#Barney Ronay

theguardian.com 3 hours ago
Not all failings of England’s Test team can be blamed on county cricket | Barney Ronay

Not all failings of England’s Test team can be blamed on county cricket | Barney Ronay

Joe Root weighed in with his verdict after the Ashes defeat but England’s nurturing of Test batters should be scrutinised

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theguardian.com 11 days ago
Novak Djokovic and trying to understand the divisive tennis-Jesus | Barney Ronay

Novak Djokovic and trying to understand the divisive tennis-Jesus | Barney Ronay

Why try to explain the anti-vaccine creed of the world’s most-reviled refusenik? I guess because the most radical thing you can currently do is try to see both [...]

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theguardian.com 17 days ago
Misfiring magic bullets: Lukaku meets Van Dijk at moment of mutual toil | Barney Ronay

Misfiring magic bullets: Lukaku meets Van Dijk at moment of mutual toil | Barney Ronay

Chelsea and Liverpool spent big on the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ – and each player has proved such signings are vanishingly rare

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theguardian.com 39 days ago
Golden generation survivor Steven Gerrard is writing his own superhero story | Barney Ronay

Golden generation survivor Steven Gerrard is writing his own superhero story | Barney Ronay

Driven by his league title failure as a player, Aston Villa’s head coach has become a compelling prospect as a manager

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theguardian.com 58 days ago
Removal of doomed Solskjær will not solve Manchester United’s problems | Barney Ronay

Removal of doomed Solskjær will not solve Manchester United’s problems | Barney Ronay

The least qualified manager in the club’s modern history is gone but the real concern is how he got the job in the first place

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theguardian.com 64 days ago
Scotland secure a play-off and Norwich appoint Dean Smith – Football Weekly

Scotland secure a play-off and Norwich appoint Dean Smith – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barney Ronay, Marcus Bean, Robyn Cowen and Ewan Murray to recap the most recent World Cup qualifying games, Dean Smith to Norwich and [...]

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theguardian.com 85 days ago
Inept, weak, no plan: humiliation for Manchester United and Solskjær | Barney Ronay

Inept, weak, no plan: humiliation for Manchester United and Solskjær | Barney Ronay

The shocking 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool was a gruesome spectacle that showed a team in a state of high-priced sporting decay

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theguardian.com 106 days ago
The extraordinary talent of Mohamed Salah and how to quantify it | Barney Ronay

The extraordinary talent of Mohamed Salah and how to quantify it | Barney Ronay

Liverpool’s Klopp era successes have relied on their Egyptian star and the club must decide how much they want to keep him

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theguardian.com 116 days ago
Pep Guardiola the frustrated antihero seeks out drama at Manchester City | Barney Ronay

Pep Guardiola the frustrated antihero seeks out drama at Manchester City | Barney Ronay

Bizarre spat with his own fans speaks of a manager who thrives on creating tension ahead of high-stakes visit to Chelsea

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theguardian.com 168 days ago
Masilingi and Mboma racing against Olympic elite and complex cruelty | Barney Ronay

Masilingi and Mboma racing against Olympic elite and complex cruelty | Barney Ronay

Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma were prevented from running the 400m at Tokyo 2020 due to naturally ocurring raised testosterone levels

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theguardian.com 198 days ago
Revitalised Harry Kane turns England into powerful attacking machine | Barney Ronay

Revitalised Harry Kane turns England into powerful attacking machine | Barney Ronay

The captain’s two goals against Ukraine were things of poetic simplicity and he has a spring in his step again

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theguardian.com 204 days ago
England sense their moment to shake off weight of history against Germany | Barney Ronay

England sense their moment to shake off weight of history against Germany | Barney Ronay

This understated England team are not universally popular but have the tools to win at Wembley and change their narrative

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theguardian.com 229 days ago
Das Team offer bruising, bothersome test on weird evening for England | Barney Ronay

Das Team offer bruising, bothersome test on weird evening for England | Barney Ronay

Austria’s gritty bunch of footballers provided a bitty challenge for England in a friendly which turned into a draining occasion

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theguardian.com 252 days ago
Manchester City’s title is a triumph of class and refinement on the hoof | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s title is a triumph of class and refinement on the hoof | Barney Ronay

Look beyond the wealth and admire the solutions found by Pep Guardiola and his team in this draining, bubble-bound season

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theguardian.com 257 days ago
N’Golo Kanté steals show for Chelsea but strikers still lack cutting edge | Barney Ronay

N’Golo Kanté steals show for Chelsea but strikers still lack cutting edge | Barney Ronay

The Chelsea midfielder set his team up for victory but Kai Havertz in particular almost let Real Madrid off the hook

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theguardian.com 269 days ago
Super League’s dumbing down of youth laid bare a brainchild of football haters | Barney Ronay

Super League’s dumbing down of youth laid bare a brainchild of football haters | Barney Ronay

Florentino Pérez’s vision of young people as restless YouTube addicts betrayed a bleak, market-driven view of humanity

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theguardian.com 281 days ago
Bielsa pips Pep as United beat City, plus using xG in Scrabble – Football Weekly

