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Inter’s Decline Under Rafael Benitez

Under Jose Mourinho, Inter gradually developed an aura of invincibility, and their defence – generally made up of Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu (or Zanetti) – had become the envy of the rest of Europe. The Nerazzurri had finally brought back the success of generations gone by, and despite one […]

Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

Chelsea has been eliminated from UEFA Champions League, having lost 1-0 to José Mourinho and Internazionale at Stamford Bridge, leaving the tournament on Tuesday after a 3-1 aggregate defeat. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself review the Special One’s return to the Bridge and […]

Champions League Matchday 4 — Tuesday Preview

Matchday 4 should be a pivotal one as many groups may well be decided once the games are completed. Who needs a win and who can afford to slip? Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s games. Group A Roma need to win at home against Chelsea but that is looking […]

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups ahead (Real Madrid – Juventus springs to mind as does […]

Hodgson Looks To Build On The Great Escape

Roy Hodgson is one of the great unsung English managers of the last 30 years and I’m a big fan of England’s most underrated manager. A polite, erudite professor of the game and an intelligent, well spoken man, he’s simply never received the recognition his career and achievements deserve in England due to the majority […]

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Welcome and Goodbye to the Championship

The playoffs are almost done and only two more teams will be vying for promotion to League One, Rochdale and Stockport. What is known after today are what teams will be leaving and coming into the Championship for next season. Gaining promotion to the EPL along with the riches and glory […]

Drugs, Setanta & Rock 'n' Roll

By John Nicholson In the UK, Setanta has started running ads for its new live Premiership coverage, clearly keen to get a whole hoard of new punters to stump up some hard earned wonga for their service. Fair enough. However, the ads they are running have the song ‘Good Times’ […]

Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard preparing to make Real Madrid debuts

Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard are set to make their Real Madrid debuts during the club’s next two matches against Deportivo La Coruna and FC Shalke 04, respectively. The two midfielders were both signed during the January transfer window but neither have featured for the first team. While Odegaard has appeared for […]

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