Talented Tanguy Ndombele Characterises Lyon’s Recruitment Strategy

On the surface, it looked like Lyon were in for a tough season. They didn’t just lose Ligue 1 superstar Alexandre Lacazette, their goalscoring machine, to Arsenal, but they also lost all-round midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Those were the biggest names to go, but midfield stalwart Maxime Gonalons also moved on, this time […]

Liverpool Lacked Patience in 1-1 Draw with Burnley

Liverpool were left frustrated in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Burnley. In Jurgen Klopp’s own words, they played “proper football – offensive football, dominant football, possession football how it should be.” The final part of that sentence, however, is probably a bit of a stretch, as in order to truly do things as […]

Mohamed Elneny Shows his Value with Functional Performance against Cologne

Mohamed Elneny isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There’s not a lot of flash to his game, and many of his passes are simply short balls designed to tick over possession. He doesn’t dribble much and he doesn’t have the kind of raw pace and power that observers tend to enjoy, but even without all of […]

Nice Put Monaco to the Sword with Swift Counter-Attacking Game

Nice hosted local rivals Monaco last weekend, and they probably would’ve gone into the game thinking they were up against it. Their opponents, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, went into the match not only with an unblemished record in the current campaign, but also on a 24 match unbeaten streak in the league. Throw in […]

Man City and Leroy Sane Ruthlessly Exploit Numerical Advantage against Liverpool

Manchester City and Liverpool was shaping up nicely. Pep Guardiola’s men were getting their possession game going, and through the strike team of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, generating some important opportunities to score. Liverpool, meanwhile, were finding avenues into the final third through the pace of their wide men. Mohamed Salah was particularly important […]

Geoffrey Kondogbia Makes Positive First Impression at Valencia

The phrase ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ seems to have been invented for people like Geoffrey Kondogbia. He’s the type of player who will be making perfectly timed sliding tackles and completing roulette turns one minute before producing something like his bizarre pre-season own goal against Chelsea. That involved a 40-yard back-pass that looped […]

Liverpool Demolish Arsenal With Slick Transition Game

Arsenal were horrendous against Liverpool. Arsene Wenger made some curious personnel choices from the beginning, and they lacked any sort of ability to limit Liverpool’s qualities in transition throughout the 90 minutes. That cannot be disputed, but as much as the Gunners have been the team to generate the most discussion in the aftermath of […]

Fullbacks, Wide Men and Replacements: A look at Monaco’s 1-0 Win over Metz

It’s been a big summer of upheaval at AS Monaco. Following last season’s Ligue 1 success, they’ve lost a number of quality players to big spending opposition. Manchester City has swooped in for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayako has joined Chelsea and Valere Germain has left for Marseille. Add in the heavy speculation […]

Why Always Mesut?

When Arsenal lose matches they should win, people tend to go big on a couple of things. The first is a lack of leaders, which is an interesting and potentially plausible theory, even if it’s very difficult to quantify for observers on the outside. The second is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is always one […]

Neymar Makes Bright Start on Debut in PSG’s 3-0 Win over Guingamp

Guingamp never seemed like the most likely location for Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut. The Stade du Roudourou, the home ground of En Avant de Guingamp, holds only a tick over 18,000 people, and though that number is far from a huge capacity, it’s actually quite impressive given that the commune of Guingamp encompasses a population […]