The best football team in Europe? It’s not necessarily the Champions League winner

WHEN Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League in 2020, it was fairly clear they were the best team in Europe. After their defeat in the quarter-final to Paris Saint-Germain this year, it is reasonable to ask if the French champions are a better side than Bayern. They are not, but it could be that […]

Chelsea v Manchester United: Where giants once tried to excite

SUMMING UP a football match as a satisfactory clean sheet or a well-earned point is like declaring the highlight of the traditional Sunday lunch was the boiled cabbage. Whatever happened to that quaint, old-fashioned notion of entertainment? Chelsea versus Manchester United used to be a calendar highlight, especially for Chelsea fans. But if there were […]

Atlético v Chelsea: A moment of brilliance stops the yawning

FOOTBALL is a results business, so for Chelsea, it was a case of job done in Bucharest. But if it is also deemed to be an entertainment industry, then it was, at times, white handkerchief territory in the Arena Nationala at times.  Curiously, nobody has really considered the pandemic could be a competitive disadvantage for […]

Chelsea’s Tuchel and the obstacle of being different

A LOT of Chelsea fans were upset about the sacking of Frank Lampard, somehow assuming his status in the  history books would make him immune to usual practice at one of the most ruthless clubs in Europe.  Those that consider the appointment of Thomas Tuchel a foolhardy step that lacks ambition are allowing their heart to […]

The Grey Neutral: Does continuity always bring success?

ASTON Villa may have been beaten by Manchester City this past week but their most fielded 11 players have accounted for 86.9% of their playing minutes this season, the highest figure in European football. Villa have certainly had a stable line-up in 2020-21 and they’ve enjoyed some success, notably their 7-2 victory over Premier League […]