Author: James Benge

Spare a thought for Thomas Tuchel if he was watching his old flame with their new beau. Loads of possession, elegant build-up, plenty of width but not the shots and goals to reflect all that? He had been delivering that for months on end at Stamford Bridge. And so Graham Potter’s first game in charge […]

The specter of Wesley Fofana’s future will look over Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Leicester City even if the highly rated young center back will almost certainly not be involved at Stamford Bridge. The visitors have rejected three bids from their host for Fofana, who wants to leave and was not involved in last weekend’s […]

Mikel Arteta celebrates his 100th Premier League game as Arsenal manager on Saturday and could well do so top of the table come full time with his team the last remaining one with a 100 percent winning record to start the new season. Only four previous Gunners sides have won their opening quartet of fixtures; […]

For all the raucous energy that the infuriated Manchester United fans brought to Old Trafford, this had something of the feel of lockdown football for Liverpool, that curious period where injuries and empty stadium contrived to rob the then-title holders of their propulsive force. So it was Monday. Liverpool found themselves in a hard fought, […]

It would be fair to say that the great northern rivalry of English football has been a little one sided of late. Just two of Manchester United’s last 15 meetings with Liverpool have seen them emerge victorious. Last season’s Premier League clashes were won by a 9-0 aggregate margin to Jurgen Klopp’s side, and in […]

LONDON — Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte tried to shrug off the dramatic face off that earned them red cards in a thrilling London derby but the performance of Anthony Taylor was no laughing matter for the Chelsea manager as he suggested the referee should not take charge of Blues’ matches again. Both managers had […]

France Football has announced the nominees for its Ballon d’Or prizes with a trio of Americans in the running for the women’s prize and Karim Benzema the hot favorite to take the prestigious men’s trophy. This year’s Ballon d’Or will make history, being the first to be awarded for performances over the course of a […]

Barcelona have sold a 24.5 percent stake in their media arm, activating the fourth of the so-called “economic levers” that they need to fulfil La Liga’s financial regulations and potentially register their new signings. Orpheus Media, owned by Jaume Roures, have acquired their share in Barça Studios for the sum of €100 million with Barcelona […]

The Premier League is underway but for the time being its table does not exactly paint an accurate picture of the English footballing hierarchy… though if it does we are very much here for Bournemouth’s bid to be 2023 champions. So, while the top flight itself takes shape, here’s our assessment of the leading contenders […]

For all the external questions that have dogged Mikel Arteta in his three and a half years in the Arsenal dugout, one thing that has rarely been in question is his footballing brain. A graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, a player under Arsene Wenger and an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola: for more […]

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