Man Utd at disaster’s door, Chelsea-Spurs gets feisty, Madrid rally while Barca sputter

With Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A kicking off this weekend, all of Europe’s major football leagues are back in action. And even though the seasons are barely underway in leagues such as England’s Premier League and the Germany’s Bundesliga, there already has been plenty of drama and storylines. ESPN correspondents Rob Dawson, Alex Kirkland, … Read more

Chelsea’s striker issues doomed them to another FA Cup loss. Should they now keep or move on from Lukaku?

LONDON — Nothing quite screams “Chelsea need a striker” as the sight of Ross Barkley playing at centre-forward in an FA Cup final. It was a circuitous route to this most bizarre of situations, relying on a peripheral midfielder without any first-team minutes since Jan. 8 to help close out an occasion such as Saturday’s … Read more

Chelsea’s Haaland pursuit halted by Abramovich sanctions; Ten Hag targets Ekitike

Chelsea wanted Erling Haaland amid doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s future — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Ten Hag keen on rising French striker. Jump to: Ten Hag keen on Ekitike | Rangnick’s Hannibal snub explained | Qatar boats to cope with World Cup demand Sanctions halt Chelsea’s Haaland pursuit Chelsea are frustrated that … Read more