With another wild week in the Champions League that sees the round of 16 first legs all complete, a trio from AS Monaco lead ESPN FC's Team of the Week:
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart, Manchester City
It might seem odd to include the goalkeeper from a team that lost and conceded two goals but were it not for Joe Hart, then Manchester City could be in even worse shape going into the second leg of their round of 16 tie with Barcelona. Hart not only had to contend with one of the most fearsome attacks...
MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he does not need to win a trophy this season to keep his job as Manchester City manager.
Pellegrini's position has come under scrutiny after City lost their last two games and it is thought he could be fighting for his job if they do not retain their Premier League title or qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The Chilean's predecessor, Roberto Mancini, was sacked when City finished second and ended the 2012-13 campaign without any silverware.
Another step in the agonising process toward football's first winter World Cup was made on Tuesday when a FIFA task force recommended that the 2022 tournament in Qatar be held in November and December of that year, with some reports suggesting the event would only end two days before Christmas.
As I was researching a story last year on Robert Lewandowski's protracted transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, I asked a well-placed source about rumours that Pep Guardiola didn't actually want the Polish striker.
"I can't tell you anything about that," came the answer. "Can't tell" because he didn't know, or "can't tell" because he didn't want to tell? You have to be careful about jumping to conclusions when faced with such ambivalence. I ignored the reply for the purpose of the...