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Premier League
BeIn Sport must be stopped
17:00 Tuesday 14th January 2020

At last count [2018], the United Kingdom’s population stood at 66.44 million. When Stadium Maps ranked the 2019/20 Premier League sides by their Facebook followers, the combined total came to 267,986,614. Even though a few million of…

Italy
Can the new sturdy midfielders revitalise Napoli?
12:01 Tuesday 14th January 2020

New management, same old results. The miserable cycle doesn’t end for Napoli. As their former gaffer tackles a new burden in the deep blue of Merseyside, the new one tears his hair out trying to fix the problems. Gennaro Gattuso’s…

Premier League
Does Chelsea need a creative playmaker in January?
17:01 Friday 3rd January 2020

As Frank Lampard must’ve discovered, there are upsides and downsides to opting for a youthful front-line. Tammy Abraham’s coming-of-age stands a shining example of his managerial strengths. But Chelsea’s attacking…

Premier League
Blue It: Why are Chelsea struggling to string together results?
12:00 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Chelsea’s poor performance against Everton wasn’t surprising to ardent Blues fans. Even at their absolute worst, Everton’s uncanny ability to morph into 1970 Brazil for one game against their London counterparts,…

Premier League
Are Chelsea over Eden Hazard's departure?
08:00 Tuesday 26th November 2019

Chelsea endured a rollercoaster ride last season, concluding the campaign on a high note. Finishing third was a pleasant surprise but winning the Europa League was the main deal. The Blues dominated London rivals Arsenal in Baku to win the…

Capital One Cup
Were Norwich the perfect Chelsea tune-up for Manchester United?
08:01 Wednesday 30th October 2019

I am convinced that on some level, even if it was only subconscious, most of the Love United, Hate Glazers mob were rooting for Norwich City to run riot over the Red Devils at Carrow Road. The Canaries green and yellow kit recalls the old Newton…

European Championships
Are Mancini's Azzurri true blue?
09:01 Monday 14th October 2019

When Josh King put away Norway’s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday, snatching a draw at the death against Spain in Euro 2020 Group F after England had lost the previous night in Prague, only two perfect nations remained in the qualifying…

Premier League
Jorginho proving Chelsea fans wrong
09:01 Thursday 10th October 2019

Maurizio Sarri didn't expect such a rough ride when he left the San Paolo for Stamford Bridge in 2018. Neither did his poster boy. Brazilian-born Italian international Jorginho was the midfield engine in Sarri's Napoli…

Italy
Has Roberto Mancini struck gold in Azzurri midfield?
09:00 Friday 13th September 2019

When Roberto Mancini signed as Italy’s manager, the Azzurri were in dire straits. Fresh off a shocking failure to qualify for the World Cup, it wasn’t the job for the light-hearted. Since then, he’s executed exactly what…

Premier League
Lampard following Sarri's tactics with N'Golo Kante
09:02 Sunday 18th August 2019

Any comparison between Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard is ridiculous. Both came to Chelsea with questions about their readiness to take on a top-six Premier League side but one had far more on his CV to justify the opportunity. The Italian…

Premier League
2019/20 Chelsea Premier League preview
17:00 Wednesday 7th August 2019

For Chelsea supporters, they're experiencing the dreaded feeling of heading into a Premier League campaign unable to sign new players.  Frank Lampard’s litmus test begins on Sunday when taking his Blues squad to square up…

Italy
Can Maurizio Sarri take Juventus to the promised land?
08:30 Saturday 15th June 2019

The football world never ceases to amaze. How quickly things change. Ten months ago, Maurizio Sarri moved to Chelsea, signing a three-year contract. Curiosity abounded as to how he would fare at Stamford Bridge. He had never won a trophy…

Italy
Has Tiemoue Bakayoko ruined his chances of a permanent AS Milan move?
08:00 Thursday 9th May 2019

Any footballer who starts a game on the bench would be delighted to get on the pitch as a substitute, right? Tell that to Tiemoue Bakayoko. AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso wanted him to replace Lucas Biglia in the first half of the match against…

Premier League
6 top flops from the 2018/19 Premier League Top 6
09:00 Tuesday 30th April 2019

The Premier League title starts as a six-horse race, a substantial part of the reason why the English top-tier is arguably the most competitive in Europe. Six teams hold this division by the scruff of the neck both financially and tactically.…

Football
Has Maurizio Sarri committed a mistake in buying Jorginho?
15:00 Tuesday 5th February 2019

Maurizio Sarri breathed a sigh of relief following Chelsea's 5-0 drubbing of Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The Blues announced their comeback in a striking fashion, post two consecutive defeats in the Premier League. Frenchman N'Golo…