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…

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…

Post-Basel: Analysing United’s Prospects 

Manchester United trooped off the field at the close of their defeat in Basel with a situation hanging over their heads that is becoming glaringly repetitive… namely their inability to stamp their authority upon opponents that at one stage they would be able to sweep aside with regularity. Although dominant in the first half, with…

West Ham United And Bilic Separation Looks Inevitable

Slaven Bilic took to the press in the wake of West Ham’s 4-1 humbling by Liverpool in eerily pragmatic spirits. When asked if he might turn his phone off to avoid a call from club owners David Sullivan and David Gold, he responded with “I will face the situation and the consequences. I never hide”…

Neville and Giggs Aren’t Ready Yet

With the departure of Ronald Koeman, Everton are staring down the barrel of one of their worst starts to a Premier League season – and sitting in the relegation zone a mere nine games into it. Their current demise has been built on the foundations of a poor transfer market, a failure to adequately replace…