O Captain, My Captain! Lack of characters in the Premier League

O Captain, My Captain! Lack of characters in the Premier League

With the imminent move of Chelsea captain John Terry at the end of the season, the Premier League is characterised by a lack of stand out captains. Captains in the military sense that would lead their charges into battle or that would grab points from the jaws of defeat. Bryan Robson, Colin Hendry, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Steven Gerrard, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira types are few and far between. At the top eight clubs we have Wes Morgan, …
Observations from the battle of the top four

Observations from the battle of the top four

It’s a television broadcasters dream: four clubs, all in with a genuine shout of winning the Premier League, all playing each other on the same weekend. Arsenal played host to league leaders Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur visited Manchester City and in terms of drama, both games lived up to the hype. But what can we take away from the battle of the title contenders? The standard of refereeing in the Premier League is not good Sadly, the standard of officiating in …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
Vincent Kompany - What's Up and What's Not?

Vincent Kompany - What's Up and What's Not?

Rested. Dropped. Say what you will but Vincent Kompany was sat on the bench looking anxious when his team came out victorious in a must-win game against Leicester City at the Etihad in midweek that has kept them alive in the race to the summit. The Belgian hasn't been at his resolute best it has to be said this season with the defender particularly unconvincing in what we call the 'season defining' games, 3 of which have been played after …
Manchester City vs FC Barcelona | Champions League Preview

Manchester City vs FC Barcelona | Champions League Preview

The Champions of England meet one of Spain and Europe’s elite on Tuesday evening. The Champions League round of 16 takes us to the Etihad stadium to indulge in a footballing feast between Manchester City and FC Barcelona. The two sides are no strangers to each other in the knock round of this competition, having met at the same stage of last year’s Champions League. A year ago it was Barcelona who were victorious over the novice Man City side …
Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Saturday’s late kick-off sees the two clear title challengers so far this season go head-to-head in what fans hope will be a thrilling encounter. An 85th minute equaliser for City from Chelsea legend Frank Lampard left a bitter taste in the mouth of the watching support when Chelsea travelled to the Etihad back in September and Chelsea boss José Mourinho will be keen to see his side repeat their Stamford Bridge result for this fixture last season. In that game, played …
FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Why Fernando Will Help City In All Departments

Why Fernando Will Help City In All Departments

Viewing Manchester City in a rather pessimistic manner enables one to be able to pick up on miniscule features that are frequently overlooked by neutrals; despite an extremely impressive victory over Liverpool I was very frustrated with the lacklustre performance of Yaya Touré. From start to finish Touré strolled around the pitch in a brash manner simply assuming he could win the game without giving 100%. Touré would frequently receive the ball and attempt ridiculous long balls or attempt to …
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