Chelsea: Loftus-Cheek’s Europa League hat-trick unlikely to sway Sarri’s thinking

A timely reminder perhaps, but in reality Ruben Loftus-Cheek's Europa League hat-trick will have told Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri few things he didn't already know. Missing the injured Eden Hazard and a continued absence of a world class striker on their roster, Chelsea might have wondered where last night's goals against Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov…

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Are Bayern Munich falling behind European rivals due to misguided loyalty to aging players and a lack of forward planning?

Bayern Munich's failure to adequately replace departed stars and an over-reliance on players either past their best or not of the required standard could see the German champions fall behind both European, and domestic rivals. The double-whammy loss of retirees Philipp Lahm and Xavi Alonso deprived the Bavarians' of two world class performers, arguably still…

Germany at the World Cup: A Poor Squad, A Noncompetitive Domestic League and An Out of Touch Head Coach

The unwritten rule suggesting that a Bayern Munich flushed with success and replete with ability is a veritable bellwether for the fortunes of Germany's national side appears, on the evidence of the early departure of Die Mannschaft from the 2018 World Cup, to have significant credence. Notwithstanding the annual cakewalk to the Bundesliga title Bayern…

Real Madrid – Liverpool Champion League Final: a fitting sequel to Sliding Doors

The now managerless Real Madrid’s game-management guided the Los Blancos to a 13th European title, although their performance against a slightly unfortunately Liverpool could never be described as vintage. Starting with the same eleven from the corresponding 2017 final but with an obviously frustrated Gareth Bale, despite his telling intervention, cutting a brooding figure at…

Premier League 2017/18 season snapshots: Chelsea

Fifth place and thirty points behind albeit runaway champions Manchester City is a far cry from Chelsea’s Premier League triumph but a year ago. The hand dealt Antonio Conte in what must be said to be two haphazard transfer windows since the Blues’ fifth Premier League title begs the question who sourced, and ultimately ratified…

English Premier League 2017/18 snapshot season review: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s upturn in fortunes after the most inauspicious of starts that all but condemned the South Londoners as early-season relegation favourites is all the more remarkable for their lack of dependence on a reliable, out-and-out striker during the 2017/18 Premier League season. With Bakary Sako and expensive flop Christian Benteke contributing a mere 20%…

Ancelotti Scapegoated for Bayern’s Inability to Compete with Football’s Nouveau Riche?

Bayern Munich's defenestration of Carlo Ancelotti shows that no football manager, however decorated and revered, will in the current climate be judged on past glories; the denouement to the Italian's tenure with the Bavarian giant has proven to be no exception. The corridors of power within the Allianz Arena have in recent days become restive…