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 […]

Arsenal Mix the Good with the Bad in Season Opener

The Premier League season opener again illustrated the qualities attached to England’s top-flight. There wasn’t necessarily much in the way of astute defending or tactical nous, but the excitement level was through the roof as Arsenal scored two late goals to claim a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The result left the home fans at […]

Lille Make Encouraging Start to Ligue 1 Under Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa is always a name that football fans like to hear. It reminds them of high-octane pressing and fast-paced attacking football. The news that he would be returning to football, and Ligue 1, with Lille was therefore met with much excitement, and after the club’s season opener against Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, it’s clear that […]

Luiz Gustavo Highlights His Importance to Marseille in the Club’s League Opener

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ligue 1 at the moment. The French top-flight has added a number of impressive names to its ranks, most notably Brazilian superstar Neymar. Then there are coaching additions such as the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who have signed on with Lille and Nantes respectively. […]

Borja Valero Could be Key to Inter’s Success this Season

On the surface, Inter signing a 32-year-old might not seem like such a big deal. On the surface, the Nerazzurri are a physical side packed with plenty of young talent, which ranges all the way from Geoffrey Kondogbia to Roberto Gagliardini and Gabriel Barbosa. On the surface, the backing of Chinese owners Suning should allow […]

How Giovani Lo Celso Starting to Show his Playmaking Capabilities for PSG

Giovani Lo Celso is currently away in the USA. He’s doing his best to break into Paris Saint-Germain’s first-team, and as a young player with plenty of talent, he’s on his way to doing just that. He enjoyed a solid showing in PSG’s most recent friendly match, which was played against AS Roma, and the […]

Lingard, Passing and Pereira: 3 Key Things From Man Utd’s win over RSL

Manchester United’s 2-1 friendly win over Real Salt Lake was an eventful one. RSL made a raft of changes 30 minutes in, something which allowed United to get the ascendancy. Then, early in the second half, Antonio Valencia received a red card for a ludicrous challenge, especially given the game was only a friendly. Despite […]