Match of the Day: Ian Wright and Martin Keown assess Premier League title race

Match of the Day pundits Martin Keown and Ian Wright both agree that the Premier League title race is now on with Liverpool now leading Manchester City by one point.

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Gerard Deulofeu: ‘At Barcelona you always have eyes on you … I’m happy at Watford’

The forward reflects on the pressures of being a hyped youngster and his tricky journey from Camp Nou to Vicarage RoadGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid. “Look at Riqui Puig,” the Watford winger says, with a nod towards the 19-year-old who thrilled on his debut in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa last Wednesday. “All the people say: ‘He is this and this,’ but you have to be careful because the guy is so young.“It’s difficult because at Barcelona, you always have eyes on you. All the people speak. It’s good [in one way] but after, it’s bad because the people think you are Messi or a player with a lot of experience. You have to be careful because you have to go step by step.” Continue reading...

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David Luiz could be forced out by Chelsea’s over-30s contract policy

• Club only offers one-year contract extensions to over-30s• David Luiz can negotiate with foreign clubs from JanuaryDavid Luiz’s future at Chelsea beyond the summer has been cast into considerable doubt after the club’s hierarchy made it clear they are reluctant to change their policy of offering only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s.The club are seeking to prolong the stays of some key personnel, not least because they are one of a number of English sides under investigation by Fifa over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 and could be the subject of lengthy transfer embargoes if found guilty by the world governing body’s disciplinary committee. Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kanté and César Azpilicueta have all agreed new terms recently, and are likely to be followed in the near future by Antonio Rüdiger. Continue reading...

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Altior sees off Un De Sceaux and the elements to take Tingle Creek Chase

• Nico de Boinville rides Altior to 15th straight victory• Nicky Henderson: ‘As good a performance as he has ever done’The elements and a select band of opponents did all they could to end Altior’s winning streak at 14 but he responded with what Nicky Henderson, his trainer, called “as good a performance as he’s ever done”. Many exceptional two-milers have won the Tingle Creek Chase over the past four decades but Altior is one of the very best.Altior has rarely, if ever, raced on ground as soft as he faced here, and a downpour as the four runners were going to the start added to its demands. His three rivals, meanwhile, included the frontrunners Saint Calvados and Un De Sceaux, which guaranteed a searching pace. Continue reading...

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'We're not here to be Invincibles': Guardiola hails players despite loss to Chelsea – video

Pep Guardiola struck a philosophical tone after Manchester City's 0-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, insisting: 'We're not here to be Invincibles; we're here to be champions.' Despite dominating possession for most of the game, Manchester City conceded a goal in each half to slump to their first league defeat in eight months and drop to second place in the Premier League. Guardiola praised his team's performance despite the result, claiming they had played with 'great personality' throughout.David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Continue reading...

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

10-12-2018



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

10-12-2018



From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a single name lifts an athlete closer to the stars. Few have flown so far into the stratosphere – and plummeted with such Icarusian suddenness – as Tiger. History suggests his flight is far from over. Continue reading...

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Marco Silva believes Richarlison has quality to score 20 goals a season

• Silva feels he has the man to fill Romelu Lukaku’s boots• Everton manager preparing to face his old club WatfordMarco Silva and Richarlison both face their former club Watford for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday, with the manager suggesting his striker could become the 20-goal-a-season man Everton have struggled to find since parting with Romelu Lukaku.That might be a big task if Richarlison, who cost Everton £35m to acquire from Watford, has to keep playing in wide positions rather than as a central striker, though Silva feels he has plenty of goals still to come. Continue reading...

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Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola has 'no regrets' after defeat at Stamford Bridge

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his side were "fantastic" during their 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and has "no regrets" over the way they played.

10-12-2018



River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to win the Copa Libertadores final

Watch highlights as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to claim their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy in front of 72,000 fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

10-12-2018



Pernille Harder: Guardian's female footballer of the year in 60 seconds – video

Pernille Harder has been voted as the Guardian's best female footballer in the world 2018. The Danish striker won the Uefa women's player of the year 2017-18 and spearheaded Wolfsburg's run to the Women's Champions League final, where she scored the opening goal. She has scored 32 goals in 42 appearances since joining Wolfsburg in 2017, as well as finding the net 53 times in over 100 international appearances for Denmark.The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Continue reading...

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Alex Scott says 'enough is enough' following Raheem Sterling's alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans

Alex Scott says "enough is enough" after Raheem Sterling faced alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans during Man City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

10-12-2018



European Cross Country: 'What are you doing?!' When knee slide celebrations go wrong

European Cross Country champion Jimmy Gressier's celebration goes completely wrong as he attempts to cross the finish line in style with a knee slide.

10-12-2018



David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

10-12-2018



Why trash talk is essential to the fight game – video

Whether it’s showboating or shameful, puerile or poetry, trash talk is and will remain an integral part of professional fighting. It’s an invaluable promotional tool that risks contempt from the public and a powerful weapon that can distract your opponent, or make them stronger. In a sport where every move comes with the potential for a devastating counter, the double-edged nature of trash talk is most fitting Continue reading...

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