Dave Hendrick

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 14

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 14

Fourteen matchdays are in the books and the table is still looking very condensed. At the top and bottom, teams are separating themselves. For good and bad reasons. At the top, Liverpool may have decided it's time to turn it on and canter away with the title. Having finished last weekend second on goal difference, they now sit four points clear at the top, while at the bottom Sheffield United are five points adrift of West Brom despite picking up …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 13

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 13

It's almost Christmas, and the Premier League season is racing by at a rate of knots. Some Premier League teams have just had their first midweek game of the season and will now find out what they're really made of with another round of games this weekend. It's all well and good playing well every weekend, but can teams with thin squads cope with games every 3-4 days as they will experience over the next three weeks or so? This …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 12

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 12

Matchweek 12 is in the books, and there's no rest for the Premier League as we are set to roll straight into Matchweek 13 starting Tuesday night. Over this past week we saw some good football, some bad football, some expected results and some surprising results. We witness players making good decisions and turning in good displays, we witnessed players making bad decisions and turning in stinkers, and then we witnessed Granit Xhaka. The less said about him the better, …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 11

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 11

Waffle The Good Lampard learning from past lessons Frank Lampard out-managed Marcelo Bielsa this past weekend, there's no two ways about it. Yes, he has a very better squad of players at his disposal but so did Pep Guardiola and he couldn't do to Bielsa and Leeds what Lampard and Chelsea accomplished. This was the fifth meeting between the two managers, the first with Lampard as Chelsea manager, and up to now Bielsa had very much had the upper hand. …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 10

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 10

In a season that has given us goals, controversy, shocks, shocking defending and injuries by the dozen, Matchweek 10 provided it all and lots of entertainment to boot. Of the ten games, nine of them were good games of football for the neutral. Chelsea vs Spurs was the only dull game, but even then the tactical battle between Lampard and Mourinho was interesting. From managers sniping at each other through the media, to Des Kelly stumbling over his words trying …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 9

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 9

The international break swept through the football calendar like a tornado and in it's path left a trail of destruction. Between injuries and positive Covid-19 tests there was a massive group of players who were perfectly healthy the last time their clubs saw them who returned unable to play in at least one game, and in some cases unable to play again this season. What the logic was in forcing players to play so many games in a short space …
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Matchweek 8

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Matchweek 8

We've reached the second international break of the season, and we can now pause and reflect on what we've seen so far in the 20/21 Premier League season. It's all been a bit mental. It's hard to decide whether Southampton being fourth or Sheffield United and Burnley being the bottom two is more surprising. It's impossibly to figure out what was the most surprising result of the season thus far. Everyone has at least one loss, zero teams have a …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 7

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 7

Another week in the books, a whole bunch to talk about. Let's not waste words, let's just jump right into The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Matchweek Seven. The Good Mikel Arteta, a man with a plan. Often when a young, unproven manager takes their first big job they will speak of their philosophy. Of their intentions to play possession based, attacking football. Of wanting to build from the back. And then as soon as they have a …
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