Chelsea vs Ajax Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Ajax Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea have started the season in great form and have the opportunity to put themselves in a dominant position in their group on Tuesday night. Few expected Frank Lampard to manage the club to any success this season, but a top four finish and Champions League progression looks likely. They performed well against Ajax two weeks ago and were good value for their victory. The visitors made the semi-finals of the competition last season, providing a good early test for …
Ajax vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Ajax vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea are facing a difficult test in the Champions League, as they travel to face last season's surprise semi-finalists Ajax. The Blues have been praised for their approach this season, as they have hired a young couch in Frank Lampard, with the aim of bringing through the new generation at Stamford Bridge. They may have been forced into the approach, due to a transfer ban. However, there is no arguing against the early success that the club has enjoyed. On …
Ajax vs Tottenham - Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Ajax vs Tottenham - Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Tottenham are heading into the biggest match of their season as they travel to face Ajax on Wednesday night. Although they have a one-goal deficit, they are only one game away from the Champions League final and they may never get a better chance to reach that stage of the competition. Unfortunately for Spurs, they have suffered injuries and suspensions at the worst possible time of the campaign. Their lack of transfer activity in recent windows has left them with …
Tottenham vs Ajax | Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Tottenham vs Ajax | Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Tottenham will play their first ever Champions League semi-final this week, as they welcome Ajax to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. There has been great anticipation ever since the quarter-final victory over Manchester City. This should be an entertaining tie, with both teams wanting to play a positive brand of football. The home side's achievements have been somewhat overshadowed by the exploits of their semi-final opponents. Both sides have done extremely well to reach this stage, but they are now so …
Analysing Davinson Sanchez's Impressive Start to his Tottenham Career

Analysing Davinson Sanchez's Impressive Start to his Tottenham Career

Tottenham were quiet until the latter stages of the transfer window, but they made it count with some excellent additions that improved their squad. They managed to improve their defence and add more depth to the squad, which was crucial if they were to challenge for major trophies. Davinson Sanchez arrived with huge potential after an excellent debut campaign in European football at Ajax. There are few better young defenders in football and he will benefit hugely from the coaching of Mauricio …
Would Davinson Sanchez be a good signing for Tottenham?

Would Davinson Sanchez be a good signing for Tottenham?

Tottenham have yet to make a signing this summer, but they are determined to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline. Davinson Sanchez is one player being heavily linked and the Ajax defender is believed to be keen on a move to North London. Spurs haven't been overly effective in the transfer market during the last 12 months, with Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko being two big-name signings that underwhelmed. If they choose to do business before the window closes, …
Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

They very often say that the game of football is entrenched in tradition and it’s tradition itself that has hindered its progress over the years. It’s always wonderful to have something desirable to hark back on, but the borderline that separates evolution from tradition never blurs out when it actually must. And rightly so, Chris Anderson and David Sally open their book ‘The Numbers Game’ by criticising football’s tendency to never stop taking a dip into the primitive. It says: …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
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