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Miller: Top ten Prem workhorses

FC United

Arsene Wenger's hidden gem

 By Nick Miller

Premier League workhorses who don't get the credit they deserve

Blue-collar, work-horses, grafters, 'lunchbucket' players -- call them what you like. The Premier League needs those who perhaps aren't known for their silky skills. Here are ten of the best.

10. Cesar Azipilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta has become a mainstay on the Chelsea back line.
Cesar Azpilicueta has become a mainstay on the Chelsea back line.

When Cesar Azipilicueta first arrived at Chelsea, there were some doubts about whether he was good enough for a side of their ambitions. He seemed a game but relatively limited defender, but after establishing himself in the side, he most definitely has proved those early doubts wrong,...

Liverpool and Arsenal shun defensive midfielders; creativity over destruction

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Stuart Holden are in agreement the pressure is piled on Liverpool ahead of their Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth, with a clash against Arsenal looming.

The defensive midfielder is not a footballing dinosaur or dodo, a species consigned to extinction by the changing of the times. How could it be when Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is perhaps the most influential player of the season?

Yet it has no counterpart at two of the supposed elite: The defensive midfielder seems a dying breed at Liverpool and Arsenal. Matic highlights a philosophical divide in football. This summer Chelsea paid 21 million pounds to re-sign the man they sold for a sixth of that...

PSG negotiate tricky Ajaccio test as Coupe de la Ligue title defence begins

Serge Aurier climbs above the Ajaccio defence to nod PSG into the lead on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain got their Coupe de la Ligue title defence underway with a 3-1 win over Ligue 2 side AC Ajaccio on Wednesday. The Corsican side did not prove to be rollovers at the Stade Francois Coty, even if the scoreline suggests that the result was never in doubt, but Laurent Blanc's men did eventually get the job done.

Johan Cavalli's 27th minute penalty gave the hosts the lead and Les Ours could and should have doubled it before the end of the first half. Lucas Moura provided Edinson Cavani...

Radamel Falcao vows to fight for his place at Manchester United

Radamel Falcao has started just three games for Manchester United since arriving from Monaco on loan in the summer.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins on Jan. 1 -- keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk...

El Tigre wants to stay and play

I'll tell you what he wants, what he really, really wants... Radamel Falcao is desperate to stay at Manchester United despite becoming a bit-part player for Louis van Gaal, and determined to earn a starting role at Old Trafford.

The Colombian has started just...

 By Steven Kelly

Player Ratings: Raheem Sterling powers Liverpool to Bournemouth win

The ESPN FC crew analyse Liverpool's Capital One Cup performance against Bournemouth and look ahead to their semifinal against Chelsea.

Liverpool moved into the semifinal of the Capital One Cup with a mostly commanding, occasionally nervous 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

It might not seem like much in the scheme of things but beforehand this was predicted as the least shocking potential "shock result" in years. Apart from a nervous 15 minutes in the second half Liverpool put such doom-laden talk to bed and often looked assured in possession with a cutting edge rarely seen all season.

Raheem Sterling looked more confident in the striker's...

 By Sam Kelly

Three Points: San Lorenzo struggle to overcome a valiant Auckland City

San Lorenzo needed extra time to beat Auckland City and set up a meeting with Real Madrid in the final if the FIFA Club World Cup.

Substitute Mauro Matos scored a stoppage-time winner as San Lorenzo sealed their place in the final of the Club World Cup following a 2-1 victory over Auckland City.

Here are three talking points from the game.

1. San Lorenzo made heavy work of it

South American sides often struggle at this stage of the competition. Forced to take the initiative and often without the ideas to do so (perhaps because so much of their training before the tournament is concerned with planning for a final in which they'll...