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Man United, Mourinho must fix style, Chelsea's post-Conte future

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Winning the FA Cup on Saturday will have absolutely no bearing on whether or not Antonio Conte sticks around as Chelsea manager. In that sense, the "oldest cup competition in the world" is even less relevant than usual, which doesn't mean it was a fruitless exercise. We learned something, too, getting further confirmation that he can match tactical wits in a war of attrition against almost anyone and come out on top, especially if his team gets the early goal, which they did.

Jose Mourinho...

Barca's PR mess after defeat, praise for Allegri as Juve win Serie A

How about that for a boomerang? In the binary world of Spanish football, this was the sort of gaffe that does double damage. Right now, Barcelona should be sitting back and enjoying the fruits of a Double-winning campaign that saw them go undefeated in La Liga. Maybe send their old rival from the Bernabeu a few postcards ahead of Kiev, too, just to ratchet up the pressure.

Instead, they're dealing with a PR disaster after the dramatic 5-4 defeat away to Levante (a team with nothing to play for)...

FIFA Congress on 2026 World Cup, Club World Cup: what's at stake?

In just over a month, the FIFA Congress takes place in Moscow, and, among other things, they'll be deciding whether to award the 2026 World Cup to Morocco or the United Bid, an entry shared by Canada, Mexico and the United States. But that's only the start. Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, is pushing hard for two other pet projects: a revamped Club World Cup and the Global Nations League, modelled on the UEFA version, which kicks off next month.

Q: First things first, where will 2026 take...

Barca vs. Real still delivered drama, Chelsea vs. Liverpool underwhelms

Next season, La Liga will adopt VAR and while it may still divide opinion, Sunday's Clasico was a strong argument in favor of the move.

Referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez made a string of poor decisions in the 2-2 draw between Barcelona and Real Madrid but what we can be most grateful for is that, in the grand scheme of things, it mattered little. Other than Barca's pursuit of an undefeated league season -- it's nice but when you step away and realize they lost in other competitions, it pales...

Champions League semifinals were fraught, flawed, frenetic and fun

The FC boys debate whether or not the SPI projection gives too much credit to Liverpool over Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are through to their third straight Champions League final, but the FC crew explain how Bayern Munich gave away the trip to Kiev.
The ESPN FC panel discuss the manner in which Liverpool complicated their passage to the UCL final, winning by just one goal on aggregate.

Football loves its conventional wisdom as much as any other endeavour. For a long time, there was this belief that semifinals were necessarily tight, tactical affairs, particularly in Europe.

I'm not sure if it was ever based on anything other than anecdotal evidence or observation bias, but the thinking went something like this: The away team would be conservative because the first leg was really only the first half of a match lasting 180 minutes, and the home team would be terrified of conceding...

Juventus take charge of Serie A, Barca celebrate, Liverpool's Buvac stress

If Saturday night at the San Siro really did the decide the Serie A title -- and it sure as heck looks that way -- then neutrals could not have asked for much more in terms of drama, emotion, incident and controversy.

Juventus took the lead with a deflected Douglas Costa goal, and inside 20 minutes they had the man advantage too, with Matias Vecino's stamp on Mario Mandzukic earning a VAR-assisted red card. Juve had another goal disallowed (with help from VAR) before Mauro Icardi's header levelled...