Robin Bairner

 
Robin Bairner • RBairner French Football Expert
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Football expert specialising in French and Scottish football. Contributor to Goal, Football Index, as well as FootballCritic.

Articles written by Robin Bairner

Serie A

Juventus 3-1 Lazio: Ronaldo left in reserve as Morata strikes a double

Cristiano Ronaldo was a substitute in the Juventus team that secured a comfortable win to keep their Scudetto hopes alive.

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Player Ratings

Lionel Messi: Player Rating and performance v Osasuna

The Argentine was instrumental as Barcelona kept their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win in Pamplona on Saturday.

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Player Ratings

Mason Mount: Player Rating and performance v Liverpool

The midfielder gave another virtuoso display as Thomas Tuchel's outstanding start as Chelsea boss continued at Anfield.

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Premier League

Premier League must review the ludicrous handball law that could relegate Fulham

Scott Parker's side were denied a point by a decision that was correct by the letter of the law but not in the spirit of the game.

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Predicted XI

Pedri suffers injury blow - How Barcelona could line up against Sevilla

After a 2-0 win over the same opponents at the weekend, Barca are suddenly hopeful of qualification in the Copa del Rey.

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Player Ratings

Real Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad Ratings: Vinicius saves Los Blancos

Vinicius Junior's late equaliser secured a point for Los Blancos - but it was an unsatisfactory night at the Alfredo Di Stefano

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Player Rating

Lionel Messi: Player Rating and performance v Sevilla

Barcelona secured a landmark 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday that keeps their title hopes in La Liga alive - and the Argentine starred.

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Premier League

Game changer: Did Brighton suffer from the worst piece of refereeing of the year?

Lee Mason gave a demonstration on how not to make a decision as Brighton played WBA in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Ligue 1

Arsenal loanee Saliba has a tough night even as Nice beat Rennes

William Saliba has performed well in Ligue 1 since returning on loan from Arsenal, but his outing on Friday proved more difficult.

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Player Ratings

Man City 2-1 West Ham Player Ratings: Ruben Dias superb again

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over in-form West Ham.

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Player Ratings

Man Utd target Andre Silva stars for Frankfurt even in Werder loss

Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a blow in their aspirations for reaching the Champions League next season, but their hitman continued his hot form.

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Ligue 1

The next Benzema? Nice ace Gouiri matches Real Madrid man’s record

Amine Gouiri is enjoying a remarkable season with Nice and shone as they defeated Rennes 2-1 away from home on Friday.

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Player Ratings

Man Utd 0-0 Real Sociedad Player Ratings: Shoretire sets record on European debut

Man United had few problems as they eased into the last 16 of the Europa League on a record-breaking night for Shola Shoretire.

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Player Ratings

Arsenal 3-2 Benfica Player Ratings: Saka shines to save Gunners' season

Bukayo Saka was again Arsenal's ace as they secured a dramatic passage through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Player Ratings

Cristiano Ronaldo: Player Rating and performance v Crotone

Cristiano Ronaldo kept Juventus' Serie A hopes burning with a brilliant individual display against struggling Crotone.

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Premier League

Concussion substitutes in the Premier League: What are they and how are they used?

Premier League clubs are trialling concussion substitutions, which are being implemented in a bid to aid long-term player health

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Champions League

Why Atletico Madrid's slump is even worse than it appears

Atletico Madrid have found themselves out of form lately - and the numbers do not suggest a quick recovery for Diego Simeone's side.

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Player Ratings

Southampton 1-1 Chelsea Player Ratings: Mount preserves Tuchel's unbeaten start

Chelsea had to come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Southampton, with Takumi Minamino having given the hosts the lead.

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Player Ratings

Memphis Depay sends Lyon top in impressive Barcelona audition

Netherlands international Memphis Depay continues to be linked with a summer transfer to Barcelona - and he is catching the eye with Lyon.

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Player Ratings

Raphinha continues to prove himself as a £17m bargain for Leeds

Signed from Rennes in the summer, Raphinha continues to turn in exciting performances for Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds Utd.

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Player Ratings

Benfica 1-1 Arsenal Player Ratings: Saka stars for Gunners

Mikel Arteta's men had to settle for a share of the spoils against the Portuguese side in their Europa League clash in Rome.

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Player Ratings

Bruno Fernandes: Player Rating and performance versus Real Sociedad

Bruno Fernandes was at his brilliant best as Manchester United took a big step forward in the Europa League against Real Sociedad.

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Player Ratings

Kylian Mbappe: Player Rating and Performance v Barcelona

The France star produced a virtuoso performance to score a hat-trick and eclipse Lionel Messi as PSG stormed to a 4-1 win at Camp Nou.

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Premier League

Mendy or Kepa? Tuchel reveals who Chelsea's No.1 is

Speaking after Kepa kept a cleansheet against Newcastle in the Premier League, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed his plans for the goalkeeping position.

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Player Ratings

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle Player Ratings: Werner breaks his duck

Chelsea continue to roll along nicely under Thomas Tuchel, with a 2-0 win over Newcastle marked by redemptive performances from Timo Werner and Kepa.

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