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 …
Analysing why Chelsea’s Reece James must go to the Euros

Analysing why Chelsea’s Reece James must go to the Euros

Reece James was one of the standout players during Chelsea’s Champions League final defeat of Manchester City. N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz rightly stole the headlines, but their young English team-mate wasn’t far behind them on the night. During a week filled with speculation about the England right back position, James put his marker down on Saturday night. It will be hard for Gareth Southgate to now leave him out of the final 26. In the first half, James twice …
The Structure of Elite Teams

The Structure of Elite Teams

To finish 3rd in any given Premier League season is some feat. For Liverpool FC to have had so many injures, players missing the majority of the season & others forced into roles unfamiliar, is even more so commendable. When COVID-19 hit the UK some 16 months ago, Liverpool sat at the top table as arguably the greatest team on the planet. Fast forward to now, and the seasons close has resulted in sheer relief at achieving a top 4 …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

This is going to be a fascinating contest, as we get to see a preview of what this season's Champions League final could be like. It is likely that Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola will keep some of their cards close to their chest, with changes expected in both camps. However, a win for either team would provide a lot of momentum going into the final. It is more important for Chelsea, as they are still fighting to secure their …
Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

A few weeks ago, the second Manchester derby of the Premier League season would have been seen as a huge match for the title race. However, Manchester United have fallen off the pace and their focus will be on consolidating their position in the top four. They are currently 14 points behind Manchester City and the run-in is likely to be a procession for Pep Guardiola's side. That said, this fixture is important for the respective fan bases and Ole …
Liverpool Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

In the recent seasons few fixtures have impacted the title race and the final outcome of the season as much as a Liverpool vs Manchester City game. We will get the latest instalment of this rivalry on Sunday when the league leaders visit the Champions. They will be aiming to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 10 points over the Reds. Liverpool meanwhile have to turn their home form around if they want to have any …
Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Tottenham will be looking to show that they are ready to compete with the very best on Saturday, as they host Manchester City. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will be continuing their long standing rivalry, albeit not in the same way as they did previously, with some of the competitiveness being lost. That said, Mourinho managed to get one over on the Spaniard last season, with Spurs running out 2-0 winners in this fixture. On that day, Steven Bergwijn and …

"Big 6" Youngsters in Need of a Loan This Summer.

The end of the transfer window is drawing close and some teams are scrambling to get deals done. Fans of all Premier League clubs will be hoping for their team to do something more between now and 5pm on Monday, regardless of what they've done already. There's something intoxicating about a deadline day signing, regardless of what age you are and who you support. The Premier League is very much an arms race. The "Big 6" compete against each other …
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