Manchester United 5-1 Leeds United: Red Devils Humble Peacocks

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side opened their Premier League campaign with an emphatic victory over their biggest rivals. Bruno Fernandes’s hat-trick and Paul Pogba’s four assists made the difference as the hosts in this battle of the War of the Roses. The match came into life in the second half as the home side scored four …

Liverpool’s Struggles Without Virgil Van Dijk

Football is complex and football teams are built on intricate systems. This means when a club loses a star player, like Liverpool with Virgil Van Dijk, the effect this has isn’t just localized to their position, it effects the whole side. Van Dijk is undoubtedly an elite defender and would be a huge loss for …

How Thomas Tuchel Is Succeeding at Chelsea

On the 25th of January, Chelsea announced they had parted ways with club icon Frank Lampard as manager and a day later Thomas Tuchel was the new man in charge. The German is the 14th manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club 17 and a half years ago. Despite being sacked from PSG in December, …

What Went Wrong for Lampard At Chelsea?

The 2020/21 Premier League season has taught us to expect the unexpected. Southampton have been top of the table despite their 9-0 loss last season, the media have expected Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United to win every game this season, Everton and Aston Villa both won their first four matches, Spurs won 6-1 at Old Trafford …

Klopp v Guardiola: Gegenpressing v Possession, the tactical battle

On the 7th of October 2018, Man City drew 0-0 at Anfield. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement around the match for attacking football, but it did disappoint. After this game, there were claims Pep Guardiola changed his approach and tactics to be more conservative which is something he doesn’t do. This suggests …

Marcelo Bielsa’s 3-3-1-3

The Argentinian is hailed as one of the best coaches. His attention to detail and philosophy for attacking possession-based football has also made him one of the most influential people in football history. Managers from Pep Guardiola and Jorge Sampaoli to Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone have all spoke about the huge influence the former …

Premier League Team of the Decade (2000-2010)

Petr Čech The only choice in net is Čech. The Czech international joined Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2004 from Rennes and was an incredible performer for this decade and beyond. From the first minute, Petr showed his class. In his first season he kept 25 clean sheets, conceded 15, conceded nine away from home and helped …

Project Big Picture

The government have called for Premier League clubs to help out the EFL clubs. This is because they are facing financial struggles due to COVID-19 and there are concerns that several could fold by the end of October because of this. This has led a proposal to be put forward by some of the biggest …

How Hojberg’s Arrival Has Helped Ndombele

In August 2020, Pierre-Emile Hojberg joined Tottenham from Southampton. The deal has been valued at £15 million but it also saw Kyle Walker-Pieters go the other way for £12 million. Since making the switch, Hojberg has made four appearances for the Lily Whites. Although his performances haven’t been headline grabbing, they have helped Tottenham’s most …

Do Defences Win Leagues?

Sir Alex Ferguson famously said, “attack wins you games, but defence wins you titles”. This worked in the first season of the Premier League as Man United won the league conceding nine fewer than anyone else, but they were outscored by Blackburn Rovers. A more recent case would be Liverpool signing Virgil Van Dijk and …

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