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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele were back in partial training Monday ahead of this week’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan. Both were out of action Saturday with thigh injuries for the club’s La Liga victory against Getafe but were able to participate in some of Monday’s session. “Messi and Ousmane Dembele joined the […]

Barcelona took advantage of their rivals drawing in the Madrid derby to close the gap atop La Liga but it was a bad weekend for AC Milan and pressure is building on novice coaches at some of Europe’s most famous clubs. We look at five main talking points from the weekend on the continent: – […]

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed the five-point lead they hold over title rivals Manchester City as irrelevant so early in the season. Jurgen Klopp’s side briefly extended their advantage to eight points after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the early kick-off on Saturday but City beat Everton to reduce the gap. Even though […]

Simona Halep was beaten in the second round of the China Open on Monday by Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, with the Romanian appearing to struggle with a back injury. The 28-year-old reigning Wimbledon champion lost 6-2, 6-3 in 64 minutes in Beijing to bring her tournament to an early end. Halep, fifth in the world, was […]

Harry Kane said Tottenham’s battling win against Southampton was a “massive statement” after a difficult start to the season for last season’s Champions League finalists. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has struggled to find consistency following a period of unrest in the dressing room, with key players including Christian Eriksen linked to moves that never materialised. Pochettino […]

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