Bernardo Silva In A League Of His Own

Bernardo Silva In A League Of His Own

Watching the games between the best teams in the league by a country mile this season, one player stood out over both fixtures. No, it wasn’t the Professional Footballers Association and Premier League Player of the Year, Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool. Nor was it the player football writers deemed to be the best in Raheem Sterling of Manchester City.  While Bernardo Silva didn’t exactly warm the bench last season, his minutes were limited in the Premier League and Pep …
Vague ‘Manchester United Way’ A Sure Road To Failure

Vague ‘Manchester United Way’ A Sure Road To Failure

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend. ‘That’ goal in the 1999 Champions League final confirmed his place in club folklore and his association with a successful Sir Alex Ferguson side got him his current job as manager. The opportunity to ingrain himself further with the fans has been presented and if he does turn the fortunes of a floundering institution around, a statue at Old Trafford could be in the works. It is a humungous task that he …
Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

In May 2004, Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after fourteen years in the top flight. The three-time champions of England had made a place for themselves in the top five every year but one since 1997 and appeared in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2001. This was, therefore, an unexpected fall from grace. The club had invested heavily to attain domestic and European success but built up huge debts which spiralled out of control. Relegation …
Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Time. How often do football managers invoke the need for more of that precious commodity to do their jobs? A philosophy developed over years and possibly decades needs an extended period of time to be that all-pervasive influence that courses through the veins of every person at a football club. One might tire of it eventually as was the case with Wengerball at Arsenal but the biggest nightmare for a manager is for the ideology to be rejected before an …
The Seagulls or Bluebirds - Who Will Soar To Survival?

The Seagulls or Bluebirds - Who Will Soar To Survival?

Author: Ashley Munson The Premier League season is rapidly approaching the end, the Champions will be one of runaway pair Manchester City or Liverpool and the other two sides likely to make up the top four are wide open for debate as three London clubs – Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea – battle with Manchester United for qualification to the biggest club tournament in world football. For today though, we're going to cast our focus to the less glamorous end of …
Premier League 2019 Title Race Breakdown

Premier League 2019 Title Race Breakdown

The EPL title race between Liverpool (82 points, five matches remaining) and Man City (80 points, six matches remaining) is coming down to the wire. The defending champions, who can regain top spot in the table on Sunday with a win over Crystal Palace, remain the betting favourites at -165 to win the title, while Liverpool is +135 according to My Top Sportsbooks. The Reds moved into first place briefly on matchday 10, and then held onto top spot on …
Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

In his final season at Chelsea, captain John Terry made only nine league appearances as Antonio Conte eased him out of the firing line on the way to winning a Premier League title. While his on-pitch role had reduced, Terry was still valued by the manager and his teammates for his leadership off it and he put his frustration behind him to help coax performances out of a talented group of players. In the process, he became the first player …
The Signing This Season’s Also-Rans Desperately Need

The Signing This Season’s Also-Rans Desperately Need

The most important signing at Manchester City in modern times was made in October 2012. The Premier League side have played some of the most sumptuous football ever seen on English shores in the last couple of seasons under Pep Guardiola. The Catalan had been courted by the club’s Emirati owners for a long time before he eventually joined in 2016 and his arrival has elevated the club’s performances to another level. The framework for these displays, however, have been …
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