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Man City can build on Spurs draw, Real lose margin for error, Rooney's record

The FC crew debate the Prem's most high profile match of the weekend, and finally give Pep Guardiola some tactical credit.

Pep Guardiola says that he draws more satisfaction from performance than results. That being the case, there was a lot to cheer against Tottenham on Saturday.

Their previous three Premier League outings had seen Manchester City defeated by Liverpool and Everton, with a victory over Burnley (albeit after a disastrous first half) sandwiched in between. The risk that Spurs, who had comprehensively defeated them (in terms of results and performance) when they played back in October, could upend them...

Sevilla stun Real Madrid; positives for Mourinho, Klopp; Chelsea's Costa issue

The FC guys debate whether or not Real Madrid dropping points at the weekend has opened the door for Sevilla and Barcelona.

Sometimes it's worth reminding yourself that, between the highest level of footballers and those who are merely "good," there's an entire population of gifted players, who bounce regularly between clubs, trapped in a feedback loop of sizeable contracts and transfer mechanisms that owe more to accountants than to logic.

One of those guys is Stevan Jovetic. On Sunday, his long-range effort (and a bit of help from Keylor Navas' positioning) saw Sevilla end Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten streak in all...

48-team World Cup will be a good thing if FIFA get details right

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.

And there it is. The 48-team World Cup.

Cue the outrage. Cue the anger. Cue the sneers.

Because, if it comes from FIFA, it has to be bad. Or self-serving. Or corrupt.

In this case, the objection appears to be driven by two things. One is that this was a decision made for the wrong reasons. FIFA boss Gianni Infantino promised to expand the World Cup in exchange for votes from middling nations who want to feed at the trough. He did it to get elected, not for the good of the sport, kind of like politicians...

Man City labour, Guardiola complains; holiday schedule unfair; top six strong

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop believe Pep Guardiola's post-match comments could have adverse effects on his team.

If it hadn't been for what came afterwards -- and we'll get to that -- the tale of Manchester City hosting Burnley would be a straightforward one to tell.

Pep Guardiola -- perhaps underestimating the opposition; perhaps believing this gave him the best chance to get three points against Sean Dyche's crew; perhaps with input from his fitness staff or due to something he noticed in training -- decided to leave John Stones, Sergio Aguero and David Silva, all of whom had played 90 minutes against Liverpool...

Wenger, the World Cup, Ronaldo and more: 30 footballing wishes for 2017

The ESPN FC crew critique Gianni Infantino's proposal for a World Cup with 16 groups of three teams.

A new year brings a metaphorical chance to start over, as well as hope that things get better and that we've learned something and grown. And with that, after similar thoughts ahead of 2015 and 2016, here are my 30 wishes for 2017. 

1. That Arsene Wenger decides his future with serenity and, if he does leave, gets the send-off he deserves. He's been in charge of Arsenal for two decades and is in a position that is, at once, unique and a rerun of previous seasons. Wenger will walk away when...

Why Swansea sacked Bob Bradley, and no: it's not because he's American

The ESPN FC panel discuss the sacking of Bob Bradley and all agree that the club were right in sacking the American.

Bob Bradley's departure from Swansea City, and the reaction on both sides of the pond, are as good a time as any to remind ourselves of some home truths.

The biggest one is that debating whether or not he "deserved" to be fired is silly. You don't boot someone because they "deserve" it. You do it because you think you can get someone better.

Unlike when Bradley was appointed -- and the owners were happy to reach out to replacements while Francesco Guidolin was still in charge -- this time,...