Neville’s ‘blue billion-pound bottle jobs’ line will immortalise Chelsea’s pain

[ad_1] Not all losses are created equal — and no defeat in football is worse than a banter one. “In extra time, it’s been Klopp’s kids against the blue billion-pound bottle jobs,” said Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville, succinctly and indisputably establishing the dominant narrative of a surreal Carabao Cup final almost as soon as … Read more

Dani Alves – from 43 trophies to four years in prison

[ad_1] Dani Alves, who was this morning sentenced to four and a half years in prison in Spain after being found guilty of sexual assault, was, until very recently, one of global football’s golden boys. An exuberant, technical right-back, he was a major part of the Barcelona team that set new standards in the European … Read more

‘His legs have gone’: Unpicking the four words no footballer wants to hear

[ad_1] Last season, it was a Brazilian midfielder at Liverpool. This season, it’s been his international team-mate at Manchester United. “I think Casemiro’s legs have gone,” Jamie Carragher told the Covering Liverpool podcast in October. “I noticed it last season at Anfield and I didn’t like what I saw. It took me back to watching … Read more

Mbappe is leaving PSG: Thank god that’s finally over

[ad_1] Follow live coverage of Manchester City vs Chelsea in the Premier League today Ice ages haven’t lasted as long as this. Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid… it has been a thing for about a decade at least. The Athletic was not even in existence when the pair began courting each other. Twitter was still … Read more

Christian Pulisic interview: ‘I want to show the world what the U.S. can do’

[ad_1] Christian Pulisic is perched on a bar stool in the old clubhouse overlooking the first-team training pitch at Milanello, AC Milan’s training ground. He makes a hand gesture, one he didn’t need the past six months living in Italy to learn. Pulisic is talking about himself as one of the “older guys” on the … Read more