Player Analysis: How Romelu Lukaku can fire Chelsea to the title

In signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, Chelsea are acquiring one of the most complete centre-forwards in European football. He leaves Serie A as the league’s standout player during the past campaign, recording the 2nd most goals and the 2nd most assists as he led the Nerazzurri to their first Scudetto in more than a … Read more

Player Analysis: Ben White is an excellent fit for Arsenal, but did they need him?

Few newly promoted players from the Championship were as highly sought after as Ben White, who attracted significant interest from Manchester United and Liverpool after his impressive loan spell with Leeds United. Rather than rushing to one of the league’s powerhouses, White continued his development under the auspices of Graham Potter at Brighton & Hove … Read more

Tactical Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

This weekend’s FA Cup semi-final tie between Manchester City and Chelsea will see English football’s two best teams face off in its most historic tournament. Pep Guardiola’s side are in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies, while Thomas Tuchel will be aiming to earn his first piece of silverware as Chelsea head … Read more

Tactical Analysis: How Thomas Tuchel has turned Chelsea’s season around

Despite Porto’s efforts, Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first leg never quite became a contest. A Mason Mount turn of sheer brilliance preceded an intelligent take by Ben Chilwell, as Chelsea all but secured their progression into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win against Sergio Conceicao’s side. Between those two moments of quality, the … Read more

Searching for Claude: Can the next Makélélé please stand up?

What honour could be greater than having your name permanently enshrined in the football lexicon? Cruyff, Bosman, Panenka – these names are eternally rooted in the vernacular. To have a playing role named after you, now that is another level of recognition altogether. Claude Makélélé defined the modern defensive midfielder – he revolutionised the position. … Read more

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