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Italy
Can Luciano Spalletti open Juventus to Champions League possibilities?
09:00 Saturday 25th May 2019

Serie A bears a striking resemblance to playground football. Bear with me. I’m not disparaging Lega Calcio’s quality at all. Nor am I taking a dig at all the ugly name calling and crude mimicry that rains down from the stands although…

Premier League
Why is Chelsea failing the eye test?
09:00 Friday 24th May 2019

Last year, West Ham chief scout Tony Henry lost his job for categorising African players as “troublemakers”. He admitted the club avoided signing them after a bad experience or two.  Once Henry was sacked, the furore subsided…

Opinion
Why Max Allegri should top every managerial shortlist
15:00 Monday 20th May 2019

Massimiliano Allegri is a careful man. Everything that he does is meticulously planned, pored over and executed with a precision that precludes spontaneity. Thorough planning and attention to detail is a trait common among Italian managers.…

Italy
Is Antonio Conte the right man to take Roma forward?
09:00 Friday 10th May 2019

The rumours and speculations were finally laid to rest when Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Roma in March. The former Sassuolo manager moved to the capital city club in 2017 after excelling with the Black and Greens whom he led to a sixth-place…

Spain
Diego Costa red cards Atletico's title hopes
08:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

Playing a crucial role in winning two Premier League titles in three years usually places a squad member in high regard. Diego Costa is the exception to the rule. He left Chelsea prematurely in 2017, three years into his five-year deal…

Premier League
Can Michy Batshuayi solve Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea woes?
12:00 Friday 29th March 2019

Maurizio Sarri sent Michy Batshuayi on loan shortly after taking the Chelsea reins this past summer. When players score the crucial goal that delivers a league title, repeated loans aren't the path they expect their career to take.…

Opinion
Olivier Giroud gives perfect answer to critics
13:00 Sunday 17th March 2019

Lack of goals threatened Maurizio Sarri’s future in the Chelsea dugout early into his reign. The Italian manager resorted to desperate measures to solve the problem. First choice striker Alvaro Morata had to go, even if it was just on…

Germany
Niko Kovac proving the wrong man for Bayern Munich
12:00 Friday 15th March 2019

An uncharacteristic poor start to the season left many wondering if Niko Kovac was the right manager for Bayern Munich. The reigning Bundesliga champions have dominated German football for a long time now. Having become used to relatively easy…

Transfers
Can Chelsea hold onto Eden Hazard beyond the summer?
08:00 Thursday 14th March 2019

Eden Hazard has been the main man at Chelsea for several years now. Having played under Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri, the different managers have depended on the Belgian to lead the team to excellence. He has usually…

Italy
Tiemoue Bakayoko enjoying AC Milan as Chelsea's midfield struggles
09:00 Wednesday 13th February 2019

Tiemoue Bakayoko came a long way in the last few seasons. A fan favourite in Monaco, he was a key part of the Ligue 1-conquering midfield that stunned Unai Emery's four-time defending Paris Saint-Germain champions. When the dust…

Premier League
Maurizio Sarri, Antonio Conte: Two sides of the Chelsea coin?
12:00 Friday 1st February 2019

Just when you think the Premier League is a flat track for bullies, the small clubs fight back. In matchday 24's midweek fixtures, the top six produced a meagre eight points from a possible 18. Arsenal and Tottenham won their games although…

Premier League
Has Maurizio Sarri been set up for failure?
12:00 Monday 28th January 2019

Chelsea came into the 2018/19 season more unprepared than they've been in years after enduring a turbulent season in which Antonio Conte’s future disappeared faster than an elephant in a David Copperfield illusion. Well, not…

Tactical Analysis
Do some players just rub managers the wrong way?
08:00 Monday 28th January 2019

We all encounter people we just can't stand to be around. Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is marry them. When you and your partner have different ideas about everything, it's difficult to build a functional let alone lasting…

Premier League
Has Sarri already made a big mistake at Chelsea?
08:00 Saturday 19th January 2019

Here’s a short story you should know well. In 2016, a certain Italian gaffer journeyed to England to manage Chelsea. He blew everyone away with his pragmatic tactics and boisterous goal-celebration. Then he topped it all off by winning…

Italy
No one can stop Juventus in Italy
16:07 Saturday 22nd December 2018

The Old Lady keeps getting younger every day, it would seem. Juventus are on course for their eighth consecutive league title but the worrying sign is that the teams that are meant to compete with them are simply not up to the challenge.…