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AFP

Dynamic Kante leaves Pogba in his wake

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London (AFP) – N’golo Kante’s sublime performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final prompted former England great Frank Lampard to dub him the best central midfielder in the world.

Kante - whose superb goal ended United’s hold on the trophy - escaped his opponents roughhouse treatment of playmaker Eden Hazard and allowed the 25-year-old French international to dominate the encounter.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Rodgers hails Celtic’s ‘Blond Cafu’ Armstrong

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Glasgow (AFP) Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said he expected big things from Stuart Armstrong after his man-of-the-match performance in the 3-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Scottish midfielder had to slot in at right-back after an injury to Mikel Lustig saw the Swede limp off early on and Rodgers praised him for his performance in an unfamiliar role.

‘Wonderful’ Pulisic delights Klinsmann

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed the "wonderful" performance of Christian Pulisic after the teenage starlet's dazzling display in the World Cup qualifying rout of Trinidad and Tobago.

Klinsmann handed the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward his first full start on Tuesday and the USA coach's faith was rewarded with a bewitching performance from Pulisic in a 4-0 victory in Jacksonville.

‘Wonderful’ Pulisic delights Klinsmann

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed the "wonderful" performance of Christian Pulisic after the teenage starlet's dazzling display in the World Cup qualifying rout of Trinidad and Tobago.

Klinsmann handed the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward his first full start on Tuesday and the USA coach's faith was rewarded with a bewitching performance from Pulisic in a 4-0 victory in Jacksonville.

Arsenal

The three criteria for supporting Wenger's stay at Arsenal

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By 1970's Gooner I have been very critical of the team's performance over the last few years just as many, many other fans have been. The same story repeating itself. Many small technical players, afraid of tough challenges, no leaders on the pitch and playing tiki taka football in a light Barca version, but lacking a Xavi, an Iniesta or indeed a Messi to pull it off.

How much longer will Arsenal fans put up with this?

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Arsenal are a joke. How long will we accept this? by Konstantin Mitov I am saying it right now, Arsenal are finished. The top 4 is finished, the Champions league is gone. The performance at Anfield spoke volumes. We were destroyed! Fans fighting in the stands. I mean I'm struggling to make a case as [.

Stats show Ozil’s effort and impact for Arsenal IS diminishing

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It is not only the Germany international star that needs to pull his socks up for Arsenal and put in the sort of performance we know that he can, but as he is among the club's top earners, if not the very top as some sources have suggested, as well as having the reputation of [...]

Arsenal 2 Southampton 1

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Player ratings:

Cech: it is easy to start getting blasé about the high standard of performance this guy puts in week in and week out. It is only when you look at how bad things could be and by that I mean take a look at the nightmare in the form of Claudio Bravo that Guardiola imported from Barcelona.

Elneny’s great performance proved he’s right for Arsenal

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The Emergence Of Mohammed Elneny! by AT Despite a rather unconvincing performance at home to Hull City in the FA Cup, there was indeed a huge positive for Arsenal going into the business end of the season. The Gunners' January signing Mohammed Elneny put in a brilliant performance as the Gunners strived to breach the [.

D.C. United

Rate D.C. United’s performance vs. NYCFC

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You get to weigh in on the best(?) and worst on the field.

D.C. United came into Sunday afternoon's game with New York City FC looking for their first win of 2017, in an environment they've had little success in. So while the 4-0 loss couldn't be entirely unexpected, there are some things to mull over.

D.C. United turn in "gutsy" performance to earn a point against New England

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With several starters missing and Travis Worra making his first MLS start in goal, the Black-and-Red did just enough against the Revolution to earn a point on the road

After a disappointing start to the season last week, D.C. United came into Saturday's game against the New England Revolution hoping to end the two game road trip on a positive note.

Portland Timbers

Romell Quioto Added to MLS Team of the Week; Up for Goal of the Week

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Romell Quioto is already getting some national attention for his performance against Seattle

Romell Quioto isn't just impressing fans in Houston as his performance against the Seattle Sounders put him on the MLS Team of the Week. Quioto attacked the Sounders with his speed and with his dribbling while providing support to Cubo Torres and pressuring Seattle's backline.

Postgame Pontifications: Jordan Morris has arrived

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Sounders rookie puts on a monster display.

