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Tactics
Could switching to 4-3-3 work for Spurs?
08:01 Saturday 19th October 2019

Tottenham Hotspur began an upward curve when Mauricio Pochettino took over in 2014. Now, in his sixth year in charge, they've gone over a precipice. Is it stagnation? Apart from moving to a new stadium, everything has remained…

International
On John Stones and the risk of playing from the back
17:00 Monday 10th June 2019

Playing from the back is the new mandate in football. ‘Anywhere will do’ has gone from sensible to foolish almost overnight. Ice hockey went through the same transition a few years ago. Dumping and chasing into the opponent’s…

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
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…

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…

Tactical Analysis
How Mario Mandzukic Is thriving as Gonzalo Higuain's natural successor at Juventus
12:00 Wednesday 10th October 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo's signing represents a historic coup for Juventus. Acquiring the icon designated the Bianconeri as European heavyweights courtesy his Champions League bona fides. Such status previously eluded the Old Lady despite…

Tactical Analysis
Who are Manchester City's best XI?
09:00 Saturday 1st September 2018

In terms of talent and squad depth, no Premier League club matches Manchester City. The Champions strut immense quality in every department. Pep Guardiola knows how to manage a squad but his dilemma in choosing his best XI is often glaring. With…

Tactical Analysis
How would Chelsea line up under Maurizio Sarri?
17:00 Thursday 19th July 2018

It’s an all too familiar tale now – Chelsea will start another season with a new manager at the helm. As is usually the case when this happens, it’s perceived as a breath of fresh air. We’ll take that at face value.…

Tactical Analysis
What happened to the art of defending? 
11:00 Sunday 11th March 2018

Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Bobby Moore, Ronald Koeman, Carles Puyol, Fabio Cannavaro, John Terry. The roll call of great defenders isn’t likely to inspire young minds. The FIFA generation can’t relate to the impact these players…

Tactical Analysis
The pressure-eluding midfielder: the most important position in football
20:00 Friday 16th February 2018

As I sat down on a cold Wednesday evening to watch Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, I was expectant of a high-quality match. Madrid have won three of the past four Champions Leagues; no team has scored more goals that PSG in this year's…

Tactical Analysis
3 ways Arsenal can defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley
09:00 Friday 9th February 2018

Despite being known as Arsenal’s inferior, younger sibling, Tottenham has seemingly come of age in recent seasons. Last season they finished above the Gunners and since Mauricio Pochettino took over the reins, there’s been a subtle…

Tactical Analysis
Meet Sergej Milinković-Savić, the future star everyone is talking about
17:00 Wednesday 10th January 2018

There seems to be a new era of talented players taking Europe by storm. Even though names such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Eden Hazard continue to dominate front pages and transfer rumours, there are other players that are…

Opinion
4 Reasons Chelsea needn't panic
09:30 Wednesday 16th August 2017

Should Chelsea panic after dropping its season opener at home to Burnley? Do you rush to the ER with a hangnail? Here are four reasons why life will go on at the Bridge.  Many football fans are like children. Time has no meaning. Past and future…

Editors Thoughts
At Gold Cup, rich get richer
21:00 Wednesday 19th July 2017

Last week, CONCACAF's disciplinary committee forfeited French Guiana's result against Honduras and banned Florent Malouda from the tournament for playing in the Gold Cup while ineligible. This week, the big nations were permitted to upgrade…

Opinion
Selling their soul didn't pay off for Barcelona in El Clásico
16:45 Sunday 4th December 2016

It took the full ninety minutes but this weekend's renewal of El Clásico at the Nou Camp proved there isn't much to separate Barcelona and Real Madrid on the pitch. Los Blancos were the aggressors with the clearer chances in the first half…