The Premier League is A Tough Test for Most Non-English Players

The Premier League is A Tough Test for Most Non-English Players

“Can Messi do it on a rainy, windy Tuesday night at Stoke?”. Almost every Premier League fan must have asked or heard  this rhetorical question at least once in the last few years. While this particular version of the question alludes to the physical game the Potters were known for under Tony Pulis and the English weather, what the fans are asking is – would Messi be as successful in the Premier League as he is in La Liga? There …
Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea will on the lookout for a 13th consecutive win in the Premier League when they host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve. The Blues will also be keen to stretch their six-point lead at the top ahead of Liverpool's game with Manchester City later in the day, a meeting of second against third. Chelsea's chances of earning three more points are boosted by the return of two key figures, striker Diego Costa and midfield destroyer N'Golo …
Liverpool vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool are going into Christmas Day in second place and they will be hoping to challenge in 2017. They have a great opportunity to record a high finish and should be more ambitious than simply finishing in the top four. Their opponents on Tuesday are Stoke and they are placed nicely in mid table after a poor start to the season. Mark Hughes has done a great job, but they now need to make the next step and challenge in …
The Premier League: Why it's still the best league in the world

The Premier League: Why it's still the best league in the world

Many football fans point to La Liga as the number 1 league in the world because of the technically superior aspects of the Spanish game. Some look to Germany's Bundesliga for the overall package ( Fantastic fans, marketing of brand, precision based football) Some fans strangely, even look to Serie A and Ligue 1 for it's "entertainment value." But the English Premier league is way ahead of all mentioned because it is a league where anything can happen, and, probably will. …
Arsenal vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On December 10th, Arsenal welcome Stoke City to Emirates Stadium.  After their decisive 5-1 win over West Ham last weekend, Arsenal moved into second on the back of their 13 match unbeaten streak in the league.  Since their loss at home to Liverpool, the Gunners have not lost, winning nine matches and drawing four.  Their strong run of form got them through their November curse and has them in title contention into December. Stoke City had an awful start to …
One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
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