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Champions League
2019/20 Champions League Preview
08:01 Tuesday 17th September 2019

In a throwback to the days of the British Empire, the Premier League dominated the football map in May and June, sending four clubs to the Champions and Europa League finals. Tonight, the rest of the world finally has a chance to answer the…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

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…

Fa Cup
Can Watford rain on Manchester City's treble parade?
08:00 Saturday 18th May 2019

Due to their dominance, Manchester City head into the FA Cup final as overwhelming favourites to complete an unprecedented domestic treble. Pep Guardiola’s oil-rich Citizens claimed the Carabao Cup in February with penalty-shootout success…

Premier League
What is a Premier League goal worth?
12:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Goals win games; defence wins titles. Recently, the adage metamorphosed into an argument on how to play the game rather than the intended lesson in maintaining a proper tactical balance. Keeping clean sheets is important. Opponents can’t…

Spain
Is Barcelona suffering from revisionist history?
12:00 Thursday 28th March 2019

To the victor goes the spoils, it’s said. The conqueror writes history. If the conquest is sufficiently supreme, he doesn’t even need to put pen to paper. The conquered will [mistakenly] remember that life was always as it was under…

Premier League
Raheem Sterling matures; silences critics
12:00 Wednesday 27th March 2019

Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling raised his game to another level on both stages in 2018/19. Pleasantly, he's also raised his game off the pitch. Ever since he forced his way out of Liverpool when just 20-years-old,…

Premier League
5 underrated Manchester City players this season
09:00 Saturday 9th March 2019

If Francisco Goya lived 200 years later, he wouldn't have been a Manchester City fan, nor even a Barcelona follower. The Spanish romantic painter was Aragonian and more likely to sport a Zaragoza kit. Regardless, the five players featured…

Managerial News
Positivity isn't easy in the Premier League
09:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

Both by design and demand, the influx of foreign managers to the Premier League bring with them a new brand of football. Some implement their tactics successfully. Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte rewrote the record books. Other managers struggle.…

Premier League
Money now dominates the Manchester Derby
09:00 Sunday 11th November 2018

As mentioned in previous ramblings, I didn't come to football until later in life. I grew up in Canada, played hockey in the street and schoolyards all year round, only kicking a ball during recess at school, where hockey sticks were…

Premier League
Mourinho and the art of wielding trust as a management tool
17:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

Consensus decrees managing an elite club’s a different kettle of fish. Why? The answer’s simple. Competition’s about proving yourself. Are you better than the rest? Players and clubs must always ask the question then seek…

Premier League
Premier League Preview: Can Manchester City do it again?
08:00 Thursday 9th August 2018

Manchester City tore the Premier League apart last season. Pep Guardiola masterminded a complete annihilation of the opposition as City left every other team for dead. Even second-placed Manchester United were so far behind they seemed to have…

World Cup
John Stones: A player reborn at the World Cup
17:00 Tuesday 10th July 2018

John Stones' relatively young career has been remarkably successful. The England international is only 24. He has played in the Champions League, won the Premier League and the League Cup. More recently, he has helped his country reach…

Premier League
Which Premier League top-six team will finish best of the rest?
09:30 Saturday 24th March 2018

With a 16-point gap between Manchester City and United, Pep Guardiola is breathing on the Premier League trophy. The chalice's caretaker is annoyed at having to continually polish the fog off the gleaming finish but he understands the Catalan can't…

Managerial News
Assessing The Claims That Guardiola Can Only Manage Top Teams
21:00 Friday 9th March 2018

It’s no secret that Manchester City are going to win the Premier League this season, having run riot on the league from day one, and this is of course due to Pep Guardiola’s tactical takeover. He did it at Barcelona, he did it at…