Man City Show the Value of Counter-Attacking for Big Teams

Football isn’t always easy for the big teams. They often come up against well organised defensive units and, most of the time, those units will sit back in a compact shape to make themselves difficult to penetrate. This means scoring isn’t a straightforward proposition, and sometimes, despite the quality of player lining up for the […]

Tottenham Combine Strategy and Execution to Dismantle Chelsea

On Wednesday night at White Hart Lane, Tottenham managed to snap Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak by propelling themselves towards a 2-0 victory. It wasn’t easy for them, especially given the intensive defensive strategies employed by both teams, but courtesy of a well-developed plan and an impressive ability to execute, Spurs managed to consign Antonio Conte […]

How Giroud’s Physicality Allowed Arsenal to Alter Approach Against West Brom

In their recent home match against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal dominated proceedings during the first half. They passed the ball around effortlessly, controlling nearly 80% of possession in the process, and they were rarely troubled by their opposition. The likes of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil bumped the ball around between themselves with […]

Walker and Rose Key for Tottenham in 1-1 Draw with Leicester City

Tottenham recorded yet another draw over the weekend, this time in their home encounter against Leicester City. It was the club’s fourth stalemate over their past five games, and again, the familiar problem of failing to generate high-quality opportunities in front of goal presented itself. That issue means Spurs haven’t won in any of their […]

Why Alex Iwobi is Arsenal’s Connector

Arsene Wenger thinks of Alex Iwobi as a connector. “Football is perception, decision-making and acting,” the Arsenal boss asserted. “The perception especially struck me. The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me. “When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you […]

A Look at How Marouane Fellaini is Finding his Place at Man Utd

Marouane Fellaini hasn’t always been the most popular player at Manchester United, but that could be about to change. He has started the new English Premier League season as a key contributor to Jose Mourinho’s revamped line-up, and the former Chelsea boss is clearly impressed with his early work. “With Fellaini I always have the […]

Oscar Highlights his Defensive Quality in Chelsea’s Win over West Ham

After a bit of back and forth between the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-4 formations, Chelsea started the new Premier League campaign, their first under Antonio Conte, using the former. That allowed them to field a three-man midfield for the season opener against West Ham, and despite the availability of Cesc Fabregas, Conte opted to play […]

Antonio Valencia Continues to Stake his Claim for Man Utd’s Right-Back Position

As Jose Mourinho attempts to reformat his Manchester United side, he’s got a bit to think about in the fullback positions. While the left is pretty straightforward, with the return of Luke Shaw looking likely to excite the fans, the picture on the right side of defence is a little less clear. There are a […]

Spurs’ Signing Vincent Janssen Highlights Strength and Work-Rate in Pre-Season

When Vincent Janssen first signed for Tottenham Hotspur, most people referred immediately to his prolific goalscoring record in Holland. Last season, he netted an impressive 27 league goals for AZ Alkmaar, a figure that was superior to any other player in the Dutch Eredivisie. So when Tottenham lined up against Atletico Madrid in a recent […]

Despite his Dynamism, Son Heung-min still has Plenty to Prove at Tottenham

It’s an interesting time to be a wide man at Tottenham. Between guys like Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie, there certainly isn’t a shortage of options. Throw in the soon-to-be confirmed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and there’s something of a logjam developing on the flanks. The acquisition of N’Koudou is particularly interesting, as […]