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Jose Mourinho sacked by Tottenham – what next for him?

Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after a string of poor results, just six days before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City. After just 17 months in the job, the Portuguese gaffer parts ways with the north London club making them the first side since he took charge of Porto in […]

Kevin De Bruyne injured as Manchester City quadruple bid crumbles

Manchester City saw their quadruple hopes crushed at the weekend after defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, but it was the injury to Kevin De Bruyne that they were most worried about after the game. Thomas Tuchel’s side were excellent on the night as they completely nullified the City attack and progressed into […]

The European Super League is rubbish but why are people shocked?

News broke on Sunday that rocked the footballing world, as it was announced that 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs have agreed to form a breakaway ‘Super League’. The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ as well as Spain and Italy’s three biggest sides have all signed a letter of intent that will see the club’s form their […]

Is Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid over?

If this had been mentioned back in December, you would’ve been laughed out of the room but Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid could very well be coming to an end. A two-time Champions League finalist, a La Liga title winner in the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo era, a two-time Europa League winner and a Copa […]

Pedro Neto out for six months is huge blow for Wolves and Portugal

Wolves and Portugal winger Pedro Neto has suffered a serious knee injury and has been ruled out for six months, meaning he will miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2020. The 21-year-old had been excellent for the Midlands side this season, notching five goals and six assists domestically which earned him […]

It’s now or never for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham

Ever since he burst on the scene the best part of a decade ago, all the talk has been about when not if Harry Kane will leave Tottenham. After originally entering as a ‘one-season wonder’ to many, Kane just kept scoring goals and has gone on to become one of the most lethal goalscorers we […]

Trent Alexander-Arnold is great but still has plenty to prove

It’s a debate that has been roaring on for months and months now, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is a pretty good footballer if you weren’t already aware. The Premier League and Champions League winning right-back has come under severe criticism this season for some below-par displays as Liverpool struggled to defend their crown, and was recently […]

Manchester United show they can go toe to toe against the top sides

Manchester United all but cemented their second place finish this season with an excellent come-from-behind performance to beat Tottenham 3-1 in north London. The Reds started slowly but burst into life after a brilliant assist from Paul Pogba found Edinson Cavani who slotted past Hugo Lloris, only for the goal to be ruled out when […]

What is England’s likely lineup for Euro 2020 now?

England made it three wins from three heading into the European Championships this summer as they top their World Cup qualifying group following a 2-1 win over Poland at Wembley. After beating San Marino and then Albania, Gareth Southgate’s men came back to their home to take on the Robert Lewandowski-less Poles. Harry Kane’s penalty […]

What is France’s best XI for the Euros?

Every now and then you get a nation that has a pool of players available to fill three of four starting XI’s capable of winning a tournament. Most recently was Spain, who won three international tournaments in a row between 2008-2012, had a generation of players that were part of the most dominant side of […]

England lineup against San Marino should be all-out attack

Forget this summer’s European Championships for a couple of weeks, England begin their path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a triple header of qualifiers over the next two weeks. Gareth Southgate’s side will prepare for games against San Marino, Albania and Poland starting against the minnows who come from just off the […]

Manchester City quadruple run is set – will they do it?

The path is set for Manchester City to make history in English football with an unprecedented quadruple, with Pep Guardiola’s side having the remainder of their season planned out in front of them. City are still in both domestic cup competitions, top of the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals as we enter […]

Is Eric Bailly right to be unhappy at Manchester United?

It’s been coming for a while now, but Manchester United’s defensive problems are about to boil over. After crashing out of the FA Cup to Leicester in a 3-1 win, news has come out that centre-back Eric Bailly is unhappy at the club over his lack of game time and could look to leave the […]

Alan Shearer – The most underrated Premier League player ever?

