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Mar 25

Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by top four this season | Paul Wilson

The teams in the top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand

When the Premier League returns after the international break it does so as if making up for lost momentum; a full midweek programme follows this coming weekend’s fixtures and by the time everyone has played twice in four or five days the remaining games will be down to single figures and the run-in will be under way.

Chelsea’s 10-point lead means they are universally regarded as a shoo-in for the title, though by that reckoning Arsenal have no chance of overhauling Tottenham, who are already nine points ahead of their London rivals. While Arsenal have a game in hand, they also have a testing match coming up, with the visit of Manchester City.

Related: If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors | Marina Hyde

Related: José Mourinho thinks Premier League power is too divided, but is he right? | Paul Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/25/chelsea-stay-on-top-arsenal-miss-out-league-runin

Mar 24

Everton’s Coleman suffers broken leg in Republic draw

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffers a broken leg in his side’s goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39388290

Mar 24

Why Eden Hazard eclipses the N’Golo Kanté cult and is player of the year | Barney Ronay

The stifling orthodoxy that N’Golo Kanté is the top flight’s most important player ignores the bravery and skill of Chelsea’s Belgian playmaker alongside him

There are some things in sport that you’re just not allowed to say, lines that must not be crossed. For a long time it was more or less impossible to say in public that you thought Paul Scholes was simply a very good footballer, as opposed to a chasteningly complete distillation of perfection and a one-man anti-glam debunking of the Premier League star system. You might think this. But saying it out loud is still technically an offence under the Scholes Act 2009, punishable by being stabbed in the eye with a skewer by the Queen.

The same goes for Sachin Tendulkar, the most astonishingly hyped player in the history of cricket, a very good, enduring batsman whose po-faced messianic persona conferred a kind of devotional light on his fine strokeplay and solid defence. To point out that, actually, you’d rather watch Virender Sehwag is to admit not just to idiocy but to heresy, punishable by being publicly garrotted with a piece of twine by a group of sad, betrayed children. These are, of course, inappropriate opinions and anyone who holds them should be ashamed.

Related: Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

There is a tribal element to this. With relentless monotony Kanté has been used as stick with which to beat Paul Pogba

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/24/eden-hazard-ngolo-kante-barney-ronay

Mar 24

Manchester City broke anti-doping rules three times in less than five months

Manchester City broke the Football Association’s anti-doping rules three times in less than five months, the governing has said.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39383967

Mar 24

Everton’s new stadium ‘could host Commonwealth Games’

The Bramley Moore Dock ground will be a “key part” of Liverpool’s 2022 Games bid, the mayor says.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39380331

Mar 24

Dele Alli: Tottenham midfielder given three-game ban

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is banned for three European matches after being sent off against Gent in the Europa League in February.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39379134

Mar 23

Tottenham get planning permission for home games at Wembley

Tottenham move closer to playing home games at Wembley next season after Brent Council approves their application.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39375815

Mar 23

Ranieri to get ‘Golden Bench’ coaching award in Italy

Claudio Ranieri will get a special award from the Italian FA for leading Leicester City to the Premier League title.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39370885

Mar 23

Diafra Sakho: West Ham United striker unlikely to return this season

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is unlikely to play again this season because of the back injury he suffered in November.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39370879

Mar 23

Everton agree deal for new stadium site

The council says it will act as a guarantor for the club to secure funding for the new ground, expected to cost in excess of £300m, which would be built near the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39356244

Mar 23

Wilmots wants Toure’s Ivory Coast return

New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots says persuading Yaya Toure to end his international retirement is a top priority.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39368005

Mar 23

Jonas Olsson: West Bromwich Albion defender joins Swedish side Djurgarden IF

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson joins Swedish side Djurgarden IF after having his contract at The Hawthorns cancelled.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39366899

Mar 22

Sanchez & Ozil contract talks on hold, says Wenger

Contract talks with Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be put on hold until the summer, says boss Arsene Wenger.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39355764

Mar 22

José Mourinho thinks Premier League power is too divided, but is he right? | Paul Wilson

Faced with the club missing out on Champions League football again, Manchester United’s manager makes the point that it is harder to buy success

Does José Mourinho have a point about power being divided in the Premier League, or is the manager of Manchester United simply trying to get his excuses in early?

United still have a job on their hands to crack the top four this season, let alone get back to winning titles, and should a third season in four arrive without achieving Champions League football questions are going to be asked about the effectiveness of his stewardship in the light of all the money spent. Perhaps in anticipation of that scenario, Mourinho has just observed that winning anything in England is particularly difficult because all the top clubs can afford to bring in big players.

Related: The peaceful one: José Mourinho says he is more mature at Manchester United

Related: José Mourinho slams Premier League as Manchester United draw Anderlecht

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/22/does-jose-mourinho-have-a-point-or-is-he-just-getting-his-excuses-in-early

Mar 22

Jack Butland: Stoke City goalkeeper fully motivated and close to return after lost year

Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, injured in England’s win in Germany a year ago, hopes to play again this season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39353601

Mar 22

How it feels to have made one appearance in the Premier League

Established stars speak about top-flight football the way we talk about office jobs but players with one appearance remember just how surreal and exciting it is

By Stephen Tudor for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

When Premier League legends describe what it’s like to play at the highest level they usually reduce it to cliché, like you or I would if we were detailing our work environment on any given Monday. Yet what a crazy, high-octane trip it must be to find yourself pitched into a frenetic battle with global superstars on a perfect green pitch, surrounded by thousands of fans willing you to succeed or fail, as a multitude of cameras judge your every brain-scrambled touch of the ball.

For elite players this surreal, adrenaline-charged experience becomes the norm throughout lengthy careers at the top of the game. Perhaps, then, the closest we can come to understanding the reality behind our childhood fantasies is to ask someone who only peered behind the curtain once, making just a single top-flight appearance. To them it was anything but the norm; it was a glimpse into another world that fascinates us all.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/the-set-pieces-blog/2017/mar/22/players-one-match-premier-league-footballers

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