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Leon Balogun defends Nigeria's Afcon chances, and his own reputation

Nigeria defender Leon Balogun bristles, in jocular indignation, when the subject of his perceived lack of pace is broached. He considers it a personal affront, and he quickly rises to his own defence.

"I need to correct that," he tells ESPN, just a few weeks out from the Africa Cup of Nations. "I think people are doing me wrong. It is just the way I run so people think I am slower.

"But I am unfortunate that I play alongside guys like Ahmed Musa, who are really fast. You cannot believe how fast...

Man City's character, 'guts' shine through in Premier League triumph

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany reflects on his side's path to a second consecutive Premier League title, and the competition they faced from Liverpool. (edited)
Manchester City celebrated winning the 2018-19 Premier League title after a thrilling back and forth battle with Liverpool throughout the season.

Had Manchester City blown it? Glenn Murray had just headed Brighton into the lead in the 27th minute, and anyone seeking final-day drama had their hook. City had cracked at the worst possible moment; they had lost their nerve just as the hard work seemed to have been done; they had made a season's excellence count for nothing and Pep Guardiola would face familiar accusations of overcomplicating at a moment that demanded clarity.

Those would have been the headlines, the think pieces, the pub discussions...

Christian Eriksen shows why he is Tottenham's Most Valuable Player

Things were getting so desperate for Tottenham against Brighton that, as the minutes ticked by with the score 0-0, Vincent Janssen was brought on for his first appearance since August 2017. Still no breakthrough came, though, and it looked as if Mauricio Pochettino's side would drop points in their quest for Champions League qualification.

But then Christian Eriksen took charge.

Tottenham's most valuable player -- not their best, but their most irreplaceable -- collected the ball with 88 minutes...

Mo Salah on target again as Liverpool edge Brighton, capitalise on Man City's slip-up

LIVERPOOL, England  -- Three quick thoughts from Anfield on Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

1. Liverpool seize on Man City's slip-up

It's not even the end of August and Liverpool know they have to make the most of every rare opening they are given in the Premier League title race. So far, they are doing just that.

Jurgen Klopp's team sit top of the table after a tense win over Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah's first-half goal.

It's three wins...

Pathetic Manchester United prove Jose Mourinho warning true in Brighton embarrassment

Jose Mourinho's men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton.

BRIGHTON, England -- Three points on Brighton 3-2 Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

1. Jose Mourinho warning appears true

Jose Mourinho said this season would be tough for Manchester United, but he probably did not expect to be proved right quite so quickly.

Through the summer and during the first week of the new Premier League season, he has painted a bleak picture of United's prospects. Even a 2-1 win over Leicester on opening night did little to improve his mood.


Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.


Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...