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Bernardo hits back at City critics: Nothing to prove

Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol says Manchester City have no choice but to play with three defenders now that John Stones joins Aymeric Laporte with an injury.
Steve Nicol explains why Manchester City's defence is likely to cost them more points this season without Aymeric Laporte.

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- Bernardo Silva has rounded on the critics who wrote off Manchester City after their shock defeat at Norwich declaring: "We don't need to prove anything to anyone."

Pep Guardiola's side came under fire after the 3-2 loss at Carrow Road before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk to kick start their Champions League campaign and after the comprehensive victory in Ukraine, Bernardo hit back at their detractors.

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English games reporting hate crimes spikes 47%

Juan Mata criticised racist comments aimed at Paul Pogba as "cowardly" in an interview with ESPN's Rob Dawson.
Jadon Sancho has spoken out about the detrimental impact of racism in football, following the abuse given to Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.
Trent Alexander-Arnold comments on the racial abuse in Serie A directed towards Romelu Lukaku by Cagliari fans.

The number of football matches in England and Wales where hate crime incidents were reported increased by 47% in the 2018-19 season, a British government study published on Thursday said.

Although football-related arrests dropped by 10% to 1,381 last season, the number of hate crimes reported increased from incidents in 131 matches the previous season to 193 matches in 2018-19.

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Hudson-Odoi signs new five-year Chelsea deal

Christian Pulisic is struggling to see the pitch at Chelsea. Should he be concerned with that he can't get off the bench at Stamford Bridge?

Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2024, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Hudson-Odoi's previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season and he was heavily linked with German champions Bayern Munich, whose interest in the 18-year-old was rejected by Chelsea earlier this year.

"Callum Hudson-Odoi has committed himself to Chelsea Football Club by signing a new five-year contract," the club said in a statement

"His...