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Europa League
Gunners won't find Gli Azzurri easy targets at San Paolo
09:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Arsenal fans are smiling after their 2-0 first-leg victory over Napoli at the Emirates. Some may think their ticket to the Europa League semifinal is punched. There are few fortresses in football more imposing than Stadio San Paolo, however.…

Europa League
Can Arsenal exploit Napoli's defensive woes in Europa League?
12:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

Arsenal welcome Napoli in the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-final at the best possible time. The usually rugged, impenetrable Gli Azzurri wall has shown cracks. Although not at customary destructive best, the Gunners must find a way…

Football
Why great midfielders suddenly make great managers
17:00 Sunday 31st March 2019

Legendary figures chasing managerial seats after retirement isn't a rare sight in football. Despite hanging up their boots, the passion for kicking the round object still stirs in the soul. If they can't kick it in the literal sense,…

Italy
Rugged Franck Kessie becoming one of Europe's best midfielders
12:00 Tuesday 26th February 2019

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso faced numerous critics this season over the club’s inconsistent performance, especially early in the campaign when the side struggled to cope with both league and continental exertions. After exiting…

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…

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.…

Bundesliga
Why it's time for Bayern Munich to end Niko Kovac experiment
09:00 Tuesday 13th November 2018

Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munch appointment was a clear experiment. The Bavarians buried their ancient managerial ritual for the Croat. Prior, intermediate knowledge of the game and a playboy physique with kinky hair was grossly insufficient.…

Football
Is being a sacking club the way forward in modern day football?
12:00 Tuesday 16th October 2018

Being a 'sacking club' has built up quite the stigma around Europe with clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid routinely being criticised for not giving their managers sufficient time to turn a bad situation around. Looking back at the…

Bundesliga
Did Bayern Munich make a mistake with Niko Kovac?
12:00 Thursday 11th October 2018

It's not often Bayern Munich sit sixth on the Bundesliga table. The last time the Bavarians stuttered was at last season's beginning. Carlo Ancelotti was soon dismissed with alacrity even though things were not as bad as now. …

Italy
Can Napoli challenge Juventus under Carlo Ancelotti?
14:00 Saturday 29th September 2018

Juventus has had its way in Serie A for seven straight seasons. On each occasion, the Old Lady secured the Scudetto with relative ease. Napoli and Roma have been the closest challengers. Inter and AC Milan, two giants of Italian football, have…

Premier League
Why Manchester United should replace Mourinho with Nuno Espirito Santo
15:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

Manchester United have been found wanting in many things so far this season, but narrative isn’t one of them. Sir Alex Ferguson’s return to Old Trafford was a poignant reminder that there only ever used to be one story-line when…

Managerial News
Why do we ask whether a manager knows what it takes to win at this level?
17:00 Wednesday 8th August 2018

If you know your KFC, which is Kentucky Fried Chicken not Kensington Football Club, Colonel Sanders boasted a secret recipe comprising “a belnd of 11 herbs and spices.” Similarly, it’s a football manager’s job to…

Italy
How Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli can dethrone Juventus next season
12:00 Thursday 24th May 2018

Napoli were within sight of the Promised Land, yet couldn’t step foot inside. The Partenopei had never been so close in nearly three decades. Juventus’ six-year hegemony was seriously threatened. In the end, however, the Scudetto…

Managerial News
Is Carlo Ancelotti primed to manage Chelsea again?
12:00 Monday 14th May 2018

They say, that in football, that you never go back. Carlo Ancelotti, the great Italian manager that has won three Champions League titles is still out of work after being sacked by Bayern Munich back in September 2017. He has been linked to…

Premier League
Why Chelsea should find a way to keep Antonio Conte
17:00 Thursday 10th May 2018

In the last four league matches, Chelsea have found some of their old spark to reignite what was a foregone Champions League qualification race while some of their rivals have flattered to deceive. The likes of Tottenham and Liverpool, who…