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Lloris deserves better than Spurs

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Milner among culprits for City's form

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WhoScored: City's away form a hindrance?

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WhoScored: Hummels key for Dortmund

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Stats suggest Bale is Madrid's fall guy

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WhoScored: Henderson vs. Carrick

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Where have Real Madrid gone wrong?
 By Michael Cox

Schneiderlin's extended Southampton stay has been mutually beneficial

Morgan Schneiderlin should be one of Arsenal's primary transfer objectives, says ESPN FC's Stewart Robson.

Mauricio Pochettino's return to Southampton this weekend is an opportune moment to remember how impressively the Saints responded to his departure -- and the loss of so many key players. A second wave of sales, however, might follow this summer.

Considering Southampton were supposedly in crisis this past summer, it's something of a surprise that they're just a point behind Pochettino's sixth-placed Tottenham. In that respect, the Argentine hasn't yet proved he's moved onto bigger and better things,...

Hugo Lloris deserves better than what he's received at Tottenham

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner discusses Hugo Lloris' future at White Hart Lane and believes the goalkeeper deserves to be competing for silverware in European competitions.

An exasperated look of sheer helplessness strewn across the face of their darling goalkeeper has become a sight all too familiar for fans of Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris has long looked a player too talented to be missing out on Champions League football, instead stuck at White Hart Lane, and reports have surfaced once again that he will look for a route out of N17 this summer with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester United all supposedly interested.

The France No. 1 has tried valiantly...

 By Michael Cox

Bayern Munich feel Robben and Ribery absences ahead of Porto clash

Bayern Munich need to create history if they're to overcome their 3-1 first-leg deficit to FC Porto in their Champions League quarterfinal.
Brian McBride believes Bayern Munich will be able to overcome their Champions League first leg deficit against FC Porto, while Craig Burley favours Porto to advance to the semi-finals.

Whatever the real reason for Pep Guardiola's bust-up with team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt -- leading to the latter's departure from the club last week -- there's no question that the Bayern boss is highly frustrated with his team's current injury crisis.

Whether Muller-Wohlfahrt is responsible is another question entirely. But Bayern's injury problems this season have been considerable: One estimate suggests Guardiola's players, collectively, have missed 24 percent of potential "minutes"...

Chelsea defend deep to beat Man Utd; Mourinho's Van Gaal blueprint

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still does not feel the Premier League title race is over, following their 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had only 29 percent of possession, their lowest figure since such statistics were first collated in 2006, and yet still beat Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho said he would have been happy for United to have 99 percent of the ball; Chelsea planned to play without it and executed their plan well. It was based on defending deep and in numbers, with the concentration and organisation to prevent United from breaking them down.

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United striker Radamel Falcao had more touches than...

 By Michael Cox

FA Cup semifinals offer plenty of intrigue among the four managers

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Stewart Robson preview Arsenal's FA Cup semifinal with Reading and wonder if the Gunners will repeat the mistakes of last year.

Frustrating fixture scheduling has ensured that the FA Cup semifinals won't be centre stage this weekend. Both ties clash with a notable Premier League contest, which seems a great shame considering that both games have tremendous potential.

There's a nice mixture between a potential giant-killing on Saturday, and an all-Premier League tie on the Sunday. The most interesting battles, however, are taking place in the dugouts.

Arsenal vs. Reading

Saturday's semifinal provides an obvious contrast...

Many culprits in Manchester City's recent poor turn in form

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona believes Manchester City should follow Barcelona's lead and prioritise youth development, rather than signing established stars.

It does not get much lower for Manchester City these days than conceding four goals in defeat at Old Trafford, but what is yet more troubling for Manuel Pellegrini's side is that it extended their run of away Premier League losses to four matches. The last time they endured such a poor run in top-flight football was nearly two decades ago, in the 1995-96 season, when they went on to finish 15th in the table.

Any City fan complaining about their current "plight" would do well to recall the club's...