Elite Pre & In Game Management

Elite Pre & In Game Management

The English League and European campaigns are officially over. With two major finals now concluded, much can be made of the pre & in-game management of the four coaches involved. The pre-game selections aside, it can often take those decisive tactical alterations to sway a final. Rafa Benitez stands as a Liverpool legend for his miracle in Istanbul, and his 2005 Champions League win owes much to his in game management, when all seemed lost. Prior to the Europa League …
Manchester United vs Villarreal Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United vs Villarreal Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The club season is drawing to a close and Manchester United have the opportunity to become the third English club to lift a trophy this season. They will be facing La Liga side Villarreal in Gdansk and hoping to overcome Unai Emery, who has won the Europa League on three previous occasions. Interestingly, ten of the last 17 winners of the competition have been from Spain. In the last nine years, the winners have originated from either Spain or England …
Why the last week provides hope for Gareth Bale at Tottenham

Why the last week provides hope for Gareth Bale at Tottenham

It has been a frustrating few months for Tottenham, as they have dropped down the league table and witnessed some turgid football under Jose Mourinho. The season now looks to be focused on the Europa League, as this is the best way to salvage the campaign. Mourinho was in a similar position during his first season as Manchester United manager, as his team finished outside of the top four, but managed to lift Europe's secondary competition to earn Champions League …
Can the Real Leicester City Please Stand Up?

Can the Real Leicester City Please Stand Up?

Leicester City started the season in sensational form. Their win against Aston Villa on December 8th was their eight in a row and gave them 38 points through 16 matches. They've leveled off since, registering 16 points in next 14 matches. So who are the real Leicester City? Astute observers may have seen that Leicester were significantly overperforming on their underlying numbers during those first 16 games. So, is this just standard regression to the mean, or have Leicester been …
Unai Emery - A sacking that came too late

Unai Emery - A sacking that came too late

Unai Emery has become the third managerial casualty of the Premier League season, following a run of seven matches without victory. Any manager would come under pressure after such results, but at a top-six club like Arsenal, it is unforgivable. Regular watchers of the Gunners will attest that this decision has been coming for a long time, with many supporters wanting a managerial change in the summer. Last season was a nearly season for the Spanish manager, as he led …
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Preview, team news and betting odds

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Preview, team news and betting odds

Arsenal will begin their Europa League group stage campaign with a trip to Germany to take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night. After an encouraging start to the new Premier League season, the Gunners have stumbled in recent games and blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Watford on Sunday afternoon so Unai Emery will be keen to get back to winning ways. The Arsenal boss will view the Europa League as another realistic way to get back into …
Kieran Tierney could solve Arsenal's left back problems

Kieran Tierney could solve Arsenal's left back problems

Arsenal have been linked heavily to Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney as they look to build a squad capable of challenging for a return to the Champions League. Unai Emery showed signs of being able to compete last season, but he requires reinforcements if he is to challenge at the very top of the division. The Telegraph report that the Gunners may be forced to spend more than half of their transfer budget to land the Scottish international. Although that will …
Arsenal vs Chelsea | Europa League Final Preview

Arsenal vs Chelsea | Europa League Final Preview

Arsenal's entire season comes down to this single game. If they win and get back into the Champions League, this season can be considered a success. It's an absolute failure if they don't. They choked away a chance at the Champions League in the Premier League, they cannot afford to do that again by losing this game. Chelsea already have Champions League secured, but their manager could find himself on his way out anyway. Maurizio Sarri's future has been in …
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