Are Southgate’s Troops Ready For War?      

After a leisurely stroll through the qualifying process, England emerged into qualification with something of a limp. 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania ground out the final points of yet another unbeaten qualifying campaign – their fourth in a row.  The final two games are testament as to how difficult manager Gareth Southgate could find…

Bayern In Trouble Or ‘Trouble’?

It is very unlike Bayern Munich to begin their season at anything other than 100 miles per hour. True to form, they have retained the German Super Cup and are on course to emerge from the group stages of the Champions League.  Which then begs the questions as to why they have elected to jettison…

Koeman Out Of The Woods – Now To Press For Europe.

Ronald Koeman must have been red in the face when he discovered Everton were to face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in 4 of his first 5 games. It is perhaps understandable that his side were subjected to ruthless attacks and forced into defensive mode during these games.  Having negotiated these games which…

Costa’s Behaviour Justified Amid Conte Madness

Diego Costa is an enigma. More than that, he is a cult in his own right. But love him or hate him, you cannot deny the quality of the Chelsea striker is there.  For three years, he was the spearhead of the London sides attacks. He was the combative bully that Chelsea had come to…

Neymar to PSG – a £198m statement 

It’s a stunning move, frankly. One that we scoffed at the idea of when talk first sprouted. But now it would appear that Neymar will head to Paris St-Germain in a £198m move.  Likeminded ambition Neymar, for all his team success at Barcelona, is stratospherically ambitious. He made a point of taking Santos to new…

Will Morata Be Made In Chelsea? 

To be presented with the news that Alvaro Morata was switching Spanish land for Stamford Bridge must have had Chelsea fans drooling.  The 24-year-old hitman has sealed a deal which sees him replace the dispensed-with services of Diego Costa. A fine warrior striker with cult status seems less than endearing to Antonio Conte, who has…

The Lionesses Ready To Roar At The Euro’s

They took the hearts of the people in 2015 when desire, skill and fortitude saw England’s Lionesses push their way to a 3rd placed finish at the World Cup in Canada.  Though valiantly edged out by Japan in the final-four, they nonetheless gave the world a reminder that England’s footballers CAN perform on the big…

England Well Short Of The Elite

On a warm night in Paris, an exhibition between France and England put a lot more on show than Gareth Southgate would have liked to see… and perhaps delivered his most stark reality check yet.  Despite playing almost an entire half without an eleventh man, France outperformed England exquisitely, delivering waves of attacks brimming with…

Real Reign Again – But Will Buffon Prevail?

A victory worthy of the label ‘supremacy’ was witnessed last night as Real Madrid retained the Champions League at the expense of Juventus, becoming the first team to do so since the re-formatted ‘Champions League’ in 1992.  In doing so, they underlined the strength and immeasurable talent across their squad and management team and dealt…

Is Spanish Dominance Finally Beyond Atleti?

  Atletico Madrid have always been a team for whom success is unbelievably sweet to savour. Not because they lack the abilities to be one of the worlds best, but because their city rivals Real have long kept them in the shadows.  Diego Simeone coaxed them into the limelight with a beautiful premise of hard…

Fellaini HAS To Go!

He was the first marquee signing of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford and a midfielder whose physicality and intelligence were the reasons he was bought in 2013 for £27 million. Marouane Fellaini is an unpopular figure by all accounts. During his early months at United, he was made a scapegoat – most notably…

Messi Majestic, Ramos Ruinous. And As For Ronaldo….

Barcelona have clawed their way back to the summit of La Liga with one of the most high quality El Clasico’s seen in a long while.  While Lionel Messi will claim an enormous portion of (deserved) plaudits for two excellent goals, part of the analysis will view Real Madrid as having shot themselves in the…