A Brief Look at the Europa League Final

Time has been of the essence this week once more, trying to keep abreast of the end of season shenanigans across Europe, whilst planning for my own trip to France this summer, the time has come for a whistle stop look at the Europa League Final and what a final this could be.. Continue reading “A Brief Look at the Europa League Final”

‘The Premier League and the European Issue’ – Is the competitiveness of the Premier League harming English chances in Europe?

Leicester sit top, 3 points clear. Chelsea are in disarray, 14th in the League and 14 points off Champions League football. These are the two big headlines stories from his Premier League that no one thought they would be saying whilst listening to ‘Last Christmas’ and eating a mince pie in December. Yet this Premier League season as truly been remarkable inasmuch as anyone can genuinely beat anyone. All three promoted teams have come up with a combination of tactical proficiency, character and good squad depth. The rise of the middle classes continues with West Ham and Crystal Palace being the pin up boys for the middle table. Then we have the ‘traditional’ top 6; Chelsea, City, Arsenal, United, Liverpool and Tottenham. Our vanguards in Europe trying to bring a trophy home. Yet is the strength of the Premier League causing harm to this countries European exploits? Continue reading “‘The Premier League and the European Issue’ – Is the competitiveness of the Premier League harming English chances in Europe?”

Match Report: Arsenal Put to the Sword by A Majestic Bayern Munich

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich. The scene of gameweek 3’s biggest surprise in the Champions League. Arsenal sat back, absorbed pressure and conceded possession to then score two at the Emirates and take the three points. Their Champion League ambitions back on track in 90 miraculous minutes after two insipid defeats in their opening two games. If the 90 minutes of the performance at the Emirates was miraculous, then we have run out of superlatives for the opening 45 minutes in Munich as Bayern and Guardiola unleashed a footballing lesson of possession, flexibility and most crucially the Dutch via Barcelona inspired total football philosophy of Senor Pep. Continue reading “Match Report: Arsenal Put to the Sword by A Majestic Bayern Munich”