Manchester City: Picking a side for Stamford Bridge 0

Not to sound too Sky Sports, but this really is a game that Manchester City can’t lose: a five point deficit to Chelsea with sixteen games remaining would still be significant, but an eight-point difference would feel like a chasm at this point of the season. Here’s a suggested team for their trip to Stamford(…)

Andre Schurrle’s impending exit provides an example of Chelsea’s FFP nous 1

A couple of years ago, Chelsea were widely mocked for their obsession with attacking-midfielders.  For a period of time, it seemed as if Michael Emenalo was allowing the team as a whole to decay whilst relentlessly stockpiling the squad’s attacking options. Emenalo was done a disservice, though, because it is that same strategy which is(…)

Light-hearted Tottenham and a season without context 3

As Che Adams’ snapshot deflected off Eric Dier and spun into Michel Vorm’s net, everything was normal.  Tottenham are the club of unlikely failure and this was them finding new and ever more inventive ways of tripping over their own feet. Sheffield United poured forward, the Bramall Lane crowd finally a factor after nearly eighty(…)

Diego Costa is the villain who we need Chelsea to have 4

Diego Costa had a busy night at Stamford Bridge.  In addition to stamping maliciously on Emre Can in the first-half on Martin Skrtel in the second, the Spaniard also found time to help Chelsea through the league cup semi-final against Liverpool and on to Wembley. Such is the nature of English football nowadays, that it(…)

Discussing the disconnect between Brendan Rodgers & Mario Balotelli 1

Quickly, because the internet is not short of Mario Balotelli-themed content… Over the weekend, Brendan Rodgers was questioned over the Italian’s continued exclusion from the Liverpool side and responded by alluding to the forward’s lack of application in training: “I am judging it every day in training – Mario is exactly the same as every(…)

Martin Odegaard: Jealousy dressed as concern 3

Martin Odegaard has been the story this week.  The sixteen year-old brought the curtain down on his tour across the continent by signing for Real Madrid and committing to a contract rumoured to be worth €80,000 per week. He enjoyed the lavish, Galactico-style presentation, he posed for photographs with Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, and(…)

Why Eric Cantona cannot be measured today 0

It’s nearly twenty years since Eric Cantona did what he did at Selhurst Park. With that anniversary almost upon us, there are plenty of nostalgic articles appearing online which revisit that night in 1995 and reappraise it through a 2015 lens. That’s to be expected. Less welcome, however, are the few articles which seem to(…)

Chelsea & Juan Cuadrado: Offensively different, defensively suited 0

So, Juan Cuadrado and Chelsea… By all accounts, Jose Mourinho will soon be adding the Colombian to his squad – presumably once the £26.8m buy-out clause is met – and that signing will make a lot of sense. Mourinho has clearly demonstrated, to different degrees, that neither Andre Schurrle nor Mohamed Salah are really part(…)

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