Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
– Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Brahim Diaz scored the goals as Manchester City eased past Real Madrid 4-1 at the Memorial Coliseum.
– Mark Ogden on the lessons we learned from City’s big win over the European champions.
-Claudio Marchisio scored his second goal from the penalty spot in the 89th minute to give Juventus a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho called the talented players and of Barcelona “beautiful” to watch and rated Paul Pogba among the world’s best following Man United’s 1-0 loss at FedEx Field on Wednesday night.
– Zlatan Ibrahimovic could yet return to Manchester United for the second half of the season, Jose Mourinho has suggested.
– Mourinho has described the change in schedule for the African Cup of Nations to the summer months as “fantastic” news for European clubs.
BARCELONA: Ernesto Valverde said he wouldn’t like to be drawn against Manchester United in the Champions League this season after Barcelona beat Jose Mourinho’s men 1-0.
– Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar has been cleared of criminal charges in a tax evasion case in his home country, his father announced.
– Nelson Semedo says he has always been a Barcelona fan, even before joining the club this summer, because as a kid he was infatuated with Brazil star Ronaldinho.
– Nicolas Otamendi says teammate Gabriel Jesus has forgiven him after the Brazilian was left with a broken eye socket when they faced each other in a national team friendly in June.
REAL MADRID: Zinedine Zidane says he hopes to keep Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, while remaining coy over their chances of signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
– U.S. manager Bruce Arena lauded his team’s 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final but acknowledged that there is plenty of room for improvement as it prepares for a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September.
– Morris was redeemed as United States lifted the trophy, Jeff Carlisle writes.
– Midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley scored highly in Jason Davis’ player ratings.
– WATCH Taylor Twellman says Bruce Arena deserves a ton of credit for the success.
CHELSEA: Antonio Conte has revealed his dream striker signing would be Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
– Conte says a manager must be in charge of the dressing room or there will be “anarchy” and he is setting himself up to be sacked.
– Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has joined Fulham on a season-long loan, the Championship club confirmed on Thursday.
– Michy Batshuayi and Jeremie Boga are making the most of preseason, Phil Lythell writes.
LIVERPOOL: Three trials are anticipated for the six men facing charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
– Steven Gerrard says he is preparing players to be ready for Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool first team ahead of his first season in charge of the under-18s side.
JUVENTUS: General manager Beppe Marotta has said that Juve have turned down multiple bids for Paulo Dybala, while adding that they have made an offer to Lazio for Keita Balde.
LEIPZIG: Sporting director Ralf Rangnick has hit out at the advisors of Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg for unsettling the midfielders this summer.
MONACO: Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says no agreement has been reached with anyone for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe but confirmed there have been “very big enquiries” made for the striker.
EVERTON: Ronald Koeman has told a news conference that he “100 percent” expects Ross Barkley to leave the club.
– England manager Gareth Southgate has said Wayne Rooney can earn an international recall following his transfer from Manchester United to Everton.
FIFA: Angel Maria Villar, who is being held in jail in Spain on suspicion of corruption, has resigned from his roles as FIFA senior vice president and UEFA vice president.
MLS: Jurgen Klinsmann has said his son Jonathan could have signed for every Major League Soccer team but his move to Hertha Berlin is a “great story for the family” as the goalkeeper has joined his grandfather’s favourite side.
– Dom Dwyer says he feels like he’s “coming home” after being traded to Orlando City SC on Tuesday.
SERIE A: Juventus will begin the defence of their Serie A title with a game against Cagliari at their renamed Allianz Stadium, while Inter Milan host Fiorentina in the pick of the opening weekend’s matches.
PREMIER LEAGUE: The Premier League has been awarded a new High Court order for the 2017-18 season to allow it to block pirated streams of matches via Kodi set-top boxes.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: The world players’ union is pushing for the creation of a footballers’ association in China amid concerns about overdue payments in the burgeoning league.
NEWCASTLE: No reasonable grounds exist for believing Newcastle United FC engaged in a suspected tax fraud, two High Court judges have been told.
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