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Chelsea ‘lacked smell of blood’ in dismal defeat in Zagreb, admits ‘angry’ Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea “lacked the smell of blood” after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb and insisted he must find a solution to their slow start to the season. Mislav Orsic’s first-half goal was enough to seal victory for the Croatian champions on home soil as Chelsea began their […]

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Difficult Napoli trip poses fresh test of hangover for Klopp’s Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp has rejected the hangover theory throughout the search for answers to Liverpool’s inconsistent start but, if a punishing price has been paid for last season’s exertions and the deflating final week, he will hope for a cure at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Napoli away is no one’s idea of a gentle introduction to […]

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Casper Ruud has No 1 slot in sight after US Open rout of Matteo Berrettini

As Frances Tiafoe basked in the glory of his quarter-final upset of Rafael Nadal on Monday night, he was reminded that at some point soon the big three would retire, with more opportunities to come. He responded with a cynical smile, not missing a beat: “Been saying that for how many years now?” But what […]

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Mislav Orsic makes Chelsea suffer as Dinamo Zagreb secure famous victory

This wasn’t exactly how Thomas Tuchel would have imagined his 100th match as Chelsea manager. In the competition where he found such success just 17 months ago in the final against Manchester City, the German was powerless to stop Dinamo Zagreb recording a famous victory courtesy of Miroslav Orsic’s well-taken goal. With their owner Todd […]

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Antonio Conte tells Tottenham to start ‘thinking as a winner’ over fixture pileup

Antonio Conte leads Spurs back into the big time on Wednesday night with a Champions League home tie against Marseille but he continues to complain that they are not acting like a big club – specifically with regard to exerting an influence over fixture congestion. Conte is stunned at the schedule that confronts his team […]

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Billy Horschel hits out at LIV Golf ‘hypocrites’ playing PGA Championship

In the latest instalment of golf’s war of words Billy Horschel and Jon Rahm have made clear their belief that LIV rebels should not be competing in this week’s PGA Championship. Members of the LIV series – including 15 who played in Boston last week – are in the field at Wentworth, as is permitted […]

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Ollie Pope enjoying challenge of dictating England batting from No 3

Ollie Pope may have had a twinkle in his eye when he remarked that the series decider that starts on Thursday against South Africa is being played at the “Home of Cricket”, but his love for the Oval is perfectly understandable. Having made his debut for Surrey in 2017, Pope averages 88.54 from 21 first-class […]