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Champions League Roundup

Koeman’s time is surely up A Barcelona team in name alone, Ronald Koeman’s side suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss, as a fluent Benfica’s perfect game plan has surely confirmed that Koeman’s days leading the Nou Camp are numbered. Registering a mere one shot on target, a lack of discipline and quality at the top of […]

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City open up gap at the top with dominant win

The last time Manchester City won at Anfield, in May 2003, Phil Foden was about to celebrate his third birthday. Since then, the 2017/18 City side that holds virtually every Premier League record, unbeaten in 30 matches, was narrowly defeated 4-3. Even in 2011/12, when City won their first Premier League, and Liverpool recorded their […]

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“City are more than just in-form”

Liverpool will not hold on to the Premier League title this May.The famous trophy has ended the season in Manchester 17 times out of 28, and it looks increasingly likely that come the final day it will head up the M62 to the competition’s most successful city once more. It is also as likely to […]

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Was City and Liverpool’s stalemate the clash of the world’s best?

The highest quality of football, perhaps anywhere in the world, can now be found in the North-West of England. Sunday’s clash between Manchester City and Liverpool was expected to offer insight as to which city boasts the very best club side the world has to offer. Yet when the speculation ceased and the endless pre-match […]

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State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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Tactical fouls in Premiership are not limited to Guardiola’s City

Rewind to the start of the 2019/2020 Premier league season: on a mild and clear day in East London, a remorseless Manchester City team demolished West Ham United 5-0. To the casual observer, the scoreline reflected the fluidity and dynamism of the Manchester City players, something that comes from the tactical virtuoso of their manager, […]

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Would you rather: Champions League or Premier League?

Following an excruciating summer hiatus, top-level football is back. A month into the season, the various narratives of England’s elite clubs are beginning to unfold, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham fighting on four fronts. These teams look to claim domestic and continental supremacy in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, as well as the […]

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The end of elites: has competition returned to European leagues?

Liverpool’s imperious start and Manchester City’s brutal response to an early stumble against Norwich that the Premier League has another close title race to look forward to. Yes, Guardiola’s side came unstuck against Wolves last weekend, but nobody will bet against the Cityzens from bouncing back. However, as hype builds for round two between Guardiola […]