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It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte

• Smaller clubs only aim to avoid relegation, says the Italian• ‘It is difficult if you have to play to win as only one team wins’Antonio Conte believes he has a more difficult job than Sean Dyche and other managers who have smaller transfer budgets an…

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Brighton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane and Pascal Gross, with a penalty, score within two second-half minutes of each in a 1-1 draw that soothes the Seagulls’ relegation concerns 10.07pm BST Related: Harry Kane on target for Tottenham but Pascal Gross earns point for Brighton 9…

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Newcastle United v Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Matt Ritchie scored in the second half to give Newcastle, who are now safe, a 2-1 win over an Arsenal side that may yet face a struggle for sixth 3.28pm BST There we go then. Newcastle have won four in a row – a brilliant run for them and one that curr…

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Sam Johnstone: ‘It’s been a rollercoaster but I may settle at Aston Villa now’ | Nick Ames

The 25-year-old feels he has finally found a home after a dizzying spell of loanves during a decade and a half with Manchester UnitedAn on-loan goalkeeper is not always a signing to set pulses racing and Sam Johnstone remembers how, on arriving at a do…

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Harry Kane still chasing golden boot despite missing out on Stoke goal

• Tottenham’s winner awarded to Christian Eriksen• Kane has scored five fewer league goals than Mohamed SalahHarry Kane has not given up hope of overhauling Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League golden boot award despite being denied what he…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/08/harry-kane-tottenham-golden-boot-mohamed-salah

Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder plays catch-up and next challenge is Bayern | Nick Ames

The French striker, who cut his teeth in futsal, is a late bloomer but still harbours hopes of playing at this summer’s World CupIt was not quite the instant impact Wissam Ben Yedder once produced in a national team shirt but it nonetheless marked the …

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Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City: Premier League – as it happened

Aubameyang, Lacazette’s late goals guide Arsenal past Stoke 3.56pm BST Related: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late goals guide Arsenal past Stoke 3.25pm BST Not wanting to boast but, the detail of that third goal aside, that was pretty much as we thoug…

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Stoke City v Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

Two well-taken goals from David Silva brought Manchester City another step towards the title as they won 2-0 at struggling Stoke 9.57pm GMT With that, I leave you. Thanks for joining, and indeed contributing – and see you again soon! 9.56pm GMT Oh and,…

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Jan Vertonghen: the hangdog warrior who keeps Tottenham thinking big

The Belgian has become the complete centre-back under Mauricio Pochettino and is desperate for trophies even if he doesn’t show it like Giorgio ChielliniFor Jan Vertonghen and his Tottenham team‑mates the inquest began in the minutes after full-time at…

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Milan form has improved but is revival built on shaky ground?

The Italian club, who face Arsenal on Thursday in the Europa League last 16, have picked up under Rino Gattuso but questions remain about their financesWhen Alessio Romagnoli scored the penalty that sent Milan into the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, …

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Manchester United v Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Jesse Lingard’s second-half goal gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Chelsea, who had taken the lead through Willian but were pegged back by Romelu LukakuJamie Jackson’s match report 4.14pm GMT Related: Manchester United go second after Jesse Lingar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/feb/25/manchester-united-v-chelsea-premier-league-live

Zenit St Petersburg v Celtic: Europa League second leg – as it happened

A lifeless Celtic lost 3-0 at Zenit St Petersburg, and 3-1 on aggregate, to exit the Europa League with a whimper 7.53pm GMT So Zenit go through after a very controlled, consummate, professional performance in all areas. Celtic, you’d have to say, just…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/feb/22/zenit-st-petersburg-v-celtic-europa-league-second-leg-live

Bayern Munich v Besiktas: Champions League – as it happened

Bayern Munich made the most of Domagoj Vida’s red card to thrash Besiktas 5-0 and all but seal their place in the Champions League last eight 9.38pm GMT And that’ll be that. Thanks as ever for tuning in. A belting first half and, if you like a contest,…

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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits to worries about facing Chelsea

• Head coach impressed with English clubs in Europe this season• ‘Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the world’Barcelona wanted to avoid facing Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, according to their manager, Ernesto Valverde, who is wary…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/19/barcelona-ernesto-valverde-worries-facing-chelsea

FA Cup fifth round: Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur – as it happened

Steve Davies scores a stunning injury-time leveller for Rochdale after Lucas Moura and Harry Kane seemed to have given Tottenham a comeback win 5.59pm GMT I’ll leave you there. What a day of football drama! And it would take a heart of flint to begrudg…

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Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town: Championship – as it happened

Timm Klose’s last-gasp header rescued a draw for Norwich just as Luke Chambers app 1.57pm GMT Ok, that’ll be it from me. One apiece there, and I hope you enjoyed all that late drama. I’m back for Rochdale-Spurs later, via a lie down. Bye! Related: Timm…

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