Thursday, July 31, 2014

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COMMENT: The Frenchman has endured a miserable 2014 and, despite being considered among the best players in the world last year, looks unable to claim individual honours again

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Goal takes a look at how the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Kelechi Iheanacho and Fernando got on as Manchester City lost on penalties to Liverpool and Chelsea beat Vitesse

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The Liverpool striker was stuck on repeat for the first half, trying the same trick on several occasions, but looked much brighter after the break when Rickie Lambert went off

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The £35m signing from Atletico Madrid spearheaded Chelsea's attack against Vitesse and provided two assists in a powerful and unselfish display in the pre-season friendly

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The Premier League giants slugged it out in Wednesday's pre-season friendly draw in the USA, with the Reds eventually winning on penalties, but what did we learn from the game?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria may be playing hard-to-get, but that will provide some of last season's much-maligned defenders and midfielders a stage to show what they can do

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The 19-year-old made observers sit up and take notice of his performances in Ligue 1 last season, and he was the best man to replace Christian Benteke at the World Cup

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The England man again played 45 minutes before being taken off at the break, and although he did not get on the scoresheet he did look sharp and was involved in a thrilling move

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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The goalkeeper broke into Lille's line-up and was one of the standout performers of 2013-14 with his match-saving efforts, earning him a spot in 2014's Goal 50

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ANALYSIS: There were some big-name drop-outs and exclusions from this year's rankings - who is likely to make a return and who is gone from the list forever?

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With deals expected to be concluded for the Southampton pair, the north Londoners are providing the tools their new boss needs to execute his unique philosophy swiftly

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Should Louis van Gaal continue his pursuit of Arturo Vidal - or would the likes of Kevin Strootman, Angel Di Maria or Marco Reus be a better option?

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Manchester United are happy to listen to offers for the midfielder, but the club's valuation of the player and his wages have proved to be a stumbling block for the Serie A side

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ANALYSIS: Germany might have won the World Cup, but was the strong performance of Spanish sides in Europe enough to relegate the Bundesliga into second place in our list?

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COMMENT: The Real Madrid and Portugal star may not be the greatest of all time, but has there ever been a player with such a perfect blend of technique and physique?

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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal now looks set to stay in Turin this summer, but the 20-time Premier League champions need not panic with the Dutchman in charge

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With Southampton selling a number of their star players, including Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana, Goal looks at the biggest team auctions in football

Monday, July 28, 2014

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A few eyebrows may be raised at Arsene Wenger's willingness to spend so big on the 19-year-old but he offers technical ability, athleticism and versatility beyond his years

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The £20 million winger was afforded 45 minutes against Olympiacos on Sunday evening and showed glimpses of his potential, but faces stiff competition for a regular starting berth

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The 27-year-old made his first appearance for Chelsea in their 2-1 friendly win over NK Olimpija Ljubljana and looked impressive alongside fellow debutant Diego Costa