The biggest first-leg lead in the admittedly short history of the Champions League playoffs was extended to a 6-0 aggregate by the end in a simple exercise in running and passing, as Manchester City beat Steaua Bucharest 1-0 on Wednesday. Even the passing was not done in the customary slick manner, as the Romanians appeared happy to stifle and play on the break, despite the overwhelming scoreline. The game will perhaps rest long in the memory as a sad farewell to Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, with the...
MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the second leg of their Champions League playoff at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The 6-0 aggregate win sees Pep Guardiola's side move on to the group stage.
1. Man City stroll into the group stage
It wasn't quite the fireworks of eight days ago when a blistering Manchester City tore apart Steaua Bucharest in Romania, but Guardiola maintained his 100 percent start with a comfortable win at...
With one week left in the transfer window, all of the Premier League's main contenders have some way to go if they are to meet the targets they set out the start of the summer. So where do they stand now? Who is closest to completing their business?
What they still need: A centre-half, a striker
Where they stand: Very still and with a lot of emotion and pressure on them from all angles. The club have long known that they need a centre-half and a striker, and also known for quite some time...
As part of ESPN's look at the greatest sporting city in 2016, our club correspondents state their case for why their city rules.
Iain Macintosh puts his case forward for Leicester while London, Liverpool and Manchester all have claims too. Which city are you backing?
London is the capital of British sports, and not just in name. The vast multitude of options available when it comes to teams, venues and different sports makes the city one of the best in the world -- not just Britain --...
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REAL MADRID: Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid's two-goal hero Gareth Bale after their 3-0 win away to Real Sociedad as the Frenchman admitted this could be "an important year'' for the Welshman.
LA LIGA: Atletico Madrid dropped two points in extraordinary fashion after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Alaves in a 1-1 draw having only gone in front two minutes earlier.
Few football teams go to Stoke City's Bet365 Stadium and survive for 90 minutes without finding themselves under pressure. Although the Potters don't play with a rough-and-tumble style quite like they used to, they remain formidably strong at home and certainly are not shy of a strong tackle or two.
In Saturday's 4-1 win, Manchester City not only dealt with the home side's approach but also never let the hostile atmosphere get on top of them when it threatened to early in the second half. It's no...