Why Chelsea Have to Finish in the Top Four
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Why Chelsea Have to Finish in the Top Four

Chelsea’s latest financial results, announced during the final hours of 2019, went beyond merely confirming a lean year at Stamford Bridge. They underlined that the club are not sustainable at the elite level without the benefits of regular Champions League participation. There was heavy spending in 2018-19 to acquire Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and Christian Pulisic, […]

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Sensible Transfers: Chelsea
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Sensible Transfers: Chelsea

Frank Lampard has, if not silenced the doubters, then at least quietened them – those who felt his tenure at Derby had seen a side overperforming in relation to xG and getting a little lucky at times foresaw a tough start at Chelsea, but Lampard has impressed. His tactical management looks solid, he is handling […]

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How Everton Chased Ancelotti For Two Years
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How Everton Chased Ancelotti For Two Years

Everton’s pursuit of Carlo Ancelotti was more than two years in the making. Everton’s ambitious majority investor Farhad Moshiri has wanted a truly world-class manager ever since he took over in February 2016. He thought he had one in Ronald Koeman but, when the Dutchman’s spell in charge flatlined in his second season, Moshiri decided […]

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Football Bubble: The Crash of ITV Digital
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Football Bubble: The Crash of ITV Digital

Live televised football in Britain was introduced tentatively. The FA Cup final had been broadcast live since 1953, but leagues games only began to be broadcast regularly in the 1983-84 seasons, with experimental transmissions on ITV the occasional Friday evening. The number of matches were restricted for two reasons: firstly, in response to the game’s […]

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How Good Is Aaron Wan-Bissaka?
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How Good Is Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

Modern day full-backs are often praised primarily for their attacking contribution. However, Aaron Wan-Bissaka doesn’t fit this mould. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Crystal Palace, reportedly earning interest from a number of top Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur. He garnered this attention through some outstanding defensive performances, almost single-handedly reminding people […]

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Women’s World Cup Final: USA v Netherlands
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Women’s World Cup Final: USA v Netherlands

The first Women’s World Cup final sees defending champions USA take on European Championship winners the Netherlands. Jill Ellis’ USA, who are looking to secure a fourth World Cup with victory in Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais, have never finished outside the top three at a World Cup, while the Netherlands are participating in only their […]

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Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained
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Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained

In February 2019, FIFA ruled that Chelsea had breached rules relating to the registration of players under 18. Consequently, their only summer acquisition involving a fee was Mateo Kovačić, who completd his transfer from Madrid a year after agreeing an initial loan deal. The ban has genuine ramifications for a team who, according to Transfermarkt, […]

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A Brief History of Gary Lineker
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A Brief History of Gary Lineker

For the younger generation of British football fans, Gary Lineker is a broadcaster. As host of the BBC’s weekly flagship Saturday night highlights show “Match of the Day”, and a number of other BBC sporting institutions, Lineker’s television career has now been long and very successful. But before all that, he was a striker. And […]

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Tactical Issues Explained
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Tactical Issues Explained

Tottenham Hotspur have not started the Champions League well. Last season’s beaten finalists were held to a draw away at Olympiakos before crashing to a 2-7 defeat at home to Bayern Munich. The Premier League season has started in similarly poor fashion. As these stats from OneFootball show, Spurs have significant ground to make up […]

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How Pukki Scores So Many Goals for Norwich
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How Pukki Scores So Many Goals for Norwich

Although Norwich were defeated by Liverpool at Anfield and Chelsea at Carrow Road, Daniel Farke’s team have impressed with a commitment to the attacking football that saw them promoted from the Championship. Teemo Pukki has scored five goals in three games for the Canaries and his movement and finishing has gone some way to settling […]

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