Barney Ronay

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Liverpool can ensure Premier League is not eternal lap of honour for City | Barney Ronay

Now the white noise of the ‘non-football’ season has finished the Premier League needs Jürgen Klopp’s side to make the next eight months feel less predictableWell, at least that’s all over. Anyone who loves football will of course hate the transfer win…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/aug/10/liverpool-premier-league-manchester-city

Daniel Bell-Drummond: ‘We want people from all backgrounds coming to cricket clubs’

Daniel Bell-Drummond talks of his ambition to climb into the Test top order as well as to develop cricket in low-income areasDaniel Bell-Drummond does not get recognised much as he walks around his home streets in Catford, south-east London. In fact he…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/12/daniel-bell-drummond-england-class-divide-low-income-areas-cricket

Danny Rose’s story shows sport’s pressures can outweigh the release | Barney Ronay

Depression can afflict sportsmen and women more than the average person despite the healthy sheen they present so oftenWhen a well-known sports person speaks publicly about their struggles with depression it is a reflex response to talk about how a sho…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/08/danny-rose-story-take-care-of-elite-athletes

Liverpool and Real Madrid prepare for battle of attack-minded aristocracy | Barney Ronay

Expect some sparkling fare from two great clubs who between them have claimed almost a third of all European CupsIls sont les meilleurs.Sie sind die Besten. Related: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: shy, strong-willed – and a complete striker Related: Jok…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/may/25/liverpool-real-madrid-champions-league-final

Jos Buttler’s recall is a decadent pick that’s perfect for our times | Barney Ronay

It might seem odd that English sport’s great invisible superstar is back in the Test team on the back of his Indian Premier League status but his selection is bold and sensibleEvery year in the US five people die and 10 million dollars of damage i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/18/jos-buttler-england-recall

Premier League of stasis still has a compelling magic all of its own | Barney Ronay

Somehow, with no title race since 2014 and Manchester City all but wrapping up this one in October, it has still been enthrallingAnd now the end is near. And so we face the final curtain or at best a rather demob-happy, oddly tension-free final flutter…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/may/12/premier-league-stasis-compelling-narrative-2017-18

Farewell then Yaya Touré, Manchester City’s clanking midfield giant | Barney Ronay

The Etihad Stadium said goodbye to the Ivorian this week and he leaves with the feeling that the Premier League never quite appreciated how good he was at his peakBeing a parent isn’t easy. Over time you just hope you can pass on as many of your own fl…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/may/11/farewell-yaya-toure-manchester-city-midfielder-premier-league

Maybe magic does hang over Real Madrid, the game’s greatest club dynasty | Barney Ronay

The defining image of this Real team isn’t a priestly boot room or the intellectualism of total football. The defining image of this team is Cristiano Ronaldo’s absOh. He’s here again. The man with the rapacious desire for annihilating success in his e…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/may/04/real-madrid-regal-curse-dynasty-bernabeu

Jürgen Klopp’s thrash-metal style strikes a chord with English ideal | Barney Ronay

Created by a German and given a dusting of genius by an Egyptian, Liverpool are oddly indigenous in their styleAccording to Benjamin Disraeli Rome symbolises the ideal of conquest. Not quite yet, it doesn’t. Liverpool may have earned their moments of u…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/03/jurgen-klopp-thrash-metal-chord-english-ideal

ECB should not tap its feet for four years before embracing Jofra Archer | Barney Ronay

England are missing a trick by waiting until the gifted Sussex all-rounder is 27 and need to put a yorker through the rule bookEven with a week to sit on it there is no obvious easing of the dunder-headed inanity that surrounds the England and Wales Cr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/27/ecb-england-jofra-archer-sussex

Why England need to take a chance on talent and alter their top six | Barney Ronay

It seems the same batsmen from the disastrous Test winter will keep their spots against Pakistan, despite the fact they are England’s weakest top six of the modern ageNobody ever feels completely ready for the start of the English cricket season but he…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/14/england-test-tea-top-six-cricket-pakistan-series

The bald fact for Pep Guardiola is rivals wised up to Manchester City | Barney Ronay

After three straight defeats, City’s manager is not ‘a fraud’ and neither has he been ‘found out’ – rather rivals have realised how to exploit his side’s weak spotsIs Pep Guardiola a bald fraud? Before Manchester City’s three consecutive defeats in the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/apr/11/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-three-straight-defeats-champions-league-exit

‘Say it ain’t so Steve’: at least this scandal shows cricket still matters | Barney Ronay

While the ball-tampering furore will die down, it feels as if Steve Smith and his side brought much of this on themselves by neglecting the values Australians attach to their national sport“It ain’t true, is it, Joe?”“Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is.” Relat…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/mar/26/steve-smith-australia-ball-tampering-scandal-south-africa

England need to ditch Trevor Bayliss for a Test tsar with extended power | Barney Ronay

The ECB could do much worse than rotate the head coach out of Test cricket and appoint someone such as Nasser Hussain or Alec Stewart to promote the red-ball gameThe real problem, in the end, was how little it seemed to be a problem. As England’s crick…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/mar/23/trevor-bayliss-england-defeat-test-cricket

José Mourinho is pretty much cooked as a Champions League force

Manchester United’s exit to Sevilla showed their manager’s methods, built around solidity and defensive control, no longer work against the best teams in EuropeThere was a slightly ghostly moment in the second half at Old Trafford as Manchester United …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/mar/14/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-champions-league-methods-no-longer-work

Banega outshines Fellaini and shows Mourinho what he’s missing | Barney Ronay

Sevilla’s Argentina midfielder was superb in the midfield forest while United’s Belgian floppedSometimes you get what you deserve in sport. With an hour gone on an angsty night at Old Trafford, with Manchester United fumbling vaguely in front of the Se…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/13/banega-shows-up-fellaini-as-united-crash-out