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'You have got to back your style': Friend's Connacht looking within for motivation as Leinster head west
The Connacht boss isn’t getting his side all riled up for the visit of Leinster, he’s pushing for a big performance no matter who the opponent is.
# January blues
Lampard 'very happy' with Chelsea squad as transfer ban appeal date is set
Chelsea’s transfer ban is “a little down my list”, says boss Frank Lampard ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Ajax.
# contact talks
'Mane is not a diver!' Klopp defends his star after Guardiola criticism
The Reds manager was frustrated to see criticism from the rival boss ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League meeting with Genk.
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Eddie Jones' England have qualities to secure World Cup against Boks
Rassie Erasmus’ South Africans will back themselves to match the English power in Yokohama.
# slugfest
Gatland's Wales and Rassie's Boks to battle for final spot against England
The second semi-final in Yokohama promises to be a brutally physical affair.
# Thriller
All Blacks clash with England shaping up to be a World Cup classic
Today’s semi-final in Yokohama will see Eddie Jones’ team desperate to bring the Kiwis down.
# what crisis?
'Tottenham haven't forgotten how to play football' - Klopp
Spurs have struggled to find their best form so far this season, but Jurgen Klopp is wary of underestimating them.
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All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final
‘There’s nothing we can do about the previous results,’ said Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton.
# Warrior code
It's do or die as Eddie Jones turns up heat ahead of England-Australia 'samurai' clash
The England chief is braced for the quarter-final meeting with rivals Australia in Oita.
Liverpool receive double fitness boost ahead of Man United test
Alisson Becker and Joel Matip trained at Melwood on Tuesday ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.
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McCarthy bemused by lack of positivity but few signs pointing to Irish win in Geneva
Based on the evidence of last weekend, Ireland will struggle tonight to find the result that can send them to Euro 2020 with a game to spare.
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Prospect of win in Georgia puts Ireland tantalisingly close to Euro 2020 qualification
It won’t be straightforward, but should Ireland win tonight, they will dance out of Tbilisi…Flatley-style.
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Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.
# temperamental
Mancini warns Kean after red card against Ireland
The Italy U21 star was dismissed for pushing Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott in the chest.
# tensions
Southgate: English football must solve its own racism issues
The Bulgarian FA chief was upset with remarks made by the England camp but Southgate has tried to defuse to the situation.
# dutch courage
'They are fighting machines, they will get you by the throat' - Koeman wary of Northern Ireland threat
The Oranje host Michael O’Neill’s men in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
# not having it
'If Liverpool put out a video of me like that, I'd leave' - Klopp slams Salzburg for releasing team-talk clip
A clip of manager Jesse Marsch’s half-time talk was published on social media.
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'It doesn't matter if it's Russia or New Zealand - it's about getting back on the horse'
Ireland must bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan against Russia in Kobe today.
# Friendship
'He doesn't talk much and neither do I, so it is difficult for us' - Griezmann trying to bond with Messi
The Argentinian’s injury problems have also made it difficult for the pair to build a connection.
# Long-term plan
Solskjaer: Improving Manchester United is no 'quick-fix job'
United host Arsenal in a crucial Premier League clash on Monday night.
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Ireland's top-level Test experience should prove too much for hosts Japan
Joe Schmidt’s men are looking to ramp up their performance in Shizuoka today.
# Griez lightning
Valverde reveals that Barcelona will appeal €300 fine over Griezmann transfer
Barca signed Griezmann in July for €120million but Atletico Madrid claimed they were owed a further €80m.
# beck in action
Alisson to return to training on Sunday, Klopp confirms
The Brazilian has been out for the last seven weeks with a calf injury.
# No Grudge
'Neymar did what he had to do' - No grief from PSG team-mate over attempted exit
The Brazilian seemed to want to rejoin his former club Barcelona during the summer.
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After Super Saturday lives up to billing, Ireland get set to launch their World Cup
Joe Schmidt’s men have the forward power to start their campaign with a win.
# Toxic
Inter boss Conte despairs of Italian football's worsening 'hate' culture
‘I came back after three years and found everything worse,’ the former Chelsea manager said.
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Culture Night: Here's what's on in the North and West
We’re previewing the best events for Culture Night.
# Tension
Neuer wants to end tension with Germany team-mate Ter Stegen after war of words
Manuel Neuer says he is done speaking about his Germany rivalry with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
# Challenge
Liverpool not favourites against 'cheeky b*******' Napoli, says Klopp
The Premier League giants begin the defence of their European title at the Stadio San Paolo tonight.
# Firepower
Mbappe and Cavani set to miss PSG's Champions League clash with Real Madrid
The French powerhouse will have a whole lot of talent sitting in the stands.
# Unhappy
PSG ultras issue Neymar warning
The Brazil international joined PSG from Barcelona in a world-record €222million move two years ago.
# Reaction
'People get into scrapes' - Sean Dyche on Danny Drinkwater nightclub incident
The on-loan Chelsea midfielder was reportedly attacked outside a venue in Manchester.
# man on a mission
'I would not be wasting my time': Bale confident Wales can qualify for Euro 2020
The Real Madrid forward rescued his country against Azerbaijan in Cardiff.
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'I couldn’t begin to describe how it has been for me. I’m loving every minute'
‘I’ve only changed little things, the handshake in the morning has been replaced by a group hug,’ IWNT caretaker boss, Tom O’Connor joked.
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Schmidt's Ireland need to show encouraging signs in Twickenham
After a disappointing Six Nations, this feels like a chance to gain some momentum.
# Looking Back
Guardiola: I doubted milestone man David Silva
The Spanish star is set for his 400th Premier League game this weekend.
# Sidelined
Alisson improving but 'not that close' to Liverpool comeback
Liverpool are yet to put a time frame on the goalkeeper’s return from a calf issue suffered against Norwich City.
# Injury
Messi ruled out of Barcelona's La Liga opener tonight
Ernesto Valverde indicated the Barcelona captain will miss Friday’s game against Athletic Bilbao.
# doubt
Kante a doubt for Chelsea's final showdown with Liverpool
Frank Lampard will field a strong team in the Uefa Super Cup but could be without his star midfielder.
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Now or never for Ireland's World Cup hopefuls in Aviva audition
Joe Schmidt’s side begin their warm-up schedule against Italy this afternoon.