FC Barcelona vs Chelsea | Champions League Preview

FC Barcelona vs Chelsea | Champions League Preview

Chelsea travel to the Nou Camp for the second-leg of their Champions League tie against FC Barcelona on Wednesday and they face an uphill battle to reach the quarter-final stage. Two weeks ago, they competed well at home and came close to picking up a precious first-leg lead, but a late goal from Lionel Messi denied them. The Blues are not in the best form and will go into the match as huge outsiders, but they have beaten the odds …
Why Pep Guardiola has to change to be a success at Manchester City

Why Pep Guardiola has to change to be a success at Manchester City

Adaptability and flexibility are supposed to be massive parts of a manager’s armory in football. A lack of it can end up rendering him and his methods useless and outdated, allowing other, more flexible sides to run over them in a blink of an eye. If there’s a side that is currently facing this situation in a substantial manner, then it is Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Things have gone quite wrong for the Citizens recently and the 4-2 hammering at …
Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Manchester City are on a run of no wins from their last six matches in all competitions, which is poor. This has prompted claims in some quarters over the past week that Pep Guardiola is not actually that good. Some ignoramuses going so far as to proclaim he is actually a fraud. Just to put that six game winless run into perspective, City won their opening ten matches of the season in all competitions. Their overall record this season is …
Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

It's August 19, 2007 and Liverpool's newest Spanish export, Fernando Torres, had just opened his account for the club in the 16th minute v Chelsea on his Anfield debut. A first for 'El Niño' in a Liverpool shirt, it was the birth of something special in Merseyside. Born in Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Fernando José Torres Sanz was living the dream playing professionally for his hometown club, Atletico Madrid. His grandfather had molded him into a passionate fan at a very young …
Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This bracket was always going to give a chance to many sides to get deep into the competition. Wales and Portugal have benefited from avoiding the likes of Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Although that isn't to take away from the achievements of both nations, who will firmly believe that they have a chance of lifting the European Championships next weekend. They will both take great confidence from the triumphs of Greece and Denmark in this competition. Neither side is …
Champions League Match Report: Arsenal 0 - 2 Barcelona

Champions League Match Report: Arsenal 0 - 2 Barcelona

A brace from Lionel Messi to provide Barcelona with a two goal lead from this first leg may suggest to some the win was a degree comfortable for the visitors, but in truth, it was anything but for the bulk of the night. In the lead up to the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Barcelona were overwhelming favourites for this tie and spoke of the need for the entire Arsenal squad to be totally focused if they were to …
Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

This year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or celebrated the world’s best footballers and coaches but also highlighted the increasing fall of the Premier League against Europe’s elite leagues. The La Liga has provided the last 8 winners of the title – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi taking four each on behalf of the Spanish league. The top three in this year's Ballon d’or, which consisted of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, were all from La Liga whilst last year’s had a contribution …
From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

In modern football it's becoming more and more common to see former players return to their clubs as a coach or manager. The latest could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea to work alongside interim manager Guus Hiddink. He'd follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who's enjoying his second season as part of the coaching and management team. However, it's not always been a succesful transition. Here's some of the best and worst stories of players …
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