Is there a striker in the history of the game more underrated and disrespected than Alan Shearer? Probably not. Now a BBC pundit, Shearer is the all-time top goalscorer for his boyhood club Newcastle United and was the main man as Blackburn won the Premier League title back in 1995. He also hit 30 goals […]

Real Madrid show the old guard still has it as they progress past Atalanta

Real Madrid secured their passage to the Champions League quarter-finals with a routine win over Serie A side Atalanta, as Zinedine Zidane showed why he still relies on his old guard to lead this team. The French manager has been under pressure at several different points of the season so far for under performing domestically […]

Kylian Mbappe wasn’t passed the torch, he took it from Lionel Messi

Kylian Mbappe ensured that there is a new era upon us in the UEFA Champions League as he scored again against Barcelona to ensure Paris Saint-Germain’s progression into the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate win. After scoring a hat-trick in the first leg at the Camp Nou, Mbappe opened the scoring on the night converting […]

Chelsea show versatility and quality in win over Everton

Chelsea made it 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and 11 since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel with a relatively comfortable win over Everton at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners made it consecutive wins in the league to bounce back from their 1-1 draw with Southampton with a 2-0 win over the Toffees thanks to a […]

Liverpool problems deeper than just injuries

The word crisis is thrown around far too much in football these days, but Liverpool are well and truly in trouble right now. The defending Premier League champions currently sit in eighth place in the league with just 43 points from 28 games so far this season, making them statistically the worst defending champions of […]

Can Manchester United win a trophy with Solskjaer in charge?

It has been almost two years since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made permanent manager of Manchester United. When he arrived as caretaker back in December 2018, he was taking over a side disillusioned with themselves after Jose Mourinho’s approach predictably became toxic. Solskjaer has done a decent job in stabilising a side that looked like […]

Aston Villa completely void of quality without Jack Grealish

Aston Villa crashed to a defeat against bottom side Sheffield United, further intensifying the belief that they are a one-man team with Jack Grealish missing once again. The Villa skipper missed his third game on the bounce with an undisclosed injury as rumours continue to circulate about how long he will miss, and his side […]

Harvey Barnes injury could kill his Euro 2020 dreams

The international dreams of Harvey Barnes for this season could be over after he suffered a knee injury that could rule him out for around six weeks. The Leicester City winger has been in excellent form this season, leading the charge in the attack with the best season of his career so far. His season […]

Chelsea and Manchester United show similar issues in stalemate

Another top six clash involving Manchester United and Chelsea ended goalless at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, meaning a double for the season. The two sides met in a more open encounter than their December meeting which also ended 0-0, but neither side were able to find the key to break the deadlock and they […]

Why Jules Kounde will be the most in-demand centre back this summer

Every summer there seems to be one position in particular that all the top clubs want to bolster, meaning targets are few and far between. This season that position seems set to be central defence once again. We’ve already seen Dayot Upamecano seal a move to Bayern Munich, with the reigning European champions moving swiftly […]

It is now or never for Anthony Martial at Manchester United

When Anthony Martial arrived from Monaco on deadline day in 2015 for up to £58million, the unanimous question on everyone’s lips was, “how good can Martial become?” Six years later and those at Old Trafford are still asking that same question. The 25-year-old understandably divides opinion among United fans. The ones who like to call […]

Neymar’s ‘mysterious’ March unavailability in full

Neymar has once again been ruled out of action for a month after picking up a groin injury during a cup game for Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian winger started against Ligue 2 side Caen in the Coup De France but with his side leading 1-0, the recently turned 29-year-old hobbled off holding his groin. Further […]

Manchester United must prioritise a centre back this summer

As we move past the half way point of the current Premier League campaign, discussion among the Manchester United fanbase has shifted to how United can improve over the summer and kick on to the next level under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With the COVID-19 pandemic still having an impact on the sporting world, there will […]

Dominic Calvert-Lewin back firing for Everton after Lucas Digne’s return

Everton’s frantic cup tie with Tottenham saw them progress into the quarter-final of the competition with a 5-4 win after extra-time, in part thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin once again. In an absolutely crazy game of football, Jose Mourinho’s team took the lead early on thanks to Davinson Sanchez’s header from a corner. They dominated most […]

Will Gabriel Jesus ever be good enough to lead the line for Manchester City?

