The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Mourinho's United signings: The good, the bad and the ugly

Mourinho's United signings: The good, the bad and the ugly

It's no secret that Manchester United spent big in the summer in an attempt to recapture the success which had made them one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager in May 2016 and he got straight to work, signing Eric Bailly in the hope of improving United's central defence. He followed it up with big-money moves for Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as a high-profile signing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Mourinho's four …
Where Next for Alexis Sanchez?

Where Next for Alexis Sanchez?

Things haven't been looking positive for Arsenal recently. They were thrashed 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday night - putting a dent to their top four hopes and their star player watched from the sidelines for the majority of the game. It was following an apparent bust-up between Alexis Sanchez and some of his senior teammates which doesn't bode well for fans. Sanchez has been Arsenal's best player this season but the club may be forced to wave goodbye to him …
The “Outstanding” Manolo Gabbiadini’s Journey to Southampton

The “Outstanding” Manolo Gabbiadini’s Journey to Southampton

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Jose Mourinho has been rarely known to praise opposition players on the pitch. But apparently that is exactly what the Special One did on Sunday night during the League Cup final. As the Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini was leaving the field after scoring a brace, which actually should have been a hattrick, Mourinho shook his hand and according to the player, called him “outstanding”. As his team was on course to becoming the …
Three years to win the league

Three years to win the league

When asked about the dismissal at Leicester City of the incumbent FIFA Coach of the Year and Premier League winner, Claudio Ranieri, Luis Enrique shrugged his shoulders and said, "This is our job. I do not remember how things worked before, but now it's like that. If you do not agree, you can leave the trade; otherwise you have to accept it." He should know what he is talking about, plying his trade in a league where the average tenure …
How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

Chelsea have consolidated their position at the top of the league after making it eleven successive victories in the Premier League. After back-to-back defeats earlier in the season against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte decided that the 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't working out. The Italian opted to move to a 3-4-3 system that he has become known for during his coaching career. There have always been doubts in England about formations containing three at the back and that caused some to …
Paul Pogba – An £89 Million Mistake?

Paul Pogba – An £89 Million Mistake?

Manchester United fans were in high spirits in the summer of 2016. They had good reason to be. Earlier in the summer, their club had already made its two most important acquisitions – a guarantee of becoming the champions again in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (champion in every league he has competed in) and another certainty of future greatness in Jose Mourinho – the “Special One”. By August 9th they had added another big name to the list – …
Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

These two sides will be the last to kick off their campaigns on Monday night, as West Ham travel to Chelsea for the first London derby of the season. It will be Antonio Conte's first match in charge and West Ham offer a difficult test for the Italian. The visitors have already played competitive fixtures this season as they have had to play in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, which could mean they are fitter than Chelsea going into …
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