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We Started to Sing review – Barney Norris’s fragmented family ode

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Barney Norris has written a personal play about family life and the passing of time. “These are my parents and grandparents,” he states in his script’s introduction. Writing them, he adds, is “the only way I know how ...

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s sky blue wash will define this era

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It seemed fitting that Manchester City should come storming back from the brink the way they did, Ilkay Gündogan soaring like a small, technically adept avenging phoenix to bullet his header very carefully into the to...

Clinical Carrow Road win highlights Conte’s transformation of Tottenham

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At the end of this hazy, fun, end-of-term romp Antonio Conte could be seen striding out across the Carrow Road turf to join his players in front of the Tottenham support, who had spent the last hour basking and lollin...

Thiago remains the cool ball-playing scamp whether Liverpool are hot or cold

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There was a good Jürgen Klopp moment during Liverpool’s win at Southampton on Tuesday night. Nathan Redmond had just opened the scoring. The goal had come after a collision with a Liverpool player, drawing a minor wav...

Milner’s command performance keeps Liverpool in fight for title

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Well, it was always going that way wasn’t it? At St Mary’s, Jürgen Klopp picked a fever dream of a Liverpool first XI for the penultimate game of the Premier League season, then saw his team fall behind after 13 minut...

Thanks for your leadership, Jake Daniels: a gay man and professional footballer

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Well played, Jake Daniels. Applause, please. And thank you for your leadership. Football, sport, male environments and, indeed, the wider world have all become slightly more sane places with the news that Daniels has ...

Chelsea match Liverpool but Jürgen Klopp’s side have sense of destiny

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Sometimes a miss really is as good as a mile. Wembley was a fevered place at the end of this gruelling, apparently endless FA Cup final. As the Liverpool players capered at the eastern end of the ground, lost in a fog...

The Blazers usurped by the Blokes in English cricket

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Blessed are the Blokes, for they shall inherit the earth. There has been a steady evolution in the governing class of English cricket. For many decades the sport was ruled by the Blazers. The Blazers were faceless. Th...

Haaland is a fantasy player but he or Manchester City will have to change

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On the face of it this looks like the most basic piece of maths. Here is a move that can never be the wrong move. When life gives you lemons, sign Erling Haaland. When your squad doesn’t have a first-team player whose...

Klopp’s men made to suffer by Kane-Son express

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With 56 minutes gone, as the sky began to fade from powder blue to black, Emerson Royal pumped a hopeful pass into the empty air above the roof-lights, seeking out Harry Kane, who craned his neck, adjusting his feet, ...

Wild draw shows how Conte’s Spurs can derail Liverpool quadruple hopes

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It was the worst of times. And it was also the worst of times. It is easy – and also probably best – to forget the most recent spike of Premier League Covid chaos, a febrile few weeks of Omicron-mayhem either side of ...

Systemic flaws of Guardiola’s City keep Champions League out of reach

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Hello darkness my old friend. As Pep Guardiola walked on to the pitch at the final whistle in the Bernabéu, a familiarly skinny-legged figure, that gleaming bald pate looking terribly tender under the hard white light...

Ben Stokes has the drive and celebrity wattage to revive the pulse of Test cricket

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The appointment of Ben Stokes as the England men’s Test captain was always going to generate a little heat. The patient may be sickly. The team – and indeed Test cricket itself, which has been dying since the day it w...

As embodiment of Madrid-ism, Karim Benzema can still drag Real to Paris final

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There are penalty kicks and then there are Statement Penalty Kicks. Even the best players approach this trial from 12 yards with a binary sense of dread. Relief or disaster: these are the only sensible outcomes. Excep...

Harry Kane, the evolving outlier, may be among the last great one-club goalscorers

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Football tactics are complex chains of reasoning. Football tactics have a chaos theory element. Football tactics must always return to certain key tenets of space and movement. Very bright people are employed to stare...

Erik ten Hag faces tough task to turn Manchester United’s ghost ship around

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Welcome to Manchester, Erik. We’ve been expecting you. Here it comes at last, the latest rummage, the latest mystery gift from the Manchester United managerial lucky dip. There is a game you can play with the manageri...

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