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Chelsea’s bad rap gives Jose Mourinho food for thought

Jose Mourinho has joked the reason Chelsea are officially the worst behaved team in the Premier League is because the catering at Stamford Bridge is too good and that the FA’s match delegates are distracted by “eating sushi and lobster, and drinking Cristal champagne”.

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Cork City survive late Drogheda United scare

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Cork City survived a spirited late comeback from Drogheda – during which the Leesiders conceded their first goal in more than 800 minutes of football - to maintain their early title challenge with a hard-fought victory in this SSE Airtricity League clash at United Park.

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Dundalk stand firm against Shamrock Rovers to share the spoils

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These two sides remain unbeaten but, despite surrendering a two-goal lead, champions and leaders Dundalk will have left Tallaght the happier team having played most of the second half with ten men on a night that fairly boiled over with goals, drama and talking points.

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Perfectionist Louis van Gaal looking for 90-minute Man United performance against Chelsea

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to see a complete performance from his team when they come up against league leaders Chelsea this evening.

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Juan Mata may return to haunt Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

It remains one of the great mysteries: why Chelsea, with the financial backing of Roman Abramovich and with one of the greatest judges of players installed as manager, decided selling Juan Mata to Manchester United made both economic and football sense.

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Excited Jack Grealish relishing Wembley FA Cup experience

As Aston Villa face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, the stage will be familiar to Jack Grealish but his involvement far greater.

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Aaron Ramsey recalls Wembley rollercoaster against Hull

If Aaron Ramsey finds the net for Arsenal at Wembley again in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Reading, he intends to look towards the Heavens rather than end up “knackered” on the turf like he did last year.

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Anthony O’Connor’s Plymouth gamble paying off

When so many young players spend more effort chasing fortunes instead of footballs, it is refreshing to discover that Anthony O’Connor does exactly the opposite.

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Brendan Rodgers: Give young Liverpool stars a break

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities.

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Pat Fenlon: Dundalk fired up for trip to Tallaght

The season might still be young but three games in the next seven days will tell a lot about Dundalk’s ability to successfully defend their Airtricity League title.

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Arsene Wenger offers no Wojciech Szczesny guarantees

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every confidence Wojciech Szczesny is up to the challenge of returning in goal for tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley, but will offer no guarantees the Poland stopper will be their long-term number one.

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I’m fully fit and raring to go, warns Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke has warned Liverpool there is more to come after admitting he is finally fighting fit.

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Martin O’Neill happy to bide time on team selection

Martin O’Neill might have been presiding over the launch of the FAI’s popular Summer Soccer Schools for 2015 at the Aviva Stadium yesterday but he left nobody in any doubt that, in his role at the very top of the Irish football tree, there’s no percentage in treating players like little kids.

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Harry Kane and Hazard lead PFA award list

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is among the six players to have been nominated for the Premier League’s PFA Player of the Year award.

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Colin O’Brien stresses positive despite Ireland defeat

Ireland 3 Netherlands 1: The Republic of Ireland U15 side suffered a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in their final fixture of the campaign at Pike Rovers FC in Limerick yesterday.

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Arsene Wenger bemused by Saturday TV clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the “conflicting” scheduling of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final and the Chelsea-Manchester United Premier League tie.

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John Delaney: Ireland in line to vacate Gannon Park for Abbotstown

The Ireland team could be in line to vacate their Gannon Park base in Malahide to move to the new National Training Centre in Abbotstown.

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McAteer: Roy Keane persuaded Alex Ferguson not to axe him many times

Roy Keane’s one-time international teammate Jason McAteer believes the Corkman’s exit from Manchester United was down to a gradual breakdown of trust rather than any sudden fall-out with Alex Ferguson.

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Jurgen Klopp could be Manchester City’s next main man

Jurgen Klopp has put Premier League clubs on alert after announcing he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

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Barcelona on track for Champions League semi-finals

PSG 1 Barcelona 3: Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals with a resounding 3-1 victory over Paris St Germain in yesterday’s quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes.

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Joy for Porto as Bayern Munich hit self-destruct button

Porto capitalised on a string of defensive mistakes to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final last night.

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Wayne Rooney praises team-mates for responding to his leadership

Wayne Rooney is relishing the responsibility that comes with wearing the captain’s armband at Manchester United and praised his team-mates for responding so well to his leadership.

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