Perhaps nothing can seize control of the overall narrative quite like Jose Mourinho returns to face [insert former club here], so it’s fitting that Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures caps off the weekend with the Special One returning to Stamford Bridge 10 short months after being fired. Manchester City vs. Southampton — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com Of course, we have to talk about Man City versus Southampton first, because as consuming as the Mourinho narrative is, it’s the blue side of Manchester that will go top of the PL with a win on Sunday. A point is all City need to leapfrog Arsenal and Liverpool and reclaim the top spot, but Pep Guardiola will be aiming for something
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he would absolutely be up for taking the England job, but only after spending “a bit longer” in his current situation. When asked during a profile by the Daily Mail if he would take the job, he said that both the England job and the position in his native Italy would be attractive positions to him. “They ask me in Italy to come back for the national team,” Ancelotti said. “Usually I stay in one club for two years, like at Chelsea; in Paris, one year and a half; two years in Madrid. I would like to stay here a little bit more, a bit longer and then after that I have to choose England or Italy.” “But Southgate…Why not? But later. You ask me now.
Andres Iniesta’s footballing career has defined for an entire generation the words consistency and professionalism. Now 32 years old and Barcelona’s longest-tenured servant, Iniesta has played more than 40 games (all competitions) every season since the 2003-04 campaign, back when he was a 19-year-old La Masia product quickly breaking into the first team. Part of a run like that is down to unparalleled talent and an unwavering commitment to craft, but, of course, a stroke of good luck on the serious-injury front. It’s looking quite unlikely he’ll extend his 40-games-played streak to a 13th season in 2016-17, however, after the club confirmed fears on Saturday that Iniesta suffered knee ligament