Ben Fisher

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Feb 17

Antonio Conte says Chelsea need ‘perfect game’ to beat Barcelona

• Manager seeks to exploit ‘weaknesses without the ball’ • Cesc Fàbregas to forget old friendships on pitchAntonio Conte insists Barcelona are not infallible and that it would be dangerous for his rejuvenated team to focus solely on stopping Lionel Mes…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/17/antonio-conte-chelsea-perfect-game-barcelona-champions-league

Feb 15

Liverpool’s Henderson and Milner provide base for front line’s fireworks | Ben Fisher

Jürgen Klopp’s team struck the perfect balance in Porto with Jordan Henderson and James Milner assuming midfield control and Sadio Mané profiting from their dominanceHow many will Mohamed Salah get this season? Forty? Fifty? A tired puff of the cheeks …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/feb/15/liverpool-henderson-milner-porto-champions-league

Feb 14

Ryan Sessegnon and January arrivals keep Fulham’s dream alive | Ben Fisher

With the teenager likened to Gareth Bale thriving, off-field tensions easing and recent signings bolstering the squad, Fulham have a Premier League return in their sightsIt is seldom dull at Fulham, a club who have shown a habit of making life difficul…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2018/feb/14/ryan-sessegnon-fulham-january-signings-premier-league

Feb 12

Chelsea 3-0 West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – as it happened

Eden Hazard scored twice as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea cruised past West Brom 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to return to fourth in the Premier League 9.58pm GMT So, it was one of those majestic, minimalistic-type displays from Eden Hazard that ultimately guided …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/feb/12/chelsea-v-west-bromwich-albion-premier-league-live

Feb 11

Scotland 32-26 France: Six Nations – as it happened

Scotland came from behind to see off France 32-26 at Murrayfield, where Greig Laidlaw took centre stage, with six penalties ultimately sealing victory 4.52pm GMT So, Scotland have their first Six Nations victory and next up they face England, also at M…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/feb/11/scotland-v-france-six-nations-live

Feb 10

Ireland 56-19 Italy: Six Nations – as it happened

Ireland secured a Six Nations’ bonus point after rampaging to a 56-19 win over Italy, running in eight tries over Conor O’Shea’s side in Dublin 4.03pm GMT Eight tries later, and Ireland are most certainly back up and running. How about that, then? “We …

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Feb 05

Leeds leave Barnsley reeling after appointing Paul Heckingbottom

• Heckingbottom confirmed as Leeds manager• ‘The club are shocked,’ admit Oakwell outfitLeeds United have named the Barnsley manager, Paul Heckingbottom, as Thomas Christiansen’s successor at Elland Road.After sacking the Dane on Sunday the club were k…

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Feb 04

Leeds United sack manager Thomas Christiansen after dismal run

• Leeds yet to win in 2018 and winless in past seven matches• High-flying Cardiff City won 4-1 at Elland Road on SaturdayLeeds United have sacked head coach Thomas Christiansen following a dismal seven-match winless run, with the Championship club yet …

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Jan 31

Why Josh Harrop gambled on Preston being a better bet than Old Trafford

He was on Manchester United’s books for 14 years but 33 days after scoring on his senior debut the midfielder upped sticks in order to be noticedFifteen minutes into his Manchester United debut he raced on to a nonchalant outside-of-the-boot pass by Pa…

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Jan 27

Neil Warnock dreams of inflicting more FA Cup pain on Manchester City

The veteran Cardiff manager has form of knocking out City and hopes memories of 1991 with Notts County can inspire his team against Pep Guardiola’s sideNeil Warnock is in his element, laughing at the memory of his biggest scalp in the FA Cup, a competi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/27/neil-warnock-cardiff-city-fa-cup-manchester-city-pep-guardiola

Jan 27

FA Cup: Wigan beat West Ham, Swansea face Notts replay – as it happened

Third-tier Wigan beat West Ham United 2-0 thanks to Will Grigg’s double while Notts County forced a replay against Premier League strugglers Swansea 5.13pm GMT So, Wigan shock West Ham to advance into the fifth round, Southampton beat Watford, while fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jan/27/clockwatch-fa-cup-fourth-round-and-real-madrid-v-valencia-live

Jan 26

FA Cup fourth round: Yeovil Town 0-4 Manchester United – as it happened

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku seal Manchester United passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup in Somerset 9.57pm GMT José Mourinho speaks. “These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct,” he say…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jan/26/fa-cup-fourth-round-yeovil-town-v-manchester-united-live

Jan 25

Yeovil expecting strong Manchester United team in FA Cup

• Darren Way does not expect José Mourinho to gamble on team• Yeovil will be without former Manchester United trainee Otis KhanDarren Way has said he does not expect José Mourinho to gamble on team selection against Yeovil Town on Friday after Manchest…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/25/alexis-sanchez-manchester-united-debut-yeovil-fa-cup-jose-mourinho

Jan 24

‘I’m obsessed’: Yeovil manager Darren Way’s big plans for Manchester United | Ben Fisher

After a near-fatal car crash ended his playing career, Darren Way threw himself into management with Sir Alex Ferguson’s backing, and will now test himself against José MourinhoIt is 10.30 on Thursday morning and three hours after laying out the cones,…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2018/jan/24/yeovil-darren-way-manchester-united-fa-cup

Jan 20

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace, Burnley 0-1 Manchester United and more – as it happened

Arsenal and Manchester United recorded victories in the Premier League, while in the Championship Millwall fought back to win 4-3 against Leeds as Wolves slipped up at home to Nottingham Forest 5.49pm GMT Brendan Rodgers’s side ease into the fifth roun…

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Jan 13

Football League roundup: Derby ease past Birmingham as Wolves are held

Wolves draw at Barnsley, Leeds’ poor run goes on at IpswichChesterfield upset League Two leaders Luton as Newport win again• A sixth win in eight matches for Gary Rowett’s Derby County ensured they remain hot on the heels of leaders Wolves. As integral…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/13/football-league-roundup-derby-ease-past-birmingham-as-wolves-are-held