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Can Antonio Conte deliver for the second season in a row?

Antonio Conte

Since the arrival of Antonio Conte, Chelsea has really turned things round. Since the Italian manager joined they managed to win the Premier League. They also only lost just five games all season. Chelsea tallied 30 wins out of the 38 games which led them to their 6th English top tier league title. Read More »

Casemiro and Asensio demonstrate the value of cheaper players alongside more illustrious stars

While it was Ronaldo with the brace, let's not forget the goals from Casemiro and Asensio who were relatively cheaper players for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid may have become the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League trophy since it was re-branded in 1992, and their 4-1 defeat of Italian Serie A title holders Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday evening offered proof that expensive purchases may help in winning Europe’s most prestigious football club tournament, but other less valuable players can also be ... Read More »

Real Madrid: GOAT?

In a titanic Champions League clash, two historic and contemporary giants traded blows. Real Madrid won by a knock-out. Is this team now the GOAT?

It was a titanic Champions League clash. Two historic and contemporary giants traded blows on the world’s biggest stage. Real Madrid won by a knock-out, overpowering, dominating its opponent. The fashion in which Madrid swept to glory deserves to be compared with the greatest performances in history. It places Los Blancos among the greatest teams in history, maybe even GOAT. Read More »

Counterattack is football’s populist movement

For all the praise lavished on positive football over the past decade, the tactical balance of power has shifted back to strong defending and counterattack.

The Leave Campaign’s victory in the Brexit referendum, Donald Trump gaining the White House, and the legitimacy afforded Marine Le Pen in the French elections highlight populism’s global revival. This week, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Progressive policies are being challenged by those clinging to the “tried and true.” The same holds true in ... Read More »

Champions League final – Combined XI

Champions League combined XI

Real Madrid and Juventus meet in a titanic Champions League final showdown on 3rd June. Both teams boast immense squad depth and an enviable talent circulating their ranks – it is set to be an enthralling final, where, truly, two of the best teams in Europe lock horns.  Read More »

Three things learned from Champions League semifinals’ first legs

After the Champions League semifinals' first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Here are three reasons why.

After the Champions League semifinals’ first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Two teams have probably already reserved flights, their players, coaches, and support staff pushing holidays back by an extra week or so. Real Madrid dismantled its city rivals in a way no side has been able to in Europe in seven seasons. Meanwhile, Juventus’ wily veterans efficiently defeated ... Read More »

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