Are Manchester United In A Title Challenge?

Are Manchester United In A Title Challenge?

By winning at Turf Moor on Tuesday, the Red Devils top the Premier League table for the first time since the opening day of the 2018-19 season. Given that they played the first game that weekend with Bournemouth bettering their result only a few hours later, only the most diehard supporter would have drawn any comfort from that brief stay at the summit. Manchester United eventually finished thirty-two points off the champions, Manchester City, come the end of the season. …
Should Frank Lampard be given more time at Chelsea?

Should Frank Lampard be given more time at Chelsea?

Chelsea are approaching a crossroads with Frank Lampard. The Athletic reported that the club have started to make plans for life without the legendary midfielder. They have looked at potential replacements, due to their recent slump in form. It has started to quieten down since the weekend, which suggests he will be given a few more weeks to turn the club around and get back to winning ways. The recent improvements shown by Manchester United and Arsenal do show that …
A Fabinho-Shaped Hole In Midfield For Liverpool

A Fabinho-Shaped Hole In Midfield For Liverpool

Where would Liverpool be this season without Fabinho? It is plain for everyone to see. As soon as the Brazilian was hooked off at the end of the first half against FC Midtjylland last week, the Danish team were all over the Reds like a bad rash. The previously ineffectual Sory Kaba terrorized a young backline as the home side chased an equalizer first, and then a winner. It says a lot about the qualities of a player when he …
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. …
Analysing Paul Pogba's decline at Manchester United

Analysing Paul Pogba's decline at Manchester United

Manchester United are facing a huge Christmas period as their short-term future is in the balance. Their Champions League elimination will have been met with disappointment, as they had control of the group following the first two matchdays. Prior to the match against RB Leipzig, Mino Raiola have an unhelpful interview about the future of Paul Pogba, which would have annoyed those at Old Trafford. The Frenchman was left out of the starting eleven on Tuesday, but he may have …
Analysing Tottenham's defensive improvement under Jose Mourinho

Analysing Tottenham's defensive improvement under Jose Mourinho

Tottenham may have been spoken about as a 'pony' in the title race by Jose Mourinho, but they are quickly developing into a very good team. The focus has been on the form of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane for good reason. The pair are set for their best individual seasons. However, the defence has been quietly improving in the background. At his peak, Mourinho was known as a coach that organised a defence well and made his teams difficult …
Analysing Diogo Jota's explosive start at Liverpool

Analysing Diogo Jota's explosive start at Liverpool

It has been a dream start for Diogo Jota at Liverpool with the Portuguese attacker emerging as one of the most in-form players in Europe. When the signing was announced, it was seen as one to strengthen the squad, but he is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. Although there has been disappointment caused by defensive injuries, results have continued to be impressive and their summer signing has been central to their early success. There is no …
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 …
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