Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Two years ago, Paulinho was on top of the world. When Argentinean playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme called Paulinho a ‘phenomenon’ and likened the Brazilian as the ‘black’ version of Frank Lampard for their similar box-to-box style of play, the 26-year-old simply took on board the comparison with little fuss, pledging to such a comparison as fuel for greater things. "This comparison is a responsibility that I will take, I will not run away from it. Lampard is a great player…I …
Southampton Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

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

Mauricio Pochettino makes a return to St Mary's in Saturday's early kick-off, as his Spurs side take on Southampton. Both sides will still have their eye on fourth place, even if Europa League qualification seems much more feasible. Southampton are currently in seventh place, eight points off fourth-placed Manchester City, after winning three and drawing one of their last six games. Tottenham are one point, and one place ahead of the Saints in sixth place, level with Liverpool - who …
Manchester City v Spurs 13/14: What Did the Fans Think?

Manchester City v Spurs 13/14: What Did the Fans Think?

Saturday morning sees the return of Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad, a fixture that was notorious last season for the 6-0 thrashing the Blues meted out to the Londoners. Jesús Navas opened the scoring on 14 seconds and closed it on 90 minutes to collect his brace, while two goals from Sergio Agüero on either side of half-time was closely followed by one from Álvaro Negredo. An own goal from Sandro capped a miserable day for Spurs, who fell foul …
Ramires - Underrated In Chelsea Midfield | Stats

Ramires - Underrated In Chelsea Midfield | Stats

Jose Mourinho may only see Chelsea as 'the little horse' but many consider them as the favourites to lift the Premier League title in May. They have finally found the winning formula after a rocky start and the team is now stacked with pace, power and ability. In the recent 1-0 victory over Manchester City, their midfield of Nemanja Matic, David Luiz and Ramires was praised as being pivotal to the result. Ramires has been a key player for a …
Tottenham v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Tottenham v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Two of the in-form sides in the Premier League meet at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night, with Spurs hoping to grab all three points in their quest for Champions League football; while Manchester City hope to keep up the pressure on fellow title contenders Arsenal. Team News Spurs are set to welcome back a host of players, with Andros Townsend, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro & Younes Kaboul set to return to first-team action. Alvaro Negredo & Samir Nasri will …
Spurs 0 Liverpool 5 | Spurs Midfield Vs Liverpool Midfield Stats

Spurs 0 Liverpool 5 | Spurs Midfield Vs Liverpool Midfield Stats

Liverpool turned up to White Hart Lane trying to overturn a spell of poor results at the Spurs home ground in the past few years, not winning in six attempts, and did so on Sunday through hard work, determination and playing scintillating football. In this article I will examine the two midfield trios from each side, consisting of Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Sandro for Spurs - and Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva for Liverpool. Dembele, Paulinho and Lewis …
Manchester City 6 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 6 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Key Men and Team News

Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Key Men and Team News

This match contains two of the sides that will be battling in the top six as the season progresses, however, their season aims will differ slightly. Manchester City will still fancy themselves as potential title challengers, while Tottenham will only be looking at a Champions League place, despite being above Sunday's opponents at the moment. It will be crucial for both teams to get a positive result after defeats before the international break. It should be an entertaining match as …
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