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Premier League
Not the best week for Premier League goalkeepers
08:01 Friday 13th March 2020

How many times have you heard it said goalkeepers are a breed apart? It isn’t a lie. The game's last line of defence exerts tremendous pressure. No one minds your back when you fluff your lines. The ball nestles in the back of the…

Premier League
Is it time everyone forgives Kepa Arizabalaga?
19:00 Wednesday 19th February 2020

How the calm and harmless-looking Kepa Arrizabalaga manages to make headlines for the wrong reasons is quite bewildering, to say the least. Is he easy on the eye but difficult to deal with, or are we misjudging again? We’re all outsiders…

Premier League
Do Chelsea have a Kepa problem to solve?
15:00 Saturday 25th January 2020

There’s a goalkeeping problem brewing at Chelsea. Sure, Kepa Arizzabalaga’s tuned up Superman mode a few times to save his side this season. But his growing personal disappointments are beginning to take a toll on their campaign.…

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,…

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…

Spain
Should Kepa start over De Gea?
17:00 Sunday 8th September 2019

Robert Moreno repeatedly insists he has no first-choice goalkeeper in the Spanish national team. His preference for Kepa Arrizabalaga in four successive matches contradicts that claim. The question is whether we should second-guess…

Spain
Is Spain's new golden generation taking shape?
15:01 Sunday 8th September 2019

Spain’s road to redemption has been rather treacherous. Following World Cup embarrassment last summer, Luis Enrique was brought in to steady to ship. Personal reasons forced him to leave in June. He recently revealed the tragic death…

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…

Premier League
Who will be Frank Lampard’s untouchables?
09:00 Saturday 13th July 2019

Effective decision-making is a prerequisite for every successful manager. Astuteness, ability to strategize, motivate players and control the dressing room count for plenty as well. They must also possess the nous for winning mind games,…

Features
Iker Casillas rolling back the years at Porto
12:00 Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Iker Casillas could have retired after spending 16 successful years with Real Madrid. The legendary Spanish goalkeeper won almost all there is to win in football with the club and the Spanish national team. So at the ripe age of 34, he could…

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
Can Chelsea make sense of the Kepa substitution row?
08:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

Kepa Arrizabalaga stunned the football world when he refused to be substituted in extra time's final minutes during the League Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City. For a club under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently,…

Premier League
Can Kepa Arrizabalaga replace Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea?
15:00 Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Chelsea announced the club-record signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for €80million. The Blues triggered the release clause just after Thibaut Courtois left for Real Madrid. This deal also included Mateo Kovacic…