Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

FA Cup Romance Is Over For Most Premier League Clubs Before A Ball Is Even Kicked

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert raised eyebrows this week with his comments about the FA Cup, questioning the importance of the competition. “If they (Premier League managers) were being honest, they probably would do. Not just because of the money … Continue reading

Top 5 Worst Signings of the Summer Premier League Transfer Window

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With the January transfer window now open, we’re taking a look back at the summer window to assess the worst buys from that transfer period for Premier League clubs. The top five are: 1. Andy Carroll (West Ham from Liverpool) … Continue reading

Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo Fined £40,000 And Handed Three-Match Ban

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Following an independent regulatory commission hearing today, Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo has been handed a three-match ban with immediate effect and a £40,000 fine for misconduct related to the end of match brawl at St James’ Park against Newcastle United on … Continue reading

Arsenal’s Fighting Mentality Is Keeping Them in Premier League Title Race

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“Arsenal will keep falling away in the title race” seems to be the familiar refrain from so many pundits. Yet as we enter the second half of the season, the Gunners top the table ahead of more fancied and highly … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho’s Decision to Exile Juan Mata Has Been Proven Correct

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In August, several pundits (myself included) felt that Jose Mourinho had to integrate Juan Mata into Chelsea and build around the talented Spaniard to have any chance of success. The decision to freeze Mata out of the preferred starting XI … Continue reading

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

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We’ve spent a great deal of time the past few weeks on this site discussing the eccentric behavior of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. It seems Tan, having railroaded the well-respected Malky Mackay, needed to buy some credibility. He seems … Continue reading

Manchester City Showing Tactical Pragmatism That Was Lacking in Early Season Defeats

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Manchester City failed to win five of its first six away matches in the Premier League this season. Much of that was down to the naivety in how new manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose entire managerial resume was previously in South … Continue reading

Who Your Premier League Club Needs to Buy in the January Transfer Window

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The 2013 January transfer window has opened and closes on January 31 in England, while the window stays open through Febuary 2 in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. With this season being one of the tightest Premier League races in … Continue reading

Tottenham Manager Tim Sherwood’s Tactical Changes Outwit David Moyes

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Tim Sherwood’s management style is evolving game by game. Today with the inevitable onslaught expected from Manchester United, the untested Spurs boss made two very curious tactical changes that perhaps showed his growth and bravery as a manager. Ahead by a … Continue reading

Manchester United 1-2 Spurs: Devastating Loss to Tottenham Calls Into Question United’s Progress

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For the second consecutive season, Tottenham Hotspur held off a furious Manchester United rally to claim three points at Old Trafford. But unlike last season when the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson would cruise to the league title, this … Continue reading

Future Of Stevan Jovetic At Manchester City Is Unclear After Pellegrini Adds to Mystery

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Speculation that Stevan Jovetic is either homesick or has a mystery mental ailment has been sweeping the message boards and other supporters forums that Manchester City fans frequent. I myself as a City supporter, who presumably knows what is going … Continue reading

Norwich City Are Taking A Calculated Risk By Sticking With Chris Hughton

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Chris Hughton is by all accounts one of the nicest men in English football. His demeanor and actions as a gentleman have made neutrals like I root for his sides whenever the clubs we support are not playing against a … Continue reading

Aston Villa Suffering An All Too Familiar Slide Down the Premier League Table Under Paul Lambert

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At the beginning of the season, I tipped Aston Villa to push its way into the top half of the table. All started well with an improbable victory at the Emirates and a highly controversial 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge. … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho’s Cleverly Narcissistic Mind Games Prove A Winning Formula For Chelsea

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On paper, Chelsea have arguably the strongest and deepest squad in the Premier League and one of the best squads in Europe. The quality in the squad is unmistakable. Yet Jose Mourinho, driven largely by narcissism and the need to … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk’s World Best XI Footballers Of 2013

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World Soccer Talk has selected its best starting XI featuring the best-of-the-best world footballers from the 2013 calendar year. There were many difficult choices all around the pitch for us but this is the team we’ve come up with using … Continue reading

Can Liverpool Break Jose Mourinho’s Cynical, Anti-Football Tactics At Chelsea?

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While everybody is raving about the competitiveness of this Premier League season, it is entirely possible a single team will run away with the league still, as half the fixtures remain to be played. That side is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. … Continue reading

Tony Pulis Proving Doubters Wrong With Improved Results at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace’s decision to appoint Tony Pulis, as I discussed last month, was the only realistic possibility the club had of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Palace’s squad is short on quality and had been stretched by a summer … Continue reading

Manchester City-Liverpool Game Provides Chelsea With Important Lessons of How to Defend Against Luis Suarez

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Manchester City defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Boxing Day in a match shrouded in controversy. Much like the League Cup semi-final second leg in 2012 where Liverpool emerged the victors in a controversially referred match between these two clubs, much of … Continue reading