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Champions League
Is VAR ready for the Champions League?
12:00 Thursday 21st February 2019

Beginning with the Round of 16 matches, video assistant referees are part and parcel of Champions League officiating. The technology was applied in Rome and Amsterdam. The decision at the Stadio Olimpico was straightforward. Not so at…

Italy
Has Inter Milan made another transfer mistake with Nicolo Zaniolo?
12:00 Sunday 17th February 2019

Inter Milan has a long history of selling players that go on to achieve significant success in their careers elsewhere. It's been the case with household names like Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos, Dennis…

Italy
Atalanta: The surprise package in Italy this season?
12:00 Friday 8th February 2019

Beating Juventus 3-0 does not happen often, especially in domestic competition. So when a team accomplishes the feat, it deserves all the praise it can get. But Atalanta's thrashing of a high-flying Juventus side, parading a certain Cristiano…

Champions League
Will Juventus' Recent Slump crush their Champions League dream again?
08:00 Thursday 7th February 2019

Fantasy football is over for Juventus. Their uncontested grip on Italian football was forcibly broken by Atalanta, who knocked them out of the Coppa Italia for the first time since 2016. The 3-0 defeat serves as a wake-up call for Massimiliano…

Italy
Can Duvan Zapata make you forget James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao?
09:00 Friday 1st February 2019

When the Serie A season began, expectations were at a bare minimum for Duvan Zapata. After disappointing everywhere he went in Italy, hardcore fans considered him cursed. Gian Piero Gasperini disagreed. Now he and Atalanta are reaping the reward…

Italy
Can Inter Milan end eight-year trophy wait with Coppa Italia?
12:00 Thursday 31st January 2019

The last time Inter Milan won a trophy was the Coppa Italia back in 2011. It came after Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning achievement in 2010. Since then, the Nerazzurri have struggled to have any say both in Italian and European football…

Italy
No one can stop Juventus in Italy
16:07 Saturday 22nd December 2018

The Old Lady keeps getting younger every day, it would seem. Juventus are on course for their eighth consecutive league title but the worrying sign is that the teams that are meant to compete with them are simply not up to the challenge.…

Champions League
Champions League Round of 16 Analysis
15:00 Thursday 20th December 2018

The group stage complete, the draw held, the Champions League knock-out stages are set. Fans around the globe, by which I mean me, cannot contain their excitement. There are too many juicy matchups. Some teams fired up their respective…

Italy
Can Torino upset Juventus in the Turin Derby?
15:00 Saturday 15th December 2018

Forget Juventus’ record Scudetto. Don't be fooled by the Old Lady’s utterly boring Serie A hegemony. Never mind Cristiano Ronaldo and the other Bianconeri mercenaries. When it comes to the Turin derby, it all counts for little.…

Italy
Are the Nerazzurri poised to upset the Old Lady?
12:03 Friday 7th December 2018

On paper, Inter don't stand a chance. The Allianz Stadium is dread for any team. The Nerazzurri came away broken and battered after their last seven visits. It was difficult to score, let alone win. At the moment, Juventus’ confidence…

Champions League
Why Juventus are Champions League favourites
09:00 Friday 7th December 2018

It's a running joke in football. Play Juventus in the Champions League final and you're guaranteed to win. The Old Lady suffers more agony in Champions League and European Cup finals than any other club, most notably losing two…

Premier League
On Ronaldo, Pogba and apples falling from trees
08:00 Friday 7th December 2018

Apples and oranges. Supposedly, you can't compare the two because they're different. You need a sharp tool to peel and slice an apple whereas your fingers will do for the orange that comes conveniently presliced. There is no such thing…

European Football
Perfection ends with PSV and PSG dropping points
17:00 Thursday 6th December 2018

Back in mid-October, I took a look at five European clubs who were still sitting perfectly with 100% starts to their season. It seemed to work as a jinx for Juventus and FC Salzburg who both drew at home in their very next match, with…

Opinion
Social media in football: A curse and a blessing
17:00 Wednesday 5th December 2018

Modern footballers pale in comparison to players of old when it comes to application, discipline and mental toughness. Gone are the days when Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane couldn't stand the other's presence. Was it because they hated…

Football
Will this be David De Gea's last season at Manchester United?
08:00 Monday 26th November 2018

When David De Gea signed for Manchester United in 2011, many thought he'd be United's long-term goalkeeping solution following the legendary Edwin van der Sar's retirement. In the beginning, it's fair to say the Spaniard failed…