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Chelsea vs Arsenal: A combined XI

Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in this year’s FA Cup final having experienced polar seasons; Chelsea has romped to the league, whereas the Gunners have stuttered and stalled. An FA Cup would ‘save’ Arsenal season – save is used loosely, here, for it has been an overwhelmingly disappointing year for Arsene Wenger’s men. Chelsea, however, is looking to complete a historic ... Read More »

The unbeaten run is finally over for Manchester United

Manchester United

And the award for the most pointless unbeaten run goes to…Manchester United. Only in England could a team be 7th, go on a 25 match unbeaten run and still be 5th when it ends. If you look at United’s record in this run, it’s clear where the issue is: attack.  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 »

Cesc Fàbregas must start for Chelsea against Crystal Palace

Cesc Fàbregas' game is perfectly suited for Chelsea's match against Crystal Palace

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea resume their title march this afternoon, hosting Crystal Palace. The Blues will look to maintain their ten-point lead atop the table. A rejuvenated Palace have climbed to sixteenth place in the Premier League, on twenty-eight points, four clear of Hull City in eighteenth. While the Eagles are a team still very much in trouble, they will prove a strong test for Chelsea. ... Read More »

Arsenal can expose Manchester City’s weaknesses

Pep Guardiola

On Sunday, Arsenal welcome free-scoring Manchester City to the Emirates. The match not only has major top four implications but will also impact Arsène Wenger’s tenuous future. The French manager has been under immense pressure, losing four of his last five league games. Defeat at Pep Guardiola’s hands would ultimately end Arsène’s reign, leaving a gaping hole in North London. To ... Read More »

Dear Jose, Please Don’t Play Three At The Back

Manchester United

Dear Jose. My name is Ayyaz Malik and I am a football fan and not just a Manchester United fan. I am 30-years-old and have had a love of the beautiful game for two decades. I want to address some issues that I have in regards to your tactics in an open letter. Read More »

Three weaknesses of Liverpool that Arsenal can expose on Saturday.

On Monday night Liverpool succumbed to a resurgent Leicester team, now they lock horns with another big team in Arsenal on Saturday. This match holds massive knock-on implications for the competition for top 4 places, Liverpool currently sit in 5th only 1 point behind the Gunners. Read More »

What did Ranieri do wrong?

The footballing world and even beyond all scratched their heads in disbelief. The current coach of the year (if not decade) has been sacked only 9 months on from masterminding one of the greatest sporting achievements in history when guiding relegation fancied Leicester City to premier league glory. Read More »

The death of possession football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Possession football was easily the best tactic introduced in the last decade. Many teams had been playing a ‘keep ball’ system prior to Barcelona and Spain’s rampant successes with the style but has possession football lost its edge? Read More »

Tottenham’s terrible tactics

Mauricio Pochettino got his tactics all wrong on the weekend. There is little point in lamenting the frailty of your players’ mentality if they aren’t set up correctly. Spurs played right into Liverpool’s hands and in doing so demonstrated a woeful lack of experience and maturity. Read More »

The sports science revolution

Football has taken bigger steps forward over the past 10 years than it has ever done. The influx of money from astronomical TV deals, foreign investors and increased coverage have brought the most popular sport on the planet to new levels. Read More »

Taking Marco van Basten seriously

Opening minds in this day and age is even more difficult than unlocking a defense with ten men behind the ball. Those who fear globalization and climate legislation may force uncertain change in their lives are gaining political power, threatening to stagnate society into a dull existence of losses and nil-nil draws that will eventually relegate humanity to self-extinction. Accepting new challenges in ... Read More »

Has Marco Van Basten been watching too much hockey?

In recent weeks Mr Van Basten, the FIFA Technical Director, has put forward a number of proposals to improve the game we all love. Strangely, his proposals are extremely similar to the current game of field hockey, the second most popular sport in the boss’ home country. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide. Read More »

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