“People are bound to say you played a defensive midfielder here as you didn’t do in the Champions League final, and that’s what made the difference. How fair would you think that is an opinion?”

The first question in the post-match press conference for Pep Guardiola was inevitable. …


Four times Pep Guardiola mentioned Manchester City’s poor build up in the post match press conference following the draw against Southampton.

A question about fans? Poor build up mentioned.

A question about Raheem Sterling’s performance through the middle? Poor build up mentioned.

A question about the lack of a center…


The Battle of Thermopylae, in which an alliance of Ancient Greek city-states led by king Leonidas I of Sparta managed to hold the Persian invasion for seven days, has been used by ancient and modern writers as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending its native soil.


In February of last season, Manchester United travelled to Stamford Bridge aiming to defeat Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League since the German’s arrival.

In their search of a win they implemented a curious pressing scheme, using one of the wide players to press Chelsea’s…


Another trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, another goalless loss for Manchester City.

Like an Ostinato repeating itself throughout a melody, Manchester City missed their chances, Spurs’ defensive unit minimized the threat and the pace of the Spurs attackers caught City on the break.

Going into Sunday’s game the main…


Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder that is often developed after facing severe trauma, or in other words England at international tournaments.

The events at the Luzhniki Stadium in the semi-final of the World Cup sparked again in the minds of the English fans, when England were losing their…


Flames erupt in the Circus Maximus. Rome’s largest sporting venue forms a mile-long track of timber, and its seats provide the ultimate fuel. Within minutes, flames spread the entire length of the Circus.

Two thirds of Rome was destroyed after the nine day fire in July, 64 AD. So were…


It’s an hour before kick-off and you are just wondering what is Pep Guardiola doing. It’s a normal Premier League Saturday and everyone is trying to predict how will Manchester City play in possession, out of possession and during the transitions.

During these games, what the Spaniard has in mind…


Manchester City have hypnotized viewers with their scintillating football, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided Manchester United to probably their best season since 2013, West Ham went all the way from a relegation battle last season to the Europa League, Leeds were all ponytail and pressing, and Sam Allardyce got his first…


Thomas Tuchel’s previous attempt at Champions League glory was empowered by Paris Saint-Germain’s pressing schemes against RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich. At Chelsea, and despite the lack of a pre-season, Tuchel significantly improved the team’s ability to press and counter-press.

Not only that, the German coach has also improved Chelsea…

Ahmed Walid

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