Who Can Fill Dejan Lovren's Boots?

Who Can Fill Dejan Lovren's Boots?

Liverpool will complete a deal to sign Southampton defender Dejan Lovren in the next 48 hours, according to Croatian newspaper, Sportske Novosti. The former Olympique Lyon defender has been one of Liverpool's top transfer targets during the summer and the Reds are still looking to add to their former Southampton contingent with the signing of Lovren. After having a tremendous season for the Saints his boots will be big to fill at St Mary's, but here we take a look at …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
Newcastle Vs Southampton Preview | Stats, Team News and Key Men

Newcastle Vs Southampton Preview | Stats, Team News and Key Men

Newcastle face Southampton at St James Park, for a 3pm kick-off, on Saturday in a match that is set up to be a very even contest. Both teams will be happy with their seasons so far, and both share the unlikely achievement of having beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, while Newcastle have reached the top half of the table by virtue of the their recent run of results, Southampton have let themselves slip in recent weeks, and so …
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
Early 2013/14's Underrated Players | Schneiderlin, Gibbs, Ward & Noble

Early 2013/14's Underrated Players | Schneiderlin, Gibbs, Ward & Noble

With 8 games gone, players are already being applauded for their impressive performances. The list includes Daniel Sturridge and Aaron Ramsey, but what about those who have performed without getting the recognition they deserve? I look at 5 of the unsung heroes in the Premier League so far this season. Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton have made an exceptional start to the season and after their draw against Manchester United, they find themselves in 6th place. Lallana, Clyne, and Lovren have grabbed …
Becca's PL Round Up | Negredo, Baines, Ozil & Creativity Stats

Becca's PL Round Up | Negredo, Baines, Ozil & Creativity Stats

At 5pm on Sunday, all of the top ten Twitter trends in the UK were football based; Arsenal, Manchester Derby, Van Persie, Rooney - the list goes on, even to the extent of #MoyesOut. A bit extreme after just a second loss, but nonetheless, it looks like football continues to dominate the country. And we were treated to another weekend of top Premier League action with some brilliant performances from the likes of Negredo, Baines & Mesut Ozil. Manchester Derby …
Liverpool Vs Southampton Match Preview | Stats & Team News

Liverpool Vs Southampton Match Preview | Stats & Team News

Top of the table Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield this Saturday in a game that is sure to be a highly competitive encounter. Both teams head into the game by drawing their last match, with Liverpool drawing against Swansea and Southampton drawing with West Ham. Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League season sees them in top spot, one point clear of Arsenal and Tottenham. A win for the Reds will guarantee that they remain at the top of the …
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