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Emotional Rob Baxter laments wife’s absence from Exeter’s great day – The Guardian

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says the Champions Cup triumph is the greatest achievement in their history and wishes their families had been there to celebrate

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Sam Simmonds, named European player of the year after Exeter defeated Racing 92 to win the Champions Cup, has his sights on a double as the Chiefs celebrated what their head coach, Rob Baxter, called the greatest achievement in the Devon clubs history.
This is massive for us, said Simmonds, whose brother Joe captained the side and kicked the late penalty that ended Racings comeback. We have the chance of a double next week when we play in the Premiership final and that would be a huge achieveme…

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Ross Barkley reveals Aston Villa ‘surprise’ after Chelsea loan transfer – Birmingham Live

Ross Barkley has scored two goals in as many matches since joining Aston Villa on a season-long loan move from Chelsea towards the end of the summer transfer window…

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Ross Barkley has been blown away by his new Aston Villa teammates after watching them battle against relegation from afar last season.
The midfielder has made an instant impact since joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea at the end of September with two goals in his first two matches.
Having scored on his debut in the 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool before the international break, Barkley grabbed a late winner against Leicester City last time out to extend Villa’s perfect start to the Premier League.

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Liverpool’s defensive frailty might about to be eased, and one player is key reason why – Liverpool.com

Virgil van Dijk was the team’s main aerial presence, but Klopp may have to rethink his strategy for defending dead balls, with certain players providing key insight…

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It took just eight minutes. From the first set-piece Liverpool faced after Virgil van Dijk was substituted at Goodison Park on Saturday, they conceded a goal.
To make matters worse, Michael Keanes header came from a location that the Reds defensive master would probably have been occupying. Its not that Liverpool didnt concede goals from dead-ball situations when Van Dijk played, of course, but his influence was clearly illustrated in the goals against figures. Between 2009/10 and 2016/17, the…

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Liverpool’s £113m Champions League incentive as prize money set to be slashed – Liverpool Echo

Clubs will see a drop in revenue from the competition over the next five years

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When Liverpool marched their way to Champions League glory back in 2019 they also pocketed a near £100m windfall as well as holding aloft a European crown for the sixth time.
Back then, in those halcyon days before coronavirus wreaked havoc on football’s finances, Liverpool were the beneficiaries of an enhanced financial package from UEFA that saw them take home home some £27m less than they did for their trip to the final 12 months previous when they were beaten by Real Madrid in Kiev.
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