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Pep Guardiola 'loves' Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery despite criticism

Carlo Ancelotti praises the performance of Franck Ribery after he found the net in Bayern's friendly against AC Milan.
Pep Guardiola addresses Samir Nasri's weight concerns and their chase for John Stones.
Pep Guardiola says Man City supporters should be proud of the work ethic his team are displaying.
Pep Guardiola stresses that he is pleased to have Raheem Sterling on his team.
Pep Guardiola discusses Man City's preseason preparations and their tight schedule.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he still "loves" Franck Ribery despite facing strong criticism from his former Bayern Munich player.

Ribery, 33, has spoken out about his difficulties under Guardiola in recent days, telling kicker that he finally feels "trusted again" under new Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti as well as praising two of the former Barcelona coach's predecessors, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jupp Heynckes.

He then told Bild during Bayern's tour of the United States: "Pep didn't have a long...

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Chuba Akpom eyes Arsenal first-team chance after goal vs. MLS All-Stars

A late goal from Chuba Akpom lifted Arsenal to a win over the MLS All-Stars in San Jose.
Didier Drogba and a few other MLS All-Stars look back on the experience of participating in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells ESPN FC what his plans are for the remaining summer transfer window.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the impact of Arsenal's shortcomings in recent Premier League seasons.

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom hopes to convince Arsene Wenger he deserves a first-team chance after scoring the winner in the MLS All-Star Game in California on Thursday.

Akpom, who spent last season on loan at Hull City, turned the ball home from Nacho Monreal's cross in the 87th minute to secure a 2-1 win after goals from Joel Campbell and Didier Drogba in the first half.

Asked if it felt good to score the winner, the 20-year-old told reporters: "Yes, of course. It's all about getting the team prepared...

 By Paul Murphy

Thailand launch plan to target qualification for the 2026 World Cup

Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang
Thailand are the top team in Southeast Asia with Kiatisuk Senamuang at the helm.

Four months before the start of their AFF Suzuki Cup defence, Thailand have laid out bold plans for a youth development system that they hope will help future War Elephants qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

August will see the implementation of national youth leagues at U13, U15, U17 and U19 levels and the stated goal is "The World Cup for Thailand starts here!"

The country's ongoing bid to reach Russia 2018 resumes in September when they face Saudi Arabia and Japan in the final qualifying round....

Arsene Wenger satisfied with Arsenal's performance against MLS All-Stars

A late goal from Chuba Akpom lifted Arsenal to a win over the MLS All-Stars in San Jose.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pronounced himself satisfied with the 2-1 friendly win over the MLS All-Stars on Thursday, especially when his team were without several of their regular starters.

Arsenal took the lead in the 11th minute through a Joel Campbell penalty. Old Chelsea adversary Didier Drogba equalized in first-half stoppage time, but Chuba Akpom popped up in the 87th minute to tap home Nacho Monreal's low cross to seal the win against an All-Star team featuring Andrea...

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp takes swipe at spending £100m on a player

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp says every player in his squad will have an influence on the upcoming season.
Jurgen Klopp had no problem with the nature of Liverpool's ICC loss to Chelsea, despite a sending off and numerous yellows.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the buck stops with him when it comes to making the final decision on transfers.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn't know if he will bring in more players during the summer transfer window.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is undaunted by rival clubs who sign players for big money and says he wants to do things differently on Merseyside.

With Jose Mourinho's Manchester United seemingly close to sealing a deal for Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba for more than a £100 million, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is unfazed by his own club's transfer tactics.

The Reds' two biggest signings in the summer have been Southampton forward Sadio Mane for £34m, and...

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Antonio Conte wants aggression and high intensity from Chelsea

New signing N'Golo Kante must be prepared to be included in Chelsea's squad rotation under Antonio Conte.
Antonio Conte expects a Manchester United side under Jose Mourinho to be challenging for the Premier League title.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says transfer fees are remarkable following Juventus' move for Gonzalo Higuain.

New boss Antonio Conte wants to develop Chelsea into a team who play with aggression and intensity, as he prepares for his first season in the Premier League.

The Blues will have no European distractions having finished 10th in the league last season, and Conte will be using the new campaign to mould his side into the style that he has adopted in every team he has managed.

"I like it if my team plays with great aggression and high intensity. I like to see that," Conte said.

"We train to prepare...