The Pragmatists vs The Perfectionists: Guardiola vs Mourinho

The Pragmatists vs The Perfectionists: Guardiola vs Mourinho

The Perfectionists: Guardiola, Klopp and Wenger Pep Guardiola has arrived in the Barclays Premier League and constructed a team that plays beautiful free-flowing football which delights football fans from every persuasion. In addition to this they have run away with the League title light years ahead of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. However, it must not be forgotten that one of the main reasons as to why Pep has been able to have such a great side is because in the …
Newcastle United v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle United v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Sunday, Jose Mourinho will take Manchester United to a stadium he has never won at, in all these years managing in the Premier League. Newcastle United are 16th in the league at this point in time - with 25 points on board, only a point away from 19th placed Huddersfield Town. In fact, ten teams in the bottom half are all so tightly packed that every point between now and the end of the season is unimaginably crucial for …
Chelsea vs Newcastle United - FA Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Newcastle United - FA Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from Carabao Cup disappointment by qualifying for the next round of the FA Cup as they welcome Newcastle United this weekend. It wasn’t straightforward for the Blues to make it this far, as they were taken to penalties by a determined Norwich City team. It has been a tough couple of months for Antonio Conte’s men as they have played 16 matches since the beginning of December. There have clearly been some signs …
A Statistical Breakdown of Mikel Merino's Influence at Newcastle United

A Statistical Breakdown of Mikel Merino's Influence at Newcastle United

Newcastle United were criticised by a large section of the media for their perceived lack of business during the summer transfer window. Rafa Benitez was open with his feelings about the team's recruitment, but they did manage to improve the squad of the squad after promotion. The Magpies' boss has always had a good eye for a player and he has proved that he can compete on a budget before. Mikel Merino was a low-key addition, arriving from Borussia Dortmund …
Mauricio Pellegrino - Can He Breathe Life into a Dull Southampton Side?

Mauricio Pellegrino - Can He Breathe Life into a Dull Southampton Side?

One of the worst kept secrets of the last Premier League season was Claude Puel’s fate after the season ended. It was pretty clear to the Southampton fans and probably the players as well, that Puel’s days at St. Mary’s were numbered. As expected, Puel was sacked a couple of weeks back and the hunt for a new manager was begun by the Southampton board. According to some sources, the Southampton fans were looking forward to welcoming the recently sacked …
Liverpool - Klopp Brain Freeze moments stacking up

Liverpool - Klopp Brain Freeze moments stacking up

On a night when the football world was hoping Liverpool would thrash Leicester as punishment for sacking one of the last few gentlemen in the game, Claudio Ranieri, it was typical that Liverpool would  capitulate into what has become their standard state of mediocrity in 2017. The spurs blitz a fortnight ago just an anomaly amidst a myriad of lacklustre performances. It had been 16 days since Liverpool's last match, so the excuse of fatigue could not be used at …
How has Gini Wijnaldum settled in at Liverpool?

How has Gini Wijnaldum settled in at Liverpool?

Since joining Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum has been a regular in the first team and his performances have split the fan-base. The majority recognise the qualities that he brings to the team, but there remain a few doubters. Although his fee looked steep at the time, it now seems good value compared to the transfers of Yannick Bolasie and Moussa Sissoko. The prices of players have sky-rocketed out of control and for that reason, the £25m fee shouldn't be used against …
James Rodriguez - A Risk Worth Taking for Manchester United?

James Rodriguez - A Risk Worth Taking for Manchester United?

James Rodriguez came out of the 2014 World Cup as the tournament's top scorer and the hottest property in football. Two years on, and he has disappointed both Real Madrid, and was a poor performer for Colombia in their Copa America semi-final clash with Chile. Something has gone badly wrong for the attacking midfielder, having been overtaken by Lucas Vazquez in the Real Madrid pecking order in the latter stages of the season. He is one of the three non-EU …
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