Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

A little under three years since he left the biggest club in the world, Rafa Benitez finds himself stuck in a Premier League relegation battle for the second year running. Last season, the Spanish coach steered the Magpies to safety with some astute tactical performances and it seemed the only way was up. But then came the summer transfer window. The three promoted clubs all outspent Newcastle. Fulham splashed £105m, Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £59m and Cardiff, favourites for the drop, …
Javier Manquillo Moves to Newcastle: Third Time Lucky in the EPL?

Javier Manquillo Moves to Newcastle: Third Time Lucky in the EPL?

When Javier Manquillo joined Liverpool on a two-season long loan in the summer of 2014, he was hoping for game time at Anfield, and perhaps a permanent move in the future. The Reds did not have a first choice right-back and it gave the Spaniard a great opportunity to shine. But it was not to be. Manquillo did not shine in the ten Premier League appearances he made and then Brendan Rodgers’ chopping and changing of the formations ensured that …
Echte Liebe- The Liverpool Way Feat. Jurgen Klopp

Echte Liebe- The Liverpool Way Feat. Jurgen Klopp

Famous just as it is infamous, revered just as it is despised; the red part of Merseyside carries the essence of Shakespearian plays. There’s a pinch of comedy with a bit of tragedy; glorious triumphs and a fair bit of romanticism (oh and the history, too). During the escalation of early 1960s, Bill Shankly entrenched the ethos of playing the Liverpool way deep. Besides having a distinctive style of play that earned admirers across the globe, Shanks laid down the holy …
Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

When Newcastle announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager, two things immediately sprung to mind. The first was that he was an incredible coup for Newcastle and the second was the impending Tyne-Wear derby would be Rafa against Sam Allardyce. It’s a true heavyweight clash that is a broadcasters dream because it’s between two managers who are big personalities with a personal animosity. But it’s more than a clash of personalities; it’s a clash of styles between Benitez and …
How Klopp Could Bring The Best Out of The Premier League

How Klopp Could Bring The Best Out of The Premier League

Since the news broke on Sunday evening that Brendan Rodgers was no longer Liverpool FC manager and Jurgen Klopp was favourite to take over at Anfield there has been a mixture of feelings being aired on social media. Fans are either in denial about how good the German is and what he brings to Liverpool or jealous at the fact he much sought after manager is now at the helm of one of your rivals. These are understandable feelings. These …
A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

Picture this scenario (disclaimer: not a fictional account of events - stolen from a particular match in 2005): You’re less than 180 seconds away from taking the cup final to penalties. It’s the game that nobody gave you and your disciples a hope in hell, even your players thought so - with their rational mindset anyway. But this is now, the 117th minute; 117 minutes of twists and turns. At half time you were 3-0 down, down and out. But …
EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?

EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?