Bielsa pips Pep as United beat City, plus using xG in Scrabble – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Barney Ronay to discuss Leeds’ win at Manchester City and the race for the top four

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theguardian.com 3 days ago
Kevin De Bruyne’s flash of old-school magic leaves Chelsea spellbound | Barney Ronay

Kevin De Bruyne’s flash of old-school magic leaves Chelsea spellbound | Barney Ronay

At times the Manchester City midfielder resembles an all-surging throwback in Pep Guardiola’s finely calibrated machine

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theguardian.com 13 days ago
Welcome back to Test cricket – there’s much life in the grand old game | Barney Ronay

Welcome back to Test cricket – there’s much life in the grand old game | Barney Ronay

At last there is a contest in this Ashes series, while action in New Zealand and South Africa shows the red-ball duel is in rude health: take note, ECB

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theguardian.com 18 days ago
Bruno Fernandes in danger of being swept away on digital wave of revisionism | Barney Ronay

Bruno Fernandes in danger of being swept away on digital wave of revisionism | Barney Ronay

The Manchester United player began the year as a Ballon d’Or contender but ends it being branded a whinger

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theguardian.com 41 days ago
Josh Hazlewood’s perfect Ashes miniature leaves Joe Root trapped | Barney Ronay

Josh Hazlewood’s perfect Ashes miniature leaves Joe Root trapped | Barney Ronay

Australian bowlers’ controlled brilliance in the opening overs set the tone and England and their captain had no answer

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theguardian.com 60 days ago
Premier League’s high-end soap opera returns with promise of real title race | Barney Ronay

Premier League’s high-end soap opera returns with promise of real title race | Barney Ronay

With a three-way title battle and subplots everywhere, it is no wonder the Premier League pantomime still holds the spotlight

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theguardian.com 74 days ago
When it comes to racism in cricket, the ECB is the accused not the judge | Barney Ronay

When it comes to racism in cricket, the ECB is the accused not the judge | Barney Ronay

The ECB does not get to act surprised at this week’s events, to dance away from responsibility – it has failed, repeatedly, to act

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theguardian.com 89 days ago
Cristiano Ronaldo the inevitable headline star of a cinematic thriller | Barney Ronay

Cristiano Ronaldo the inevitable headline star of a cinematic thriller | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s win over Atalanta was made up of magnificent moments but this was a gruelling watch for home fans

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theguardian.com 107 days ago
Phil Foden adds exquisite grace note as Anfield hosts a paean to football | Barney Ronay

Phil Foden adds exquisite grace note as Anfield hosts a paean to football | Barney Ronay

Manchester City playmaker gave a reminder of his frightening talent in a meeting with Liverpool that offered endless thrills

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theguardian.com 120 days ago
Tributes to Jimmy Greaves. Plus Chelsea, Spurs and penalties – Football Weekly

Tributes to Jimmy Greaves. Plus Chelsea, Spurs and penalties – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Fadugba and Barney Ronay pay tribute to the late Jimmy Greaves and round up the weekend action

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theguardian.com 195 days ago
Italy suffer for shootout win in emotional and authentic tournament tussle | Barney Ronay

Italy suffer for shootout win in emotional and authentic tournament tussle | Barney Ronay

Italy were on the back foot for most of their semi-final but Roberto Mancini’s tinkering had the necessary impact against Spain

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theguardian.com 201 days ago
The big quarter-final preview – Euro 2020 Football Daily

The big quarter-final preview – Euro 2020 Football Daily

Max Rushden, Jonathan Liew, Barney Ronay and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan look ahead to England’s date with Ukraine in Rome and the three other ties. Also, there’s rea [...]

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theguardian.com 211 days ago
Wales road trip goes on despite defeat in Rome – Euro 2020 Football Daily

Wales road trip goes on despite defeat in Rome – Euro 2020 Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Nicky Bandini, Jamie Jackson, Barney Ronay, Ben Fisher and Manon Steffan Ros to discuss Wales reaching the last 16

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theguardian.com 230 days ago
England an impossible job no more given talent at Southgate’s disposal | Barney Ronay

England an impossible job no more given talent at Southgate’s disposal | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate has a glut of defenders but also a frontline of rare skill – how he balances his options will determine England’s Euro 2020 fate

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theguardian.com 253 days ago
Chelsea joy in WSL and Premier League and EFL ups and downs – Football Weekly

Chelsea joy in WSL and Premier League and EFL ups and downs – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and John Brewin to discuss the latest Premier League, EFL and WSL action

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theguardian.com 264 days ago
Pep Guardiola dons de-thinking cap to turn game around with De Bruyne | Barney Ronay

Pep Guardiola dons de-thinking cap to turn game around with De Bruyne | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s manager is often accused of too much tinkering on big occasions but here he went back to basics

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theguardian.com 278 days ago
Liverpool hit white wall as fearless Real Madrid refuse to be moved | Barney Ronay

Liverpool hit white wall as fearless Real Madrid refuse to be moved | Barney Ronay

Zinedine Zidane’s team are a superpower built on big personalities, always certain of their own version of events

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theguardian.com 286 days ago
Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos in total control mode to expose Liverpool’s soft centre | Barney Ronay

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos in total control mode to expose Liverpool’s soft centre | Barney Ronay

Elegant German midfielder revelled in the space and time he was afforded by a Liverpool who are down but certainly not out

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theguardian.com 4 days ago
Novak Djokovic v Australia is a grudge match for our polarised age | Barney Ronay

Novak Djokovic v Australia is a grudge match for our polarised age | Barney Ronay

The Djokovic saga encapsulates humanity’s response to Covid, and the irreconcilable career ambitions of the world’s best male tennis player and the prime minis [...]