With Sergio Aguero’s Manchester City career on pause right now, all eyes have been on Gabriel Jesus in a blue shirt. The Brazilian forward has been tasked with leading the line in Aguero’s absence, with the club’s all-time top goalscorer leaving big shoes to fill while he’s been out with injury. The Argentine hasn’t scored […]

Neymar’s new PSG contract confirms the path he needs for greatness

It’s hard to make a case for Neymar not having reached his full potential, but it’s also pretty easy to make a case too. Having just turned 29 years old, the Brazilian superstar has agreed a new four-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain to extend his stay at the club until 2026 at least. By that […]

Atletico Madrid could win the Champions League with new 352 system

Since Diego Simeone took over at Atletico Madrid way back in December 2011, we’ve seen the same thing pretty much year on year. A rigid 442 system with a solid defensive base, low block in midfield and individual brilliance in attack. It was the way when they made it to two Champions League finals in […]

Curtis Jones quietly raising his stocks in Liverpool’s midfield

As Liverpool finally look to be getting back to their flying best, some added creativity is something that is still lacking in the side. Having gone four Premier League games without a goal, the Reds bounced back with two consecutive wins against Tottenham and West Ham as they scored six goals combined. Mohamed Salah scored […]

Gareth Bale is finished at the top level

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to write this, because at one point Gareth Bale was one of the most exciting players in Europe to watch. His incredible speed, strength, technique and that wand of a left foot made Bale and Tottenham must-see when the Welshman was entering his peak back in 2012. […]

Eric Dier dire as Liverpool refuse to let title hopes die

Liverpool kept their title hopes alive as they beat Tottenham for a seventh consecutive time on Thursday night. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring with a tap-in on the stroke of half time after a lovely ball across the box from Sadio Mane, which Eric Dier inexplicably let roll past him inside the six yard box. […]

Ollie Watkins has an outside chance of an England call up

When there is an international tournament coming up at the end of a season, all eyes turn to who could sneak their way into a squad that is usually mostly picking itself already. Fitness permitting, it’s normal that you could name 15-16 of the players that will be on the plane to Euro 2020 without […]

How will Thomas Tuchel line up his Chelsea team?

The Frank Lampard era is over at Chelsea, as he was sacked by the Stamford Bridge board following a string of poor results. Chelsea were top of the league in December following a win over Leeds, but five defeats in eight games since then have seen them fall 12 points behind league leaders Manchester United […]

Timo Werner shortcomings aren’t just down to Frank Lampard

When a club is going through a tough time, the attention almost always switches to the manager. That is the case at Chelsea right now, with the Blues having lost five of their last seven Premier League games. Part of the criticism heading Lampard’s way has been his use over the club’s two big summer […]

Luke Shaw’s form shows growth in Manchester United squad

It was all the way back in 2014 when Manchester United spent £30m, a then record for a teenager, on young defender Luke Shaw from Southampton. He was seen as the next big prospect for the national team and the Red Devils moved to stay in-keeping with their tradition of snapping up the countries best […]

Emile Smith Rowe is the Mesut Ozil replacement Arsenal needed

When a football club produces a special talent in their academy and they break into the first team, it’s always a proud moment for fans. When Manchester United’s ‘class of 92’ came through together, there was excitement about what a group of academy lads could achieve together in the men’s game. Something similar is happening […]

Mesut Ozil joins Fenerbahce: Flop or not?

