Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Entrenador’s Diary: Gooners Win Goal Fest And Other Talking Points From The Opening Day Of The Premier League

Finally, the football season is back and no better way to kick off the EPL than with a truly ‘Arsenal’ game with undulating peaks and troughs, lots of nervy moments and goals that has culminated in a truly electric season opener. With only one opening day win since 2011, the Gunners were itching to start on a bright note against...

Why Taking Chelsea’s Title Will Require A Lot of Work

This will be the most competitive Premier League season ever - but I'm backing Chelsea to defend their crown. The countdown’s started to the big kick-off – and it’s shaping up to be the most competitive rollercoaster ride in the ¬history of the Premier League. We’ve been saying that every season for the last few years. With the multi-millions spent...

The Milan Revolution: What the Future holds for AC Milan

The Rossaneri have slipped into mediocrity of late but are things finally looking up for the San Siro giants? AC Milan last won the Scudetto in 2011, last played in the UEFA Champions League in 2012. Their downward spiral continued and they were no longer a desired location for top players despite their rich history. But things seem to be looking...

The Chelsea Problem: Small Core Of First Team Players

Antonio Conte has often stated that he won the title with 13 players — their starting XI Cesc Fabregas and Willian — but, like all managers plotting a European campaign, he longs for two first-teamers for each position. Chief among Conte's concerns has been a transfer window which leaves him with a dearth of realistic first-team options. Eden Hazard and...

A Warrior’s End: What Next For Zlatan?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic or ‘Ibra’ as he’s fondly called by football fans the world over is your modern day example of a gladiator/warrior; giving his all for every team he’s played for and contributing immensely to the team’s successes each season, all while putting his body on the line. The knee ligament damage he suffered last Thursday in the Europa...

PFA “Young” Player of The Year: So Many Problems

The PFA award has become a farcical annual jest sans the humour. This year’s list was released with seasoned professionals and current leaders of the top goal scorer list; Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane occupying a spot each on the list. Both, unsurprisingly, are also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award. Admittedly, at the beginning of...

Is The Italian Serie A Becoming Considerably Less Defensive?

This exposé is an attempt to debunk the myth that the Italian Serie A pays too much attention to defensive football. The thrust of this piece is to correct the erroneous impression that the Serie A is a dour, low-scoring league. League data from the last 3 seasons have been compiled to support the argument below. Fabio Capello’s Milan team...

UCL ROUND OF 16 Preview: MIRACLES AND HOODOOS

After a scintillating round of 1st leg fixtures that saw 34 goals scored in just 8 games, some teams find themselves on the brink of the quarter finals, some others needing a miracle and some teams seem to be succumbing to the same demons that have haunted and taunted them ceaselessly. As the 16 look to become 8, there...

Claudio Ranieri Sack; Leicester’s Loss?

In May 2016, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester team made football history by winning the EPL title for the first time. That win capped what was an amazing year of football as the world watched the underdogs deservedly claim their title. 9 months later, Leicester lie 17th in the Premier League and need to overcome a 2-1 deficit against Sevilla in...

Top 10 “If Only” transfers

Several anticipated moves in football have occurred throughout history, Cantona to United, real Ronaldo to Barcelona, Ronaldo to Madrid and Bale to Madrid to mention a few in a very long list. Today, this writer looks at the Top 10 "if only" transfers in the last decade. As always, it’s fascinating to imagine the possibilities that exist in the...
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