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Premier League
Can a new centre-back rescue Manchester City's season?
08:00 Monday 18th November 2019

Pep Guardiola is paying dearly for his decision not to replace Vincent Kompany in the summer. The Belgian's departure left a huge void in the Manchester City squad - that would have been difficult to fill anyway. Yet, signing even a semi-decent centre-back…

Premier League
How will Rodrigo's injury affect Manchester City?
09:01 Thursday 24th October 2019

It was a sign of what was to come when Leroy Sane suffered a long-term injury just 12 minutes into Manchester City’s first game of the season. So far, treatment table woes have been the story for Pep Guardiola as several key players…

Premier League
Does Pep Guardiola need to take emergency measures at centre-back?
08:01 Sunday 15th September 2019

When a club spends £150-200 million or more on players in each and every summer transfer window it’s difficult to feel sorry for them if they are hampered by a single player’s absence. Aymeric Laporte’s knee injury will…

Premier League
Can Laporte injury help Manchester City?
17:01 Thursday 5th September 2019

Manchester City have enjoyed anything but an inauspicious start to their Premier League title defence. They’re unbeaten and should’ve been leading the table; but for a VAR intervention against Tottenham Hotspur. However,…

Premier League
Will central defence cost Manchester City the title?
17:00 Tuesday 20th August 2019

Back-to-back Premier League champions, Manchester City secured the title by 19 points in 2017/18 and a narrow one point last season. Pep Guardiola’s team is predominantly built on a free-flowing, devastating attack yet defensive competence…

Premier League
Is John Stones ready to step up at Manchester City?
12:01 Thursday 25th July 2019

When Leicester City visited the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in May, it was a do-or-die affair for the home side. A resurgent Leicester under Brendan Rodgers had become a thorn in the flesh of the big six. But having also shocked…

International
On John Stones and the risk of playing from the back
17:00 Monday 10th June 2019

Playing from the back is the new mandate in football. ‘Anywhere will do’ has gone from sensible to foolish almost overnight. Ice hockey went through the same transition a few years ago. Dumping and chasing into the opponent’s…

England National Team
The hole in the middle of Southgate's England squad
17:00 Friday 7th June 2019

What is it about England and semi-finals, eh? The Three Lions had the opportunity to end their last four hoodoo in the UEFA Nations League last night, but once again, after starting well, England predictably handed it to their opponents on…

England National Team
Is Gareth Southgate working with best possible England squad?
10:00 Thursday 6th June 2019

England take on the Netherlands tonight at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques. Victory for the Three Lions in Guimaraes would secure a place in Sunday’s inaugural Uefa Nations League final, against hosts Portugal. Gareth Southgate announced…

Premier League
Is the cost acceptable when building from the back
09:00 Friday 14th September 2018

We've entered a new era in the beautiful game. Most teams now play with three or five in defence, changing how the game is played. The major annoyance is passing out from the back. Errors are harshly punished, begging the question…

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…

World Cup
England are through Group G; Can Three Lions roar in knockout rounds?
09:30 Friday 29th June 2018

England, for all the quality within their ranks, have been consistent underachievers on the international stage. Despite thi though, there is a surge in belief across the country. The Three Lions are finally starting to justify their…

World Cup
World Cup Group G: England, Belgium, Kane, Lukaku, time to settle this
12:30 Thursday 28th June 2018

The two European sides have all the pressure off them coming into the final game, having already secured a place in the last 16. This battle is about who'll clinch top spot in group G. Belgium and England were expected to cruise through…

Premier League
Manchester City's Squad Review: Who stays or goes in defence
15:00 Saturday 2nd June 2018

Manchester City had the best defence in the Premier League this season. In 38 matches, they conceded only 28 times. Praise was attributed largely to the rapid pressing once they lost the ball. However, the Citizens' back four did a…