Marcos Alonso thrives despite change of role under Maurizio Sarri

Marcos Alonso thrives despite change of role under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea have won their first three Premier League matches under Maurizio Sarri. After a period of uncertainty during the summer, the Blues have quickly adapted to life under the Italian. A number of players have made a good impression on their new manager, but Marcos Alonso has been the standout. The left-back shone under Antonio Conte in a left wing-back role, which gave him freedom to get forward and influence the game in the attacking half. There were doubts regarding …
Chelsea v Southampton Preview | FA Cup Semi-Final Preview

Chelsea v Southampton Preview | FA Cup Semi-Final Preview

The FA Cup may not be as revered as it once was, but it remains a highlight of the English footballing calendar. There are many that believe this stage of the competition should be played on neutral grounds, but Wembley provides a spectacle that is difficult to replicate. Chelsea and Southampton will do battle for the second time in just over a week, with both teams needing a win for different reasons. Although this competition isn't a priority for Saints …
Xabi Alonso - These Boots were made for Passing

Xabi Alonso - These Boots were made for Passing

"The Pass Master." Not just a mere title, Xabi Alonso is the personification of perfection when it came to passing. In a time before stats made a player, his superb ability on the ball was mind-blowing. Accurate passing truly defined him. His time at Liverpool had passed a long while ago, yet he is remembered as if he had never left. Some are saying that even now, in the twilight of his career, there is no one in central midfield currently …
Marcos Alonso - Best Signing Made Last Summer?

Marcos Alonso - Best Signing Made Last Summer?

Not many people would have thought that the Spanish left-back would have been the signing of the summer when it was announced he had joined Chelsea and few more would hold that view now. However, he has had a hugely positive impact on Chelsea's season and he made the Blues a much better side. The main thing that Alonso has provided to Chelsea is balance. There aren't many players in the squad that are capable of playing as a left …
Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

They say players like Steven Gerrard come once in a generation. When it comes to England and their talent production belt, is it more like once and never again? When the former Liverpool Captain “Stevie G” announced his retirement last week Thursday, accolades and tributes started pouring in from all over. Some of the biggest names in football took some time out to say goodbye to one of the best players ever to play the modern game. Twitter was abuzz, #StevenGerrard …
Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Preview

Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Preview

After grabbing a point against fellow Premier League title contenders Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, Manchester City begin their European campaign at the home of German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a second stop in this nightmarish week that sees them finish off against Jose Mourinho and his band of party-poopers at home next Sunday. Bayern themselves are coming off a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz on Saturday, and will be hoping to kick off their …
EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
Lucas | Difficult to replace | Stats Analysis

Lucas | Difficult to replace | Stats Analysis

Word came out on Thursday, December 1st, that Lucas will miss the remainder of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.  The damage in Lucas' left knee is sufficient that he is set to undergo surgery and will not play again for the Reds this term.  For Kenny Daglish this presents a difficult task as replacing Lucas with a single player currently available for Liverpool  may not be possible. He arrived at Liverpool from Gremio in time for the 2007/08 …