Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the …

Modern football kits are stretching credibility they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarn In 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch entirely through the medium of dance. Darrells ballet is historically pretty accurate, James Kennedy wrote in his review for the Guardian. The events, as here transmuted into classical dance, did (more or less) happen. Why …

Guardiola slams crazy schedule as City players set to miss start of season

Pep Guardiola has claimed footballs crazy schedule could kill our players and does not want Manchester Citys resting international squad members to return to training too soon Pep Guardiola claims footballs crazy schedule could kill our players and does not want Manchester Citys resting international squad members to return to training too soon. City are without a number of players on their pre-season tour of Asia because of summer commitments in international tournaments. Sergio Agero, Nicols Otamendi, Fernandinho, Ederson and …