• RB Leipzig Rise Through The Hate To Become A Stable Power In German Football

    During Pep Guardiola’s three year stay at Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga title was won, defended and retained as they flexed their footballing and financial muscle over the rest of Germany’s top flight. Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg all took turns in their attempts to dethrone the Bavarians, but eventually fell short after failing to compete with the quality and depth in Bayern’s ranks. But as Guardiola left for pastures new, a new set of challengers with a unique story would be the next outfit to tackle the high and mighty – RasenBallsport Leipzig. ...

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  • Is Jurgen Klopp Redefining The Liverpool Way?

    It was a jibe delivered with more incision than anything that preceded it on the pitch. Only David de Gea’s save from Joel Matip was remotely as memorable. Some 90 minutes later, Jurgen Klopp took aim at Jose Mourinho and said: “For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool but it's OK for Manchester United.” For once, Mourinho did not conjure the snappiest soundbite. The aftermath of the Anfield stalemate was dominated by talk of the Portuguese’s defensive gameplan. As local rivals tend to claim moral as well as footballing superiority, it gave Liverpool a chance to clamber on to the higher ground. ...

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  • Tottenham Travel To Madrid, Gather Up The Benefits, And Head On Up The Mountain

    Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid felt significant. Not just in relation to potentially qualifying from Champions League Group H, but as a reference point for the future. For the players who took part, there's certainly value in knowing that an opponent's literal superiority doesn't have to lead to defeat. With the right tactics, discipline and execution, the odds can be upset and favourites can be derailed. It's a rather trite observation, but that's partly because it's one rarely justified, instead becoming one of those predictable, throw-away remarks made whenever clubs of a certain size achieve an unlikely result.  ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Jack Wilshere Must Make The Most Of His Belgrade Opportunity

    It took less than five minutes for Arsenal fans to sing Jack Wilshere’s name at Vicarage Road. The midfielder was sat in the dugout directly behind Arsene Wenger, where he would stay until the 82nd minute when frantically readied in response to the Gunners losing grip on the game. ...

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