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France
Can Jardim, Monaco climb the Ligue 1 mountain again?
12:00 Tuesday 20th August 2019

Monaco's recent history is what every prospective owner wants from a football club and everything they dread. Les Monagasques' past three campaigns under the stewardship of Dmitry Rybolovlev can be summed up as follows: Developed a…

Premier League
Why Eriksen should heed Bale and Coutinho's warnings before ditching Tottenham
17:00 Tuesday 11th June 2019

A major blow was dealt to Tottenham Hotspur recently when Christian Eriksen announced plans to move on this summer. The Dane’s confession came only three days after Spurs’ heartbreak in the Champions League final. He told reporters,…

France
What happened to Aleksandr Golovin at Monaco?
08:00 Wednesday 22nd May 2019

When Russia started the World Cup in 2018 as the lowest ranked team in the tournament (70th in the world), not much was expected. A string of poor results in friendly games heading into the competition led many to think the Russians…

Champions League
Can Lyon affirm Champions League spot with a win at resurgent Monaco?
17:00 Sunday 24th February 2019

Third-place Lyon are in Monaco tonight. Four points behind Lille OSC in second, three beyond arch-rivals St Etienne and Olympique de Marseille for the final Ligue 1 Champions League spot going into the weekend, Les Gones might have felt comfortable.…

France
How Mark Twain explains AS Monaco
11:00 Sunday 10th February 2019

A good soap opera features irrationality, greed, betrayal, villains, heroes unexpected plot twists and, of course, sex. Other than the sex, AS Monaco's 2018/19 season qualifies as a soap opera.  Interloper Dimitry Rybolovlev serves…

France
AS Monaco right to sack Thierry Henry?
12:00 Tuesday 29th January 2019

To put it bluntly, Thierry Henry’s time as AS Monaco manager was a disaster. The Arsenal legend picked the wrong team for his first managerial role. Leaving the comfort of being Belgium assistant boss to salvage a side that has put its…

Opinion
Should Chelsea move for Isco?
09:00 Thursday 6th December 2018

Isco Alcaron moves with the ball like a ballerina. The ball is always glued to the Real Madrid midfielder's feet. He has been an undeniable success at the Santiago Bernabeu following a big-money move from Malaga in 2013. He has been a crucial…

Premier League
Sarri-ball: How Maurizio Sarri is getting his midfield wrong
08:00 Thursday 29th November 2018

Before the season began, Chelsea had nine central midfielders on payroll. You read that right. Nine. Maurizio Sarri's first impulse on his late arrival was loan out Tiemoue Bakayoko, ostracise Danny Drinkwater and offer Ethan Ampadu…

Premier League
Is there a hole in Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea squad?
12:00 Sunday 26th August 2018

Chelsea breezed through Premier League Matchday 1 with a 3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town but the Blues hard-earned victory against Arsenal on Saturday at Stamford Bridge left many questioning whether Maurizio Sarri's Blues…

Premier League
Premier League Preview: The problem with supporting Chelsea is always having to say you're Sarri
09:00 Wednesday 8th August 2018

Chelsea finished their title defence a meagre fifth after throwing away several last-ditch chances to claw their way back to the Champion's League spots. With entry into the Europa League and head coach Antonio Conte sacked, 2017/18 was…

Premier League
How will Cesc Fabregas' potential last season at Chelsea go?
17:00 Sunday 8th July 2018

You can’t take it away from him. Cesc Fabregas is among the best tactically intelligent midfielders who ever played the Premier League. Kudos to Arsenal but, no English club reaped the fruits of Fabregas’ talent as much as Chelsea.…

Premier League
Chelsea's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Midfield
15:00 Sunday 8th July 2018

Antonio Conte’s first year at Chelsea was championed by him securing N’Golo Kante from then title holders, Leicester City. Along with Nemanja Matic, Kante formed the focal point of a controlling midfield that expanded and contracted…

World Cup
Cesc Fabregas says Lionel Messi is better because he isn't
15:30 Saturday 23rd June 2018

Hypothetical situation. Your partner comes home from work in a foul mood and doesn't want to talk. Eventually, you tease out the problem. The main rival at work has been given the promotion your partner desperately wanted. Maybe the rival…

World Cup
The World Cup snubbed XI: Stars not heading to Russia
09:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

International managers all have some ridiculously tough decisions to make, although picking a squad for a major tournament is easily among the worst. Does he opt for a side that is loaded with the best players and hope he can figure a way to…

World Cup
Top 10 Premier League players snubbed for the World Cup
09:00 Friday 1st June 2018

The World Cup is very much around the corner. Some nations are still deliberating over which players merit selection. Others, such as England, France and Spain, have already locked in their 23-man squads.    Every footballer dreams…