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Monday cannon fodder: late champion alarm

Olympique Lyon v Manchester City - Women’s UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Portland Thorns fall 3-0 to North Carolina Courage in NWSL Championship Game |
The Portland Thorns failed to secure their second consecutive NWSL Championship title Saturday.

A New Soccer Statistic Tries to Place a Value on the Invaluable - The New York Times
A new soccer metric, packing, was created by two defensive-minded midfielder to recognize the contributions of defensive-minded midfielders.

Daniëlle van de Donk hits hat-trick as Arsenal edge West Ham in thriller | Football | The Guardian
Arsenal Women twice came from behind to keep up their flawless start to the Women’s Super League season with a 4-3 win against West Ham Ladies.

Chelsea not at same level as Liverpool, says Maurizio Sarri | Football | The Guardian
Maurizio Sarri says he is still trying to impose his playing philosophy at Chelsea.

Stuart Findlay’s late show helps Kilmarnock snatch victory from Celtic | Football | The Guardian
Kilmarnock beat Celtic 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Stuart Findlay.

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic fans 'should be alarmed' by slow start to season - BBC Sport
Celtic fans should be "alarmed" by the side's slow start to the Premiership season, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

Santi Cazorla says Arsenal lacked belief to challenge under Arsene Wenger - BBC Sport
Arsenal lacked belief under Arsene Wenger but will have "a great season" with Unai Emery in charge, says ex-midfielder Santi Cazorla.

How a total shift in transfer policy brought about Liverpool’s resurgence | FourFourTwo
A change in approach from panic to patience has revolutionised the Reds' squad.

Lucy Bronze: "I once worked in Domino's. Now I’m playing with the best in the world..." | FourFourTwo
Serving up slices was a lark for England and Lyon's marauding full-back.

Stumbling Spurs stink of p*ss, but finally find their feet - Football365
Not a performance to entirely restore their dignity as Spurs beat Brighton 2-1, but it's a start.

Pochettino, respect, and the ‘never kicked a ball in your life’ theory | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian
The Tottenham manager betrayed English football’s disdain for the views of those who did not play, but when those dry up it will be time to start worrying.

England pair on target as Arsenal make light work of Yeovil | Football | The Guardian
England duo Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead were on target as Arsenal beat Yeovil 7-0 in the Women’s Super League.

Inside Spurs' stadium: 'I’ve never in my life worked like that' | Features | Construction News
CN exclusively reveals allegations that site chaos, confusion and ill-discipline lie behind the delays to Tottenham Hotspur’s £850m stadium.

Infantino ‘doesn’t understand US sports system’, US Club Soccer’s Payne says, as pro/rel row continues | SportBusiness Group
Kevin Payne reacted angrily to the recent claim by Gianni Infantino that the US could be one of the top three football nations in the world if only they had pro/rel.

‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’ | Football | The Guardian
Wilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his transfer in 2013.