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Andrew Dowdeswell

A sport obsessed 20 something who just really wants Arsenal to finally win the league. Please Wenger, what the hell happened to you?!

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Champions League
The Genius of Andres Iniesta in one cute reverse pass
16:45 Wednesday 21st February 2018

Chelsea had Barcelona in the palm of their hands. One goal to the good after Willian's shimmy, shift, and angled finish from the edge of the penalty area. Antonio Conte's tactical plan of deploying Eden Hazard to crowd the central areas…

Premier League
Pep Guardiola cannot have it both ways
13:00 Wednesday 21st February 2018

“But please protect the players. Not the Manchester City players, [all] the players. The only thing they can do is that: protect the players. Or it will happen again. The players are the artists and you have to take care of them. That’s…

Premier League
Romelu Lukaku: When service comes, so do the goals
09:30 Tuesday 20th February 2018

Romelu Lukaku has been much-maligned for his form at Manchester United this season. Sometimes fairly. Sometimes not. He has scored 12 Premier League goals, which is more than many may have realised. Perhaps he is only slighted due to the extraordinary…

Premier League
West Bromwich Albion: where character and commitment are difficult to find
19:00 Monday 19th February 2018

West Bromwich Albion are in trouble. They sacked relegation-staver Tony Pulis because of the trouble that they were in. The trouble, though, did not subside. In fact, if anything, it only intensified. They currently sit bottom of the Premier…

Fa Cup
Dele Alli dived but it was a penalty
12:00 Monday 19th February 2018

Rochdale boss Keith Hill was plainly, unashamedly, and oddly honest when asked about Dele Alli’s alleged dive to ‘win’ Tottenham Hotspur a penalty in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Sunday afternoon. ‘I won't hold…

Champions League
Liverpool: The perfect team for the biggest challenge
18:00 Saturday 17th February 2018

Liverpool can't win the Premier League. Until Jurgen Klopp's side improve defensively, they will never be crowned English champions. They lack the consistency to churn out the required results over a long, arduous, turbulent season.…

Tactical Analysis
The pressure-eluding midfielder: the most important position in football
20:00 Friday 16th February 2018

As I sat down on a cold Wednesday evening to watch Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, I was expectant of a high-quality match. Madrid have won three of the past four Champions Leagues; no team has scored more goals that PSG in this year's…

Premier League
Manchester City prove football is mind over matter
11:00 Tuesday 13th February 2018

The sweeping tika-taka style of Barcelona and Spain during the mid-noughties baffled many of football's more agricultural thinkers. Lump it long to the big man was gone. Little men doing performance art were in. Tiki-taka confused…

Did Sheffield Wednesday drop a clanger?
15:00 Thursday 8th February 2018

Carlos Carvalhal was only in the sack four days. Not only that, he emerged in a much higher station. Quite the turnaround. Initially sacked by Sheffield Wednesday on December 24th, a sad Carvalhal family Christmas was forgotten when Papai…

Premier League
Tottenham-Liverpool controversy proves one thing
08:30 Wednesday 7th February 2018

Spurs and Liverpool played out a phenomenally enthralling match on Sunday afternoon. In front of a raucous crowd, the top-four hopefuls punched and counterpunched their way to one of the season's most exciting, unpredictable, thrilling…

Premier League
Riyad Mahrez and Leicester: Pride comes before the fall
08:00 Saturday 3rd February 2018

Ambition is both an inspiring and infectious thing. It can drive some to wondrous achievements. It can drive others to despair and destruction. If tailored and tamed, ambition is a motivational tool that can bring astonishing change and…

Premier League
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah reveal Liverpool's flaws
08:30 Tuesday 30th January 2018

Liverpool fans are beginning to turn on Jurgen Klopp. The weekend marks the third consecutive time the Reds have faltered at the same early stage in the FA Cup. All three times having been (mis)managed by Klopp. After…

Womens Football
Phil Neville: The controversy deflects from the real issue
09:00 Saturday 27th January 2018

Social media is a world in which people can always be caught out. A politician came on BBC Radio 5 Live a few weeks ago, admitting as much. If an interested or opportunistic agent were to look hard enough, they would unearth controversial…

Premier League
Watford did one thing right with Marco Silva sacking
08:00 Thursday 25th January 2018

Watford was derided for sacking Marco Silva. Including new man Javi Gracia, the Pozzo family has hired 10 different managers since 2012. Watford's owners actually had the audacity to move on from Slaviša Jokanović after he guided…

England National Team
Rooney Rule morally wrong but a societal necessity
08:00 Friday 19th January 2018

The best person for the job. That should be the target for any organisation in any industry when they are hiring a new employee. It does not matter the role. It does not matter the person's background. It does not matter whether they…