Liverpool vs. Barcelona: A night where distinction dispatched presumption into obscurity

A few observations from last night's Champions' League tie between Liverpool and Barcelona: Liverpool have the strongest domestic squad in Europe, and in effect, the world. Barcelona were put to the sword without the absent Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whilst Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri seamlessly stepped up…

In terms of investment and forward planning Liverpool have become everything Bayern Munich are now not

There should be little surprise attached to Liverpool's nonchalant brushing aside of Bayern Munich. For several seasons now the Bavarian's have been on the wane; their ageing squad and inattention to adequately replacing departed stars and those soon to retire has been masked by a marked deterioration of quality in the Bundesliga. Putting six past…

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…

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…