Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho during 2-2 draw
• United manager warned after trying to confront Italian Chelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Related: José Mourinho denies interest in taking over at Real Madrid for a second time Continue reading...

Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui and the actions of a condemned man | Sid Lowe

Julen Lopetegui’s reign may have been the chronicle of failure foretold; what few imagined was that it would unfold so quickly They’d been there for a while when the call came through to tell them they were standing in the wrong place. Raphaël Varane’s handball had actually been in the area, VAR decided, so instead of a free-kick it was a penalty, which was why just 14 minutes into this weekend’s opening game, Levante were 2-0 up at the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid heading for another defeat and Roger Martí heading for the south-west corner, celebrating. On the opposite touchline Madrid’s manager stood motionless, hands in his pockets, gone. A few rows above, someone tapped the president on the shoulder and gave him a phone. Florentino Pérez took it, looked at the screen, lifted it to his ear, and a million memes were born: bring me the head of Continue reading "Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui and the actions of a condemned man | Sid Lowe"

If Madrid sack Lopetegui they should sack us all, says Isco – video

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has brushed off media reports that he could soon lose his job saying that there is still time to reverse the team’s fortunes. Lopetegui has been at the helm for nine La Liga games, only four of which ended in victory for the club. ‘If you’re wanting to see a wounded coach, don’t look over here,’ the former Spain boss told a news conference before their Champions League tie with Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday. Meanwhile, midfielder Isco was firmly behind his manager, saying the players must take responsibility for the reigning European champions’ slump. Continue reading...

José Mourinho denies interest in taking over at Real Madrid for a second time

• Mourinho linked following Julen Lopetegui’s poor start at Real
• He wants to stay at Manchester United beyond current contractJosé Mourinho has denied any interest in taking over at Real Madrid, stating he wishes to stay as Manchester United manager beyond his current contract, which ends in the summer of 2020. Reports in Spain have claimed Mourinho is seen by Real as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui following the European champions’ disappointing start to the season. They sit seventh in La Liga, four points behind the leaders Barcelona, following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Levante. Continue reading...

What can we learn from Thierry Henry’s debut as Monaco manager?

Monaco were beaten 2-1 by Strasbourg in their first game under Henry, but they have reasons for positivity By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News Thierry Henry went into his first match as Monaco manager missing his two best goalkeepers, three of his four best central defenders, and attacking midfielder Rony Lopes, their second top scorer last season. It should also be remembered that Henry was taking the second-bottom team in the division to the Stade de la Meinau to face a Strasbourg side whose attack have been in sparkling form recently. It was no great surprise then that Thierry Laurey’s well-organised side won 2-1, yet Henry’s first game in charge provided much food for thought about his managerial future. Related: Miralem Pjanic: ’We were in danger. Football wasn’t the most important thing’ | Paolo Bandini Continue reading...

Mauro Icardi lives up to Higuaín’s hype as Milan derby rocks with hope | Paolo Bandini

Inter’s lethal finisher scored an injury-time winner in a derby notable for the feelgood factor among both sets of fans “An assassin.” That was how Gonzalo Higuaín described Mauro Icardi in the build-up to Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina. Invited by Gazzetta dello Sport to name the attributes he would most like to steal from his compatriot, the Milan striker replied: “His heading ability and his sense of timing.” It appears that no such theft could be arranged. Icardi demonstrated both qualities as he arrived to head home a 91st-minute winner in a match that had looked certain to finish as a goalless stalemate. Continue reading...

Sacavenense youth footballers score brilliant team goal – video

Sacavenense's junior team scored an amazing team goal on Saturday as they beat Loures 5-2 in the seventh round of the Portuguese U-19 national championships.  The young players swiftly and skilfully passed the ball 12 times before Daniel Pinto netted the team's fourth goal at the Campo do Sacavenense. Ana Bral, whose brother Leandro was involved in the buildup of the goal, shared the video on Twitter saying: 'There is a lot of work behind this play ... it tells us all about the union of these boys.' Continue reading...

There are 87 live games on British TV this week. Too much of a good thing? | Sean Ingle

Showing Premier League and European midweek matches live causes a dip in attendances that hits smaller clubs’ revenues During the early 1980s, when English football began its slow-shuffle towards showing one live game a week, the Guardian’s venerable correspondent David Lacey warned of the potential consequences. In a column titled “The death threat of live television”, Lacey predicted: “Matches shown on the small screen, warts and all, far from stimulating interest, would be more likely to have the opposite effect,” and suggested: “A televised match would become the complete alternative to paying to watch football and more fans than ever would have reason to stay away.” Lacey was far from alone. Years before the dawn of the Premier League Brian Clough thought too much live TV would kill football. And, indeed, as far back as 1931 the BBC stopped radio broadcasts of Football League games because of fears they Continue reading "There are 87 live games on British TV this week. Too much of a good thing? | Sean Ingle"

A hundred days later, has Russia’s $14bn World Cup investment paid off? | Andrew Roth

The emergence of an unlikely hero and impressive stadiums have bolstered football’s popularity, but there is still work to be done to make the new venues pay for themselves Russia is not a footballing country, the former trainer for the national side Leonid Slutsky infamously alleged in 2016. His proof was simple: look at the poor attendance despite billions of rubles poured into new marquee arenas for Spartak and CSKA. “Earlier I was sure that new infrastructure would sharply change people’s relationship to football,” he told Sport Express. “But practice shows that I was wrong.” Continue reading...

