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Monday cannon fodder: indefensible fireball relegation

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Premier League/England

Newcastle’s Steve Bruce hopes win against Tottenham ‘shuts people up’ - BBC Sport
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce hopes their 1-0 win over Tottenham will “shut people up” following criticism of his appointment as Magpies boss.

Newcastle takeover could be back on if in holiday relegation battle – ProSoccerTalk
Could you dislike your owner enough to hope your club is relegated?

Tottenham are lacking unity and desire, admits Mauricio Pochettino | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham’s manager admitted his side lacked unity and desire after their 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle in the Premier League.

Solskjaer defends the indefensible over Lingard’s form - Football365
Jesse Lingard has had a direct role in just one PL goal in 2019.

What the hell happened to Alexis Sanchez? How the fireball footballer extinguished over time | FourFourTwo
As the record Chilean goalscorer prepares to leave Old Trafford, his Arsenal and Barcelona best feels like an era ago.

Liverpool reveal plan to increase Anfield’s capacity to beyond 60,000 | The Guardian
Liverpool have confirmed they are to abandon current plans to redevelop Anfield.

Europe

Continent’s big four may falter but their striving for super-league is ever stronger | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian
Barcelona, PSG, Bayern and Juventus have won 25 of the last 28 league titles. Europe has become the only testing ground.

Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis: Antoine Griezmann hits two to seal first La Liga win - BBC Sport
Antoine Griezmann marks his home league debut for Barcelona with his first competitive goals for the club as Real Betis are swept aside.

Kompany: Anderlecht boss gives up managerial duties on match days - BBC Sport
Anderlecht’s Vincent Kompany is to concentrate on playing.

Lukaku claims Manchester United failed to protect him and he had to go | Football | The Guardian
Romelu Lukaku spoke out amid stories regarding a transfer and that he concluded he was not wanted.

MLS/Americas

MLS political signage ban escalates as fans protest during Timbers-Sounders rivalry game | Pro Soccer USA
It was the biggest match of the regular season for the Portland Timbers, and normally that would mean the team’s most fervent supporters would pull out all the stops,

Rest of the World

Iranian government criticised as women stadium entry deadline looms - BBC Sport
As Iran’s football league season begins, the government is criticised for not having guaranteed the attendance of women at matches.

Other

Women’s World Cup was ‘a balloon that deflated,’ says Carly Telford | The Guardian
The England goalkeeper Carly Telford has criticised the efforts of France as World Cup hosts.