Should Pep Guardiola Be Considered a World-Class Manager?

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has been one of the most talked-about figures in recent football history ever since he first started out his coaching career with Barcelona in 2008. The Spaniard had instant success with the Catalans, spending four fruitful years at Nou Camp and winning multiple coveted trophies. That is why it was no surprise that Bayern Munich fans were elated when they heard the news that Guardiola is going to coach the team and despite his stay in Germany proved to be a bit controversial at the end, the same…

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What Can We Expect from the 2020 Community Shield Match?

2020 Community Shield Match

Premier League champions Liverpool and FA Cup holders Arsenal will be going head-to-head this weekend at the traditional Community Shield matchup at Wembley Stadium. During the years, the match has gained the reputation of being a friendly game more than a competitive outing but it’s nevertheless a chance to pick up some silverware and go into the season on a high. Both clubs have won the Community Shield trophy 15 times but the Merseyside Reds haven’t laid their hands on it since 2006 while Arsenal added to their tally three…

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Is Harry Maguire’s England Career Over?

Harry Maguire England

The Manchester United players are currently enjoying their offseason holidays but this hasn’t gone down well for one of the star defenders. Englishman Harry Maguire got himself in hot water after an altercation with Greek police while vacationing on the island of Mykonos with family and friends. Things are not looking good for the United captain as he was found guilty of multiple charges and will be serving a three-year suspended sentence. Needless to say, that is all the English tabloids are talking right now but let’s sift through all…

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Can PSG Finally Get Their Hands on the Champions League Trophy or Will Bayern Munich End The Drought?

PSG Bayern Munich Champions League

Estadio da Luz will be the arena for the 2020 Champions League final which will see Paris Saint-Germain clash with Bayern Munch this Sunday for the most prestigious prize in European club football. Anyone familiar with the history of these two teams will agree that the Germans are favorites to come away with another trophy. They have won the tournament on five occasions in the past, while their French opponents made it to the final game for the first time ever. However, nothing is impossible when it comes to these…

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Will Lionel Messi Actually Consider Leaving Barcelona and Where Could He End Up?

Lionel Messi Leaving Barcelona

Things at FC Barcelona have definitely reached a boiling point. The club looks to be in total disarray and the 8-2 hammering Bayern Munich dished out to them in the Champions League was the final straw for Josep Maria Bartomeu. After the humiliating defeat, the president sacked manager Quique Setien and Eric Abidal announced he will be leaving his director post as well. This week, Bartomeu confirmed that Ronald Koeman will be taking over as head coach for the new season. Nothing is official so far, but it does seem…

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Can Manchester United Actually Sign Jadon Sancho This Summer?

Manchester United Jadon Sancho

Manchester United are firmly locked in their Europa League campaign but it’s no surprise that they are already gearing up for a busy transfer summer ahead. Rumours of Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford have been ripe since the turn of the year but have recently picked up even more steam and it’s time to assess whether the Red Devils can really sign one of England’s brightest talents. I start off with my thoughts on whether Sancho will actually want a move back to Manchester and wrap things up with…

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Can an English Team Win the Champions League Again This Year?

English Teams in Champions League

The 2019/2020 football season across Europe has mostly been concluded but we still have the advanced stages of this year’s Champions League tournament to look forward to. Some juicy clashes are coming up and today I will be focusing on the two remaining Premier League clubs. Manchester City and Chelsea are the only English clubs left in the competition after holders Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were booted out in the last round by Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig respectively. The first legs of the upcoming quarter-finals have already been played…

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What Could Winning the FA Cup Mean for Mikel Arteta’s Tenure as Arsenal Manager?

Mikel Arteta Arsenal

Things were looking pretty gloomy at Emirates Stadium with Unai Emery at the helm and despite the initial excitement of appointing former player Mikel Arteta to take over his Spanish compatriot, there were still a lot question marks around the direction of the club. Arteta had been Pep Guardiola’s understudy for several years and his impeccable professionalism and a steady mentality as a player made him a great choice on paper. However, no one could say whether he will be able to withstand the pressure of managing at a top-level…

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Did the Hawk-Eye Technology Cost Bournemouth Their Place in the Premier League?

