The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

For Pep Guardiola, what will be the biggest concern right now? His team has just moved back to second position in the Premier League, closing the gap with Chelsea to eight points. Manchester City are scheduled to take on the most prolific goal scorers in Europe’s top leagues – AS Monaco – on next Wednesday night. But before that, City have to take on the Championship side Huddersfield Town in a FA Cup match on Saturday. And amidst all of …
EPL: Are Referees and Linesmen ruining the beautiful game?

EPL: Are Referees and Linesmen ruining the beautiful game?

"The best League in the world"..."The most entertaining league in the world" Terms flouted about on a regular basis by pundits and analysts when describing the English Premier league. But can it really be called such, when the referees and linesmen get it so wrong, so often? Maybe they also want to add to the excitement.... Maybe they're just useless. The latter seems more closer to the truth. Best League...worst Match Officials  How many offside goals were allowed this season …
Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

Mane Vs Sterling - A Statistical Comparison

When Raheem Sterling left Liverpool in the summer of 2015, he did not just leave behind disgusted fans, he also left behind a giant hole in the form of a pacy winger and a good goal scorer. Indeed, the then 20-year old had been the main reason why the Reds could finish sixth in 2014-15 despite the entire season feeling like a hangover from the heights of 2013-14. That Liverpool did not immediately fill the void, made sure his absence …
Raheem Under Pep Is Of Sterling Quality

Raheem Under Pep Is Of Sterling Quality

Raheem Sterling’s career should be divided into a ‘pre-Guardiola’ and ‘post-Guardiola’ phase to just understand the extent to which he has improved under Manchester City’s freshly appointed manager. Sterling has been remarkably brilliant for City so far. He has scored two goals and three assists in his four appearances, and he can break through the toughest of defences, with an average 3.7 dribbles per game. In fact, those might be the best numbers of the tournament at this point. There …
Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho - Whose Changes Yielded Better Results?

Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho - Whose Changes Yielded Better Results?

Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United officially kicked on as the Red Devils took on AFC Bournemouth and thrashed them to a 3-1 victory at the Vitality stadium. Last season also, their last fixture was with Bournemouth and they had the exact same score-line. Ever since then, a lot has changed both on and off the field for United, and the result? Clearly visible. They say that a good manager is the foundation of any victorious team – …
Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Anti-intellectualism is embedded in the psyche of football fans in this country and it is a huge reason why our success on the international scene has been limited. The problem is showed best by the reaction to Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager. He is by no means a bad manager, but his reputation as an innovative one is over the top. Allardyce did embrace new technologies over a decade ago during his successful spell at Bolton, but the game has …
Sane the Sahne for City?

Sane the Sahne for City?

Just to clarify, Sahne is the German word for cream and as such is my justification for such a shaky play on words in the title. The use of the German word cream is apt though because Leroy Sane really is the cream of Germany’s up and coming attacking talent. His signing from Schalke 04 in a deal potentially worth up to €50m (around £42m) is both a gamble and a coup for Manchester City. As I’ve written before here …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
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