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David Gallop fails to expand on FFA's reasons for sacking Matildas coach Alen Stajcic

Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia
Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop has failed to expand on reasons for the shock sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.

After twice addressing the playing group during a team camp at a Coogee hotel on Monday, Gallop was once again evasive about the circumstances which led to Stajcic's dismissal on Saturday.

He said a new coach was expected to be announced in the next two weeks but failed to shed any light on the details of two reports into the team's culture that led to his axing.

"There...

Graham Arnold has Australia playing 'positive' attacking football - Aziz Behich

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.

Socceroos left-back Aziz Behich is revelling in the attacking emphasis of the team under coach Graham Arnold.

The left-back has been an ever-present in the seven matches Australia have played under Arnold and says the team's threat going forward is one of the most exciting changes he's witnessed.

Since Arnold took the reins after last year's World Cup, the Socceroos have scored 19 goals in those seven matches -- including 5-0 and 4-0 friendly wins over Oman and Kuwait.

"Since Arnie's come in we've...

Carlos Vela 'happy' at LAFC, refuses to rule out move to Barcelona

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why LAFC's Carlos Vela could fit Barcelona's needs for a back-up striker after the departure of Munir to Sevilla.
With the January transfer window in full swing, take a look at whether or not Carlos Vela, Alvaro Morata and more will be making moves.

Carlos Vela has told ESPN that he is "happy" at LAFC and didn't expand on whether he could be headed to Barcelona, with rumors swirling that he is an option for the Catalan side in this January transfer window.

"They are issues for the clubs and agents," Vela told ESPN on Sunday in an interview. "I'm relaxed, working on the preseason and the most important thing is to be happy in the place you are. In the future we'll see what happens."

Vela's name being linked to Barcelona last week came as a surprise...

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele limps suffers sprained ankle against Leganes

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele sprained his ankle in Sunday's 3-1 win over Leganes and that the forward will undergo tests on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Dembele opened the scoring against Leganes and produced one of his best performances in a Barca shirt before being forced off midway through the second half. The France international collapsed on the ground under minimal pressure, provoking immediate concern among the home supporters. He eventually...

Chelsea's Sarri doesn't plan 'massive upheaval' to tactics after Arsenal loss

Steve Nicol sounds off on Maurizio Sarri's comments about not being able to motivate Chelsea, saying he should get out if he can't do that.
Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points.
Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points.
Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points.
Craig Burley breaks down how Unai Emery adjusted his Arsenal side to nullify Maurizio Sarri's rigid tactics for Chelsea.
Stewart Robson explains the key tactical decisions that led to Arsenal's comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea.

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri insisted there will be "no massive upheaval" to Chelsea's tactical approach despite their 2-0 loss against Arsenal.

Sarri took the remarkable step of publicly accusing his players of being "extremely difficult to motivate" after first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny had set Arsenal on their way to a comprehensive victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea's first shot on target came in the 82nd minute as Eden Hazard struggled to make any impression...

Manchester United's Rashford can emulate Rooney, Ronaldo - Solskjaer

MANCHESTER, England -- Marcus Rashford has the potential to emulate Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford, 21, made his 150th Manchester United appearance in the 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday, reaching the mark at a younger age than both Rooney and Ronaldo.

Rooney left Old Trafford in 2017 as the club's greatest goalscorer, while Ronaldo has been crowned the world's best player five times and Solskjaer believes Rashford, who has scored in four-consecutive...