Jack Wilshere Showing Signs of Working His Way Back to the Arsenal First Team

Jack Wilshere’s career has been impacted by highs as much as it has been by lows. Some of his work for Arsenal and England has been absolutely supreme, something evidenced by the fact that his UEFA Champions League performance against Barcelona, all the way back in 2011, has taken on something approaching mythical status. Yet […]

Liverpool Show Ability to Find Gaps in Man Utd Midfield in 0-0 Draw at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp wasn’t exactly thrilled with Liverpool’s performance against Manchester United, and in some ways, that was understandable. His Reds controlled the match, dominating in terms of both possession and shot creation, but they couldn’t find a way through. The contest therefore ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and though Klopp could understand why others would […]

Marseille exploit Nice’s Aggression To Claim Impressive Comeback Victory

In the early going, Nice looked to have the better of Marseille. During their Ligue 1 encounter on Sunday, Lucien Favre’s men took the lead just three minutes in, through a Mario Balotelli header, and doubled it not long after. When Jean Michael Seri’s deflected effort skidded into the back of the net, Nice were […]

Man City Exploit Shakhtar’s Aggression to Claim Hard-Fought 2-0 Victory

Manchester City were strong against Shakhtar Donetsk. They secured a 2-0 win in their Champions League fixture against the Ukrainian side, and while many would’ve predicted that at the outset, especially given the game was played at Etihad Stadium, it was a tricky one for Pep Guardiola’s men. “Tonight, we beat an amazing team,” the […]

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 […]