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 …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

It isn't confirmed yet, but it is extremely likely that Rafa Benitez is going to take over from Steve McClaren as Newcastle manager in the coming days, with Sky and various other sources reporting as much. Although this appears a massive step down from Real Madrid and coaching some of the world's best players, it is believed that Benitez wants a long term project and would favour a Premier League job. Newcastle United are a sleeping giant and the room …
The Most Shocking managerial appointments

The Most Shocking managerial appointments

With Jose Mourinho recently getting the sack at Chelsea and rumours surrounding the futures of Van Gaal, Mancini and Wenger, the Premier League could see a whole host of managerial changes. And with talk of Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, potentially moving to Manchester United, it could be one of the most unexpected employments of recent seasons. Brian Clough's appointment at Leeds United is perhaps the most famously controversial decision of the football age but there's been a fair share …
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 …
Just how Good Is John Terry?

Just how Good Is John Terry?

It ended 0-0 at the Emirates and Mourinho's men got their job done, once again. Chelsea's 10 point cushion over rivals Arsenal meant the Premier League trophy will be heading back to London, to Stamford Bridge after a four year stay in Manchester. A gritty, organized away performance, especially at the back from the champions elect which was not the first time one would have witnessed this season, largely down to the man that wears his heart on his sleeve …
No Liverpool return for Reina

No Liverpool return for Reina

Napoli's on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said that he see's no future for himself at the Premier League Club. Speaking ahead of Napoli's Europa League tie against Swansea City Reina has confirmed that he is very happy in Italy and does not expect to be at Anfield come the start of the 2014-15 season. Reina, who has been linked with numerous clubs including Barcelona and Atletico Madrid recently has not ruled out making his loan spell with Napoli a …
Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Despite the strong start to the 2013/14 season, Liverpool’s performances in the current campaign are still far from perfect. There’s of course plenty of joy: the SAS partnership are destroying every Premier League defence that stands in their way, the back three are doing their jobs well and Simon Mignolet seems to be a great answer to the Reds’ problems with the goalkeeper position.  Nevertheless, improvement still needs to be made with the performance of Brendan Rodgers' team. One of …
Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez both retained their spots in the starting lineup, the latter scoring 13 goals in as many league games. On loan Chelsea man Victor Moses dropped to the bench to accommodate Lucas Leiva, with Gerrard filling into the hole created in the Nigerian’s absence. Berahino was replaced by Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman has yet to register for the Baggies this season. Boaz Myhill continued to deputise in the place of the injured Ben Foster. As was …
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