Barcelona 2009/10: fewer trophies, better team

May 18, 2010
Barcelona 2009/10: fewer trophies, better team

Barcelona’s 2008/09 season was the most successful in their history; the most successful in any club’s history. Surely they couldn’t have an equally good campaign this time around? Read more »

League comparison by points

May 17, 2010
League comparison by points

An interesting (if ultimately pointless) graph that shows the points tally of equivalent clubs from the Premiership, La Liga and Serie A (all of which play with a 20-team, 38-game season). Read more »

Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

May 14, 2010
Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

There are strong rumours this morning that, in Gareth Barry’s absence, Fabio Capello is considering switching to a system featuring three centre-backs for the World Cup. It would unquestionably be a risky move, completely changing England’s shape that was so successful in qualifying, and installing a three-man defence that hasn’t been used effectively by England for twenty years. Read more »

Atletico 2-1 Fulham: Forlan finishes leave Fulham forlorn

May 12, 2010
Atletico 2-1 Fulham: Forlan finishes leave Fulham forlorn

This is the kind of game where the losing side will be described as ‘brave’ in the headlines, but tonight, maybe Fulham were not brave enough. The game was decided by a scrappy late goal, and Fulham will feel unfortunate to have lost – but the reality is that Atletico were the better side, and the one who showed more attacking intent throughout. Read more »

Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

May 12, 2010
Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

The tactical craze of the 2009/10 season has been deploying inverted wingers (that is, the opposite side to which their strongest foot would generally dictate), so it’s fitting that we have a European final that showcases two sides who take this approach to wing play. Read more »

Manchester United’s failings down to a lack of attacking variation

May 11, 2010
Manchester United’s failings down to a lack of attacking variation

It depends how you want to interpret the number ‘1′. There is no shame in losing a league title by a single point, but the flip side is that when you’re a club as used to success as Manchester United, a mere one season without silverware is considered a failure. Read more »

Chelsea’s Premiership win: a lesson in bringing the best out of star players

May 10, 2010
Chelsea’s Premiership win: a lesson in bringing the best out of star players

Chelsea – Premiership champions 2009/10. A great side? Probably not, but it’s hard to argue that, over the course of the season, they do not deserve to lift the trophy. Read more »

Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

May 9, 2010
Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

Pep Guardiola’s side are almost there: a win at home to Valladolid next Sunday will secure their second consecutive La Liga title. This game ended up closer than it should have been, after Barca went 3-0 up, and Sevilla had a man sent-off. Nevertheless, the three points are in the bag. Read more »

Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs deservedly into the Champions League

May 5, 2010
Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs deservedly into the Champions League

Tottenham emerged victorious from this Champions League playoff, primarily because they created more clear-cut chances. Peter Crouch’s winner was slightly fortunate, but it was no more than Spurs deserved. Read more »

What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

May 5, 2010
What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

Steve McClaren has done it. P34 W27 D5 L2, and top of the league for all but six weeks of the campaign, he has won the Eredivisie title for the first time in the history of FC Twente. Read more »