• Manchester City Cannot Keep Hiding From Their Defensive Problems

    Manchester City overcame AS Monaco at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening in a thrilling 5-3 affair, leaving many supporters in an understandably joyous mood. But Pep Guardiola’s men must consolidate their defensive frailties if they wish to seriously compete with the other elite European sides in the race for Champions League glory. ...

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  • Tottenham Could Regret Their Isco Hesitation For Years

    On December 1st 2016, Euan McTear wrote,  The scoreboard at the Estadio Vicente Calderón read 3-0 at full-time in the Madrid derby, with Real Madrid having humbled their neighbours to move even further ahead in the LaLiga table. Yet Atlético Madrid might not end up being the only losers from that night, as Tottenham Hotspur could come to regret that result and the fact that it further reduced their chances of signing Isco. ...

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  • Hull City’s New Ownership Must Emphasise Identity

     On October 21st, Raj Bains wrote, After several tumultuous years and what feels like weekly failed attempts to sell the club, Hull City finally appear to be on the verge of finding new ownership. With a conditional agreement in place with a consortium from the Far East, the Allam family look set to relinquish their ownership, putting an end to one of the more hostile relationships in the league. Having steered them towards promotion and invested heavily in the squad, the present issues between the current owners and the Hull fanbase are far more complex than just the state of on-field success, with identity at the heart of the falling out. ...

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  • Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Is A Victim Of His Own Ability

    On November 1st, Seb Stafford-Bloor wrote,  At the weekend, Sergio Aguero came roaring back to life. At The Hawthorns, he ended a run of six games without a goal with a first-half double, knifing an opener through Ben Foster, then fizzing a second into his top-corner. One, two...game over. From a technical perspective, that second was flawless. There are few players who can maintain such a low centre of gravity, who can manufacture scoring angles by themselves, and who can finish with such power and accuracy while also requiring minimal back-lift. ...

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  • Chelsea Have Made A Mistake In Recalling Nathan Ake

    Within the space of just one season, Antonio Conte has managed to transform Jose Mourinho’s depleted and uninspired Chelsea into the Premier League’s most organised and effective side. Yet still, despite all of these encouraging signs of what's still come at Chelsea, some things just don't change. Since 2010, Chelsea have twice been crowned winners of the FA cup, won the Champions League, the Europa League, the League Cup, and the Premier League twice over; but throughout all of this, one constant criticism that they can’t seem to shake off, is their reluctance to promote from within. Something that judging by their recent management of Nathan Ake, they still aren’t willing to change. ...

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  • Claudio Ranieri’s Sacking Was Understandable, But Timed Inexplicably

    It had been coming, despite nobody wanting to admit to it, Claudio Ranieri’s job had been on the line for several weeks. ...

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  • Manchester United Seek Familiar League Cup Starting Point

    League Cup fever is sweeping the nation! Well, okay, perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement, but for Southampton this weekend offers a rare shot at silverware. And for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, it is a chance to make definitive the notion that this team is building towards something. ...

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  • Pep Lijnders’ Ever-Increasing Importance to Liverpool Should Yield Huge Future Rewards

    Big news is never far away from Liverpool and even midweek, between a pair of weekends with no fixture, there’s always something to announce or discuss; most recently it has been the formal plan of the club to at last move to merge first team and academy training facilities. With no room at Melwood to incorporate the youth squads, Kirkby—where the academy is based—will be expanded and the seniors will move over for 2019/20, if all goes to plan. ...

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  • Mauricio Pochettino Needs To Feel Glory To Create It

    For all that has been positive under Mauricio Pochettino for Tottenham, one thing has been clear; success is measured in trophies and to date, Spurs haven’t truly accomplished anything. Their title chase is turning into a half-hearted determination to keep the side motivated but realistically, trophies are available elsewhere. The side have reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup and the (dependent on Thursday’s result) Europa League still poses a slim chance for grandeur. Not only do Tottenham need something to show for their growth spurt, but the man at the helm of it all, Mauricio Pochettino, needs to know what it feels like to become a champion. ...

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  • Massimiliano Allegri Is Arsenal’s Smartest Post-Wenger Option

    When Arsene Wenger and Arsenal do eventually part ways, be it this summer, or next summer, or the one after that, a number of exciting managers will be mentioned as potential successors to the Frenchman in the Emirates dugout. And then there will be Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian simply does not have the pulling power of his most respected contemporaries, something that is in part due to the circumstances surrounding his greatest achievements. ...

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