Which Premier League Side Will Go Furthest in the 2017-18 Champions League?
By Evan Coughlan December 5, 2017 (No)
About eight years ago, English teams were the belle of the ball in the Champions League. For a five year period an English team featured in every Champions League final, and semi-finals were regularly contested between English sides. However, in the last few years that dominance has somewhat deserted English teams, with the only English side reaching the quarter finals last season being Leicester City. This year however, the English sides have been on somewhat of a roll in Europe’s elite competition with dominant performances from the likes of Man City and Tottenham impressing fans, and making pundits sit up and take note. Working off the assumption that all five […]
Pep Guardiola’s Big Man City Buys – Make Or Break?
By Ryan Grace August 8, 2017 (No)
Finishing 3rd in the Premier League, with a semi-final knockout in the FA Cup and a Round of 16 exit in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City was steady, but lacking in silverware. Despite only losing 6 league games, Guardiola’s men racked up an unfortunate 9 draws, leaving them 15 points behind current champions Chelsea. Their European venture was inconsistent and ultimately unsuccessful in a gripping 6-6 thriller against Monaco, with the French giants progressing on away goals. While only conceding 1 goal in the 5 games leading up to the FA Cup semi-final, it was The Gunners who would ultimately go on to take […]
The 2017 FA Cup Semi-Finals – Preview
By Andy Leech April 22, 2017 (No)
There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]
Champions League Week 3 Refresher
By theSharpeUser November 1, 2016 (No)
With the Champions League back in swing this week we look at the major winners and losers in the last round of fixtures again. Here’s our roundup of who we think came off best and worst in Gameweek 3 of the Champions League. Arsenal I know, it was ‘only’ Ludogorets but still, you can only beat what’s in front of you. Arsenal’s 6-0 trouncing of the minnows was a real statement of intent from a team who are in an excellent run of form and with every game are just looking more and more dangerous. The reason Arsenal are one of my big winners this week is because of the […]
Is Man City The Toughest Test For Pep Guardiola?
By theSharpeUser June 4, 2016 (No)
Next season is going to be one of the most interesting seasons in a long time in the Premier League. Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd will all have new managers at the helm and it promises to be a very interesting battle for not only the title but the top 4 as well. We have known for some time now that Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad next season and after managing European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich, this looks to be Guardiola’s toughest test as a manager. With an aging squad and a raft of underperforming stars, City are not n a good position. Will Guardiola […]