Hawk-Eye Technology and Bournemouth

The 2019/2020 was done and dusted last week but it seems the controversy is not over yet. We won’t be seeing EPL action until September but reports of Bournemouth seeking legal advice regarding a certain situation from a recent match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United have surfaced on Monday. The Cherries’ went down despite a spirited performance against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in their last fixture, as the Villains secured a draw away to West Ham.  So, after a five-year stay at the top echelon, Eddie Howe’s team must now…

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2019/2020 Premier League Recap and a Look to Next Season

2019/2020 Premier League Recap

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign and what a year it was! The hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented and the big headline was Liverpool finally delivering the EPL trophy after a 30-year wait. However, there are quite a few other key aspects that marked the year and this is what I will concentrate on in this post. We now know which teams will be competing in the Champions League next season and who failed to retain their Premier League status. There is a…

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What Can Crystal Palace Expect from Nathan Ferguson?

Nathan Ferguson Crystal Palace

This week’s big transfer news comes from South London where young English starlet Nathan Ferguson has decided to continue his career with Crystal Palace. The young defender featured prominently for West Brom this season and has already racked up several appearancs for the Under-20s national team. In this piece, I highlight how exactly Palace was able to lure him to London and what can the Eagles’ fans expect from their new player. How Did Crystal Palace Seal the Deal? Ferguson’s transfer from West Bron didn’t go through without drama. The…

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How Good Is West Ham’s Czech Midfielder Tomas Soucek?

West Ham's Czech Midfielder Tomas Soucek

West Ham United desperately needed reinforcements in January as the club was deep in the fight for survival in the Premier League. Fans were expecting big names to come and help out their team, so the loan signing of Tomas Soucek from Czech outfit Slavia Prague went completely under the radar. Soucek had impressed in his home country and he was even nominated for Player of the Year there but it wasn’t clear whether he has the attributes to succeed in football’s most challenging domestic competition. However, the 25-year-old has…

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Who Will Win the 2020 FA Cup Final?

2020 FA Cup Final

A few weeks back, the FA decided on staging the 2020 FA Cup Final on August 1st. In this unprecedented time, it was not always certain that the competition would be concluded, but luckily we are going to see yet another final of football’s oldest competition take place at Wembley Stadium. We’re in for another London derby as Arsenal and Chelsea proved to be a cut above the rest of the competitors and will be gearing up for their third FA Cup Final bout in the history of the two…

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Should Liverpool Fans Be Excited About a Potential Thiago Alcantara Transfer?

Liverpool Thiago Alcantara

For a few days now, rumours of midfielder Thiago Alcantara joining Liverpool have been picking up speed. The Spaniard was one of the brightest prospects in the Barcelona academy some years ago before his move to Bayern Munich where he has established himself as a key piece in a team that has dominated the Bundesliga in recent seasons. On paper, a cut-price deal for such a great talent is a no-brainer but there are a few roadblocks ahead of the move. In this piece, I share my thoughts on what…

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What Was Erling Haaland’s “Nightclub Incident” About and Can It Hurt His Career?

Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s young stiker Erling Halaand is currently enjoying his offseason break after a very successful six months with the Bundesliga outfit. Haaland netted 16 goals in just 18 appearances for the Yellow and Black and it seems that he can’t stay away from the spotlight too much. However, for the first time, it wasn’t his football ability that got him on the front pages of the press. A video of him being escorted out of a nightclub in Norway did the rounds on social media and everyone was quick to…

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What Does Man City’s Successful Ban Appeal Means for the Club?

Man City's Successful Ban Appeal

Manchester City fans across the world were anxiously holding their breath for the verdit of the Court of Arbitration for Sport this morning. The Cityzens ended up appealing a UEFA ban that threatened to remove them from Champions League contention for the next two years and their fate was to be decided by CAS. The Court took time to review the full details of the case and finally produced a verdict which was in favor of the Premier League club. In this post, I detail exactly why UEFA wanted to…

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Can Manchester United Return to the Top Next Season?

