Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith with a stunning goal, teed up by Lionel Messi. “It was the kind of goal only great players can score,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien. “He played a spectacular match.”…

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Messi scores 700th goal

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona suffered another blow to their La Liga title hopes after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Messi chipped in a penalty to reach another astonishing milestone at Camp Nou but twice Atletico hit back with spot-kicks of their own, Saul Niguez converting both after Barca took an early lead through Diego Costa’s own goal. The result gives Real Madrid the chance to move four points clear at the top of the table if they can overcome Getafe at home…

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Carlo Ancelotti: Everton job ‘isn’t mission impossible’

Turning Everton into Champions League contenders will not be “mission impossible”, according to new manager Carlo Ancelotti. The 60-year-old former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan coach has signed a deal to lead the Toffees until 2024. He takes over an Everton side that is 15th in the Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. “The Champions League is the long-term goal and objective,” he said. “Nothing is impossible in football.” Everton have not finished in the top four since 2005, which is the only time they had done…

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Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Players should walk off in response to racism’, says Gary Neville

Players should be “empowered” to walk off the pitch in response to racist abuse, according to Gary Neville. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reported being targeted by monkey chants during the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Tottenham. Former England defender Neville said: “Maybe we have to empower the players to walk off the pitch and stop the entertainment while it is happening. “We have a racism problem in the Premier League in England.” Following Rudiger’s complaints, there were three stadium announcements saying that “racist behaviour among spectators is interfering…

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Carlo Ancelotti: Will Everton succeed where Bayern Munich & Napoli failed?

Carlo Ancelotti could easily be referred to as “The Perfector” – the man an already successful team brings in to take them one step further and win the coveted grand trophies reserved for the very best. A proven winner with a trophy laden cabinet both as a player and as a coach, Ancelotti is the maestro associated with the big clubs and the big names in football. Now he is the manager of Everton, who have not finished above seventh place in the Premier League since 2014 and are 15th…

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard out-manouevred his one-time mentor Jose Mourinho – but a comfortable win at Tottenham was overshadowed by alleged racist behaviour aimed at visiting defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger was involved in the second-half incident that saw Tottenham’s Son Heung-min sent off. The striker was dismissed, following a video assistant referee review, for raising his boot in a clash with the German centre-back near the touchline. Shortly afterwards, Rudiger, 26, appeared to gesticulate that he had received racist abuse from Spurs fans. Chelsea drew the incident to the attention of referee Anthony Taylor and three subsequent announcements were made over the public address system warning that racist behaviour among spectators was interfering with the game. The match was…

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‘Why Man Utd should build their team around Pogba’ – Peter Crouch

Paul Pogba’s future continues to divide Manchester United fans, but Peter Crouch thinks the club should “build a team” around the France midfielder. Crouch joined Danny Murphy on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday to analyse Pogba’s return to action after almost three months out with an ankle injury. United slumped to a disappointing defeat against the Premier League’s bottom side but Pogba, 26, impressed when he came off the bench for the final 26 minutes, when his side were already 2-0 down. Here Crouch explains what Pogba brings…

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Football gossip: Ozil, Pogba, Ancelotti, Ibrahimovic, Havertz

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has signed a new contract with the club until 2023. The 30-year-old centre-back’s deal puts an end to speculation over his future, which had grown as his previous contract – which was set to expire at the end of this season – continued to wind down. Alderweireld’s decision comes just a month after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s head coach. “I’m very, very happy,” Alderweireld told Spurs TV. “I think no words can describe another couple of years here at Spurs. “There’s no…

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Sead Kolasinac: Arsenal full-back out till January with ankle injury

Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac will be sidelined until January after injuring the ligaments in his right ankle during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City. The Bosnian, 26, came off after 40 minutes at the Emirates. Arsenal say the defender is “aiming to return to full training in January.” Meanwhile, fellow left-back Kieran Tierney has had surgery after dislocating his shoulder in the 3-1 win at West Ham on 9 December. The Scotland international is expected to return to training in March.

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Premier League team of the decade: Who makes yours?

A lot can happen in a week in football, never mind a decade – but which Premier League players have left a lasting impression during the 2010s? The final years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. Leicester City’s 5000-1 title winners. The recent titanic battle for supremacy between Manchester City and Liverpool. We asked you to reflect on the past 10 years in English football’s top flight and decide which players made your team of the decade. Based on a combination of statistics, longevity and success – as well as…

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