United could take a page out of Levy’s playbook

David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba – what do they all have in common? All have been linked with a move away from Manchester United this season. With United out of the Champions League and their stars coming under a lot of criticism for their sub-par performances last season, some players are ready to jump ship. See also: Manchester City are Champions! It is strange, … Continue reading United could take a page out of Levy’s playbook

Madrid 2019: Pochettino’s big moment has arrived

For five years, Mauricio Pochettino has endured austerity and transfer window disappointments while navigating the toughest league in the world and yet, the Argentine has managed to take his squad to the Champions League final in Madrid. See also: Madrid 2019: Liverpool absolute favorites to win UCL In this case “his” squad holds sway more than any other manager’s as Poch has meticulously developed most of … Continue reading Madrid 2019: Pochettino’s big moment has arrived

Madrid 2019: Liverpool absolute favorites to win UCL

Now that Arsenal have been obliterated by Chelsea in the Europa League, we turn ourselves towards the biggest game of the season, the Champions League final! Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium hosts the final this year, which pits last year’s unlucky finalists Liverpool FC against first timers Tottenham Spurs. See also: Kiev 2018: Zidane vs. Klopp Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is no stranger to Champions League … Continue reading Madrid 2019: Liverpool absolute favorites to win UCL

Niko Kovac repays Bayern’s trust

When Jupp Heynkes finished his final season at Bayern as interim coach in the 2017/2018 campaign, the German giants surprised everybody by appointing a young and relatively inexperienced coach in Niko Kovac. The Croatian, an ex-Bayern player, had impressed at Frankfurt and won the DFB Pokal (German Cup), but at that time it looked like a risky appointment. See also: Brighton’s Hughton sack nonsensical The skepticism … Continue reading Niko Kovac repays Bayern’s trust

Brighton’s Hughton sack nonsensical

On Monday, Brighton Hove & Albion Football Club announced they had sacked Chris Hughton, after five years of collaboration. Hughton, the only British black manager in the EPL, brought Brighton to the EPL from the lower leagues and kept them at the top for two consecutive seasons, adding an impressive run in the FA Cup where they lost 1-0 to English champions Manchester City. See … Continue reading Brighton’s Hughton sack nonsensical

EPL teams show strength in Europe

This year’s Champions League and Europa League finalists are all from the English Premier League. Liverpool and Spurs both came back from three goals down in the UCL semi-finals to book a place in the final in Madrid. Arsenal brushed aside Valencia 7-3 on aggregate as Emery showed his experience in the competition. Chelsea toiled to beat a very good Frankfurt side – surely the … Continue reading EPL teams show strength in Europe

Jurgen Klopp and the Curse of the Runner Up

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been brilliant this season, impressing both in England and on the European stage. Even with a world class level of performance throughout this season, Liverpool might have nothing to show for it ultimately. The reason: Barcelona and Messi, Manchester City and their pile of cash. Klopp might yet again end up as the manager who dazzles but too often ends up … Continue reading Jurgen Klopp and the Curse of the Runner Up