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal continue to attack in waves, Chelsea look downbeat, Brighton have a star of the future and Liverpool stay strong Vivianne Miedema has nine goals from five games this season, after her hat-trick against Reading. Now that she’s injury-free, she’s been super-clinical, the world-class striker she promised to be previously, and she’s benefiting from the attacking wave that is Arsenal. They’ve got attacking players like Lisa Evans and Beth Mead on the flanks, and then they flood players down the middle, like Jordan Nobbs and Daniëlle van de Donk. New goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin is also a huge asset. She’s that new breed of goalkeeper, like Ederson – very comfortable in possession and starts attacks. Arsenal beat Reading 6-0 and their pressing was something to behold. They scored within two minutes in the first half, two minutes in the second half and right at the end of the first half – Continue reading "Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action"

Bayern Munich back in credit but storm clouds continue to hover | Andy Brassell

If the purpose of Friday’s club address was to make the champions seem less vulnerable, you have to question its value It was as tumultuous as anticipated, only in a totally different manner than anybody had expected. When Bayern Munich called a Friday press conference with the president Uli Hoeness, chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, coach Niko Kovac and sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, all confirmed to be present, it was clear they wouldn’t just be talking about the forthcoming weekend visit to Wolfsburg and delivering injury news updates. The rumour mill swirled into some weird places. Was Arsène Wenger about to be appointed as coach, notwithstanding the highly unlikely scenario of Kovac being present at his own dethroning? Was Kovac going to be backed, or given a timescale by which things must improve after four winless games? Were we about to hear of a restructuring at the top, above the coach’s Continue reading "Bayern Munich back in credit but storm clouds continue to hover | Andy Brassell"

Wayne Rooney has dragged DC United into the playoffs: will Europe call?

The former England captain has become a hero in the US capital thanks to his goals and humility. But some have asked whether he left Europe too soon Three reclamation projects were on display Sunday in southern Washington DC. The first is the neighborhood itself, revitalized first by Nationals Park, the baseball stadium that cost the city $670m a decade ago. Now Audi Field, the soccer stadium that opened earlier this year, has added to the redevelopment. The second is DC United, the once-mighty Major League Soccer club that had languished under the burden of paying rent in dilapidated RFK Stadium and didn’t want to spend on foreign stars. While other clubs brought in Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, Didier Drogba and David Beckham, United brought in the likes of Hamdi Salihi and Rafael. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Nikola Milenkovic to Manchester United?

Today’s tittle-tattle is still willing to fight and die for that inch Despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of José Mourinho, who many sages still believe to be approaching his Old Trafford endgame irrespective of a couple of decent recent results, Manchester United continue to be linked with more centre-halves than you can shake a rolled-up copy of Practical Caravan at. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Woefully leaky Fulham are on course to concede 100 goals, and is it nearly time for Álvaro Morata and Chelsea to part ways? On the eve of the new season Slavisa Jokanovic said Fulham “don’t have to change much but we need to be intelligent. We need to grow up.” Two months down the line and either Jokanovic underestimated how much Fulham needed to adapt to be ready for the Premier League or his players are not being as smart as he had hoped. Whatever the answer, Fulham did not spend more than £100m in the summer to be languishing in the relegation zone with one win from nine games and a defensive record that is in danger of becoming an embarrassment. Alarm bells should be ringing after Cardiff, who had scored only four times in their opening eight games, doubled their tally for the season against Jokanovic’s porous Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Chelsea and Manchester United likely to be warned by FA after chaotic scenes

• José Mourinho provoked by Marco Ianni after late equaliser
• FA could issues charges depending on Mike Dean’s report Chelsea and Manchester United are expected to be let off with a warning and reminded of their future conduct by the Football Association following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Related: How should Mourinho fix Manchester United’s defence? By attacking | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading...

Spurs’ Moussa Sissoko emerges from shadows with a crucial assist

• Tottenham midfielder makes case for regular first-team place
• Mauricio Pochettino now shifts focus to Champions League Tottenham’s narrow victory against West Ham at a noisy London Stadium was a difficult one to get the head round. On the one hand it was almost unwatchable. The game got persistently bogged down, attacking moves dribbling away to nothing. On the other the match had a constant intensity and there was a tense tactical battle at work. The way Spurs came out on top, Mauricio Pochettino hopes, might prove telling. Related: Érik Lamela the star as Tottenham hold on for narrow win at West Ham Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp regrets Liverpool’s lack of final-ball finesse at Huddersfield

• Liverpool manager calls for improvement after 1-0 win
• ‘We could have done better. It was just the last ball – one touch’ Jürgen Klopp says his Liverpool team remain a work in progress but that collecting victories while developing a more balanced style augurs well for the rest of the campaign. Related: Mohamed Salah strike settles nervy Liverpool win over Huddersfield Continue reading...

Miralem Pjanic: ’We were in danger. Football wasn’t the most important thing’ | Paolo Bandini

As Juventus prepare to face Manchester United in the Champions League, the midfielder tells of how his tears as a baby helped his family flee war in Bosnia Fahrudin Pjanic knew war was coming. As a footballer for FK Drina Zvornik in the Yugoslavian third division, he travelled around the country enough to see the social and political tensions that were building in the early 1990s. As the father of a newborn son, Miralem, his instinct was to get his family out before the worst happened. Related: Skill, desire and Sir Alex: how Ronaldo transformed Manchester United Continue reading...