Pep Guardiola and Manchester City Need Mental Rebuild as Much as Physical Reshaping

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As Manchester City left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium downcast, it was telling. Once again, they had failed to beat Spurs, after out-shooting and laying siege on their opponents. It was the third time this had happened in as many league games for the side led by Pep Guardiola. Add the Champions League quarter-final second leg […] READ MORE


Hungary’s Journey to a Second Successive Euro Qualification

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It has become a case of ‘waiting for a bus, then two arrive at once,’ for Hungary. Before qualifying for the European Championship in France in 2016, the Magyarok hadn’t appeared in the European competition since 1972. By that time, their golden generation had already passed and they’d become also-rans. Between 1972 and 2016, the […] READ MORE


Der Klassiker Victory Could Act as Springboard for Borussia Dortmund

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This weekend will mark the earliest Bundesliga Der Klassiker meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The champions visit the home of the side who, over the past eight years, have simultaneously played their closest challengers, yet haven’t come close to challenging. Borussia Dortmund Looking for Der Klassiker Victory Dortmund’s Forgettable Recent Past Against Bayern […] READ MORE


Champions League Losing Its Special Appeal Without Fans in Stadia

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As COVID-19 rages on, elite football continues without its fans in stadia, and as a result those memorable European nights in the Champions League are in danger of becoming forgettable. Champions League Losing Its Special Appeal Without Fans in Stadia Champions League also following Compressed Schedule The Bleacher Report tweeted an animated photo with the […] READ MORE


West Ham United Are Epitomising the Danger of Narratives This Season

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As West Ham United’s players walked off the pitch at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, the Hammers had won a point against Manchester City. That meant their form was now eight points from four league games. This was a far cry from a side that looked to be very much in turmoil at the earlier […] READ MORE


Six-Pointer as Sheffield United Face Fulham

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The International break is over and we’re set for another big weekend of club action across Europe. Everton host Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta go face-to-face again as Manchester City welcome Arsenal, while in Italy, Inter and AC Milan meet in a historic derby. But, perhaps one of the most […] READ MORE


Everton Must Continue Their Good Form After the International Break

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If you had told an Everton fan that their side would be top of the table at the end of the first international break of the season, they would have laughed derisively at you and walked away. Optimism has been a thing that’s been dwindling at Goodison Park for a while now. Here they are, […] READ MORE


Let’s Not Muck About: New Handball Law is a Product of VAR

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At first, it all looked innocuous, as it initially always does. Crystal Palace had a chance to double their lead at Old Trafford, but Jordan Ayew’s shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof and Manchester United thought they had gotten away with it. Except they hadn’t, as VAR called back Martin Atkinson to check for handball, […] READ MORE


How Much Progress Have Manchester United Made Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

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For Manchester United, it always seems like the case is black or white much of the time, particularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A defeat means they’re not good enough, a win means they’re back on track, and will probably challenge for the title in a season or so. It’s probably symptomatic of the culture of […] READ MORE


West Ham United and the Continuous Sapping of Optimism in East London

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There have been so many reasons why football in its current Covid-laced state – without fans – is a bit bland. There’s no real atmosphere – however much they pump in fake crowd noise – to aid a sterile game and augment a great one. There’s no roar, yell, or rally cry after a fourth […] READ MORE