Exploring the cultish appeal of Matthew Le Tissier

Exploring the cultish appeal of Matthew Le Tissier 0

The very best players in the world are surrounded by an aura.  The wealth and visibility of the game means that the most prominent footballers are now more like film stars and they are accordingly surrounded by a translucent, air-brushing light. Matthew Le Tissier was never like that.  Of course, he played at a different(…)

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea: Individual Player Statistics

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea: Individual Player Statistics 0

If you can imagine the perfect away performance in Europe, then this would probably be it.  Chelsea were excellent last night and only a fantastic goalkeeping performance from Rui Patricio – and a sensational professional foul by Mauricio – prevented the scoreline from being more emphatic. Here are their stats from Portugal. – Cesc Fabregas(…)

Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor: A forward we will never know

Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor: A forward we will never know 2

The Premier League is a very ‘here and now’ kind of world.  Opinions are formulated and then reassessed in weekly cycles and little thought is ever given to the long-term.  There are no guidelines for how history will judge this era and there’s really no way of knowing how the current generation will be appraised(…)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘dream return’ to Manchester United sounds like a nightmare

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘dream return’ to Manchester United sounds like a nightmare 0

Sky Sports are reporting today, via the usually reliable Guillem Balague, that Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be returning to Manchester United within the next twelve months.  Even though Ronaldo would be in favour of a move, Ballague believes that Real Madrid wouldn’t even consider selling him until the end of the 2015/16 season. In June 2016,(…)

Changing moods at Fulham

Changing moods at Fulham 1

Ben Weeks notes a gradual shift in the misery at Fulham… Cold, miserable, 1-0 down at home to Wolves and with my worst idea of ‘fan’ sitting directly behind me, shouting clichéd obscenities at a struggling Fulham team for being too young, too rubbish, too black… Not my favourite Wednesday evening, that one. In some(…)

Muhamed Besic’s Everton performance: Graphics

Muhamed Besic’s Everton performance: Graphics 0

If he was ebing honest, Roberto Martinez might tell you that it wasn’t ideal for Muhamed Besic to start his first Premier League game against Liverpool.  From what little exposure the Bosnian has been given to English football so far, it seems – understandably – as if the pace of the game is still a(…)

The critique of Steven Gerrard should be directed at Liverpool as a whole

The critique of Steven Gerrard should be directed at Liverpool as a whole 0

Steven Gerrard is becoming quite a polarising topic.  It seems as if not a week can pass at the moment without someone offering a vociferous attack on him or an impassioned defence of his contribution to Liverpool’s midfield. Gerrard did not have a good time against West Ham against Upton Park and neither was he(…)

Tottenham’s performance at the weekend and a minor gripe

Tottenham’s performance at the weekend and a minor gripe 5

Had you offered them a draw at The Emirates on Saturday morning, there isn’t a Tottenham fan alive who wouldn’t have taken it.  Spurs entered derby week looking disjointed, defensively-weak and low on confidence, and a home fixture with a newly-promoted side would have been infinitely preferable to a tangle with Arsenal. A point away(…)

Ryan Mason’s Tottenham performance yesterday

Ryan Mason’s Tottenham performance yesterday 2

In a world in which Tottenham’s midfield still isn’t really settled, the team’s chemistry in that part of the pitch is being assessed on a game-by-game basis.  The club’s Summer pursuit of Morgan Schneiderlin betrayed that Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t yet have the players who really fit his intended structure, and subsequently he is very much(…)

Arsenal, Tottenham, and derby day emotions 2

Derby day is wonderful and awful, both at the same time. Depending on which side of the North London divide you fall, your recent experiences of it will differ.  Regardless, though, the intensity remains the same and occasion is just as gripping. The North London derby isn’t unique, it isn’t incrementally more passionate than any(…)

Picking an Arsenal side for the North London Derby

Picking an Arsenal side for the North London Derby 0

Arsenal are a strange side at the moment, they haven’t really settled into any kind of rhythm as yet.  They’re capable of being either as good as they were against Manchester City or of producing as listless a display as they did in Dortmund. Arsene Wenger’s record in the North London derby is excellent though,(…)

Picking a Tottenham side for the North London derby

Picking a Tottenham side for the North London derby 4

Derby day. Every fan obviously argues that their derby is the most special, the most passionate and the most significant, but importance is really just defined by which one resonates with the individual supporter.  English football is richer for games like this and no matter how much the game changes or how much of the(…)

Manchester United vs West Ham: Matching strengths with weaknesses 0

Interestingly, having been forced to incorporate a change of style into his philosophy by West Ham’s board, Sam Allardyce is now getting all sorts of praise in the media for his adaptability. It’s like a child being ordered to tidy his room after weeks of doing nothing, only to then be praised for sulkily picking(…)

A small asterisk against Manchester United’s last defeat 2

The world wants Louis Van Gaal to fail at Manchester United. All Summer, rival supporters were subjected to presumptive conclusions about the side’s return to greatness under the Dutchman and that bred a lot of resentment – on top of the natural animosity that exists towards United and the schadenfreude that their defeats have always(…)

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