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Jose Mourinho trains Chelsea with 10 men - 'penalties, red cards not normal'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thinks appealing John Terry's red card against West Brom would be a waste of time.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes his side will perform better against Chelsea when they play each other this Saturday.
Last year no Premier League side made it past the Champions League round of 16. How will they fare this year?
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti outlines what recent signing Juan Cuadrado will be bringing to Juventus, saying that the for the Italian club, the winger is a fairly foolproof investment.

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have been working hard to solve their defensive problems this week, and even trained with just 10 men on the pitch.

In stark contrast to the resilience with which they closed out last season, the Premier League champions have conceded seven goals in their three games so far this term.

That figure represents 47 percent of the goals Chelsea conceded in the entirety of Mourinho's first season at Stamford Bridge in 2004-05.

The title holders have been reduced to...

 By PA Sport

Liverpool's Emre Can earns Germany call-up ahead of Euro 2016 qualifiers

Emre Can has powered Germany to a decisive 3-0 victory over Serbia on Saturday at the European Under-21 Championship.
Emre Can has represented Germany at under-21 level.

Emre Can has earned his first senior Germany call for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland.

The Liverpool midfielder, who has appeared for his country at under-21 level, has impressed Germany coach Joachim Low in recent months and could make his senior debut in Frankfurt on Friday, Sept. 4.

"Emre has developed well for Liverpool and his versatility, his on-field presence and his dynamism have impressed us,'' Low said.

"Now we want to get to know him...

Premier League's best weekend bets

Are Manchester United a good value bet versus Swansea City?
Are Manchester United a good value bet versus Swansea City?

Manchester City continue to set the pace at the top of the Premier League while Chelsea chalked up their first win last weekend and Manchester United go into the latest round of Prem fixtures in a positive frame of mind following a comprehensive win over Belgian side FC Bruges in the Champions League in midweek.

Which matchups and teams offer the best betting value this weekend? ESPN Chalk handicapper James Eastham takes you through this weekend's fixtures and names the smart picks.

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Toni Sunjic joins Stuttgart from Kuban Krasnodar on three-year deal

Stuttgart have signed Bosnia-Herzegovina international Toni Sunjic on a three-year deal from Kuban Krasnodar.

Sunjic, 26, replaces Germany international Antonio Rudiger, who was transferred to Roma earlier this month.

The defender has won 14 caps for his country and was part of the country's first-ever World Cup squad last summer.

He has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Stuttgart, after having already started six of Krasnodar's 11 games in the Russian season.

Stuttgart sporting executive...

Rafa Benitez defends Gareth Bale after poll says Real Madrid should drop star

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Manchester United's reported plans to make one last attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the final week of the transfer window.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale says his side were rusty in their opening day draw with Sporting Gijón, and that they will get better.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno gives his take on the slow starts for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and believes there should be more concern at the Bernabeu than at Camp Nou.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Rafa Benitez's decision to play Gareth Bale in behind the striker as opposed to playing out wide like he prefers.

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has defended attacker Gareth Bale, saying he is "surprised" by the debate around whether the Wales international should be in his starting XI.

Madrid were heavily criticised by many in the local media after their opening-day 0-0 draw at newly promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend, with Benitez's tactics -- and specifically his use of Bale as a roving No. 10 -- a major talking point among fans and pundits.

Some local reports claimed that fellow Galacticos Cristiano Ronaldo...

Spain squad: Juan Mata and Diego Costa return for Euro 2016 qualifiers

Manchester United's Mata is 'doing well,' Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has said.

Juan Mata and Diego Costa are back in the Spain national squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is also included, despite not having played a minute of competitive football so far this season amid ongoing transfer speculation.