Manchester United Top Next Season

After winning their away game against Aston Villa yesterday, Manchester United became the first team to beat their opponents with a three-goal margin for four consecutive EPL games. Ole Gunnar Solskaejr started his tenure at Old Trafford with flying colors but the team did run out of steam and naturally, a lot of questions were raised as to whether the Norwegian is capable of returning Manchester United to the top of the table. In this piece, I detail how the club has been performing since Project Restart was put in…

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Is Aubameyang Truly a World-Class Striker?

Aubameyang Arsenal

Arsenal’s Ghabonese talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the campaign when he netted yesterday against Leicester City. This made him only the second Arsenal player to score 20 goals for the club in consecutive seasons which is a terrific achievement in and of itself. Aubameyang is adored by the Arsenal faithful and it is evident that Mikel Arteta relies a lot on the forward. Not only because of his goalscoring ability but because he is seemingly a very important figure in the dressing room. I definitely…

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Why a Move to the Premier League Makes Sense for Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey Premier League

Rumours about an impending transfer of Thomas Partey to the Premier League are heating up this week and in this post, I take the time to highlight the player’s skill set and share my thoughts on whether the league will suit him. Arsenal is said to be the frontrunners to bag the Ghanian enforcer but there are other clubs in the running who could very much use his talents in their respective squads. Let’s start off with a brief overview of what Partey can bring to the EPL. What Type…

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Why Have Goals in the EPL Dried Up Since Project Restart Began?

EPL Goals After Project Restart

Bar a couple of high-scoring games involving Machester City and Liverpool, goals have really dried up since the Premier League was rebooted. It’s true that the sample size is not very big but there are some trends that have emerged and the purpose of this piece is to examine the reasons behind the fewer goals scored during this time. How Have EPL Teams Fared in the Goals Department Recently? Manchester United managed to score three goals away at Brighton yesterday but this was one of the very few high-scoring games…

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Is This the Start of A Liverpool Hegemony in the Premier League?

Liverpool Hegemony in the Premier League

Liverpool are finally champions of the Premier League! After a 30-year drought, the Merseyside Reds wrapped up the title last week and although it came in very strange circumstances, the Liverpool faithful will hardly bat an eyelid. Jurgen Klopp’s squad was by far the best outfit during the entire year and despite a minor hiccup since Project Restart began, they were never in danger of missing out on the title this time around. This all begs the question: Is this the start of a Liverpool dynasty in the league? They…

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Was Arsenal Right to Hand David Luiz a New Contract?

Arsenal, David Luiz, Mikel Arteta, Raul Sanllehi, Edu Gaspar

Arsenal was one of the clubs I was looking forward to seeing play the most once the league restarted. Mikel Arteta’s appointment definitely had a positive effect on the players and the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium as a whole. It was evident that the Spaniard has a lot of work ahead of him to put the Gunners back among the top spots in the Premier League but there’s no doubt that the first signs since he took over have been quite positive. Unfortunately for Arsenal’s faithful, the team didn’t get…

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Is it Time for David De Gea to Move On From Manchester United?

David De Gea Manchester United

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea has been one of Manchester United’s most consistent players since signing from Atletico Madrid back in 2011. When Sir Alex Ferguson brought in the goalkeeper, he immediately made a positive impact with his cerebral approach to the game and outrageous athleticism. For years de Gea has been regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world but the last few seasons have seen a massive drop in his form for both the national side and Manchester United. His mistake for the Tottenham goal in…

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Is Lionel Messi Right to Stay With Barcelona?

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s situation at Barcelona has been a subject of speculation for more than a year now. The Argentine superstar always looked destined to finish his career at the club but as we all know, the reality of modern football is a bit different. There were quite a few realistic scenarios for Messi to take his talents elsewhere but it does seem that he will be staying in the Catalonia capital. Barcelona’s talisman is rumored to have agreed to a new three-year contract with the Blaugranas, squashing all the speculation…

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Can Anyone Stop Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga Hegemony?

Bayern Munich Bundesliga

Bayern Munich are on top of the Bundesliga once again! The Bavarian club wrapped up their latest title in unfamiliar circumstances as there are still no fans allowed inside the stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the uncertain times, the Munich squad has been flawless since the restart of the competition, and their 1-0 win against Werder Bremen at the weekend ensured that there is no catching them once again. The difference-maker was once again top striker Robert Lewandowski who made use of a Jerome Boateng pass to notch…

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