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Month: August 2020

Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and their contrasting fortunes

When Harry Maguire turned the ball past his own goalkeeper, Chelsea’s path to the FA Cup final was secured. The clock had yet to run out, of course, but you wouldn’t expect a Manchester United side that had been quite poor so far to come back from three down. There was a penalty, as there always is in a Manchester United game these days it seems, but that was more the result of Hudson-Odoi’s inexperience. …

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Bayern Munich – Champions of Europe

The remnants of the dragged out 2019/20 season is finally over, as two powerhouses of the European scene battled it out for the Champions League trophy at Lisbon on Sunday before an empty stadium! The stats before the finals showed they were the two best teams in Europe this season, between them, Bayern Munich and PSG had scored 69 goals and kept 13 clean sheets across 20 UCL games. The narrative before the game was …

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Champions League Final Preview

Lyon’s run is finally over. Although the stage and the enormity of the task was probably much greater for Ajax last season, Lyon’s semi-final exit certainly has similarities to that of the Dutch champions. Serge Gnabry’s pace proved too much to handle for the French side, and all that stands between Bayern Munich and the Champions league trophy is an expensively assembled PSG squad. Paris Saint-Germain will contest the final of Europe’s top club competition …

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Lopetegui scripts moving personal story as Sevilla wins Europa

Danny Makkelie had a look at his watch, firmly placed the whistle between his lips and as a high-pitched shrill reverberated across the RheinEnergieStadion, Inter Milan and Sevilla sank to their knees with choreographed unison. Joy and heartache – the story of every final. But there were so many more subplots to this enthralling Europa League story – a pandemic; no crowd; the return of Monchi; Ever Banega’s second farewell; Sevilla’s sixth European trophy; and …

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Ligue 1 Preview

And so it returns, the one that made the world wait. After nearly five and a half months of starvation, the league that did not complete returns with its next edition of domestic football. The home of world champions will have weekly football of Ligue 1 2020-21 commencing August 21 onward. For the rest of France, the league’s 2019-20 edition was a season that was, and yet wasn’t. Curtailed and desisted in the wake of …

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