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Blog - ESPN FC United

 By James Dall

Wenger again failing to beat Mourinho would be damaging for Arsenal

Will Chelsea deploy Petr Cech on the halfway circle? Will Theo Walcott recover from his ingrown arm in time for Sunday? Find out as the How Will They Line Up boys discuss the London Derby!
Former Arsenal forward Paul Mariner gives his take on how fans should receive former Gunner Cesc Fabregas when Chelsea face off against Arsenal on Sunday.
With the title race all but wrapped up, former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner talks the mindset of the Gunners as they look to best their nemesis Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho explains the promises Cesc Fabregas and the club made to each other when the midfielder signed for the Blues in June 2014 from Barcelona.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Southampton vs. Tottenham
Burnley vs. Leicester
Crystal Palace vs. Hull
Newcastle vs. Swansea
QPR vs. West Ham
Stoke vs. Sunderland
West Brom vs. Liverpool
Man City vs. Aston Villa

Everton vs. Man Utd
Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Battle of the Weekend: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Maybe the true success of Arsenal's season hinges on them beating Chelsea this weekend. Arsene Wenger has never defeated a Jose Mourinho team and this must sting something terrible. Having been denied the undignified chance to offer Mourinho a victorious handshake before the full-time whistle on 12 previous attempts,...

Panathinaikos vs. Olympiakos lives up to its tag as the 'eternal enemies' derby

Police clash with Panathinaikos fans at the 'Leoforos' stadium before the two teams can even emerge for kickoff.

The next in our ESPN FC derbies series involves the two biggest teams in Greek football. Olympiakos recently clinched their fifth straight Greek Super League title, the 42nd in club history. Michael Yokhin went to see them play Panathinaikos in February, the latest chapter in their contentious rivalry.

Everyone in Greece told me I was crazy. Why would I go to the Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos? It will be a dangerous adventure, everyone said.

As I approached the old Apostolos...

Champions League semifinalists lead the way in the Power Rankings

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest power rankings which see PSG and Manchester United dropped, while FC Porto remain in the rankings despite their 6-1 second-leg loss to Bayern Munich.
The ESPN FC panel pick their favourites to win the Champions League.
The ESPN FC crew discuss their dream Champions League semifinal matchups ahead of Friday's draw.

The final four in the Champions League occupy the top four spots in the latest Power Rankings.

1. Barcelona (no change)

A pair of 2-0 wins kept Barcelona on track in La Liga and the Champions League. Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal for the club as Valencia were beaten before Andres Iniesta and Neymar inspired a semifinal place-clinching triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.

2. Bayern Munich (+3)

Pep Guardiola's men climb two places after an eye-catching win vs. Porto, which turned Champions League...

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller: When the ordinary is extraordinary

Two goals from Robert Lewandowski led the way for Bayern Munich in their 6-1 demolition of FC Porto, sending Pep Guardiola's side to the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, and Philip Lahm, along with Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, were ecstatic after the club's 6-1 win over Porto.

In some ways, it reflected the big red contradiction that is Bayern Munich. Corporate super-club with 20-plus years of mega-profits on the one hand. Community trust where the cheapest season ticket won't run you much more than 150 bucks on the other hand.

Watching Thomas Muller after the final whistle of the 6-1 Champions League victory over Porto on Tuesday was a reminder that top-end football isn't entirely about sanitized supporters with plastic flags in antiseptic stadiums, fanboys milked by...

Bayern destroy Porto to remind of German joy in Belo Horizonte

Two goals from Robert Lewandowski led the way for Bayern Munich in their 6-1 demolition of FC Porto, sending Pep Guardiola's side to the Champions League semifinals.
Two goals from Robert Lewandowski led the way for Bayern Munich in their 6-1 demolition of FC Porto, sending Pep Guardiola's side to the Champions League semi-finals.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down Bayern Munich's 6-1 rout of FC Porto as they sealed their passage through to Champions League semifinals.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored two goals in his team's 6-1 thrashing of FC Porto in Germany.
Bayern Munich may have breezed past FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against FC Porto, but Pep Guardiola's animated instructions from the sideline caused him to rip his pants in the process.
Following Bayern Munich's 6-1 win over FC Porto, Thomas Muller took to the crowd with a megaphone and led the Bayern Munich supporters in a rousing chant.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara was pleased with his side's performance from the opening minutes against FC Porto, and now looks ahead to continuing this fine form for the remainder of the season.

Bayern were down and out after the first leg against FC Porto, a demoralising 3-1 defeat, amid inner turmoil that also saw their team doctor and his staff walk out afterwards citing the fact that they were blamed for an injury crisis at the club.

However, a 6-1 drubbing in the second leg ensured progress and reminded many of the German media of that famous 7-1 destruction of World Cup hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte over the summer.

 By Rory Smith

PSV Eindhoven win Dutch title but face summer exodus, football's sad reality

Thousands of PSV Eindhoven supporters celebrate with the team in the city after Phillip Cocu's side won their 22nd Dutch title on Saturday.
Check out some of the best goals PSV winger Memphis Depay has scored this season that has clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool lining up to sign him.

They played keep-ball as the clock ticked down. In the stands, their fans lit flares and threw firecrackers and waved red and white placards. The whistle went. Substitutes streamed on to the pitch. PSV Eindhoven had beaten Heerenveen 4-1. The result saw Phillip Cocu's side crowned as Eredivisie champions, the first team in any of Europe's major leagues to secure their title this season.

It was also the club's first title in seven years, one achieved with a quite staggeringly young squad. Even...