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The Premier League players struggling to reclaim their England place

England produced one of the biggest surprises of the international week by coming from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday. It looked as though the Three Lions were going to be relegated when they trailed with 12 minutes to go, but late goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane ensured that Gareth Southgate’s side qualified for next summer’s Nations League semi-finals.

Giles Grimandi exit underlines Arsenal overhaul

The exit of Arsene Wenger and the subsequent hiring of Unai Emery as his successor was widely recognised the symbolic changing of the guard desperately needed at Arsenal. In truth, though, the overhaul had started at the Emirates Stadium long...

Crystal Palace face pivotal period after Manchester United clash

It has been a nightmare run of fixtures for Crystal Palace, but the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into view. Having locked horns with London trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their last three games,...

Why Claudio Ranieri is the right manager to turn Fulham around

Football is a cruel sport. Slavisa Jokanovic performed miracles turning Fulham from a mid-table Championship side into a Premier League one, and yet within three months of beginning his adventure in the top flight the Serbian is already out of...

Paul Dummett’s injury woes ramp up pressure at Newcastle

Rafael Benitez could have looked at the timing of the international break in two ways. On the one hand, it may have frustrated him; after two wins on the bounce at home to Watford and Bournemouth, perhaps it will kill...

In praise of Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane

Harry Kane yet again is proving that he is one of the worlds top strikers this season and the Tottenham Hotspur and England forward deserves some praise. Kane was released as a player at Tottenham once Gareth Bale was sold to...

Manchester United need to stop buying players a few years too late

Manchester United’s signings over the last couple of years or so have been very questionable and unconvincing, especially when you realise that the likes of Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin lasted at the club for only a...

La Liga Fantasy News
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Barcelona do and don't need Ousmane Dembele

So the story goes like this, Ousmane Dembele Barcelona's 100m euro signing missed training. He had a stomach bug and needed to rest at home. The problem just like any other normal job is that Dembele did not call his employers to tell them of his absence immediately and with everyone wondering where he was he finally phoned a reported 90 minutes later. Further more when Barcelona sent their doctor...

Could Alena’s emergence see Suarez/Rafinha moved on?

Having patiently waited for an opportunity to become part of the first-team squad on a regular basis at Barcelona, Carles Alena finally appears ready to emerge from the shadows. The 20-year-old is over his injury and playing consistently well, and the...

Antoine Griezmann needs to leave Atletico Madrid if he wants the Ballon d'Or

Antoine Griezmann has won no individual awards this year which strikes one as being rather odd. Here he is a player that is playmaker for Atletico Madrid who have won the Europa League this year and beat Real Madrid to...

Barcelona defensive frailties have alarm bells ringing

Barcelona may be sitting top of La Liga after 12 rounds of matches and currently on course for their fourth league title in five seasons. But there are so many issues under the surface which have begun to manifest themselves...

Diego Costa struggles threatens to derail Atletico Madrid

Monday’s edition of Marca highlighted an issue which is developing into a potentially season-defining one in La Liga. Title hopefuls Atletico Madrid lie just one point from the league’s summit but have scored eight goals fewer than second-placed Sevilla and...

Javi Calleja in last-chance saloon at Villarreal

Villarreal host Real Betis on Sunday evening and anything other than a home victory is likely to see under-fire boss Javier Calleja given his marching orders by the Yellow Submarine. The reality of the situation is the European hopefuls have...

High flying Alaves eye top spot

The rise of Alaves has been one of the major stories of the 2018-19 La Liga season, with the Basque side currently up to fourth place in the table. With just three defeats from their opening 12 games of the campaign,...

Serie A Fantasy News
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Juventus Stadium revenue draw mixed reviews

The clash with Manchester United set a new record for takings from ticket sales, just shy of €5M. Since also Milan, against Juventus, and Inter, versus Barcelona, very recently broke their records in that regard, the stadium revenues became a topic of conversation this week. According to Calcio e Finanza, the performances there are evaluated through two parameters: the RevPEPAS (Revenue per Event per Available Set) and the RevPA (Revenue per...

Romagnoli's injury forces Gattuso to a defensive experiment against Lazio

AC Milan are certainly experiencing a defensive crisis, as three out of five centre-backs are injured. This has forced Gattuso to re-think his tactics, and against Lazio next weekend we can be sure to see an untrained defensive backline in action.  Even though...

Galliani All Star, Players that feel like new purchases

I miss Adriano Galliani. I know many younger readers mainly associate him with the tail end of the Berlusconi era at Milan, where he had to try to work miracles with free transfers and loan deals, but to me few...

Time For Mancini To Look To Patrick Cutrone

After yet another toothless display against Portugal, Azzurri fans are crying for a fresh start in the final third. Something clearly needs to change as it's the first time in Italy's illustrious history that they go winless in six consecutive...

Cuadrado talks and injury updates

Juan Cuadrado gave a slightly unusual interview to Marca yesterday: “Coach asks me to always be ready in any moment and in any role. I will always go all-out for the team. Everybody knows my skills, my preferred position is...

Juventus Need To Splash For Sandro Tonali

Six years ago, a 20-year-old Marco Verratti was on the market after a stellar first season with high-flying Pescara in Serie B. After what seemed like an eternity of negotiations, Juventus eventually deemed their 12 million euros price-tag too high,...

Why January will be decisive for AC Milan's season

As the International break is up and running, some of the Milan players will be out on duty for their respective nations, while the others will get a week's worth of rest at Milanello. However, even though the Rossoneri are...

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From England to Portugal who will win the first UEFA Nations League?

We know now who will take part in the very first UEFA Nations League semi finals which will be held next year in Portugal in June. Even though there have been mixed reactions to the new competition it does seem like the majority of teams are at least taking the games seriously enough and if the group stages didn't convince some the semi final and final of this competition will and...

Why Thierry Henry will fail at Monaco and could be gone by Christmas

Thierry Henry has had a miserable start to life as coach of Monaco after no wins in his first six games in charge. It wasn't supposed to be like this and the script was supposed to be written a little...

Caution should be applied as Gareth Southgate's England reach UEFA Nations League semi finals

England have had a superb calendar year which has culminated in reaching their second competition semi final in a row, the UEFA Nations League after this summers World Cup. Ironically to do so they had to beat Croatia, the team...

Germany's latest woes in the UEFA Nations League should spell the end for Joachim Low

Germany, the great international side that are usually compared to the very greatest footballing nations in the history of football have been relegated in the UEFA Nations League. What this means is that the team cannot win the next edition of...

Henry has what it takes to succeed at Monaco

When former Barcelona star and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was appointed as Leonardo Jardim's successor at Monaco, hopes were high that Les Monégasques could kick on and get their awful start to the season firmly behind them. Last season's Ligue 1...

A night for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to remember in Turin

Going into the game at the Allianz Stadium, the majority of Manchester United fans would have been more than happy with a vital point away to Juventus, who are currently considered as the main favourites to win the Champions League...

Liverpool or PSG set to be knocked out of Champions League at the group stage

Liverpool and PSG were amongst the favourites to win this seasons Champions League but it looks more and more like one of them will not even qualify for the knock out rounds after a topsy turvy group stage. When the two...

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