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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Why Eddie Howe is Reminiscent of Pep Guardiola
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Why Eddie Howe is Reminiscent of Pep Guardiola

Premier League teams outside the top six have gained increased prominence in the transfer window over the past few years. Ambitious owners who are looking to take their clubs to new heights are spending large sums of money to acquire the best talent, as teams look to make an impression on the top six. Yet […]

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FIFA World Cup 2018™: ‘Group E’ Tactical Preview
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FIFA World Cup 2018™: ‘Group E’ Tactical Preview

Brazil qualified with real confidence from the CONMEBOL section, losing only their first game away in Chile before going unbeaten, scoring the most goals with 41 and conceding the fewest, 11. The five times Champions, managed by Tite, had plenty of goalscorers: Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus scored seven, while Neymar and Paulinho both weighed in […]

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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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