The Undervalued Role Of Fernandinho At Manchester City

The Undervalued Role Of Fernandinho At Manchester City

Manchester City face Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, looking for their sixth-straight Premier League win. Consecutive thrashings of Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace were followed by their biggest statement of intent so far; a dominant 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola has no shortage of stars at his disposal and his attacking players have rightly garnered much attention in recent weeks.  Yet, sitting just behind this abundance of flair is Fernandinho, probably the first name on Guardiola's team-sheet every week. Instant Impact …
Liverpool's​ ​No.6​ ​Dilemma

Liverpool's​ ​No.6​ ​Dilemma

Often referred as a holding or a defensive midfielder, number six is arguably the most important position in football. Be it Pep’s tiki-taka, Conte’s three defender system or Klopp’s gegenpressing, the number 6 role is pivotal for any tactic. While other teams have Kante, Wanyama, and Fernandinho doing the job astutely well, Liverpool’s number 6 position has always been a spot of bother for them. Jordan Henderson was given the defensive role last season and did well before getting injured. Emre Can …
Leicester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

The last two Premier League champions will meet at the KP Stadium on Saturday as Leicester City host Chelsea. The former are unlikely to be competing at the top of the division during this campaign, but the current champions will have ambitions to retain their title. On deadline day, they signed Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta. The former was signed from this weekend's opponents and there is a possibility that he can reform his midfield partnership with Ngolo Kante. This …
Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will face Burney in their opening fixture of the season at Stamford Bridge, and after Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, Antonio Conte will expect his side to take all three points and get their campaign off and running in style. Last season the Blues faced Sean Dyche's side in their third game and came away 3-0 winners, which made it three wins in three for the Italian in charge. The Clarets were tipped for relegation but …
Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

In the simulation game Football Manager, if your club’s squad is too large and you have too many players out on loan then the simulated journalists ask you questions in accusatory tones. “Why are you hoarding players and not giving them opportunities?” “When will [this next prodigy] get to play for the first team?” and so on. But in real life, clubs and managers have to plan for a real future and hence develop a setup, where large number of …
All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea must love signing French midfielders in the middle of July. Especially those who have helped their previous teams register shock league victories. Last year on July 16 they had signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. He not only helped the Blues regain the Premier League title but also won the Premier League Player of the Year. So this year, on 15th July, Chelsea went to France and signed the 22-year old ball-winning midfielder Tiemoué from the Ligue 1 champions …
Leicester Sign Vicente Iborra from Sevilla: Spaniard Could Thrive in the Premier League

Leicester Sign Vicente Iborra from Sevilla: Spaniard Could Thrive in the Premier League

It is not usual for a Premier League champion side to finish in the lower half of the table in the following season. But then Leicester’s triumph in the 2015-16 season was also not a usual occurrence. That title win was built on the solid midfield performance of N’Golo Kante. But since the Frenchman was lured away by Chelsea last season, Leicester struggled a bit in the midfield, which along with several other reasons can explain why the Champions from …
How Chelsea Can Start Preparing for Life After Diego Costa

How Chelsea Can Start Preparing for Life After Diego Costa

The Premier League champions have made great strides under Antonio Conte and they were the deserved winners of the 2016-17 league campaign. Conte has certainly made his mark on the squad and he made a number of changes last season, including switches in formation and personnel. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso became important figures in the starting XI and David Luiz's return was capped off by a brilliant campaign. N'Golo Kante slotted into the midfield with ease and picked up …
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