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Spain
Why Zinedine Zidane won't drop Karim Benzema
15:01 Sunday 8th March 2020

Karim Benzema has not scored a goal for Real Madrid in his last 12 appearances in all competitions. That's a damning statistic for a striker expected to be the focal point of attack in one of the best club's in the world. Although his…

Champions League
Can Manchester City use troubles as motivation against Real Madrid?
17:00 Wednesday 26th February 2020

Manchester City have responded rather well on the pitch to their troubles off it. The soon-to-be-dethroned Premier League champions have won the two games since their Champions League ban without conceding a goal. A watertight defence…

Premier League
Manchester City fallout: Player exodus?
17:01 Sunday 16th February 2020

UEFA delivered a hammer blow of a Valentine to Manchester City on Friday. The two-year Champions League ban for alleged Financial Fair Play violations isn't a pebble dropped in a pond causing a mild ripple effect. It's a meteor impact…

Premier League
Much ado about nothing; Declan Rice handball more comedy than tragedy
12:01 Monday 13th January 2020

Last spring, a cross whipped into the Manchester City penalty area first found Fernando Llorente’s arm then the net behind Ederson Moraes. Tottenham’s long, lean Spanish forward hadn’t scored often as Harry Kane’s emergency…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Four calls blown
08:00 Tuesday 24th December 2019

On the fourth day of football, UEFA gave to me Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the…

Premier League
Did Solskjaer take a Christmas gift from under Guardiola's tree?
09:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Christmas, like Easter and, in North America, Thanksgiving, is meant to be a joyous holiday spent with loved ones. Often, though, tensions rise. In part, you’re not accustomed to spending full days with these strange, annoying people…

Premier League
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Liverpool and Manchester City
08:01 Saturday 21st December 2019

On the first day of football, the FA gave to me Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures, our writers will look back on the 2019 calendar…

Premier League
Is Gabriel Jesus ready to take the baton from Sergio Aguero?
09:00 Sunday 15th December 2019

A loyal friend who sticks with you through thick and thin is one of the sweetest things in life. Sergio Aguero has been that for Manchester City ever since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011. Still carrying the burden of City's attack…

Premier League
Should Guardiola focus on the Champions League?
08:00 Wednesday 11th December 2019

Is Manchester City’s title challenge over? Falling fourteen(!) points behind Liverpool after the derby loss to United perhaps says so. Of course, with the two-time defending champions, you can never say never. However, there is a…

Premier League
Does Anthony Martial need help?
09:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Romelu Lukaku’s departure opened up the path for Anthony Martial. With the number nine shirt back in his possession, this was supposed to be the season he'd transform into the goal-machine Manchester United envisioned upon signing…

Premier League
Are Pep Guardiola and Manchester City in self-destruction mode?
08:01 Monday 2nd December 2019

A costly 2-2 draw at Newcastle leaves Manchester City 11 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Ruthless, Jurgen Klopp’s men only dropped points once this season, to Manchester United. In 14 games, they've won 13…

Champions League
Is Raheem Sterling Manchester City's MVP?
08:00 Friday 4th October 2019

When Pep Guardiola moved to Manchester City three seasons ago, long-suffering fans anticipated good times. His success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich promised as much. But not even the most optimistic Sky Blue fan could dream their…

International
Are Argentina ready to move on without Messi?
16:00 Saturday 14th September 2019

It came as a surprise to many when Argentina made light work of Mexico in a recent friendly. La Albiceleste struggled in recent times to display the form that made the team famous over the years. Parading a five-time Ballon d'Or…

Football
How can Guardiola help Gabriel Jesus progress?
17:01 Monday 2nd September 2019

Though hasty job seekers don't usually think twice before jumping on any offer that comes their way, they deeply hope to work under a good employer who'll treat them well. If things go opposite, enduring the pain or running to…

Premier League
Will Tammy Abraham emerge as Chelsea’s main striker?
19:00 Wednesday 28th August 2019

In July, Frank Lampard returned to Chelsea after five years away. The Englishman, whose managerial reputation enhanced in his debut season at Derby County, walked into a difficult situation in which the Blues’ squad required a rebuild…