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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ‘worried’ about Borussia Dortmund strong tackles

Mario Gotze discusses Borussia Dortmund’s win over Manchester City in the ICC and describes how the German side is feeling early in preseason. Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart’s future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City’s ICC loss to Dortmund. Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. CHICAGO, Illinois — Pep Guardiola admitted he was worried about some of the strong tackles in Manchester City’s first game of preseason, a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup. The City manager is without much of his first team after 16 of last season’s title-winning squad were called up to the World Cup ...

New York Red Bulls to complete Andreas Ivan signing once visa is processed

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer’s punishment for Mike Petke’s outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints. Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies. Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola’s big night at D.C.’s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end its slump. New York Red Bulls are on the verge of completing the signing of Andreas Ivan, the club have announced. Once the Romanian right-winger’s P-1 visa is processed, he will become the MLS side’s first signing of the transfer window. Ivan, 23, had joined the team as a trial for a week in June and will take up an international spot in t...

Liverpool’s Naby Keita always wanted to be Steven Gerrard as a kid

Shaka Hislop explains why a text from former teammate Fabinho would never be a deciding factor if Kylian Mbappe decided to join Liverpool. Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol jumps to the defence of Jurgen Klopp for his recent big-money additions in spite of his past comments. The guys respond to your tweets about Liverpool’s transfer targets, Bayern’s chances against Real, Morata’s Chelsea future and the Extra Time music. Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is a great admirer of Steven Gerrard and said he always tried to play like him growing up in the streets of Guinea. Keita will wear Gerrard’s old No. 8 shirt this season after joining the club from RB Leipzig for £54 million this summer. The 23-year-old was even accompanied by the current Rangers coach at his Live...

Chelsea’s protracted appointment of Maurizio Sarri complicates truncated transfer window

Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea want all their top players to stay. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri declares his disinterest in the transfer market, emphasising his task as manager is to grow the players he currently has. In the aftermath of a season as disappointing as that experienced by Chelsea in 2017-18, one would have assumed that there would be an urgency to get things back on track as quickly as possible. But at Stamford Bridge, it seems that the lessons of the past have yet to be learned. The world and his wife knew that Antonio Conte’s days as manager were numbered from the middle of the last campaign, and yet it was not until a week ago that Maurizio Sarri was confirmed as his replacement. There were mitigating circumstances, of course, such as negotiating Sarri’s release ...

Thousands of fans welcome Griezmann home

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona coming in with £55m-plus bid for Chelsea’s Willian

ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours making the rounds in Transfer Rater, involving Jasper Cillessen, Thibaut Courtois and more. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: Barca bid £55m for Willian Chelsea winger Willian is the subject of a third bid from Barcelona, according to Sky Sports, with the La Liga title holders reportedly lodging a £55 million bid for the Brazil international. The 29-year-old blew hot and cold for the Selecao at the World Cup, but his pace was evident throughout and he also showed his willingness to commit to defensive duties, working his way...

Riyad Mahrez’s Manchester City debut hints at an even more potent Pep Guardiola attack

Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart’s future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City’s ICC loss to Dortmund. CHICAGO — With so many of Manchester City’s first-team players still to return to preseason following the World Cup, Riyad Mahrez made his first start for the club in the 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup among an eclectic lineup of youngsters and ex-loanees with uncertain futures. But in a disjointed game that was more about dusting off the cobwebs of the summer break, the £60 million club-record signing offered a glimpse of why Pep Guardiola decided to...

Florentino Perez has Real Madrid poised for a return to the free-spending Galactico days

The stage was set, and it will remain set for the rest of the summer. Quite literally. And although this time there has been a change — so far, anyway — the rest of it is much of the same; the same words, the same faces, the same protocol. Thumbs up and kick-ups too. Slightly different plan, though. Usually, a temporary platform is erected on the eastern side of the Santiago Bernabeu, facing the seats of the directors’ box, where presentations are made. This time, it has been set up inside, behind the directors’ box where the canapes are carried and deals are done. As the hot weeks pass, one by one the players come — often all the way to the very last day of August. Outside, fans wait for a glimpse of the new star. Sometimes a few come, sometimes loads do. It&...

Mahrez shows glimpse of City prowess

Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart’s future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City’s ICC loss to Dortmund. CHICAGO — With so many of Manchester City’s first-team players still to return to preseason following the World Cup, Riyad Mahrez made his first start for the club in the 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup among an eclectic lineup of youngsters and ex-loanees with uncertain futures. But in a disjointed game that was more about dusting off the cobwebs of the summer break, the £60 million club-record signing offered a glimpse of why Pep Guardiola decided to...

Guardiola: Joe Hart’s quality is undeniable

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Gotze: Dortmund are in a good state right now

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Hislop: Mbappe’s emergence a challenge for Neymar

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