A look at Monaco Prodigy and Liverpool Target Thomas Lemar

When Monaco travelled to Caen for a league match at the start of March, the trip held additional significance for one of their players. For Thomas Lemar, it was a chance to revisit the stadium where he first made a name for himself, a chance to play against his former club and show them that […]

A look at Renato Sanches, Benfica’s €80 Million-Rated Midfield Bulldozer

Despite being a fresh-faced teenager, 18-year-old Renato Sanches is the footballing equivalent of a bulldozer. The Benfica youngster, who usually operates from the centre of midfield, loves to drive the Portuguese side forward. He loves to get the ball and take it from one end to the other as quickly as possible, either by dribbling […]

How High-Octane Bayer Leverkusen Blunted Bayern’s Attack

Bayer Leverkusen approach their football like few others in the German Bundesliga. They press with a staggering amount of intensity, so much so that they lead the league in tackles, with 20.7 per game. They’re also right up there for interceptions, coming in at 22.3 per game, behind only Werder Bremen’s 23.8. Although these are […]

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey: The Pros and Cons of His Central Midfield Role

“He comes alive when he plays through the middle.” Arsene Wenger was the man responsible for these words, and from these words alone, most Arsenal fans would be able to guess that he was referring to Aaron Ramsey. After all, the Welshman has made no secret of his preference to play through the middle, as […]

Man Utd’s Martial and Darmian Combine to Good Effect along the Left against Chelsea

By now, Manchester United’s struggles are well known. The club had lost its last four matches up until Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, and though that result halted the run of consecutive defeats, it has now been eight straight games, in all competitions, without a win for Louis van Gaal’s men. For a club […]

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal’s Ball-Playing Defender Stars Yet Again Against Man City

It seems like it’s taken some time, but the football world is now finally starting to appreciate the qualities of Laurent Koscielny to a significant degree. Rio Ferdinand, a former star defender himself, recently hailed the Frenchman for his aggression at the back. “Laurent Koscielny, when he’s on form, he’s the best defender in the […]

How Gerard Deulofeu’s New-Found Team Ethic Is Driving His Improvement At Everton

Last season, Gerard Deulofeu was stuck on the margins at Sevilla. He only featured 17 times in the league, and only 10 of those appearances were made as a starter. His coach at the time, Unai Emery, loved his quality but couldn’t warm to his attitude. “He has incredible qualities but lacks others. Put him […]

Bojan’s Sharp Transition Game Key to Stoke’s Improvement in Attack

After enduring a serious knee injury, Bojan Krkic has rediscovered his signature blend of slick movement and irrepressible technique. He showcased these attributes in Stoke City’s most recent match, a 1-0 win over Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, and they came to the fore as he made the game’s decisive contribution. As Stoke quickly worked the ball […]

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spirited Defensive Philosophy Key To Tottenham’s Progress This Season

For a team who finished fifth in the English Premier League last season, Tottenham’s defensive record was surprisingly shabby. They conceded 53 goals over the course of their 38 game campaign, a figure which ranked them as the fifth-worst in the division. To put that into perspective, Tottenham leaked the same number of goals as […]

Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe Looks Set to Thrive under Jurgen Klopp

Under Jurgen Klopp, Jordan Ibe has shown some positive signs. He produced a late assist in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea, and he followed that up, in the midweek, with a long-range winner against Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League. He also performed well in Liverpool’s next match, a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, […]