Why are English Clubs Failing In Europe?

When it comes to European football competitions, in the past English teams have often given some truly outstanding performances, battling through each stage and showing some true grit in an attempt to get their hands on those illustrious UEFA trophies. Historically speaking, English clubs like Liverpool enjoyed unparalleled success in Europe throughout the 70’s and 80’s, coupled with unforgettable nights in Istanbul and Barcelona to name a few occasions in more recent times. However, over the past 5 years in …
Why The Europa League is Important for Brendan Rodgers

Why The Europa League is Important for Brendan Rodgers

There’s no question a large portion of Liverpool fans have challenged Rodger’s priorities in cup competitions. Liverpool advanced through to the FA Cup quarter-finals where they will face Blackburn Rovers at home. True Liverpool are in an advantageous position and have a very good chance to win it and it’s a great way for Gerrard to exit the club as well as Rodgers winning his first piece of silverware. But, imagine if he wins The FA Cup and fails to get Liverpool …
Tottenham Hotspur v AC Fiorentina | Europa League Preview

Tottenham Hotspur v AC Fiorentina | Europa League Preview

Tottenham Hotspur, one of the three English teams alive in the Europa League, will host Italian side AC Fiorentina on Thursday night in what will be the first leg of the round of 32. Mauricio Pochettino should be aiming to progress in Europe as far as they can, having already confirmed their participation in the domestic league cup final fixture against Chelsea at Wembley on the 1st of March. The North London outfit have been sublime at home in 2015 …
The Tony Pulis Effect

The Tony Pulis Effect

How does a struggling Premier League side avoid a relegation battle? Appoint Tony Pulis as manager apparently. Tony Pulis took the reins at West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Day and although he is only 3 league games into his tenure, the Welshman’s influence is almost instantly recognisable. Last season it was Crystal Palace that benefited from “The Tony Pulis Effect” as he took them from stick on relegation candidates to a near top half finish.  Before Palace, Pulis made …
Spurs Reach Europa League Knockout Stages

Spurs Reach Europa League Knockout Stages

It turned out to be a quite entertaining game at White Hart Lane, but not all the fun was provided by players. The fans took things into their own hands during a lacklustre first half, with three invaders charging on the pitch in the space of 20 minutes attempting to take selfies with the less than impressed Spurs players. The third incident forced the referee Yevgen Aranovsky to suspend the match for 10 minutes with little remaining of the first …
Player Analysis: James McCarthy vs Lille

Player Analysis: James McCarthy vs Lille

Everton's Europa League campaign in the Group Stages has been a success, after the Toffees eased past Lille 3-0 at Goodison Park. The game began at a fast pace with Everton on the attack instantly and fully deserved to go ahead with Leon Osman firing in from close-range. Everton soon went two-ahead, a great corner from Aiden McGeady was headed home from Phil Jagielka. The Blues ended the game in the second-half, Steven Naismith scoring from close-range to make it …
Can Southampton Break Into The Top Four?

Can Southampton Break Into The Top Four?

Southampton fans must not know what to think. Remember two seasons ago when they were ready to riot over Nigel Adkins' sacking and subsequent replacement by Mauricio Pochettino? Pochettino stepped in and drove the club up the table much to the surprise and delight of the fans. Fast forward to the summer just past, panic was rife on the south coast as Pochettino had set off for fresh pastures in North London while the clubs' star players were being shipped …
Will The Europa League Hinder Everton This Season?

Will The Europa League Hinder Everton This Season?

Every year the debate starts about how European football can affect teams, especially those who aren't used to the extra matches. This is a crucial reason I expect it to play a big part in Everton's season. Last season, they were admired for their fearless approach and attacking style of play, which brought in praise, especially for manager Roberto Martinez, but a shaky start to the season suggests that they could be in for an uncomfortable campaign, after picking up …
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