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Zaid Pathan

A huge fan of Peter Drury's bombastic post-goal narration and an ardent football follower since his teens, Zaid believes the beautiful game is the best mode of escape from the daily hustle and bustle. He particularly loves to watch the Premier League and wants English clubs to dominate Europe again.

Life may or may not be beautiful, but football surely is.


Total articles: 111

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Premier League
How can Spurs cope in Kane’s absence?
08:01 Tuesday 7th January 2020

When Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur languished in 14th with just three victories from 12 Premier League games. Now, seven weeks and nine league games later, Spurs rank sixth, that many points off the…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Five Golden Goals
08:00 Wednesday 25th December 2019

On the fifth day of football, UEFA gave to me Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Happy Christmas and welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's…

Premier League
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Liverpool and Manchester City
08:01 Saturday 21st December 2019

On the first day of football, the FA gave to me Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures, our writers will look back on the 2019 calendar…

Premier League
What's going wrong at Bournemouth?
12:00 Wednesday 11th December 2019

Since their promotion to the Premier League four years ago, Bournemouth established and consolidated their status as a top-flight club. Expectations on the South Coast club aren’t that lofty but we’re in a generation when everything…

Premier League
Spurs not an easy turnaround for Mourinho
08:01 Saturday 30th November 2019

It’s been just a week. Regardless, many observers are gushing over the effect Jose Mourinho's appointment has on the Tottenham Hotspur squad following Mauricio Pochettino's dismissal. Obsession regarding Mourinho is understandable…

Managerial News
Manchester United far from Pochettino's sole option
09:00 Thursday 21st November 2019

That’s how it is in modern football for managers. One bad spell and all your hard work over the years is overlooked in a matter of days. Mauricio Pochettino is the latest manager to realise there is no such thing as job security anymore. Tottenham…

Premier League
Can Spurs challenge for top-four without Pochettino?
19:30 Wednesday 20th November 2019

To dare is to do. The Tottenham Hotspur motto. Well, for the supporters crying #PochOut after every negative result, Daniel Levy didn’t just dare, he did it. Mauricio Pochettino was shown the door by Tottenham Hotspur. Hopefully,…

Premier League
Can Manchester City break their Anfield jinx?
09:00 Sunday 10th November 2019

Manchester City travel to Anfield hoping to cut their deficit to three points. History isn’t backing them. City have failed to register a win at Anfield for 16 years and the League leaders have made their home a fortress. Crystal Palace…

Premier League
Should Firmino and Salah’s form concern Liverpool?
08:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

To sum up Liverpool’s recent Premier League form, you needn't look further than their frontline. From 2017-19, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah breached all defences and sent countless defenders to the psychologist’s…

Premier League
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Control vs dynamism
14:00 Sunday 27th October 2019

When it comes to balance and depth, it doesn't take much convincing to agree Liverpool have perhaps the best squad. That’s why Jurgen Klopp wasn’t bothered about the Reds' lack of summer transfer activity in the summer.…

Tactics
Could switching to 4-3-3 work for Spurs?
08:01 Saturday 19th October 2019

Tottenham Hotspur began an upward curve when Mauricio Pochettino took over in 2014. Now, in his sixth year in charge, they've gone over a precipice. Is it stagnation? Apart from moving to a new stadium, everything has remained…

European Championships
Should Southgate start Harry Winks?
08:01 Monday 14th October 2019

Since their semi-final exit from the World Cup last year, many believed that the Three Lions were headed in the right direction. The Nations League represented an opportunity to take it a step further but they couldn't get past the…

European Championships
Can Iceland hurt an already wounded French side?
12:00 Friday 11th October 2019

Iceland take on France Friday evening in a Group H Euro 2020 qualifier. Expect an intriguing encounter. Surprisingly, Turkey lead the group on 15 points. The World Cup champions are second on head-to-head records. Iceland aren’t…

Managerial News
Sacking Pochettino only makes things worse for Tottenham
08:01 Tuesday 8th October 2019

Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip recorded a song called Boots and Hearts, noting that the two items had something in common. When it starts to fall apart, Man, it really falls apart. Mauricio Pochettino should have the tune on his playlist.…

Premier League
Will Poch ever break his trophy curse?
11:31 Saturday 28th September 2019

The midweek defeat against fourth-tier Colchester United not only extended Spurs’ woeful away record but ousted them from the EFL Cup far too early. Mauricio Pochettino will shrug off the importance of a secondary domestic competition…