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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…

Premier League
What should Manchester United do with Alexis Sanchez?
09:00 Sunday 19th May 2019

Alexis Sanchez made his name with Udinese in Serie A. The young Chilean's flash on the wing complemented Antonio di Natale's consistency in the box. He earned a move to Barcelona but soured on the Nou Camp after just one season. Moving…

Premier League
The three sides of Manchester United's 2018/19 Premier League season
08:00 Sunday 12th May 2019

Robert Evans was a legendary Hollywood producer for Paramount Studios. His fingerprints can be lifted from dozens of Hollywood’s best films, including Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown. In his autobiography,…

Managerial News
The Wanted One: More than one club desperate for Jose Mourinho
09:00 Wednesday 8th May 2019

When he first arrived England in 2004, Jose Mourinho anointed himself “the Special One”. Time has mercilessly beaten and reduced that nickname to a rusty old signpost. Tongue-tied and shoved forcefully into the job market by…

France
Why Paris Saint-Germain needs to hire Jose Mourinho
08:00 Thursday 2nd May 2019

Managers getting snubbed is a popular phenomenon in football. It’s endured by even the most decorated of personalities. One gaffer who recently received the cold shoulder is Jose Mourinho. In the aftermath of Santiago Solari’s nightmare…

Premier League
Manchester United no longer on the right side of history
08:00 Wednesday 1st May 2019

Manchester United are the Premier League’s Jeremy Corbyn. They don’t ignore anti-Semitism or have ties to terrorist organizations and sympathizers. Nevertheless, the Red Devils lean too far to the left and, while they shouldn’t…

Premier League
Manchester United's road form no yellow brick road
08:00 Monday 22nd April 2019

At this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should adopt a Scottish terrier, name him Toto, go to sleep, and wait for a tornado to transport the Carrington training complex to Oz. His Manchester United squad need brains, heart and courage. Especially…

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…

Champions League
Ode to Diego Simeone
12:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle reluctantly. He’s even more reticent about booking players. All that paperwork, I guess. Whatever his reasons, Kuiper’s forbearance makes for a fluid game. Juventus began their Champions…

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
Does Paul Pogba care too much?
08:00 Monday 18th February 2019

It's said you can't please everyone. I have an ex-wife and therefore know this to be true. Paul Pogba plays for Manchester United whose fans are only too happy to confirm the statement for him. We all know Jose Mourinho made the…

Premier League
Is Victor Lindelof finally finding his feet at Old Trafford?
09:00 Thursday 7th February 2019

In two-and-a-half seasons at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho never found his ideal centre-back pair. Known for his conservative approach, he bought Eric Bailly in his first season, Victor Lindelof the next. Fans were convinced the duo's…

Tactical Analysis
How Stephen Hawking explained the central midfielder
17:00 Wednesday 6th February 2019

Arguably, the most impressive human being to live a full life in the chronological sense was Stephen Hawking, the noted physicist. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease that slowly paralyses the body. He was given…

Premier League
Three positions Manchester United must improve to kickstart next season
08:00 Thursday 31st January 2019

Jose Mourinho's transfer woes at Manchester United were well-documented. Two years ago, the club failed to sign Ivan Perisic for allegedly refusing to meet his £50 million release clause. Rumours now point the Croatian World…

Tactical Analysis
Do some players just rub managers the wrong way?
08:00 Monday 28th January 2019

We all encounter people we just can't stand to be around. Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is marry them. When you and your partner have different ideas about everything, it's difficult to build a functional let alone lasting…