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Roma's woes on display in Fiorentina draw

 By Mark Worrall

Chelsea's cup tie with Liverpool a chance to rebound from Bradford woe

Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea's FA Cup exit to Bradford to spark a positive reaction in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal with Liverpool on Tuesday.

A week is a long time in football. Having thrashed Swansea City 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium, Premier League table toppers Chelsea rocked up at Anfield last Tuesday for a Capital One Cup semifinal first leg tie with Liverpool and came away with a creditable 1-1 draw. Advantage Jose Mourinho. All smiles at Stamford Bridge -- beat Bradford City in the FA Cup, beat the Reds in the second leg and keep the champagne on ice, Chelsea are off to Wembley twice.

If only life was that simple.

With the sound...

 By Jason Davis

MLS preseason headlined by potential player strike over free agency

The ESPN FC team examine the possibility of an MLS player strike over free agency, where Alejandro Moreno believes the league may be sending two completely different messages to the players.

The new MLS season doesn't start until March 6 (we hope -- more on this later), but the offseason has already taken on a different feeling.

With the players back on the training field for preseason camps and reporters lurking around looking for stories, the time has come for the focus on the current collective bargaining agreement talks to go into overdrive.

The MLS news ticker delivered a few interesting non-CBA items over the past week, including the signing of a handful of notable names like...

 By Richard Hall

Inter Milan may be in trouble but Roberto Mancini can turn it around

The ESPN FC team answer your twitter questions on Inter Milan's January signings, Di Maria's role with United, Asian Cup predictions, and much more.

The size of Roberto Mancini's task became more apparent as Inter Milan crashed to their first home defeat to Torino in 27 years on Sunday. Emiliano Moretti's injury time winner left the Inter coach claiming it was a cruel and undeserved 1-0 defeat, but he insists his side can finish in the Champions League places this season.

When the last-minute goal went in on Sunday afternoon, it left the fans inside San Siro perplexed. There was no outcry, no jeering or knee-jerk reactions. The fact of the...

Best XI of Liga MX Clausura Week 3

Omar Bravo's revitalized form sees him return to the Liga MX Best XI.

Now that Week 3 of the Liga MX Clausura is over, it's evident that the kinks of the first two weeks have shaken out and contenders are beginning to emerge. Players are finding their grooves or sliding into slumps. With that, here are the Best XI of this past week in Clausura action:

Jesus Corona, GK, Cruz Azul: While most attention in the early going of this Clausura season has focused on the relegation woes of Chivas or the surprising scoring slump of Club America, Cruz Azul have quietly climbed...

 By David Amoyal

Cuadrado, Costa, Salah, Osvaldo and Zaza -- rating the rumours

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on the latest transfer news and rumours in January's window.
Roma boss Rudi Garcia insists he is not thinking about potential transfer targets before his side take on Fiorentina, despite the Italians being linked with Chelsea's Mohamed Salah.

Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa to Chelsea

How likely is a move? 30 percent

Chelsea met with Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci to see if there are conditions for a deal. The Colombian winger has a 35 million euro exit clause, but Chelsea don't appear willing to pay that full amount. Fiorentina have shown interest in Mohamed Salah, so it's possible the Egyptian winger is included in any deal.

Douglas Costa, 24, has been with Shakhtar since 2010.

As an alternative, Chelsea are pursuing Shakhtar's Douglas Costa. The Brazilian would cost about the same...

Real Madrid 'crisis' talk is overblown,
plus: Mourinho stung by his own words

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the latest action throughout La Liga, where Real Madrid remain atop the league but may be without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Madrid derby following his red card against Cordoba.

According to Spanish daily newspaper Marca, Real Madrid are at DEFCON 2.

On the surface, it might seem a bit excessive given that they are still top of La Liga with a game in hand. But there are a number of fires to put out, despite the 2-1 away win to Cordoba, which was arguably as bad a performance as Madrid have displayed this season.

Cordoba, two points above the drop zone, are (on paper) one of those designated punching bags La Liga's critics like to highlight. Their team is stuffed with...