Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Pre-Season Wrap-Up and Season Preview

Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Pre-Season Wrap-Up and Season Preview

This week’s column will start by wrapping-up the last two pre-season results, highlighting the positives, and previewing the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign. The Blues played two matches last week, the Champions Cup final against Real Madrid and a club friendly against Roma, which ended their pre-season campaign in the USA. Jose Mourinho’s side were unable to beat his former club Real Madrid in the final on Wednesday, which resulted in a 3-1 victory for the La Liga side, thanks to …
Ozil on the move? Manchester United & Arsenal Wait in the Wings

Ozil on the move? Manchester United & Arsenal Wait in the Wings

Manchester United and Arsenal are both rumoured to be chasing German star Mesut Ozil. The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League after the arrival of Isco and the impending arrival of Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu. For those who watch La Liga, the sale of Ozil would seem nonsensical as he has been one of Real’s best players ever since his arrival. However, noises coming out of Spain hint that the player himself …
Is Gareth Bale Worth Madrid's (Rejected) Transfer Fee? Bale Vs Hazard

Is Gareth Bale Worth Madrid's (Rejected) Transfer Fee? Bale Vs Hazard

How much is Gareth Bale really worth? Is he worth the £50 million that Real Madrid offered for him, or is Tottenham right to stand firm amount the £80 million mark? It’s a few questions that people have been asking for about a week or so, and now those questions have an answer. It’s hard to find another winger in the EPL who stacks up against Gareth Bale from a statistical standpoint, but there’s one player who comes very close: …
How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

Barring an extremely bizarre set of circumstances it seems very likely that Arsenal are going to break their transfer record and sign Gonzalo Higuaín. The fee varies depending on which paper you read but the general consensus seems to be around£22-£25 million. This represents a bold statement from Arsène Wenger who normally prefers to sign less established youngsters. Signing a player of Higuaín’s calibre suggests that money will be spent this summer and that Arsenal aren’t prepared to settle for …
Dzeko or Tevez - Who should stay? Would you take them in your team?

Dzeko or Tevez - Who should stay? Would you take them in your team?

Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

The second leg of the last-16 tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid marks Cristiano Ronaldo’s first return to Old Trafford since leaving for the Spanish outfit in the summer of 2009. While most players face a hostile reception when they face their old clubs, Ronaldo can expect quite the opposite. During the first leg, the Manchester United fans were heard chanting his name throughout the game. In what is set to be an emotional return for the Portugese, a …
Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Germany qualified for Euro 2012 with a 100% record in their qualifying group, finishing 13 points ahead of 2nd placed Turkey. They are many people's favorites to win the tournament with the likes of Gomez, Özil, Schweinsteiger and Lahm in their ranks and are expected to be there or thereabouts in Kiev for the final. They faced no real challenges in their qualifying group, however, and there were a few close calls. This relatively young squad with new tactics and …
Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers' appointment as Liverpool manager has prompted some fascinating discussions about his overall playing philosophy and how it might be transferred to his new club. Swansea’s impressive passing statistics have been much quoted in this context; only Manchester City attempted and completed more than them last season. An intriguing aspect of this preference for possession is that it is used as both an offensive and defensive tool. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking previously elaborated on the link between possession …
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