A defeat in Sunday night’s Derby della Madonnina – their fourth in eight matches – has left many AC Milan supporters questioning whether Vincenzo Montella is the right man to take their club forward. In fact, there is little doubt that both Marco Fassone (CEO) and Massimiliano Mirabelli (technical director) will have asked themselves that 

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This time last season Sunderland were in the Premier League. Again, they had started the season poorly despite having managed to send bitter Tyneside rivals Newcastle back down to the Championship at the end of the last season after a major resurgence towards the end of the campaign. This was something that Sunderland fans had 

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The euphoric scenes in San Siro which marked the end of Inter’s dramatic 3-2 victory over arch-rivals AC Milan were symbolic of much more than mere Derby Milano jubilation. The Nerazzurri faithful will never tire of getting one over on their city cousins – true – but this particular triumph served to represent something of 

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In their biggest domestic challenge of the season so far, Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde illustrated their tactical versatility in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and the newly constructed Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Following the international break, the clash was an intriguing one on paper with the Catalan club the league leaders whilst Diego Simeone’s charges 

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After the summer transfer window drama between Liverpool FC and Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho has returned to the club looking happy and healthy. During the montage of offers from Barcelona, Coutinho took some time off the pitch due to back problems. Although he was photographed training with the Brazil squad just days later, LFC remained adamant 

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Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles signed a new six-year contract with the club, keeping him at St James’ Park until 2023. The defender has been one of United’s star performers this season and was rewarded with the new deal on the basis of a number of impressive performances, where he has contributed at both ends 

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With Jack Wilshere’s heading into the 2017-18 campaign with a fractured leg, many Arsenal supporters wanted him offloaded, as they predicted him to down the same path as those of Abou Diaby or perennial Arsenal target Yohan Gourcuff. It was merely a knee-jerk reaction, however, as it was the first significant injury he had sustained 

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Down in Gloucestershire, there’s a team quietly slipping through the gears, going about their business almost unnoticed moving up the table. Cheltenham Town, after a difficult start to the season, are beginning to trouble the scorers at the right end of the table. Unbeaten in their last 5 league games, Gary Johnson’s men have found 

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As Neymar departed for Paris, few could have envisaged Barcelona settling into life under a new coach as quickly as they have. Seven La Liga matches later and Los Cules have racked up seven straight victories and sit an enormous seven points clear of title rivals Real Madrid, although the two behemoths still have to 

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Rome wasn’t built in a day Roma’s victory over Milan showcased a team of continuity and one very much struggling to gel seven games in. Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi condemned Montella’s side to a 0-2 defeat, which turns up the heat on a boss who will know results, above all, are needed very quickly 

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The Checkatrade Trophy, a much maligned competition barely registering a mention anywhere in the crowded football calendar. Stripped of any sense of decency last season with the introduction of Premier League Under 21 sides, this year it seems League One and Two clubs really are less interested than last season.   So, is there still 

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Sunday October 1st will be a day that lives in infamy for many reasons in Spain, the Catalan independence referendum split the country as a whole, it sparked violent disturbances throughout the Catalan region, locals were met with significant force and some even appeared to be denied their right to vote. Inevitably the chaos spilled 

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Newcastle United and Liverpool shared the spoils in today’s encounter at St James’ Park, with the match ending 1-1. The visitors took the lead after 29 minutes through Philippe Coutinho’s fine strike from 25 yards, while a slightly fortuitous goal from Newcastle striker Joselu brought the Magpies back level and earned Rafa Benitez’s battling team 

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Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of Diego Costa has been a lengthy process. At times it appeared as though Chelsea were going to be successful in their resolve to not lose face in the transfer market at the behest of a player, yet with confirmation of a £57 million switch coming last week, Los Colchoneros’ attacking corps 

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Over the summer on a plane to Bologna, I read an article by John Brunton in which the writer details a semi autobiographical narrative on both the history and current situation of the lesser known Venezia FC. It was a brilliant reminder of the attraction of following a team whose success doesn’t necessarily match its 

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When you look at the League Two table, there’s a familiar look beginning to take shape at the top. Well supported clubs, big names sometimes still living on past glories, but look again. Sandwiched in the top 8 and going along very nicely are Accrington Stanley. ‘Accrington Stanley? Who are they?’ The infamous line from 

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Juventus appear to be reaping the benefits of sprightly summer transfer activity, while Napoli has simply carried on their excellent form into the new season. Six wins from as many games have left both teams with the starts they would have been craving before the campaign got underway.   Hard-fought win Indeed it was mainstays 

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Derby County fans have been expectant of promotion to the Premier League ever since Steve McClaren’s massive over-achievement of taking the East Midlands club to the Championship playoff final in 2014. This was followed up by missing out on the playoffs a year later before the start of numerous managerial changes.  Although Derby did make 

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With Liverpool’s defence still too weak to keep the goals out, fans are at the end of their tether. After the transfer and retirement of two key defenders, the woes of the current back four seem even more prominent. Shortly after the 2017/18 season kicked off, former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure announced his retirement from 

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When the pre-season favourites for the League Two title were discussed, Exeter City were not on too many people’s lips. The ‘big’ clubs of Coventry, Swindon, Luton and big spending Mansfield are expected to challenge, but why not the Grecians from the South West? Last season saw Exeter mount a promotion charge which was unthinkable 

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Last weekend, Blues eventually ended up at a draw after winning three consecutive wins following their first defeat against Burnley, allowing the Gunners to earn their first point at the Bridge in six visits.   Build-up play in the First Half In the first half, Chelsea actively initiated their build-up play from the back. However, 

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Converting chances has been the biggest problem for Real Madrid this season, over the course of the two draws with Valencia and Levante; Los Blancos took over 40 shots and converted just three of them. Sunday’s meeting with Real Sociedad saw Borja Mayoral handed a rare start and he scored with his very first chance. 

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