Bale Explodes – Again! But Is It Too Late For Real?

Gary Lineker almost perfectly summed up Gareth Bale’s outrageous bicycle by tweeting that “Bale had out Ronaldo’d Ronaldo”, to put Real Madrid ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool. It was exactly what was needed from the Welshman on a night when Liverpool threatened to get back into the game, Isco was anonymous, and…

The Kop’s Keeper Conundrum

The scrutiny under which Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will find himself under will be agonising. At the climax of a season in which Karius has had to constantly defend himself from his critics, he found them roaring even louder in his ear. The truth is that Liverpool’s goalkeeping has been a problem since the sale…

Analysing Allardycez

Everton’s 1-0 win over Newcastle hauled them to eighth place in the table and continued a sense of stability that had been missing during Ronald Koeman’s disastrous start to the season and David Unsworth’s brief stint as caretaker. While Sam Allardyce has no doubt assured the Toffee’s of their place in the Premier League, he…

Chasing City: What do the best of the rest do now?

Ever since the 6-0 demolition job Manchester City imparted upon Watford at Vicarage Road, there was a constant sense that their march to the crown was a one team procession. So it proved, as defeat for Manchester United saw the sky blue side of Manchester crowned champions with a 16 point cushion over their red…

Liverpool the Victors – and the Villains

Liverpool directed another night of European theatrics to batter Manchester City’s hopes of taking a European dream of their own back to the Etihad. Mo Salah, almost inevitably, generated the onslaught from the men in red that saw three goals plundered in thirty minutes. Despite the Egyptian going off with a groin injury that is…

Saints Sack Pellegrino

Southampton have parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino, with the south coast side sitting one precarious point above the relegation zone. A 3-0 defeat to Newcastle was evidently the final straw for the board, as Pellegrino’s contribution to their cause is drawn to a halt. A rescue job is now on the hands of his successor,…

Problems At Baggies Run Deep

Four of West Bromwich Albion’s senior players were forced to apologise for stealing a taxi in Barcelona this week, the low point of a season that seems set for doom. It began during September, which ignited a downhill slope. West Brom lost their unbeaten three game run against Brighton. After that, they then failed to…

Six Nations: No More Warrenball

The term ‘Warrenball’ has been one of the more frustrating terms to be associated with Welsh rugby. It was coined by the England backs coach Mike Smith merely months before Warren Gatland’s first venture with the British and Irish Lions in 2015. After his side’s display against Scotland, that moniker seems eradicated. Blowing away the…

Margaret Court Arena ‘should be renamed’ amid LGBT row 

Billie-Jean King has called for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed in the wake of the latest war of words between the former tennis stars. King, who revealed her sexuality in 1981, has suggested she would not play in the Margaret Court Arena were she playing today, on the basis of the opinions spoken…

Real Madrid Power’s Starting To Fade?

It was just over a year ago that Rafael Benitez was dispatched from Real Madrid’s driving seat, in the midst of 17 wins from 25 games and within four points of the La Liga summit.  Zinedine Zidane is now feeling the heat on his collar. Given recent events, it is little wonder.  Poor Squad Performance…

United v City: Post-Match 

The Manchester derby was already billed as a ‘title decider’ even before Nicolas Otamendi stabbed home to send Manchester City 11 points clear of their neighbours. Well might the title have been decided in the midst of Manchester City’s free flowing movement upending United’s cautious approach. It draws wonder as to how the Red’s can…

The Ashes: A Story So Far…

England are in trouble. To put it simply and bluntly. At the close of play on the third day of the second Test, England are down 1-0 in the series, and 268 runs behind Australia with the hosts set to resume batting on day four. Thus far, England’s batting has been discordant, and the bowling…