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Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.

Against Different Opposition, Chelsea’s Tactic of Playing Without a Striker Will Work

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Jose Mourinho set up his Blues side without a recognizable striker in the starting XI. This tactic, while unconventional, worked for … Continue reading

Kyle Beckerman Deserves to be Named in USMNT World Cup Squad

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Kyle Beckerman

It’s been a long time coming for Kyle Beckerman. A player I personally watched closely as a youngster, when he was a “Nike Project-40” prospect that had just graduated from the Bradenton Academy and assigned to the Miami Fusion, is … Continue reading

David Moyes’ Tactical Switch Allows Danny Welbeck to Shine

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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While more often than not this season, David Moyes has gotten his tactics all wrong in big matches, yesterday against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford he got his team sheet spot on. Moyes received praise for his use of Danny Welbeck … Continue reading

Harry Redknapp to Replace Tim Sherwood As Spurs Boss At End Of Season, Says Source

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy has decided to sack manager Tim Sherwood at season’s end, and will replace him with former manager Harry Redknapp, according to sources. While speculation has been rife about other names such as Louis Van Gaal … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho Is Losing The War of Premier League Mind Games

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Earlier in the season, it seemed that the British media hung on every word Jose Mourinho uttered. But that is no longer the case as the self-proclaimed “Happy One” has become more and more erratic in his post-match comments and … Continue reading

Is Mauricio Pochettino Ready to Replicate His Southampton Success At Another EPL Club This Summer?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Mauricio Pochettino

Fourteen months ago when Nigel Adkins was dismissed by Southampton and replaced by the Argentine former manager of Espanyol, critics came out of the woodwork to condemn the move by the club. Former Chief Executive Nicola Cortese rebuilt Southampton from … Continue reading

Top 5 Misconceptions About the Manchester Derby

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In the build-up to Tuesday’s Manchester derby, which will be televised live on US television at 3pm ET on NBCSN, here are 5 misconceptions about the match between Manchester United and Manchester City: 1. Manchester United are more motivated than … Continue reading

USMNT Legend Steve Cherundolo Retires From Professional Soccer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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“Solid and, at times, unspectacular” described Steve Cherundolo’s professional career. The American international, who won 87 caps for the US Men’s National Team and played in three World Cups, retired Wednesday after persistent knee problems robbed him of an ability … Continue reading

David Moyes Needs to Change Manchester United’s Tactics to Accommodate Juan Mata

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has his back against the wall if some media reports are to be believed. Despite signs that the manager was beginning to get the Red Devils turned in the right direction, time and again when … Continue reading

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho Is Playing the Premier League Just How He Likes It

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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While everyone is raving about the competitiveness of this Premier League season as we enter the final two months of play, it is entirely possible Chelsea will run away with the league still. Challenges remain for the Blues to overcome … Continue reading

Manchester City’s Premier League Ambitions Hang In The Balance

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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When February began, Manchester City were flying high. Coming off a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the Blues sat atop the Barclays Premier League table and some pundits were predicting that City was close to running away … Continue reading

Reemergence of André Schürrle Gives Chelsea A Boost In Premier League Title Race

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The timely reemergence of André Schürrle has allowed Chelsea to take firm control of the title race in addition to bringing the player back into strong consideration for Jogi Löw’s Germany side this summer. This comes after a transfer window … Continue reading

Tottenham Footballers Lacking Character, Leadership and Fight In Erratic Season

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Entering last Saturday’s London derby with Chelsea, Tottenham appeared to be well positioned to crack the top four party. The early season crisis of confidence and character under sacked manager Andre Vilas-Boas had been replaced by more free-flowing and assured … Continue reading

Clint Dempsey Is Falling Down On His Leadership Responsibilities With The USMNT

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Clint Dempsey’s selection as captain of the United States Men’s National Team a year ago by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann was a head scratcher at the time. Having not displayed discernable leadership skills on the pitch, one had to assume … Continue reading

Martín Demichelis Doesn’t Deserve to be Manchester City’s Scapegoat

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Martín Demichelis

Many Manchester City fans have created a frequent scapegoat in Martín Demichelis. Yet the Argentine defender has been solidly unspectacular this season helping the Blues stay in the title race to claim the first piece silverware this season — the … Continue reading

Tottenham Primed to Challenge For a UEFA Champions League Spot

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Roberto Soldado, whose £26m move to Spurs turned into the subject of much ridicule, finally scored a goal again from open play in the Premier League this season. His goal on Sunday was the first in the league during 2014. … Continue reading

Manchester City’s Tactical Changes That Made The Difference Against Chelsea In Its 2-0 Victory

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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On Saturday, needing a victory against Chelsea for psychological reasons, Manuel Pellegrini made three courageous decisions in the FA Cup 5th Round. Jose Mourinho’s mastery of Pellegrini required the Chilean to get one over on his Portuguese rival on this occasion. … Continue reading

What to Expect From Fulham Manager Felix Magath

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Felix Magath’s appointment as the new Fulham boss brings one of the most enigmatic, controversial and successful Bundesliga managers of the last decade to the Premier League. Magath becomes the first German to manage in England’s top flight as well … Continue reading