The Premier League’s three promoted teams are falling into trouble

After starting so brightly, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton have picked up just one win between them since Christmas By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport Network The congested winter period often proves decisive in the Premier League, with so many games crammed into so few days. The teams who are expected to struggle […]
January 30, 2018 0

Meet Javi Gracia, the new Watford manager who stands up for his players

His former players speak of a manager who is indefatigable and loyal. ‘He had one thing above all: a plan …’ Watford’s new manager walked away from his first senior job because he felt he had failed but everyone else disagreed. The club president wanted him to stay but Javi Gracia’s mind was made. Pontevedra […]
January 25, 2018 0

Real Madrid dumped out of Copa del Rey by Leganes on away goals

• Gabriel Pires striker takes Leganes through on away goals• Pressure mounting on coach Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after a shock 2-1 defeat by Leganés at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday. Playing without Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters, Madrid were unable to defend their 1-0 […]
January 24, 2018 0

How Claude Puel calmed Leicester down and carried them up the table

Leicester’s defence was struggling but Puel has helped them put together a run of five games without conceding a goal By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport Network When Leicester City appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare, the news was met with a little bemusement. He had won the Ligue 1 title […]
January 24, 2018 0

Bloodied Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Deportivo 7-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but had to leave the pitch with his face covered in blood as Real Madrid eased their domestic crisis by hammering La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruña 7-1 at home on Sunday to reclaim fourth place in the standings. Real had lost two of their last three league games and got […]
January 21, 2018 0

Nineteen proves unlucky for disengaged Real Madrid as fatalism takes hold

Zinedine Zidane’s side have already dropped more points than in the whole of last season and they are 19 points behind Barcelona after Villarreal won at the Bernabéu for the first time – at their 19th attempt Sergio Busquets probably felt like hiding behind his hands. “The ghosts appeared,” he said. It was a cold, […]
January 15, 2018 0

Luis Suárez inspires Barcelona fightback against Real Sociedad to end curse

• Barça recover from 2-0 down to retain unbeaten record in La Liga• Paulinho, Messi and Suárez double cancel out Sociedad’s lead Barcelona fought back from two goals down at Real Sociedad to secure their first La Liga win at Anoeta in 11 years as the leaders kept their unbeaten record intact. Barça had lost […]
January 14, 2018 0

Real Madrid stunned by Villarreal at Bernabéu as Pablo Fornals strikes late

Villarreal piled the pressure on under-fire Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane as they snatched a 1-0 win over the struggling La Liga champions at the Bernabéu. Real reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey – where they will face Leganes – in midweek, but started the day 16 points behind rivals Barcelona in the […]
January 13, 2018 0