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Premier League
Has Frank Lampard unlocked Ross Barkley?
08:44 Tuesday 10th March 2020

Jersey #8 was made iconic at Chelsea because one man chose to perform great exploits on the football pitch while wearing it. There’s precious little to say about Frank Lampard’s immaculate Chelsea career [as a player]. Such high…

Premier League
Has Chelsea ruined N’Golo Kante’s career?
09:01 Monday 3rd February 2020

Here’s a pop question for you. Is N’Golo Kante still the best defensive midfielder in the world? He was, between 2016 and 2018. Now, uncertainty usurps confidence. While Kante still struts about in his usual demeanour, questions…

Spain
Why Ngolo Kante to Real Madrid makes sense
09:00 Wednesday 15th January 2020

Everyone remembers when N'Golo Kante burst onto the scene during Leicester City's fairytale Premier League campaign in 2015/16. He was at the heart of that title run. Covering every blade of grass, nullifying opposition attacks,…

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
Will N'Golo Kante return to his best under Frank Lampard?
17:01 Thursday 18th July 2019

Playing out of position is something that happens to many players throughout their careers as different managers come and make changes to teams' line-ups in order to fit into their respective systems. While some manage to adapt and…

Premier League
Pep Guardiola keeping his enemies closer
08:00 Thursday 14th February 2019

Pep Guardiola has the annoying habit of praising opposing managers who attempt to play on the front foot against Manchester City and get waxed for their trouble. Last season, City dusted off Arsenal 3-0 twice in the space of four days. In his…

Premier League
Leicester City: The outlier's curse
09:00 Friday 8th February 2019

When Leicester City won the league in 2016 under Claudio Ranieri, it was a special moment in the history of the club and English football. The Foxes went against all odds to emerge champions in a league that was widely dominated by a select…

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…

Premier League
Should Jorginho be hated or loved?
15:00 Friday 1st February 2019

Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-0 in December. However, it wasn’t their first victory over the Cityzens this season. Winning Jorginho’s signature was the Blues first big blow to their rivals. Following the Italian’s £50million…

Premier League
Chelsea's Eden Hazard getting huge help from the unlikeliest of sources
15:00 Thursday 13th December 2018

Around six weeks or so ago, I wrote about Eden Hazard's undeniable brilliance not being enough to fire Chelsea to a Premier League crown, singling out players like Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Willian as potential superstars who had…

Premier League
Lucas Torreira only just getting warmed up at Arsenal
08:00 Tuesday 11th December 2018

Every team can use an N'Golo Kante, can't it? A player who breaks up opposing attacks, hassles and harries foes from the word go, and drives forward when necessary. Arsenal found their Kante this summer in Lucas Torreira. The defensive…

Premier League
Sarri-ball: How Maurizio Sarri is getting his midfield wrong
08:00 Thursday 29th November 2018

Before the season began, Chelsea had nine central midfielders on payroll. You read that right. Nine. Maurizio Sarri's first impulse on his late arrival was loan out Tiemoue Bakayoko, ostracise Danny Drinkwater and offer Ethan Ampadu…

Premier League
Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea squad forging a mutually beneficial arrangement
12:00 Sunday 4th November 2018

Maurizio Sarri is a changed man at Chelsea. He’s not only given up a ridiculous chain-smoking addiction but also developed a special admiration for the club. Sarri’s incredible start shows he’s aiming for a lengthy stay in…

Premier League
Is there a place for N'Golo Kante in Sarri-ball?
09:00 Sunday 16th September 2018

N'Golo Kante is a phenomenon. Irrespective of which team you support, that's a fact. The entire football world agrees.  Adding to his mystique, the beast on the pitch turns into a tame mouse away from it. Mild-mannered reporter…

International
FIFA FIFPro World XI: Which players merit selection?
09:00 Thursday 13th September 2018

In the footballing galaxy, September is defined by three events; international window, Champions League and FIFA Best Awards. Of the trio, it can be argued the latter is most eagerly anticipated. Over the past decade, attempting to oust…