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John Caulfield: Sean Maguire key to Cork City’s challenge for 2017

As he nears completion of his squad jigsaw for next season, Cork City manager John Caulfield readily acknowledges that a key piece is now in place with the retention of ace marksman Sean Maguire.

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Robbie Fowler: Liverpool will keep Ben Woodburn well grounded

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is confident the club’s newly-crowned youngest goalscorer Ben Woodburn will not be allowed to let his new-found fame go to his head.

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Money not everything to my players, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes earning more money should not be the only incentive for the world’s elite footballers — although he admits that his view may make him “naive”.

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Man City under fire but defiant Pep Guardiola stands by his men

Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about Manchester City’s form by suggesting they have played better at times than his Barcelona or Bayern Munich teams.

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Sports Book Review: Win a copy of Kieran Donaghy's Sports Book of The Year

From now until Christmas, our writers will round up the best of the sports reads. 

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TERRACE TALK: Man City - Much to admire, but we’re still a work-in-progress

It was ultimately a disappointing first home defeat of the season, but you couldn’t accuse City of going down without a fight.  Literally, unfortunately.

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Jurgen Klopp staying cool after Liverpool unravel against Bournemouth

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Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend the character of his players after they threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth in a remarkable match which underlined serious flaws in Liverpool’s title credentials.

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TERRACE TALK: Man United - Deja vu for luckless Jose Mourinho but improvement still tangible

Sigh. Isn’t it a bit soon for Groundhog Day? How many more times this season will we have to sum up a game as follows?

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TERRACE TALK: Liverpool - Late complacency gives fans freak attack

Quick, find a straw to clutch. We’ve reached our fifth semi-final in two years. Not bad for has-beens. What? No, no actual cups per se, if you’re going to be picky and mean about it.

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TERRACE TALK: Chelsea - Reformed Costa all bite and less bark

Where to start? First, I need to thank Arsenal. Yes, you heard that right. If it wasn’t for that loss at the Emirates, I don’t think Conte would have brought his revolution forward and decided there and then to change the way we play.

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Late raid by Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos rattles Barcelona

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1: Real Madrid dug out a draw in Saturday afternoon’s ‘Clasico’ at Barcelona to remain in control of the La Liga title race - and leave further questions hanging around Luis Enrique’s future at the Camp Nou.

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Slaven Bilic apologises to fans as Arsenal trounce West Ham

West Ham 1 Arsenal 5: ALEXIS SANCHEZ is either playing for a move, or a new Arsenal contract. 

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Loyal Harry Kane sets the bar high for Tottenham

Tottenham 5 Swansea 0: The one-club man is rare in football these days, but Harry Kane gave every indication that he intends to see out his career at Tottenham this week, not just by signing a long-term contract but by the way he spoke about his future.

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Defiant, delusional Pep Guardiola puts head in the sand after Man City lose to Chelsea

Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Rampant, magnificent Chelsea may still face some disciplinary reprisals following the mass brawl that marred the closing seconds of their eighth consecutive victory, but this was still the sort of afternoon that will, surely, prove pivotal in the destiny of the Premier League title race.

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Marouane Fellaini fall guy for Man United as Jose Mourinho fumes

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Marouane Fellaini, so often the symbol of all that went wrong for Manchester United under David Moyes, created more problems for the club’s current manager with a clumsy late tackle that gifted Everton a point.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger’s stock is on the up

Jose Mourinho has been impressed by the way Bastian Schweinsteiger has fought his way back from the precipice, with the self-proclaimed Special One calling his midfielder the “Powerful One” when it comes to his Manchester United future.

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