Mesut Ozil’s time in the Premier League is finally over, as Fenerbahce confirmed that they are to sign him. The German World Cup winner had entered the final six months of his contract with Arsenal, having been left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season. […]

Wayne Rooney retires – Top 5 goals he ever scored

The career of the greatest English player of all-time has come to an end, as Wayne Rooney officially retired from playing to become the permanent manager of Derby County. Rooney has been in caretaker charge of the Rams since mid-Novemeber when Philip Cocu was sacked, but he’s now signed a new two-and-a-half year contract to […]

Tariq Lamptey to renew contract with Brighton

Tariq Lamptey is on the verge of extending his contract at Brighton, putting an end to speculation around his future at the club. The right back has been a revelation at the AMEX Community Stadium since signing from Chelsea in January 2020, exploding onto the scene and into the first-team picture. Playing mostly as a […]

Manchester City aren’t dark horses, they’re favourites

Another win and another clean sheet on the board for Manchester City as they beat Brighton 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night to move into the top three. Pep Guardiola’s side made it seven wins on the trot in all competitions thanks to Phil Foden’s first half strike, putting them four points behind […]

What’s behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor form?

Not many fans would have argued with you during the summer off-season if you’d said that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the best strikers in the world. Two goals in each of the FA Cup semi-final and final fixtures saw Arsenal lift the trophy, with the Gabon international looking keen to extend his stay at […]

Cristiano Ronaldo – Timeless G.O.A.T

As Cristiano Ronaldo reaches the half way point of his 19th season in first-team men’s football, he continues to somehow shock everyone. The Portuguese forward made it 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for Juventus as they beat Sassuolo 3-1 on Sunday night, to move level with legendary Czech striker Josef Bican as the […]

Fikayo Tomori will make Chelsea regret letting him go

As Chelsea progressed into the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-0 win over Morecambe at Stamford Bridge, it was Frank Lampard’s team selection that got most of the attention. The club’s all-time top goalscorer and manager opted for a very strong lineup against League Two opposition, with all of Kurt Zouma, Mason Mount, Kai […]

Amad Diallo – Manchester United’s great expectation

After months of waiting, Manchester United have finally announced the signing of teenager Amad Diallo from Atalanta has been completed. The Ivorian winger has signed on a four-and-a-half-year contract, with the option for an extra season for an initial fee of £18.2m, which could rise to £37m. The deal was initially reached on deadline day […]

John Stones has seen form resurrected for Manchester City

In the summer of 2020, it seemed almost certain that John Stones was going to be heading out of the exit doors at the Etihad Stadium. But following a goal and yet another clean sheet in the Carabao Cup semi-final win against Manchester United, the 26-year-old is among the best central defenders in England this […]

Manchester United need semi-final win to show real progress

It’s been an interesting season for Manchester United so far this year, with many ups and downs plotted throughout. They started the Premier League season, but currently sit in second place behind Liverpool only on goal difference having played a game less. They started their Champions League campaign with three wins from four games, needing […]

Time to give Romelu Lukaku his flowers

Romelu Lukaku is one of those footballers who regularly falls between the cracks when it comes to conversations about who the best strikers in the world are. The Belgian has got flaws in his game, that is undeniable. His touch isn’t the greatest, his hold up play often gets him in trouble against the top […]

Is the Carabao Cup enough for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho?

It’s been 13 years since Tottenham Hotspur won a trophy, when they beat Avram Grant’s Chelsea side 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley Stadium. It was supposed to be the start of something fruitful and successful, but instead it turned into a one and done. The special era that consisted of players such as Robbie Keane, […]

Rodri struggling to replace Fernandinho at Manchester City

While Manchester City quietly charge towards a title challenge, it’s easy to forget they’re going through a transitional period. Pep Guardiola has largely relied on a core including Fernandinho in midfield, Kevin De Bruyne as the chief creator and Sergio Aguero as the head honcho in front of goal. Aguero’s goalscoring has dried up, with […]

Who should Chelsea replace Frank Lampard with?

Another defeat for the London Blues as Frank Lampard’s side were comfortably beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne saw Pep Guardiola’s side cruise into a 3-0 lead before half-time, as they took their foot off the gas in the second half and claimed three […]

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