man Utd

With the January transfer window now open around Europe, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals! TOP STORY: Dumfries eyed by Bayern, Chelsea, Man Utd Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United are keeping tabs on Internazionale… Continue reading Dumfries eyed by Bayern, Chelsea, Man Utd

Ten Hag urges Man United to strike before the transfer deadline

5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Erik ten Hag has urged Manchester United to “strike” in the transfer market if an opportunity arises before Tuesday’s deadline. United have so far only added loan striker Wout Weghorst in January with sources telling ESPN the club are instead focused on strengthening the squad in the summer. – Stream… Continue reading Ten Hag urges Man United to strike before the transfer deadline