Kante Vs Jorginho

After Chelsea’s disastrous trip to Wembley there is need for introspection. However among the usual leg jerk criticisms, mostly warranted after a shocking display from Sarri’s men, there is one in particular that some Chelsea fans and the wider media seem to be confused about. Kanté’s role in the Chelsea system this season has been …

Inverted Fullbacks

The Inverted full-back was not a position deployed regularly  in the premier league until recently, Pep Guardiola was not the first manager to utilise the position, however having David Alaba and Phillip Lahm at his disposal, arguably two of the best in their positions at the time, and two of the most intelligent players in …

Blackout

Let me set the scene. 3pm on a Saturday, after a hard week at work you look forward to watching your favourite team in the premier league. Instead you’re treated to Sky sports football league coverage or none at all. The Sky sports package at time of writing will cost you £28 a month, whilst …

Maurizio Sarri : First Look

Touchline Fracas takes a look at Maurizio Sarri, the newest addition to the assortment of top quality managers in the premier league. Background We start from July 2011 when Sarri was appointed at Sorrento, by the mid-season break Sorrento were in 4th playing what would become Sarri’s signature brand of attractive football. This pushed the …

It’s coming home

Heart rates across England have never collectively been higher, than when Eric Dier stepped up to take what would be the winning penalty against Colombia. It had been a hard fought game, literally. Now facing a quarter final against Sweden, England face a few problems that if rectified could see the squad get all the …

Foreign Treasure’s

This past month I visited two arena’s of football, the old and mighty San Siro rife with history and legend, and the modern palace of the Stade Matmut Atlantique. After watching the circus at Stamford Bridge this season these trips have certainly reaffirmed my love for football, for Chelsea ? Not so much.  Watching Kylian …

Functionality Vs Philosophy

Manchester City have set the premier league alight this season, as is often the case in England one single team has been completely dominant. Despite the general belief that the premier league is the most competitive around Europe, Chelsea won the league in 2016/17 with 7 points to spare after leading by 11 points during …

Midweek Football Tips

Tonight is Capital One Cup night, where the underdogs try to upset the big boys in hope that they aren’t quite on the ball. Lets make some money! @Tom_OMara 3 Star Difficulty – Bristol City & Bournemouth to win – 1.66/1 (£20 stake wins you £53.33 – William Hill) 4 Star Difficulty – Blackburn, Ipswich …