Financial Fair Play And Its Consequences: A look at City & Chelsea

Financial Fair Play And Its Consequences: A look at City & Chelsea

Manchester City are due to be levied with a £50 million fine and a play registration limit in next year’s Champions League for their breach of Financial Fair Play rules. The fine can be paid over three years, so will not be a problem for a financial powerhouse such as City. The restriction of their Champions League squad is the sanction that is most likely to cause them some difficulty. Although City will no doubt appeal the sanctions, if they …
Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

David Moyes' return to Goodison Park for the first time as manager of Manchester United ended up being the match in which his side was officially eliminated from the possibility of a top four finish and Champions League football next season. There was practically no hope that a top four finish could be achieved anyway, but it is ironic it became official against his old side, Everton. An Everton team that stepped onto the pitch knowing they needed three points …
Can Manchester United and Chelsea progress in the Champions League?

Can Manchester United and Chelsea progress in the Champions League?

After a difficult weekend for both Chelsea and Manchester United as defeats and red cards were in abundance, their minds must quickly turn to home ties in the Champions League. Chelsea drew the first leg 1-1 at a hostile Türk Telekom Arena – home to Galatasaray – whilst Manchester United scuppered to a 2-0 defeat to an Olympicacos side who are imperious at home. Can they make it through or will all 4 English sides fall at the first knockout …
English Teams In The Champions League | Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, City

English Teams In The Champions League | Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, City

Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2005 turned the tide for English teams in the competition. Since then, there have been many English teams who have done well in the latter stages. Last season was potentially the year that the English teams’ reputation suffered as England did not manage to have a team in the quarter final stage. After the first leg of the Round of 16 games, English teams are again in danger of not being well represented in the …
Manchester City's Season So Far | Stats Review

Manchester City's Season So Far | Stats Review

By all accounts it has been a good season so far for Manchester City. City currently sit second in the Premier League, one point behind leaders Arsenal, as well as being in the semi-finals of the League Cup. They have also reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time, something that former manager Roberto Mancini did not achieve during his two years in the competition with City. When Manuel Pelligrini arrived in the summer with a …
Columbian midfielder set for Blues move

Columbian midfielder set for Blues move

Chelsea seem to be keen to bolster their midfield ranks with a move for Columbian midfielder Fredy Guarin. Talks are apparently underway between Inter Milan and Chelsea over a possible £15million pounds move in the January transfer window. Guarin's agent Marcelo Ferreyra has confirmed talks have been held already and he has been quoted as saying "We have already been to London with Inter and met with Chelsea directors to make their interest formal. "If both clubs reach an agreement, a …
A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

Picture this scenario (disclaimer: not a fictional account of events - stolen from a particular match in 2005): You’re less than 180 seconds away from taking the cup final to penalties. It’s the game that nobody gave you and your disciples a hope in hell, even your players thought so - with their rational mindset anyway. But this is now, the 117th minute; 117 minutes of twists and turns. At half time you were 3-0 down, down and out. But …
Mourinho - Getting The Balance Right

Mourinho - Getting The Balance Right

It was bound to happen eventually. The arrival of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this summer, coupled with their transfer activity prompted many to claim the title would be contested between Manchester City and Chelsea. After an indifferent start, Chelsea are starting to show the squad strength that little others can boast in the Premier League. Many felt that it would be too hard for a manager to get the selection balance right between so many players. If there was one …
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