• Walter Mazzarri On Borrowed Time At Watford

    On a grey, freezing January afternoon, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst those who descended upon Vicarage Road on Saturday. It had little to do with the icy breeze that buffeted the stadium. The news of Graham Taylor’s premature passing left Watford in mourning. Taylor, the club’s greatest manager, took the Hornet’s from the fourth division of English football to the top flight in five years and brought them up to the Premier League in his second tenure in the late 1990s. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Assessing The Statistical Worth Of Dimitri Payet and Diego Costa

    With Diego Costa and Dimitri Payet both dropped this weekend for wanting away, I have decided to look quickly at how important they are to their respective teams. With strong returns for goals, assists, and chances created, both players seem integral to the fortunes of Chelsea and West Ham; is it possible that both sides have become too reliant on their star men and, that with their departure, Chelsea could throw away the title and West Ham might spiral away towards the relegation battle? ...

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  • Paul Pogba’s Worth To Manchester United Isn’t In Dispute, Regardless Of His Liverpool Performance

    Paul Pogba was really bad against Liverpool. Really bad. Like, "give away a penalty, miss one of the best chances of the game and lose possession just shy of 30 per cent of the time you have the ball" bad. ...

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  • The Inside Track: Explaining Antonio Conte’s Post-Game Behaviours

    Antonio Conte wants his players to be hungry – and he leads by example, as we saw at the weekend. Bounding into his post-match press conference after an impressive 0-3 win at the King Power Stadium, the Chelsea boss did something which may once of have raised questions. Had a previous boss, or even an incumbent at a rival club, made straight for the cake stand – we would have wondered what he was trying to cover up. ...

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  • A Brief History Of: Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid

    We recounts Luis Figo's complex transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid, the rise of Florentino Perez and the beginning of the Galacticos.  ...

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  • Five Fringe Premier League Players Who Could Move This Month

    Half of the January transfer window has already passed and yet the Premier League looks more or less the same. Only six big signings have been made so far, perhaps reflecting a growing concern over “value for money” in this inflated window. ...

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  • West Ham Fans Have To Be Allowed To Mourn For Dimitri Payet

    East London cries bitter tears for Dimitri Payet. Trendy aspect of modern football though it may be, his decision to turn his back on West Ham has hurt the club. Part of the decoration around and inside the London Stadium is emblematic of the affection which has been extended to the French midfielder and, consequently, the apparent ease with which Payet is willing to move in will have stung the supporters, the owners and even his teammates. ...

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  • Manchester United, Liverpool, and The Long Ball PR Job

    After the match between Manchester United and Liverpool, the managers of the two clubs used the post-match tunnel interview to aim a little jab at the other. Jose Mourinho, often shade-thrower in-chief, suggested that it was nice to see that Liverpool can also play “defensively”. Jurgen Klopp, speaking after Mourinho, twice mentioned United’s use of “long balls” in his interview with Sky Sports. ...

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  • Marcos Rojo Proving A Short-Term Positive For Manchester United

    Of the fringe groups in Manchester United’s squad last season, perhaps the fewest expected Marcos Rojo to find form and consistency in the starting eleven under Jose Mourinho. His current partner, Phil Jones, was widely tipped for one final chance to overcome his injury problems and earn regular playing time for the club – and the arrival of Eric Bailly, the growth of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and the solid performances of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling firmly planted Rojo as close to last in line. ...

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  • Alexis’ Outburst Wasn’t Indicative Of Any Arsenal Tension

    No cynicism to Alexis’ outburst From any other player, it would have been extremely worrying behaviour. Withdrawn as a 79th minute substitute, Alexis Sanchez's reaction quickly veered from disappointed to downright distraught. What started as a puff off the cheeks became a full-blown sulk, as he sat on the bench enshrouded literally by a club coat but figuratively by a mist of misery. ...

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