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Real Madrid crush Manchester City, Liverpool held in preseason friendlies

Real Madrid continued their preseason dominance with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Manchester City.
Real Madrid cruised to a 4-1 win over Manchester City in Melbourne on Friday night.

An inexperienced centre-back pairing for Manchester City played right into the hands of Real Madrid, who ran out 4-1 winners at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 99,382 fans.

A fluid, interchanging front four of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo ran riot against youngsters Jason Denayer and Cameron Humphreys in the first half, and goals by Benzema and Ronaldo within four minutes of each other gave the Spanish side a comfortable lead inside the first 25 minutes.

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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen: Eden Hazard advised me on Gladbach loan

The ESPN FC crew debate which side has the best defence in football, if Arsenal are done spending and more.
The ESPN FC crew predict the Premier League top four in the coming season, but it appears Chelsea are the clear cut favourites.
ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein would not be surprised if Pedro leaves Barcelona for Chelsea as he feels he's been overlooked at the Camp Nou.
Andreas Christensen has found his opportunities limited with Premier League champions Chelsea.

Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen says he pushed for a move to Borussia Monchengladbach after consulting with Eden Hazard.

Christensen, 19, joined Gladbach on a temporary two-year deal last week but only after talking to Hazard about his younger brother Thorgan, who joined the German side from Chelsea on a permanent deal in February.

"I asked Eden Hazard whether his brother Thorgan is happy at Gladbach," Christensen told Bild. "He said yes."

The Danish international said this information had helped...

Granit Xhaka not joining Bayern Munich, Gladbach insist

World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has thanked Bayern Munich fans for their support as he prepare for a new challenge with Manchester United
The ESPN FC crew discuss what Bastian Schweinsteiger offers to Manchester United, where Steve Nicol feels the German will fit in just perfect in Louis van Gaal's side.

Borussia Monchengladbach say they will resist any approach from Bayern Munich to purchase midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer.

Xhaka, 22, was linked with a move to Bayern earlier this year and Gladbach have moved to dismiss fresh speculation after the Bundesliga champions sold Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl told Bild that there is no way the Switzerland international will be allowed to leave the club who finished third in the Bundesliga last...

Chelsea's Andreas Christensen seals Borussia Monchengladbach loan

Andreas Christensen (right) made three appearances for Chelsea last season.

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has finalised a season-long loan move to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Chelsea have tied down Christensen to a new deal at Stamford Bridge and they have agreed a deal to allow him to go to the Bundesliga for 2015-16.

The Danish defender, who can play at centre-back and right-back, joined Chelsea in 2012 from Brondby and he is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge.

Gladbach want to loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen played for Chelsea in last season's FA Cup defeat to Bradford.

Borussia Monchengladbach want to take Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on loan.

Gladbach are looking to reinforce their squad ahead of the 2015-16 campaign as they prepare to play in the Champions League for the first time in their history, and sporting director Max Eberl said 19-year-old centre-back Christensen is a prime target.

"We want to loan Christensen from Chelsea," Eberl told "That would complete our plans for central defence."

Christensen, who has one year remaining on...