articles by Sarthak Dev

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Dodgy transfers, boardroom mayhem, managerial merry-go-round: Barcelona have been in disarray for a while, the cracks are deepening now

Barcelona may be just four points behind Real Madrid in the league but the club has all but conceded defeat while dropping six points in last four games.

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IPL 2020 Auction: Defending champions Mumbai Indians' well-rounded squad needs No 4 batsman and back-ups

Mumbai Indians will walk into the IPL 2020 auction with the lowest spending scope amongst all the teams — 13.05 crores — which is also a result of retaining a majority of their existing player roster and core team.

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IPL 2020 Auction: Royal Challengers Bangalore need to focus on strengthening middle-order, adding more seamers to squad

The challenge with a draft, however, is to pick a balanced team with strong performers across the board, and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have often erred on that front.

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Premier League: With Arsenal next, Manchester United look to youth for answers to their patchy start to season

Ole Solskjaer and Manchester United cannot be blamed for looking inwards for salvation, but they mustn't blindly expect a 1992 deja vu.

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Atletico Madrid preview: With Joao Felix adding silk to Diego Simeone's steely side, new-look Atleti launch title challenge

Atletico Madrid finished the last two league seasons above Real and the same objective data that draws all the attention towards Real and Barcelona, begs everyone to consider Atletico as strong contenders for gold.

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Copa America 2019: 'Messiah' Lionel Messi, Argentina and quest for acceptance at yet another major tournament

Argentina, and indeed Messi, have stumbled, got back up, and stumbled again. They have three silver medals from four major tournaments in the last five years. Silver

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Premier League: Manchester derby could be most important fixture of season with title race and top-four spots at stake

Manchester City today are everything Manchester United were once the picture of, and that realisation will hurt most this Wednesday evening when the two teams lock heads with painfully contrasting targets to play for.

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Champions League: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's resurgent Manchester United face litmus test as Lionel Messi's Barcelona come calling

Manchester United's magic potion so far has been an infectious sense of self-belief under Solskjaer, and they must play with the same vigour on Wednesday night

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Premier League: Rejuvenated Paul Pogba fuels Solskjaer's bid to make Liverpool fresh victims of his Manchester United revolution

United come into their biggest match since that cold December night against Liverpool on a mazy run of eleven victories in thirteen games, including wins at Wembley, Emirates, and Stamford Bridge

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Champions League: Juventus might be favourites but Atletico Madrid relish prospect of facing familiar foe Cristiano Ronaldo

While it may evoke a few chuckles or some queasy groans from the Atletico fans, you would expect Diego Simeone to relish the prospect of coming up against a familiar foe

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Premier League: Manchester United winning at Wembley will reinforce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claim for permanent role

A win at Wembley may not change United's position on the table by much, but it will go a long way in reinforcing the faith in Solskjaer’s methods, and maybe, his case as the new permanent manager at the club.

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Premier League: Liverpool's clash against Manchester United a vital inflection in both teams' fortunes

In the long history of Manchester United-Liverpool classics, Sunday's match won't as much be a postscript. Yet today, as we see balances tilting, it remains a vital point of inflection in their fortunes.

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Premier League: Unai Emery stamps his class on Arsenal as Gunners secure win over Tottenham in North London derby

Arsenal are still some distance away from making a case as title contenders, but if this North London Derby was any sign, this new chapter at Arsenal is going to be greatly exciting.

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Champions League 2018: Manchester United need another turnaround against Juventus in Turin

If Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United can come out of Turin with their pride and knockout round spot intact, the clouds will move farther away.

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Premier League: Manchester United's problems down to players who don't care and a manager who can't inspire

Manchester United were in deep muck before the referee blew the kick-off whistle at the Olympic Stadium. At 2-1 down, they could smell the gunpowder from inside the barrel and yet couldn’t bring enough out of their mental and physical faculties to close down an opponent with the ball.

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La Liga: Real Madrid sans Cristiano Ronaldo begin transformation into sleek, efficient team under Julen Lopetegui

By not hiring any big names, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has inadvertently placed massive trust on his new manager and group of players who, while exhibiting obvious capability, know full well they’re not quite Cristiano Ronaldo

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India vs England: Pace spearhead Mohammed Shami must repay skipper Virat Kohli’s faith against hosts

In Shami, India have found an old-fashioned fast bowler. He likes to present an upright seam, is almost always up for bowling the difficult overs, and loves to bowl for wickets.

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India vs England: Jasprit Bumrah's rapid rise in longest format makes him key figure in Test series

There are some intangibles in life which separate the men from the boys, and right now, it looks like Jasprit Bumrah has a knack for those. Virat Kohli loves his fast bowlers, and he will be itching to unleash one of his strike bowlers onto the England side.

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India vs England: Karun Nair's ability to play the ball late makes him an integral part of Virat Kohli's plans

Karun Nair as a batsman is a chip of the old block, classical, vertical-shot dominant and plays the ball late, making him an adept back-foot player. In England, where the ball moves both ways, and most times really late, his style will hold him in good stead

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India vs England: Dinesh Karthik could provide strength to visitors' struggling middle order with stability of technique and mind

Dinesh Karthik offers the stability of technique and mind that could potentially solve the problem, and additionally plug India’s red-ball wicket-keeper worries until the next generation is ready.