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Man Utd still in for tough season - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said his team will find it tough to top the 81 points they collected last term -- their best return since 2013.

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Aguero can help Jesus succeed him at City - Pep

Sergio Aguero can help Gabriel Jesus succeed him when his new contract expires in 2021, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

'It's an insult' to lose on set pieces - Poch

"If you lose, all the tactics or organisation are gone," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said about personal battles on set pieces.

Football Headlines

Premier League Match of the Week

Liverpool vs Southampton I Saturday @ 15:30 (CAT)

Salah's 17-18 has set the bar impossibly high

Mohamed Salah has two goals and two assists in six games, yet he's come in for criticism. After the year he had in 2017-18, that's to be expected.

Klopp backs Salah to rediscover his touch

Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah just needs time to get back to his goal-scoring form of last season.


Klopp laughs off Salah crisis talk

Jurgen Klopp said he is not worried about Mohamed Salah's start to the season and believes the forward is being harshly compared to last season.

Saturday's Big Matches

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Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: Kane deal has teammates wanting raises

Harry Kane's big summer deal has some of his Spurs teammates also asking for new contracts. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Man Utd target set for new Lazio deal

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile will both sign new contracts with the club next week.

Transfer Talk: United enter race for Ajax's Frenkie de Jong

And they reckon they have a secret weapon in talks in the form of former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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La Liga

Pre-Round 5 talking points

Mariano's ruthlessness could put Benzema out of a job

Real Madrid needed a way to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo's goals. Mariano Diaz looks the part, and that should worry Karim Benzema.

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We're seeing a 'new' Gareth Bale at Real this season

Fitter, happier and more productive: we're seeing a new Gareth Bale at Real Madrid this season. Sid Lowe explores the reasons why.

La Liga Predictor: Will Real Madrid & Barca remain unbeaten?

Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley square off in predicting some of the more notable fixtures during week 5 of La Liga.


Serie A

Pre-Round 5 news and insight

Juve unbeaten, Inter labouring & Milan chasing top 4

Gab Marcotti breaks down what to expect from Serie A's top clubs on Matchday 5. Be sure to catch all the action this weekend on ESPN+.


Serie Awesome Podcast: Episode 2 out now

Download the second episode of the Serie Awesome podcast featuring Mina Rzouki, Gab Marcotti and Paolo Bandini.


Totti: MLS move would have ruined legacy

Francesco Totti retired in 2017, having spent his entire 25-year career with boyhood club Roma and said he never wanted to wear another shirt.

Premier League

Pre-Round 6 insights

Why top stars like Kane, Salah need proper rest

The Premier League's top players last season -- Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Eden Hazard -- have all struggled to get up to speed this year.

W2W4: How will City respond to Lyon shock?

A shock loss to Lyon in the Champions League has Man City in an unfamiliar position, while Tottenham are desperate for a win against Brighton.

Sanchez flopping hard, and 9 other knee-jerk conclusions

We're five games into the new Premier League season, meaning not enough time for meaningful conclusions. Not to worry: we've still got you covered.

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Football Talking Points

Extra Time: Ronaldo's red re-examined; Neymar overrated?

The guys respond to your tweets about a "backhanded compliment," Cristiano Ronaldo's red card and whether Neymar is overrated.


Griezmann 'may be serving, not dining' with Messi & Ronaldo

Craig Burley feels Antoine Griezmann's comments are a bit arrogant when he said he's at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


So, you think you're Ronaldo's biggest fan?

Tensions are mounting between the Exploding Heads as they argue over which one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan.


Is there a fallacy in Europa League's busy schedule?

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol sides with Maurizio Sarri about the Europa League's tough schedule and what Alvaro Morata must do to rediscover his goalscoring form.


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