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Fernandinho and Casemiro lead the game's most underrated midfielders

Fernandinho is a classic box to box player but has adapted to life under Guardiola at Man City. He's now more of a deep-lying creator.

Football has never been so obsessed with individual brilliance and star quality given the quality on show but not everyone can the hero. There remains a place for the humble, workmanlike and dependable holding midfielder. Here are five who have been in particularly good form this season.

Fernandinho, Manchester City

City's title challenge seemed to falter during the Christmas period when they suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester. Notably, it was also the first two matches...

Carabao Cup final: What you need to know for Manchester City vs. Chelsea

The first major trophy of the season is up for grabs Sunday when Manchester City face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

City go into the game looking to defend the trophy they won against Arsenal last season and potentially set up the first leg of an unprecedented Quadruple (Premier League title, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League). Chelsea, struggling for form under Maurizio Sarri, will aim to avenge their 6-0 defeat against City at the Etihad earlier this month in a game that...

Premier League managers: Can you name the oldest and youngest to take charge of the 'Big Six'?

Jose Mourinho described former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as of the 'best managers in football history' and admitted he enjoyed the challenge of facing his sides.

This weekend, the venerable Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager to ever take charge of a Premier League match when he steps into the away dugout for Crystal Palace's trip to Leicester City.

Hodgson will be aged 71 years and 198 days come kick-off on Saturday, thus making him one day older than previous record-holder Sir Bobby Robson was when he took charge of Newcastle United against Aston Villa in 2004 (before being sacked two days later).

By a quirk of fate, Palace also boast the Premier...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Man City stay top; PSG, Barca climb; Juve plummet

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke.
Manchester City's quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola's side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.

There is no change at the top, but there has been movement aplenty below Pep Guardiola's side. Plus, there's a new entry from the Turkish leaders.

Dropping out: 

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

Wild Champions League Wednesday: VAR effect, vintage Atletico, fortunate Man City

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe credits Atletico Madrid for showing their mental strength by overcoming the reversed decisions made by VAR.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke.
Following Atletico Madrid's opener, ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared 'flustered and rattled.'

As European nights go, this one was not bad for the neutral. It served up a cauldron of grit, intensity and Diego Simeone magic as Atletico beat Juventus in Madrid, and in Gelsenkirchen, Manchester City narrowly avoided a seismic shock vs. Schalke, thanks in no small part to a local lad, Leroy Sane. Oh, and VAR had a prominent role to play in both games.

Here are eight takeaways from a wild Wednesday:

1. VAR was introduced into the Champions League for only this season's knockout rounds and, one...

David Silva and Man City attack show their resilience in comeback win at Schalke

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke.

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg at Schalke thanks to late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. City were ahead through Sergio Aguero, but the Bundesliga side led at half-time after Nabil Bentelab scored two penalties -- the first given by VAR after a three-minute wait. Nicolas Otamendi was then shown a second yellow card, but City showed their resilience to grab a win with two goals in the final five minutes.


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