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theguardian.com 16 days ago
Glorious chaos at Stamford Bridge shows City are too good for the rest | Barney Ronay

Glorious chaos at Stamford Bridge shows City are too good for the rest | Barney Ronay

Chelsea and Liverpool played out a wild, moreish 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, two brilliant but flawed teams going at it and demonstrating in the process just [...]

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theguardian.com 20 days ago
Hope can rise from this Ashes debacle, if the ECB stops choking the golden goose | Barney Ronay

Hope can rise from this Ashes debacle, if the ECB stops choking the golden goose | Barney Ronay

This latest defeat exposes the poverty in English Test cricket but it is possible to resist the decline, starting with bringing to account those overseeing it

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theguardian.com 46 days ago
WTA does the right thing in standing up to China over Peng Shuai | Barney Ronay

WTA does the right thing in standing up to China over Peng Shuai | Barney Ronay

Peng Shuai’s safety is uncertain since her accusations against a politician and the WTA’s Steve Simon is taking the lead

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theguardian.com 62 days ago
Azeem Rafiq’s courage shows Yorkshire and ECB what a real leader looks like | Barney Ronay

Azeem Rafiq’s courage shows Yorkshire and ECB what a real leader looks like | Barney Ronay

While Rafiq spoke with bravery and honesty of the pain he suffered, Tom Harrison offered only evasion and self-preservation

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theguardian.com 78 days ago
Levy faces test of true Spurs ambition after doomed dance with Nuno | Barney Ronay

Levy faces test of true Spurs ambition after doomed dance with Nuno | Barney Ronay

Conte deal is close and that means club will need to get serious after spending millions going nowhere and demotivating Kane

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theguardian.com 100 days ago
Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho rise above squabble to shine for England | Barney Ronay

Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho rise above squabble to shine for England | Barney Ronay

The pair have been in contrasting club form but made the difference for Gareth Southgate on a niggly night in Andorra

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theguardian.com 115 days ago
After 25 years of the Suits, is the spinning, self-interested ECB still fit for purpose? | Barney Ronay

After 25 years of the Suits, is the spinning, self-interested ECB still fit for purpose? | Barney Ronay

Slick marketing Suits replaced the fusty Blazers 25 years ago but the cricket landscape now is very different to 1996

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theguardian.com 121 days ago
Tuchel’s powerplay shows widening gulf between Chelsea and Tottenham | Barney Ronay

Tuchel’s powerplay shows widening gulf between Chelsea and Tottenham | Barney Ronay

Manager’s half-time introduction of N’Golo Kanté emphasised a vast difference in resources during the Blues’ 3-0 triumph

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theguardian.com 198 days ago
Whatever happens next at Euro 2020, this England team are unlike any other | Barney Ronay

Whatever happens next at Euro 2020, this England team are unlike any other | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate has built an England team to challenge the old, misguided narrative created by previous failures

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theguardian.com 202 days ago
England step into strange new light as fear turns to joy in win over Germany | Barney Ronay

England step into strange new light as fear turns to joy in win over Germany | Barney Ronay

Fans celebrated wildly and ghosts were laid to rest as England advanced to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals in style

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theguardian.com 213 days ago
Don’t panic! England must resist temptation to change too much | Barney Ronay

Don’t panic! England must resist temptation to change too much | Barney Ronay

England are not in as bad a spot as some would have us believe after their muted start to Euro 2020, but they will be in a worse spot if they try to change too [...]

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theguardian.com 235 days ago
Benoît Paire is trapped inside tennis as sport’s lockdown king of pain | Barney Ronay

Benoît Paire is trapped inside tennis as sport’s lockdown king of pain | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman keeps on playing, keeps on losing his matches and keeps on losing his temper. And he is not going to stop

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theguardian.com 255 days ago
Sergio Agüero’s rush of blood gives Thomas Tuchel a day to savour | Barney Ronay

Sergio Agüero’s rush of blood gives Thomas Tuchel a day to savour | Barney Ronay

Manchester City will still win the title but this was a win of genuine significance for Chelsea’s German coach

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theguardian.com 265 days ago
Tuchel in his element as tactical gambit gives Chelsea early edge | Barney Ronay

Tuchel in his element as tactical gambit gives Chelsea early edge | Barney Ronay

In Madrid, Chelsea’s manager showed once again how good he is at managing these one-off occasions

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theguardian.com 279 days ago
Conspiracy of nihilism suits Chelsea and pragmatic Thomas Tuchel | Barney Ronay

Conspiracy of nihilism suits Chelsea and pragmatic Thomas Tuchel | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s manager set up his team in such a way as to give Porto no hope and can now picture a Champions League triumph

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