A performance like this was coming. You could feel it, over the last couple months, but especially in the last few games. It really started in earnest with Jordan Morris' rampaging runs against the Portland Timbers, probably the first game of his professional career where he didn't factor into the scoring but still managed to make a significant impact.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 2-1 Win over Seattle

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The Portland Timbers won their first preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, logging a 2-1 win in Tucson over the Seattle Sounders. And coming off a strong first-half performance against the Houston Dynamo earlier in the week, a dominant performance by the Timbers starters came as little surprise on Saturday.

Manchester United

Mourinho: Zlatan should win the Ballon d’Or

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Following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's performance against Southampton which won the League Cup for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has questioned why our striker has never won the Ballon d'Or.

I think what he has done is amazing. The number of goals he's scored, the two matches at Wembley, the trophies, what he is in the group, and what he means.

Gary Neville’s Valencia suffer derby defeat; Sevilla move up to fifth

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Valencia boss Gary Neville's troubles continued as he branded his side's performance "unacceptable" in losing their local derby 1-0 to Levante on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sevilla maintained their hopes of Champions League football next season with a thrilling 4-2 win over Villarreal.

Gary Neville’s Valencia suffer derby defeat; Sevilla move up to fifth

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Valencia boss Gary Neville's troubles continued as he branded his side's performance "unacceptable" in losing their local derby 1-0 to Levante on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sevilla maintained their hopes of Champions League football next season with a thrilling 4-2 win over Villarreal.

Scholes: “I’d be depressed to play for this United side”

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Paul Scholes has claimed he would be depressed if he was playing for the current Manchester United side.

United edged past Sheffield United and into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty after an utterly dismal performance that saw them fail to muster a shot on goal until late in the second half.

Scholes: I’d be depressed if I was in that United team

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, Paul Scholes has given a terrible review of our football. Working as a pundit for BT Sport, he claimed it would take him days to get over a performance like that if he had been in the team.

As players, you have to lift the crowd we saw Memphis lift the crowd in the 70th minute with a shot, okay it wasn't on target, but it gets you going, you need to make something happen as a footballer at this club.

English Premier League

Arsenal ‘owe themselves a performance’, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal side they “owe themselves” a good performance as they look to revive their faltering Premier League campaign away to Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners, who last won the English title in 2004, have yet again seen their bid for Premier League glory falter after an encouraging start that included a 19-game run where they were undefeated in all competitions.

“Chelsea are so good at the moment”

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Chelsea's Saturday night performance against Everton has been described by plenty of Football Pundits and Newspaper Reporters as being on of the best they have seen. Jamie Redknapp has paid Antonio Conte and his team an unexpected compliment.

Chelsea look to have the perfect balance as they look to keep things tight at the back whilst carrying a potent attacking threat.

Chelsea 5-0 Everton – The best ever Chelsea team performance.

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In all the years I have been going to Stamford Bridge to support Chelsea that was the best team performance I have ever seen.

Heading into the ground on Saturday evening I had a feeling that Chelsea would win with there being three goals in the game whether that would be 3-0 or 2-1 I was quietly confident that despite it being on paper a hard game, Chelsea would come out on top.

Blind: I hope I play as well against Lukaku again on Saturday

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Daley Blind put in a surprisingly good performance against Everton in Manchester United's recent 1-0 win over Everton. Blind has been used out of position in central defence all season, and while some of his qualities suit the position, he often struggles when faced with particularly fast strikers, or ones that are big and strong.

Superb Manchester City have quarter-finals in sight after beating Kiev

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Manchester City may be toiling domestically at the moment but they produced a superb European away performance to beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side did enough to win the game in the first half with Sergio Aguero and David Silva both scoring to underline their importance to City.

Superb Manchester City have quarter-finals in sight after beating Kiev

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Manchester City may be toiling domestically at the moment but they produced a superb European away performance to beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side did enough to win the game in the first half with Sergio Aguero and David Silva both scoring to underline their importance to City.

Chelsea striker to leave with two Premier League clubs interested?

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Loic Remy is to leave Chelsea before the transfer window closes with both Crystal Palace and Newcastle looking to sign him. After his performance on Sunday I think it's a good deal for everyone.

