How Villarreal’s Mix of Hard Running and Killer Balls Could Set Them Up This Season

In their last match before the international break, Villarreal travelled to the RCDE Stadium to play Espanyol. The match itself wasn’t anything to write home about, with the Yellow Submarines dominant in possession but unable to break through against a deep-sitting opposition. That led to a fairly standard 0-0 draw, a result that Villarreal’s manager, […]

Despite the Positives, Sampaoli has to Consider Sevilla’s Defensive Shortcomings

Jorge Sampaoli has developed a reputation for high-octane football. He likes his sides to attack with speed, press with aggression and, in a more general sense, take the game up to the opposition. As the newly installed manager of Sevilla, he now has the chance to take that philosophy to Europe, and based upon his […]

Javier Mascherano’s Immense Contribution in Barcelona’s Crucial Derby Win

It takes a brave and selfless man to announce the following: “It’s obvious that, for Barcelona’s style, it’s better that (Sergio) Busquets plays than that I play.” But Javier Mascherano is a player who always puts his team first and undertakes whatever role his manager requires of him. And one who importantly understands his capabilities […]