The North London Derby

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham, this game had it all. It started with team selection, many questioned Pochettino’s use of the diamond in midfield and Davinson Sánchez at right back. However, Emery also got questioned for his team selection as Xhaka started and Ceballos was left on the bench and despite starting three defensive midfielders, Arsenal’s defence […]

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tactics

The club icon’s tenure at Chelsea has started interestingly with his return to Stamford Bridge not being how he would have dreamt of. In preseason there were plenty of goals both scored and conceded. Lampard prefers a 4-2-3-1 which he has tried to implement but at times has had to revert to a 4-3-3 similar […]

How to replace club legends

César Azpilicueta: The Spanish defender turns 30 on the 28th of August and is starting to age out as more is demanded from full backs. Azpi has been a consistent performer for the Blues since joining from Marseille in the summer of 2012. Apart from being strong defensively, it’s difficult to see what he is […]

Newcastle’s tactics 2018/19

Rafael Benítez is a well respected and very successful coach as backed up by his record at Valencia, Liverpool and his short stint at Chelsea. However, it was his time at Newcastle that was arguably his most difficult test so far. After being unable to save the Magpies from relegation in 2015/16, he guided them […]

Teams with a point to prove

5 – Bayern Munich: It has been the transitional summer Bayern have needed for a few years. Rafinha, Robben and Ribery have been released, James Rodríguez’s loan has expired and Neuer coming off an awful this, the 2019 summer window is pivotal for Niko Kovač. During 2018/19, Bayern’s defence was incredible but Neuer really struggled […]

The best under 23 Ligue 1 players

10 – Joachim Andersen, 23-years-old: The 2018/19 season earnt Andersen a move from Sampdoria to Lyon. During 2018/19, Joachim started 32 matches and played a total of 2,880 minutes as Sampdoria conceded 51 goals, the ninth best in the league. The Danish centre back averaged 2.4 defensive actions (tackles and interceptions) as he played as […]

The best Under 23 La Liga players

10 – Jules Koundé, 20-years-old: Another savvy signing by Monchi for Sevilla, Jules is going to Spain coming off a very impressive season for Bordeaux. He played an integral part as Les Girondins finished 2018/19 with the equal fifth best defence although Bordeaux finished 14th. Jules started 37 matches and managed to play a total […]

How Arsenal’s summer should go

Arsenal’s current squad looks like this: Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (retiring) – 7 league starts – 588 mins Bernd Leno – 32 league starts + 1 sub – 2833 mins David Ospina (returning from loan with Napoli) – 26 league starts + 1 sub – 1457 mins Emiliano Martinez (returning from loan with Reading) – 18 […]

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