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Liverpool need a slice of fortune


Real put road form on the line vs. Dortmund

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Phil Jones in fine form in latest attempt to banish Man United injury jinx

Shaka Hislop says Jose Mourinho should stop complaining about the weather and be happy with United's win at Southampton.

For every up Phil Jones has experienced during his Manchester United career, it has invariably been followed by a down.

Down on the floor, usually, clutching an ankle or a foot. And then face down on a treatment table, sometimes for weeks. Occasionally for months.

It is the story of Jones' six-and-a-bit years at Old Trafford that periods of impressive form have often been halted by injury. Sometimes niggly ones, sometimes more serious.

Since arriving from Blackburn for £16.5 million in 2011,...

 By Dave Usher

Liverpool need a slice of fortune with defence still struggling

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol looks back at Liverpool's win at Leicester

Liverpool's tension-filled 3-2 victory at Leicester City last Saturday will have done little to change the widely held perceptions of Jurgen Klopp's team and their defensive vulnerability, but the three points relieved some of the tension and negativity around the team.

Four games without a win is hardly cause for panic under normal circumstances, but with the two Manchester teams flying and a gap already opening up between them and the chasing pack, every little setback and dropped point takes...

Real Madrid put road form on the line in UCL against Borussia Dortmund

Sergio Ramos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will battle again on Tuesday.

Real Madrid will put their impressive road form on the line again on Tuesday when they visit Borussia Dortmund for a Champions League group-stage game.

Madrid have won 12 consecutive away games in La Liga, a club record, as well as their last six away games and 15 of their last 16 in all competitions. Their only defeat was 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals last season, which they did not need to win to advance on aggregate.

Dortmund, meanwhile, have won...

Bayern need a result at PSG to boost team morale, calm lingering tension

Raf Honigstein says Sven Ulreich needs to show he's up for being the goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer's absence at Bayern.
Raf Hongistein explains why Dortmund are full of confidence as they get set to play Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola once declared that the Champions League was "like a good meal in a nice restaurant" whereas the Bundesliga tasted more of "everyday pizza or hamburger." Carlo Ancelotti, a man well-known for his love of food, will undoubtedly appreciate that culinary analogy. The trip to his former club Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night holds out the promise of both a gourmet experience and a satisfied stomach.

A win at the Parc des Princes would instantly change the perception of Bayern's...

Moussa Sissoko starting to win Tottenham and Pochettino around

Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero? The ESPN FC crew have their say.

Just before half time in Tottenham's 3-2 win at West Ham on Saturday, Moussa Sissoko fouled Mark Noble, sparking a typically yappy reaction from the home captain. Noble, four inches shorter, squared-up to the Spurs midfielder, wagging a finger and barking in his face. Sissoko stood his ground, growling back in hostility.

It is easy to imagine this show of defiance, more than anything else, prompted Mauricio Pochettino to say afterwards: "I think Sissoko is doing very well. I am so happy with...

Alvaro Morata deserves spotlight as Chelsea visit Costa and Atletico

The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.

Alvaro Morata never topped the bill at Real Madrid and, when he returns to the Spanish capital this week, he will probably find himself overshadowed by the presence of Atletico Madrid's new centre-forward if Diego Costa chooses to act as an unwanted distraction by turning up for Chelsea's Champions League visit to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Such has been the story of Morata's career so far. The 24-year-old is a supremely talented striker, a player blessed with the physique, technical ability...