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 […]

Real Madrid Use The Flanks To Claim Champions League Crown Against Juventus

Real Madrid opened the scoring in last weekend’s UEFA Champions League final, played against Juventus, with a lovely piece of play. They moved forward at pace along the left-hand side, through the swift passing of Modric and Kroos. Benzema then took possession in a true centre-forward position, at which point he slid the ball wide […]

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid Both Attack the Flanks, But in Different Ways

Bayern Munich took the lead in the home leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid, but following the sending-off of Javi Martinez, they succumbed to the added pressure and lost 2-1. That will make things tough for the German outfit in the return leg, but one of the more interesting features of […]

Real Madrid Fail to Capitalise on Strong Defensive Start against Dortmund

Real Madrid played Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, in a battle to decide top spot in Champions League Group F. That fight for the first place produced a match full of intensity and purpose, and early on, it was Real Madrid who made the running. Against Dortmund, a team who has established itself as a pressing […]

A Look at Toni Kroos’ Ability to Dominate from Deep at Euro 2016

At Euro 2016, a lot of teams have come into games with a defence-first mentality. They’ve tried to sit back, eliminate the pockets in front of their goalkeeper and, when the opportunity has presented itself, attack largely in transition. Some of the more favoured teams, when tasked with breaking down such deep defensive structures, have […]

Why Zinedine Zidane Is The Perfect Manager To Get The Best Out Of Isco

It’s safe to say that Isco’s time working with the now departed Rafa Benitez was rather unsatisfactory. Benitez never seemed to ever trust the Spanish international midfielder and was subsequently rarely willing to accommodate him into his first eleven. Obviously, Rafa’s desire to often deploy Gareth Bale in the number 10 role didn’t help things […]

Andres Iniesta’s All-Round Brilliance Too Much For Madrid in Clasico Rout

When Andres Iniesta was taken off in the 76th minute of Barcelona’s clinical thrashing of Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Madrid faithful gave him a richly deserved round of applause, just as they did for Ronaldinho 10 years ago. This was a clear sign of appreciation of his genuis from the hapless, dejected […]

Stoke City: Joselu a Blend of the Old and the New for Mark Hughes

During Stoke City’s recent away win over Swansea, Joselu produced a stunning overhead kick. He may have flashed it high and wide of the mark, although only narrowly, but in some ways, it seemed to signify the newness of Stoke’s approach under Mark Hughes. For starters, this was an impressive feat of technique, and the […]

Is it Feasible for Rafa Benitez To Persist With Gareth Bale Through The Middle?

In a week where Delle Alli became the youngest player to score a Premier League goal for Tottenham since Gareth Bale vs Arsenal in September 2007, you get the sense Bale wouldn’t have minded jumping back in a time machine and returning to that moment of unbridled joy eight years ago. For, at present, he’s […]

Hard-Working Keylor Navas Ready to Make His Mark in Madrid

Back in mid-2014, La Liga side Levante finished in 10th place. It was an impressive result considering their relatively low budget, and in the main, it was brought about by an incredibly mean defence. They conceded 43 goals for the campaign, a figure only bettered in Spain by the league’s top four teams. Under Joaquin […]