Paul Wilson

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Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d’Or, says Lovren

• Liverpool team-mates praise striker as one of the world’s top three• ‘The way we can find him suits him perfectly,’ says Dejan LovrenMohamed Salah has already shot past Kevin De Bruyne to take the first individual award of the domestic season; now bo…

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Rousing Reds: five Liverpool nights to remember in Europe

Liverpool’s blitzing of Roma stands in a proud tradition of European occasions on which their will to win overwhelmed opponents. Here are five of the bestThis season’s Champions League is already confirmed as the highest-scoring ever in terms of goals …

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Six of the most dramatic nights in the European Cup and Champions League

From the 1960 final to the miracle of Istanbul, Europe’s top club competition has provided many moments to rival the drama of Real Madrid’s quarter-final against JuventusThe almost shocking conclusion to what had been a notable Juventus recovery agains…

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Never underestimate how hard it is to win – and manage in – the Premier League | Paul Wilson

After a rough week for Pep Guardiola, if it is any consolation, he is far from alone in the Premier League in letting standards slipThe image of Pep Guardiola with his head in his hands contemplating Manchester City’s Champions League exit from a seat …

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Jürgen Klopp’s defence will give him confidence for Manchester City return | Paul Wilson

After two seasons the Liverpool manager has found a system that works, led by the £75m signing Virgil van Dijk“If we have to score five goals to win, then so be it,” Vincent Kompany said when it was put to him that a single Liverpool goal at the Etihad…

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Manchester City were rumbled – now they must respond against United | Paul Wilson

By the benchmark they have set, Manchester City were terrible at Liverpool – light up front, porous at the back and less than tigerish in midfield – and they need to react quicklyOnly three managers have outwitted Pep Guardiola this season, and while W…

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Wigan’s FA Cup run fuelled by Paul Cook’s love in the age of negativity

League One club’s run is forged on a team spirit they hope will knock out a fourth Premier League side in SouthamptonWigan are on an old-fashioned Cup run and Paul Cook will cheerfully admit to being an old-fashioned manager. He believes in the FA Cup …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/17/paul-cook-wigan-manager-fa-cup

Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp fumes about ‘breakfast’ kick-off for Merseyside derby

• Klopp’s side face Everton at 12.30pm after Champions league tie• Guardiola has his own problems with 5.30pm start for United gameJürgen Klopp was happy with the Champions League draw until he realised that after playing Manchester City on the Wednesd…

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‘Huge competitor’ David Silva can still put family first, says Pep Guardiola

• Manchester City man has been in Spain with prematurely born son• Midfielder has trained alone in Valencia but may play at Stoke CityManchester City’s David Silva is still being allowed compassionate leave to spend time with his wife in Spain, where t…

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Chelsea need Liverpool’s anger to save precarious position at Barcelona | Paul Wilson

Jürgen Klopp has given Antonio Conte the template: Chelsea must banish defeatism and be ‘hungry, alert and aggressive’ in season-saving Champions League second leg at Camp NouPeople are predicting the end of the Premier League as we know it just becaus…

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Wigan’s Will Grigg plays catch-up until 4am after the night of his life

Striker knew the Manchester City tie would be one of few chances and feared he had missed his best one until he got half a yard on Kyle WalkerWigan seem to be making a habit of it but for Will Grigg it is not every day you knock Manchester City out of …

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Wigan’s Max Power: ‘One game from the quarter-finals, you start to dream’

Wigan take on Manchester City, the side they famously beat in the 2013 FA Cup final, but the midfielder says he wanted an easier drawWhen Wigan Athletic take on Manchester City on Monday night the League One team will be unable to select a single playe…

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José Mourinho: VAR ‘went against original protocol’ to rule out Mata goal

• Video official was deployed to judge Juan Mata offside• Lines on the screen appeared to be wavy and unevenJosé Mourinho said that the use of VAR to disallow a Juan Mata goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Hudderfield Town “wen…

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Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku sinks Huddersfield despite VAR chaos

Paul Pogba missed this game through illness, leaving Manchester United to book their place in the last eight of the FA Cup without him. Thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s 20th and 21st goals of the season they managed it comfortably enough, the striker showing …

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Will Grigg says Wigan’s flair can cause more upsets after seeing off West Ham

• ‘There is no fear,’ says League One side’s match-winner• West Ham’s woes compounded by injuries and suspensionPaul Cook’s expressed desire for an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Liverpool at Anfield was wiped out within hours of his Wigan side el…

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Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham

Winning the FA Cup in 2013 seems a long time ago but Wigan are back to their giantkilling exploitsWhen Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Plymouth to go five points clear at the top of League One last Saturday Argyle’s manager, Derek Adams, described them as a …

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