Manchester City v Chelsea Tactical Breakdown

Pre-game: Manchester City went into their clash against Chelsea needing a win to return to the top of the Premier League. But City would only climb above Liverpool on goal difference, something which Pep Guardiola stressed the importance of in this season’s title race. Chelsea, recently buoyed by their 5-0 drubbing of Huddersfield, were looking …

Success in Modern Football

Bill Shankly (7), Sir Matt Busby (8), Bob Paisley (12), Sir Alex Ferguson (24). The most decorated managers in English football. What made them successful? Above all: Trophies. Trophies are still the most quantifiable way of measuring success in the modern era, but the goalposts of ‘success’ have undeniably moved.   Of course, ‘success’ needs …

The Rise of John Stones

Even before John Stones’ record breaking 47 million pound move to Manchester City in the summer of 2016, there has always been resistance to the former Everton players unique style of defending. The young centre-back defied the media-imposed stereotype of what an English defender could and should do on the football pitch.   Under former …

The Stevan Jovetic Rejuvenation

Arriving from Fiorentina for £22 million at the start of last year’s summer transfer window, Stevan Jovetic bagged 27 goals and delivered 11 assists in 58 league games, in his final couple of terms at the Italian club.