Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Something that has never failed to astound me is the level of ignorance that exists in certain sections of the UK media when it comes to the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. I believe there remains a level of desperation from some for Guardiola to fail, simply so they can dismiss his accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they were not in the Premier League. As if their primary function is to prove to all and sundry …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

Saving The Saviour - The Star Men

He is “The Main Man.” The one that everyone looks to, in times of need. The one everyone trusts to be the difference between winning and losing. Every top team has (at least) one, every lower level team relies desperately on one to beat the drop. He is the Neo in the Matrix of the football world. Modern day managers have the unenviable [Morpheus] task of finding/buying/developing “the One.” The Pros -  These type of players are often called upon …
Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Why These Five Players Could Help Their Side Win the Premier League

Every team has a star player. Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez proved that during the 2013-14 season when his partnership with Daniel Sturridge almost won the Reds their first Premier League title. Robin Van Persie’s switch to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 was an inspired one and he was the missing link to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side claim another title. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez made the difference for Leicester City last season and Eden Hazard was the star …
Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Three defeats in a row can not be justified at any club, let alone Manchester United. But with some perspective and plain logic, these defeats can actually be revealing something about the side that Mourinho has in his hands to mould into one of 'his' typically successful squads. There's a strikingly common theme in all the three defeats - an abysmal first half. United's first half in these three defeats have have been progressively getting from bad to worse and …
Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium will face the Republic of Ireland in what could be a pivotal encounter in Group E that may decide the fate of Marc Wilmots' side after their opening round loss to Italy. It was not the scoreline or the result that may have troubled the Red Devils but it was the manner in which they collectively failed against an organised and well drilled Azzurri outfit masterminded by Antonio Conte. Although, the next two games, including the one on Saturday …
Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Belgium will face Italy in what is undeniably the game of their group on Monday, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon in front of a packed 59,000 seater crowd. Belgium, being the hipsters' favourites, will go into this game with the weight of expectations of the whole nation on them as the so called 'golden generation' with an enviable roster of talent pretty much in all the positions. Although, there are questions as to whether this group of skilled individuals …
The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

In the space of just a few years, Belgium seemed to come from nowhere to one of the best teams in Europe, with the emergence of a fantastically talented group of players. The depth of quality they now possess rivals Spain and Germany; something of a revolution from a small nation with a very weak domestic league. Most of the squad play their club football abroad and almost half in the Premier League, so here’s a look at the influence …
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