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Saints have found right man to gaard their defence

Southampton’s acquisition of Jannik Vestergaard went somewhat under the radar this summer, among a flurry of eye-catching attacking signings across the Premier League in the recently closed transfer window. On the opening day of the 2018/19 season, many match previews didn’t even have the Dane down as a starter, despite his arrival on the south coast for an eye-catching £18 million. This fee made...

5 days ago
How City can thrive without De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne’s injury is a timely reminder of the uncertainties that help make football the sport it is. Not to revel in one man’s misfortune, of course, but a Premier League title race widely expected to be a procession for City has been handed a nice early twist. As good as Liverpool could be, and Manchester United should be, they were still likely to finish short of Pep Guardiola’s rei...

6 days ago
Rodgers faces Celtic acid test after European heartache

On Saturday, Brendan Rodgers was undone by his fellow countryman. Kyle Lafferty scored a stunning volley as Hearts beat Celtic 1-0 at Tynecastle, condemning the champions to defeat in just the second game of the new Scottish Premiership season. Having gone unbeaten in the first 18 league games last year, it was a sobering reality check for the Hoops. Rodgers picked his team with Greece on his mind...

6 days ago
Swift Sánchez development points to bright Spurs future

For all the criticism of Daniel Levy’s indolence in the transfer market, which has led to tumbleweeds blowing through the white and navy blue half of North London, the lack of activity is also a confirmation from within the club of the strength of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. While reinforcements could have been made, and it’s telling that the one player they really pushed for was Jack Grealish wh...

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