Premier League Clubs Finally Getting Smarter Through Innovation
Premier League Clubs Finally Getting Smarter Through Innovation

People have been writing about the modern association of soccer with business for many years now. Soccernomics, that beautiful book that marries football passion with economic realities, helpfully points out that the problem with this association is that clubs aren’t often treated with the same rules as a free-market business. […]

Early Signs Encouraging For Brendan Rodgers And Liverpool Despite League Position
Early Signs Encouraging For Brendan Rodgers And Liverpool Despite League Position

I’ve written previously about my opinion on Brendan Rodgers’ hiring as Liverpool manager. Rodgers obviously has a clear and attractive footballing philosophy that appeals to fans, heavily influenced by the Total Football style of the Dutch and Spanish. The one point of worry for supporters may have been his rapid […]

What Should Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers Do With Steven Gerrard?
What Should Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers Do With Steven Gerrard?

The only path to sustainable success is stability. The only way a side without extraordinary financial backing can succeed in an environment as tough as the Premier League is through having a defined plan bought into by all its players. Perhaps what has been most disappointing to Liverpool supporters about […]

Assessing Manchester United’s Transfer Dealings
Assessing Manchester United’s Transfer Dealings

Sir Alex Ferguson has nothing left to prove. Everyone knows this. And if reports that suggest he was recently in New York speaking to Pep Guardiola about Manchester United are to be believed, the man himself knows it too. Still, this season has the potential to be one of the […]

The Enigma That Is Liverpool’s Stewart Downing
The Enigma That Is Liverpool’s Stewart Downing

As the transfer deadline came and went, Liverpool supporters would have become painfully aware of two things. One was that the club’s owners had basically stabbed their manager in the back. Another was that yet again, instead of strengthening, a transfer window was mainly used to clear out deadwood (an expensive […]

Is Brendan Rodgers Looking to Offload the Wrong Players at Liverpool?
Is Brendan Rodgers Looking to Offload the Wrong Players at Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manager in June, and has now had some time to get to know his squad. Presumably this means that the manager has decided upon those players that fit well into his system and those that need to be replaced. Worryingly for some Liverpool fans, Andy […]

Should Arsenal Play A More Direct Style?
Should Arsenal Play A More Direct Style?

It’s been obvious to everybody watching the Premier League over the last few years that Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have tried to emulate the way Barcelona dominate games with the ball. The acrimonious departure of Cesc Fabregas and some unsavory Champions League ties may have soured the relationship between the clubs […]

How Will Brendan Rodgers Shape Liverpool?
How Will Brendan Rodgers Shape Liverpool?

Watching Liverpool play last season was a frustrating experience for all concerned. Clearly a team with talent, they were over-reliant on Luis Suarez for creativity while those around the Uruguayan often didn’t take enough responsibility. In fact, it could be argued that Liverpool was no closer to finding out their […]

How Best to Play Barcelona
How Best to Play Barcelona

Chelsea isn’t known as a team that parks the bus. The prevailing images of the London side all involve swagger and aggression, with high energy in midfield and Didier Drogba bullying defenders. Many of the players in this year’s side set the Premiership scoring record in their last championship-winning season. […]

Assessing Dalglish’s Impact On Liverpool
Assessing Dalglish’s Impact On Liverpool

Liverpool fans are often claimed to be some of the most rational and intelligent in the world. They hardly ever turn on a manager (and Hodgson very nearly turned on them first) and they know the difference between a bad team and a team that is being badly managed. They […]

How Arsenal Can Beat Barcelona
How Arsenal Can Beat Barcelona

Normally a European match is noticeable because of the clash of styles involved. Think Inter Milan’s immovable object against Barcelona’s irresistible force. Similarly, Tottenham have stunned Europe by using traditional English wingers and an old-fashioned target man. In the Europa League, Napoli played a three man backline against teams used […]

The Importance of Robin van Persie
The Importance of Robin van Persie

You have to feel that Arsène Wenger would like nothing more than to have a team of players molded in Van Persie’s style. Minus the injuries and the inconsistencies that they tend to bring of course. It is obvious that Wenger is trying to follow the Barcelona model of tiki-taka […]

How To Beat Chelsea
How To Beat Chelsea

What a difference a month makes. In the early weeks of the Premiership it was simply a foregone conclusion that Chelsea would steamroller their way to victory. Ancelotti had taken the discipline instilled in the Mourinho era, and allied it with a potent offense. Yet Chelsea have now lost four […]

Are British Tactics Not So Stupid After All?
Are British Tactics Not So Stupid After All?

When continental football connoisseurs talk about beautiful football, the Premier League is never mentioned. Spain provides passing, technical quality and thrills from teams outside the big two. Italy, while being dour, somehow manages to be elegant at the same time, with its midfield maestros working amongst its Gattusos. Case in […]

Why Blackpool Needs To Become A Blueprint
Why Blackpool Needs To Become A Blueprint

It’s safe to say that this year’s promotion class has been a revelation. Newcastle will of course, always be a top-flight side for whom relegation is an aberration, but both West Brom and Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air in the way they’ve consistently played attractive football. It […]

Rafael Benitez Shows How To Properly Use A Striker
Rafael Benitez Shows How To Properly Use A Striker

Tottenham went to the San Siro today, and were trounced. The scoreline may read 4-3, but Spurs were never in it, three highly difficult individual goals, and three very difficult finishes against a team that had obviously stopped caring gave the end result some respectability. (The British media will go […]