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UEFA Nations League winners Portugal will target a trophy hat trick at Euro 2020

Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.

PORTO, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo has grown accustomed to lifting trophies, and the relish with which he hoisted aloft the silverware that comes with winning the UEFA Nations League, following Portugal's 1-0 win vs. Netherlands on Sunday, suggested that it meant every bit as much as all of the prizes he has won in the past for club and country.

It is not the World Cup or European Championship, but it is a hefty, glittering trophy, and the qualification process to reach the four-team finals means...

Dutch defeat extinguishes goodwill England generated in World Cup run

A combination of VAR, awful England defending and clinical finishing saw the Netherlands set up a UEFA Nations League final clash with Portugal.
Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop praise Frenkie de Jong's game, particularly his composure on the ball in the Netherlands' win over England.

GUIMARAES, Portugal -- For 120 minutes of this Nations League semifinal in Guimaraes, Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk was booed by England's vast army of travelling supporters every time he touched the ball.

It is difficult to come up with a credible explanation for that, especially considering the contribution Van Dijk made to Liverpool's Champions League-winning campaign, but perhaps it was down to plain old envy. After all, here was a defender who produced a master class in his art, while...

Tottenham must answer tough questions to emulate Liverpool's success

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol slams Spurs' performance in the UCL Final, and Craig Burley accuses Mauricio Pochettino of 'weak management'.
Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham were the aggressors in the final vs. Liverpool, but conceding an early penalty impacted their plans.
Steve Nicol hails the impact of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and defender Virgil van Dijk in keeping Tottenham at bay in the Reds' Champions League Final triumph.
Jurgen Klopp doesn't want to sit in a press conference breaking down how Liverpool won the Champions League; he just wants to enjoy that they won.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol was in Madrid to watch his beloved Reds win the Champions League, but relief rather than joy was his overriding emotion.

MADRID -- Defeat on the biggest stage can trigger two responses: The losers either allow the disappointment to drag them down to the realms of the also-rans or use it as inspiration to go again and come back stronger.

Liverpool, having suffered a painful and comprehensive 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final, took the latter option. The Anfield club invested wisely in the likes of Alisson and Fabinho and, having almost won the Premier League with 97 points, ended...

Liverpool's latest European Cup win comes on a journey that is far from over

Steve Nicol hails the impact of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and defender Virgil van Dijk in keeping Tottenham at bay in the Reds' Champions League Final triumph.
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol slams Spurs' performance in the UCL Final, and Craig Burley accuses Mauricio Pochettino of 'weak management'.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol was in Madrid to watch his beloved Reds win the Champions League, but relief rather than joy was his overriding emotion.

MADRID -- And now, after a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, it is six European Cups for Liverpool. With Barcelona and Bayern Munich left behind, ahead are Milan -- just one away -- and then 13-time winners Real Madrid, who have owned the European Cup competition like no others. No club can be separated from its past, but Liverpool, more than most, are marked by what came before, from the sublime to the tragic.

The latest title mirrored those that came before in the sense that it was gutted out...

Chelsea's season a success... so why doesn't it feel like one?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti answers the burning question at Chelsea after their Europa League triumph: Will Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri say goodbye?
Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson credit Chelsea's quality in the second half for their 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson laments Arsenal's defensive inadequacies and lack of spirit after the Gunners fell to rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final.

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Under normal circumstances, the winning of a European final would bring uncomplicated joy. There are plenty of grey areas in football, all manner of things that you can't be sure of. But lifting a European trophy should in theory only bring positive emotions.

Chelsea will celebrate tonight, but what will they be thinking tomorrow?

This has been a truly strange season at Stamford Bridge. The bare facts don't suggest anything other than success: They finished third in the...

Inside Man City's stunning season: How Pep Guardiola & Co. won the treble

LONDON -- It is never easy to put history into context just as it's being made, so it may be many more years before the real magnitude of Manchester City's domestic Treble can be properly judged. But by inflicting a 6-0 defeat on Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday, Pep Guardiola's City achieved what no men's club has done before by winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the same season. However you feel about it, their place in history is certainly assured.

Saturday's Cup...