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Winning the Carabao Cup is motivation in itself, says Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has said Everton should not be obsessed with ending the longest trophy drought in the club’s history but motivated by the opportunity in the Carabao Cup. Everton have not won the League Cup in any guise and host Manchester United in Wednesday’s quarter-final seeking to go on and claim the club’s first silverware […]

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Kevin De Bruyne set to follow Guardiola by signing new Manchester City deal

Kevin De Bruyne is close to renewing his contract with Manchester City. The Belgian is happy at the club despite the team’s subdued start to the season and is poised to sign a new deal to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2025. De Bruyne’s current contract runs to 2023 but with Pep Guardiola having […]

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Arsenal in ‘big trouble’ says Mikel Arteta after miserable Carabao Cup exit

Mikel Arteta said Arsenal were in “big trouble” and feeling further pain after a 4-1 home defeat by Manchester City dumped them out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. The Arsenal manager picked a second-string team and watched his goalkeeper, Alex Rúnarsson, endure a torrid evening. The low point came when the Icelander fumbled a Riyad […]

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We’ve done something crazy’: the football boots designed for women

“Who launches a sports brand just before a pandemic shuts down all of sports?” says Ida Sports’ co-founder Laura Youngson with a big laugh. “That’s nuts.” Given it is estimated that one in three small businesses in Australia fails in its first year, the success of the company set up there by Youngson and Ben […]

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Lampard right to quash title talk but Chelsea need to justify big spending

The obvious retort when Frank Lampard talks down Chelsea’s Premier League title chances is to scoff and point at the summer’s extravagant spending. With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting transfer budgets elsewhere, they stood out as they attacked the market relentlessly, securing targets while rivals adopted a more austere approach. Expectations rose as each signing arrived; […]

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Beth Hepple leading Durham’s promotion bid in Liverpool duel

The government’s recent decision to keep north-east England under tier 3 restrictions was hardly music to the ears of those in the hospitality trade but Beth Hepple can be forgiven for harbouring mixed emotions. Durham’s leading scorer usually juggles training with helping run the pub owned by her partner’s family and its temporary closure has […]

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Lucy Bronze: ‘There’s always a small part of me that needs to prove myself’

“My aim is never to win the best awards but I obviously want to be the best,” Lucy Bronze says. “I don’t care about being known as the best, I don’t care about the title, but I want to be the best at what I do.” The England right-back, crowned as Fifa’s The Best women’s […]