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Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are just products of their environment 0

On Wednesday night, Chelsea tumbled out of the Champions League in less than glorious circumstances. In the days following, Jose Mourinho has been questioned less for his tactical approach and more for the exploitative, advantage-seeking behaviour that he and his players are accused of using. ‘Dark arts’…that’s a phrase that’s being used a lot and,(…)

Player to watch today: Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) 0

Given the circumstances under which he arrived at the King Power stadium, it’s probably fair to assume that Andrej Kramaric’s stay at Leicester will be quite brief.  Chelsea supposedly retain an interest, some fairly illustrious European clubs were also enamoured with him in the past and Nigel Pearson will do well to hold onto him(…)

Player to watch today: Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) 0

Jason Puncheon is an interesting player. Because Crystal Palace aren’t on television very often, most rival supporters are aware of little beyond his - sorry, cliche - cultured left-foot.  That’s fair: Puncheon does strike a ball very purely and it’s not a surprise that, through highlights packages, has become his dominant association. He’s more than(…)

Why European failure doesn’t always mean that English skies are falling 1

Football is the undisputed king of mind-numbing debate. This week, Chelsea tumbled out of the Champions League and, in all likelihood, Arsenal and Manchester City are set to follow them through the exit door within the next seven days.  Liverpool fell at the first hurdle in both continental competitions and Tottenham were eliminated during the(…)

Manchester United, Radamel Falcao and a celebrated decline 0

The world doesn’t need another article detailing the differences between Radamel Falcao’s Atletico Madrid pomp and his current state, but it’s interesting to note just how loving the descriptions of his decline are. In any normal situation, all of this coverage would be asterisked by the difficulties which players inevitably face during their recovery from(…)

Andros Townsend: Pitch-minutes and improvement

Andros Townsend: Pitch-minutes and improvement 0

Statistics are not everybody’s idea of fun, so I’ll keep this brief… Andros Townsend.  He of the many skewed shots, the awful decisions and the relentless tendency to run into cul-de-sacs… He’s getting better. A lot of Tottenham fans dismissed Townsend a long time ago and were relatively indifferent as to whether he stayed in(…)

No need to sneer at Bradford, Reading or anything that happened at Valley Parade 5

Bradford City’s FA Cup quarter-final against Reading was given a bit of shoeing over the weekend.  The goalless draw at Valley Parade failed to provide a decisive outcome and the standard of the football led to much social media chuntering. In a way, though, the drone of complaints rather emphasised how detached we have all(…)

Ryan Giggs, 1999, and an opportune moment for a cliche 0

Ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final with Arsenal this evening, there will be plenty of nostalgia.  That 1999 seme-final replay was one of the most dramatic games the competition has ever seen and Ryan Giggs’ winning goal probably does deserve to stand above every other moment in his career. Because it’s such a celebrated(…)

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