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 …

Expectation vs Achievement – Loftus-Cheek vs Alli

The wonderkid, an embodiment of hope and excitement. Every club has a young talent, through which many a fan live their hopes and dreams vicariously through. Every so often a young player bursts onto the scene standing above his contemporaries, think ex-Monaco hotshot Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Rashford’s dream emergence before him and the original wonderkid …

The Ball Playing Defender

Each manager has a different identity, a philosophy from which they do not often stray. One that comes to mind is undoubtedly Jose Mourinho’s pragmatism prioritising ‘not losing’ over everything. That is not to say his teams play unwatchable football, but perspective is a powerful thing in football and Mourinho cannot stand failure. It goes …

Is Harry Kane Worldclass ?

Why it doesn’t matter if you think Harry Kane is World Class or not…   Harry Kane is in a rich vein of form and seems to have been for the last three years. Having shaken off the “one season wonder” tag, there are now increasingly louder voices calling for him to be considered “world …

Chelsea V Manchester City

6 games into the 2017/18 season Antonio Conte’s Chelsea faced off against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side. Chelsea came into the game as favourites after a dominating European performance away at the Wanda Metropolitano, whilst City were 14 games unbeaten in the league since none other than Chelsea inflicted defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier in …

Champions League or Championship?

As the season reaches its climax and with so much yet to be decided, whilst we don’t really have a much desired title race, we seem to have fights everywhere else in the table. We asked Touchline Fracas Pundits to predict who they feel will be playing in the Champions League next season and who …