Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Manchester City Are Right To Build David Silva a Statue

Manchester City Are Right To Build David Silva a Statue

The man they call El Mago is leaving Manchester City after a decade of glittering brilliance, which has illuminated not just The Etihad, but the Premier League as a whole. David Silva is taking his wonderful talents back home to Spain, signing a two year contract with Real Sociedad, and the Premier League's loss will be La Liga's gain. It will indeed be a loss, Silva is one of the finest players to ever grace the English game. A wonderfully …
Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

I am a Liverpool supporter and hugely appreciative of Jordan Henderson. In fact, I wrote a piece on his value to the Reds more than a year ago. Well before he got to lift four trophies and made the Hendo-shuffle such an attractive proposition to kids everywhere. He’s an all-round good egg and as Adam Lallana highlighted this week in an emotional farewell interview, a captain who takes responsibility for the club in good times and bad. Given his backstory, …
Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Neither of these teams have anything left to play for in the Premier League. So, the FA Cup is taking increased significance as a result. They are two wins away from a trophy that would add significance to what have been two insignificant seasons. Manchester City also have the Champions League to prioritize, but are in no position to turn down a trophy. A cup treble would turn this season from disappointing to legendary and compensate for their subpar league …
Chelsea vs Manchester City | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

This is the standout fixture from the midweek round of matches, with Chelsea looking to make a statement against Manchester City. Although the visitors have been excellent since the restart, they have an FA Cup tie at the weekend and they may choose to rest key players in this fixture. Meanwhile, the Blues have the motivation to consolidate their position in the top four, with Champions League football crucial to their development under Frank Lampard. This will be a good …
Manchester City vs Arsenal Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Manchester City's season is in a weird place. They have all but secured Champions League placement, but will not win the title. The biggest development remaining in their season is the resolution of their Champions League ban. For now, they will focus on finishing this season as well as possible. Arsenal's season also hinges on City's court hearing. Their best chance at getting into the Champions League is for the Citizens to be banned, opening up fifth place as a …
Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Top Counter Attacking Teams This Season | Opta Stats Analysis

Teams that can hit you on the counter attack at any moment are incredibly hard to defend against, especially when speed merchants such as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott are running at your defence. So which teams have impressed in the counter attack and how have they been so successful? We can start to answer this by looking at which teams have had the most shots and scored the most goals on the counter attack, as well as which teams …
Manchester City vs Chelsea | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

The eye-catching fixture of the weekend takes place at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City entertain Chelsea. Few would have predicted the visitors to be in a higher league position at the beginning of the season, due to the transfer ban and inexperience of Frank Lampard. However, the Blues have been excellent with the new generation making an instant impact in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has had problems dealing with departures and key injuries, which has left his …
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