Month: March 2015

Transfer News: What is the Best Destination for Gareth Bale?

Gareth Bale seems unsettled at Real Madrid, as per ESPN, and he is reportedly eyeing a return to the Premier League. Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and his former club Tottenham Hotspur. The question to ask right now is where he will fit best rather than where he will go, and just for the sake of comparison I’ve added Liverpool and Arsenal to the mix. (more…)

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Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev hit by Flare During Russia vs Montenegro

At the beginning of the Russia vs Montenegro match, less than one minute in, a flare from the stands came right down into Igor Akinfeev of Russia. Amazing video footage shows the incident clearly.

Police are investigating as to who did this. The match was postponed a while, but it eventually ensued. As for Akinfeev, he is in hospital as a precaution but the damage wasn’t life threatening.

Chelsea News: Where the Blues Need to Reinforce

Jose Mourinho has built a very good, and almost complete team at Chelsea. There are some places that could do with some purchases that will complete the team, though. Where need Chelsea reinforce?

In net, Mourinho can choose from Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, so they have one of the best goalkeeping forces in the world. In defence, John Terry and Gary Cahill are there along with Kurt Zouma, but the former two are ageing. On the defensive flanks, Chelsea has Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic and Filipe Luis, and Zouma can deputise in this position too (Ivanovic deputising in centre back is a possibility too). In midfield, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas are all options to choose from, though it seems Mikel isn’t good enough, Fabregas needs to be pushed further forward and Matic burns out eventually due to being overplayed. In attacking midfield, they can choose from Eden Hazard, Juan Cuadrado, Willian, Oscar and Loic Remy can play there too. Up top is perhaps their deepest position, with Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Didier Drogba and there’s also a young Patrick Bamford waiting for a promotion to the first team. (more…)

Liverpool Transfer News: How Mauro Icardi Would Fit In

Liverpool has been linked to Mauro Icardi according to multiple sources, most notably ESPN. With Liverpool in need of a player in a couple of positions, they’ll be looking to prize away one of Europe’s elite scorers to potentially pair Daniel Sturridge.

Tactically, Liverpool’s key to success this season has been the 3-4-3 with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana or Raheem Sterling as a sort of dual no. 10 system. No team is able to give a defensive midfielder as much stress as an in form Liverpool, as Lallana or Sterling looks to break away (or distract) the marker while Philippe Coutinho takes advantage of the crammed centre by floating in and out of the middle. Though this makes the best out of Lallana and Coutinho, it can leave Liverpool very open on the counter in midfield and on the wing, especially with Alberto Moreno and Raheem Sterling at wingback (reputation for a clanger!). In addition, Daniel Sturridge needs a partner up top and Mario Balotelli doesn’t seem dependable as the only option considering Rickie Lambert is a misfit tactically and Fabio Borini really isn’t there yet. This is why Mauro Icardi can complete the system. (more…)

Top 16 Contenders for PFA Player of the Year

It’s almost the end of March, and as the spring comes along, the EPL seems as if it’s almost ready to say goodbye. Many people will be calling for their team’s player to win the PFA player of the year, so I’ve broken down the list of contenders so you can follow the excitement at home.

Note: This list is focused on players’ performances rather than how marketable they are. (more…)

Manchester United: Transfers Vital in Quest for Champions League Title

Amongst the beginning of everything, Louis Van Gaal claimed he needed two classy players in each position to win the Premier League and Champions League- a statement that isn’t necessarily true considering I wouldn’t say any of the recent winners of either competition had that (except Bayern Munich obviously). If it is, though, United will need reinforcements, and I think I have an idea as to who. (more…)

Liverpool vs Manchester United Review: Tactics and Tackles

An all time classic game occurred at Anfield as Juan Mata’s brilliance sparked Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Liverpool. The game ended up grabbing more headlines than the Spanish El Classico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which is a very impressive feat. What I must say, though, is that the Northwest Derby was one of the most bizarre matches I’ve ever seen.

First off, it was tactically tight. United came out of the gates ready to win, but their Merseyside rivals were no pushover. Louis Van Gaal’s men lined up in a 4-3-3 with Juan Mata cutting in from the right wing and Ander Herrera pulling the strings from midfield. Marouane Fellaini was deployed in a left central midfield role that allowed him to absolutely destroy Liverpool’s defence with his aerial ability, strength, and surprisingly, his running between the lines. (more…)