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Serial winner Mourinho puts Rodgers to shame with tactics and trophies

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer weigh in on if Chelsea is the club to keep Jose Mourinho around for a long time.
Jose Mourinho outfoxed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield last season, when Liverpool threw away the league title, and the Chelsea boss' record in big games puts Rodgers' to shame.

The temptation is to look for evidence of influence, similarities and ideas passed down through managerial generations, yet while there was a time when Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers seemed master and apprentice, they now appear opposites.

That's not just because of the 21st Century enmity between Chelsea and Liverpool; nouveau-riche force and historic power.

This is the serial winner against the nearly-man. Mourinho has secured 18 major pieces of silverware, but Rodgers, 10 years his junior,...

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Man United will need to replace Carrick but who should Louis Van Gaal sign?

Former PSV sporting director Frank Arnesen believes Louis van Gaal will eventually secure the Premier League title for Manchester United.
Carrick's injury has exposed a clear void in Man United's midfield, one they must permanently fill.

If he was watching the Champions League on Tuesday night, Louis Van Gaal might have felt a swell of empathy for Carlo Ancelotti. Real Madrid struggled badly without a midfield lynchpin, forcing the Italian manager to try an ill-starred experiment. It turned out defender Sergio Ramos is not an adequate replacement for Luka Modric; Real were perhaps lucky that Juventus take only a 2-1 advantage to the Bernabeu next week.

It is Modric who knits Real Madrid together and gives them balance. In many...

Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon in thrilling Ligue 1 title battle as season climaxes

Paris Saint-Germain have edged closer to their third Ligue 1 title in a row but Lyon remain on their tails in a thrilling race to the finish.

So here we are, the final stretch in the Ligue 1 season. There are just three games to go for sides vying for the title and only three points separating first and second.

It's what every league in the world wants -- suspense until the end.

Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon are in the final sprint; the Parisians have a three-point lead but the Lyonnais have a marginally better goal difference (39 to 37) which will decide the title if they are both level on points. Here's a look at where the league will...

 By Nick Miller

Carver off but Pellegrini, Allardyce & Rodgers all under threat in sack race

Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure at Manchester City following a poor defence of the title. The ESPN FC crew look at potential replacements.

Sackings are unlikely with just a few Premier League matchups remaining this season.

However, departures in the summer appear inevitable for some managers.

The front runner

Head of that particular queue is John Carver (7/2 to be the next manager go), who is overseeing a full-scale meltdown at Newcastle, complete with multiple shambolic defeats, the wrath of the crowd and accusations that players have deliberately got themselves sent off. There is little question of whether Carver will go; we are...

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Why Arsenal's superiority over Spurs, 'St. Totteringham's Day,' continues

ESPN FC's Craig Burley does not feel whatsoever that Arsenal can challenge Chelsea next season with the current squad they have.

Even when superiority is all but an inevitability, a local rivalry is vital to a football supporter's sense of identity. A glance down the road at one's rivals can bring schadenfreude, a sense of well-being through the failings of another.

Up in Scotland, Celtic fans have become experts in company law as they seek material to mock the mess at Rangers. Liverpool's recent disappointments are partially offset by being better than Everton, while Manchester United's Stretford End used to be adorned...

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Lionel Messi voted ESPN FC Player of the Month for April

Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have now combined for more than 100 goals in all competitions after their side's 6-0 thrashing of Getafe in La Liga.

Europe's top performers for April were whittled down to a three-man shortlist in consultation with and ESPN FC's writers.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Stefan Kiessling were those in contention, and for the fourth time since December, Messi will pick up the award. April is the third straight month the Argentine has won, and with four on the season is now one better than Ronaldo's award tally.

Barcelona's No. 10 received nearly 70 percent of the vote, which isn't all that surprising....