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Mar 23

Argentina face must-win game against Chile with problems on and off the pitch | Jonathan Wilson

It may not be a crisis yet but it will be if bogey team Chile defeat Argentina – and it will add to the many issues that are affecting the national game

Whatever happens on Thursday, Chile will haunt this generation of Argentinian players for ever. The two sides met in the 2015 Copa América final and the 2016 Copa América Centenario final and on both occasions Chile won on penalties after a 0-0 draw, extending the Argentinian trophy drought that stretches back to 1993. As Argentina face the possibility of failing to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1970, Chile, who have a knack of stopping them from playing, are probably the last team they want to be facing.

Related: Russia 2018 World Cup: how the main contenders are shaping up

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Mar 22

Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran: a look back at his life – video

Ronnie Moran, a veteran of Liverpool Football Club, has died aged 83 after a short illness. He had served the club in roles as varied as player, captain, coach and interim manager for 49 years before his retirement in 1998, and played 379 times for the…

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Mar 22

Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran dies

Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran, who spent nearly five decades at the club, dies at the age of 83.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39350805

Mar 22

Ronnie Moran, Liverpool player, coach and assistant manager, dies aged 83

• Moran played for Liverpool as a left-back from 1952-68
• Member of the Anfield boot room for more than three decades

The former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died aged 83 after a short illness, his son Paul has announced.

Moran, schooled in the famous Anfield boot room, played 379 times for Liverpool between 1952 and 1968 as a full-back, scoring 17 goals, before becoming a member of the coaching staff, where he worked under Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish during the most successful period in the club’s history.

Related: Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool have always been very humble winners

Very sad news with the passing of Ronnie Moran this morning, a legendary figure @LFC & learnt me & others an awful lot. R.I.P.

It’s a sad day in Football! RIP Mr. Liverpool #RonnieMoran you will be greatly missed! @LFC

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/22/ronnie-moran-liverpool-dies

Mar 21

Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn’s Wales call-up

• Liverpool manager unhappy 17-year-old is thrust into spotlight
• Klopp was expecting a phone call from the Wales manager

Jürgen Klopp has revealed his exasperation over Chris Coleman’s decision to call up Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad.

The 17-year-old striker, who was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday where Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City, has played for the Wales’ Under-19s and was propelled into the senior squad by Coleman following only seven first-team appearances at club level.

Related: Jürgen Klopp vows to protect Liverpool record-breaker Ben Woodburn

Related: Ben Woodburn’s rise no surprise despite Klopp’s kid-gloves approach at Liverpool | Andy Hunter

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/21/jurgen-klopp-ben-woodburn-liverpool-wales-chris-coleman

Mar 20

Man City fined over Champions League tie

Manchester City are fined £15,573 by Uefa for incidents regarding the home leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco on 21 February.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39333531

Mar 20

Liverpool draw one of my proudest days, says Pep Guardiola – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday was one of his proudest days as a coach, having turned around from a disappointed exit from the Champions League last week. Guardiola also jokingly brushes off suggestions that he should more effectively coach his players on how to finish goal-scoring opportunities

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Mar 19

Raheem Sterling adds improvised flourish to Pep Guardiola’s solid lines | Barney Ronay

The Manchester City wing tormented his former Liverpool team-mates with his attacking verve on the wing but clearer heads took centre stage at the Etihad

At one point during Manchester City’s early-season training Pep Guardiola became so frustrated by Raheem Sterling’s puppyish eagerness to cut inside and join the crowd, thereby messing with his precision fine-tuning, he drew a chalk spot on the right wing of City’s training pitch and told Sterling to stand there. When in doubt to seek the chalk spot.

Watching this wild, brilliantly entertaining Premier League game, reduced at times to a selection of bruising collisions around the centre circle, you feared for Pep’s chalk spot. Sterling did stay wide, but also found himself snared into the crush of bodies like pretty much every other player on the pitch. Guardiola raged and whirled and steadily shed his insulated layers on the touchline, a man by turns appalled and consumed by the wonderful mess of a high-class football match in front of him.

Related: Sergio Agüero pegs back Liverpool to rescue point for Manchester City

Related: Pep Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool ‘one of my happiest days’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/19/raheem-sterling-pep-guardiola-manchester-city-liverpool

Mar 19

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool ‘one of my happiest days’

• Manager delighted by Manchester City’s spirit after Champions League exit
• ‘I think we could have won,’ says Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola insisted he would remember Manchester City’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool as “one of the happiest days of my life as a manager” even though it left his team 12 points off Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.

Sergio Agüero’s equaliser spared City from another ordeal, on the back of their Champions League exit against Monaco last week, after it had looked as though Guardiola might experience a sixth league defeat in a season for the first time in his managerial career.

Related: Sergio Agüero pegs back Liverpool to rescue point for Manchester City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/manchester-city-pep-guardiola-liverpool-draw-premier-league

Mar 18

Pep Guardiola’s zonal theory will take time for Manchester City to learn | Jonathan Wilson

The Barcelona and Bayern Munich players were already familiar with Guardiola’s complex juego de posición theory – at City he was virtually starting from scratch

The fashion these days is to knife a manager at the first sign of trouble. Nobody is allowed to build, nobody is allowed to learn from a mistake. Move to a new country, take over a new team, try to adapt to a new environment and if you’re not winning titles six months later you’re a fraud. Neither Jürgen Klopp nor Pep Guardiola are under pressure as such heading into Sunday’s game at the Etihad, but both are facing grumblings of discontent.

When Steve McClaren was sacked by Derby last week it meant that a quarter of all league clubs had changed their manager in the previous 100 days. Aitor Karanka’s exit from Middlesbrough then followed on Thursday. The level of churn is absurd and counterproductive on a number of levels. It’s a troubling thought that, had they been working in the modern era, there is a significant chance Herbert Chapman, Matt Busby, Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough (twice) and Alex Ferguson would all have been sacked before they had enjoyed real success.

Related: Manchester City’s Monaco failure should put Pep Guardiola on defensive | Jamie Jackson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/18/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-liverpool-barcelona-bayern-munich

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