Some will argue that Remy has not had enough chances at the club and some would even state that he should have been given a regular start earlier in the season when we were struggling to score goals.

Van Gaal, post-match: ‘Players are fighting for me … I am fully confident’ [VIDEO]

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Saying that he did not see any reason to resign, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a positive appraisal of his team's Monday performance against Chelsea, where a number of near-misses for both sides left the Red Devils drawn 0-0 with the Premier League's defending champions.

Louis van Gaal: "The players are fighting for me.

Leo Fernandes

Player rating survey: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union March 20th, 2016

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Please share your opinion and rate the players in the Union's home opener against the New England Revolution.

The Union christened Talen Energy Stadium with a thorough performance against the New England Revolution on Sunday. The defense allowed just two shots on goal while the Union netted three goals themselves.

Player rating results: Union at Columbus March 12th, 2016

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Who had the better performance: Chris Pontius or Andre Blake? The offense vs. defense debate rages on.

The Brotherly Game staffers selected Chris Pontius at this week's Philadelphia Union MVP, but the fans have dissented and for the second straight week have selected Andre Blake as the best in the Blue and Gold.

Champions League

Chelsea v PSG: Eden Hazard MUST deliver a game winning performance tonight.

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Plenty has been said about Eden Hazard this season. Plenty has been said about his ability with talk that eventually, he could be held in the same regard as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Tonight he needs to deliver a game winning performance on the biggest stage.

If you think about it, if you were asked the question "How many big games has Eden Hazard delivered the type of performance we know he could?

PSG 2-1 Chelsea: A vital away goal and Chelsea performance!

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Chelsea scored a vital away goal and gave a performance that despite losing 2-1, Will give Laurent Blanc and his Parisian side something to think about in three weeks time.

Everyone expected a depleted Chelsea side to sit back, remain compact and play defensive ahead of the game. With John Terry and Nemanja Matic missing it looked as though Guus Hiddink would set his stall out to come away from the first leg with a result and to still be well in the tie.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Celtic manager looking for complete performance against Hamilton

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is targeting a repeat performance of their record 8-1 win over Hamilton Academical when the two sides clash at New Douglas Park on Friday evening.

The home thrashing of Martin Canning's side last month was the biggest-ever win in the short history of the Scottish Premiership as the Glasgow giants humbled Hamilton.

Celtic manager looking for complete performance against Hamilton

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is targeting a repeat performance of their record 8-1 win over Hamilton Academical when the two sides clash at New Douglas Park on Friday evening.

The home thrashing of Martin Canning's side last month was the biggest-ever win in the short history of the Scottish Premiership as the Glasgow giants humbled Hamilton.

The Rest

Nightmare Month Continues As Liverpool Are Out Of The FA Cup

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain his sides performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

With a must-win match against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday, Klopp made nine changes to the side that got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek. But his new look side could not recover from a poor first half that saw the Sky Bet Championship side go 2-0 up thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann.

Complete Scouting Report of Mauro Manotas: Evaluation, Grades, Conclusion

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A full, comprehensive evaluation of Mauro Manotas.

This is my main report on Mauro Manotas, covering six areas of his performance: shooting/finishing, passing, tactical awareness, technical ability, physical traits, and durability. If you haven't, I strongly encourage you to read the intro article here for more information on what exactly this is.

Player rating results: Union defense can not hold against Red Bulls

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To panic or not to panic? That is the question.

As the Union's grip on a playoff spot comes down to the final two performances, the perspective taking in Union land is at a fever pitch. Despite the fall from the top of the Eastern Conference, the rhetoric suggests that this was a rebuilding year and a playoff run would have been a bonus just eight months ago.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Community player ratings form

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The Seattle Sounders may still be hanging out at the bottom of the Western Conference at the moment, but a tough road point should give the team some momentum as they head back to Seattle. The overall performance from the visiting squad wasn't great, but wasn't terrible. How did the individual players stack up in this one?

Sounders vs. Montreal Impact: Community player ratings form

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It feels good to wake up and rate the players in a victory, right? No one would call this a perfect performance, but some excellent defensive play kept a clean sheet, and a stop-and-go offense squeezed in a goal at the other end. It was certainly a match to build on.

We the raters get to consider a different-looking team this week.