Suffocating Aesthetic Perfection: The Manchester City Paradox
The better the Premier League champions get, the more boring they become.
At Least Man City’s Tottenham Defeat Gives Them a Problem to Fix
Tuesday night saw Pep Guardiola's side lack quality and focus, but maybe the best opponent City can face now is themselves.
Is Pep Guardiola Too Woke? This Weekend in the Premier League
With Sergio Aguero scoring four against Leicester this weekend, we have to ask: does it really matter that he doesn’t win 100 percent of his aerial duels and can’t play as a left-wing-back?
gak of the net!
Peruvian Police Reportedly Seize Over a Tonne of Lionel Messi-Branded Cocaine
The world is about to wave goodbye to over a tonne of gak worth around £73m, the marketing of which would have been lost on unappreciative nostrils anyway.
gusztav sebes and friends
A Potted History Of Hipster Football Managers
From Gusztáv Sebes to Thomas Tuchel via Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, there is an esoteric breed of football manager who supposedly appeal to hipster fans. Here’s how the phenomenon of the hipster manager came to be.
occasional tantrums and zero insight
Is It Time To Do Away With Post-Match Interviews In Football?
In light of Jose Mourinho’s latest meltdown in front of the cameras, maybe it’s time for us to admit that post-match interviews are a waste of everyone’s time.
The Cult: Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho was a footballer unlike any other, and a showman par excellence. For his infectious exuberance, warmth and flair, we induct him into The Cult.
it's a rich man's world
The Colour Of Money: Previewing Manchester City vs. Chelsea
In the first of this week’s Premier League Previews, we look to a monied match at the top of the table, and how its meaning has changed in recent years.
Freaky Friday Football Fantasies: Previewing Burnley vs. Manchester City
In the first of this week’s Premier League Previews, we imagine what would happen if Sean Dyche and Pep Guardiola had to live each other’s lives for a day.
Bayern Munich's Next Great Talent: The Inexorable Rise Of Joshua Kimmich
If versatility used to be a mixed blessing for young footballers, it's the hallmark of the modern game. Joshua Kimmich has it in abundance, and is using it to take the Bundesliga by storm.
Bonfire of The Vanities: Manchester United's 1994 Humbling at The Hands of Barcelona
In November 1994, Manchester United were thumped 4-0 by a team that I had neither heard of nor seen play. Their name was FC Barcelona, and they were truly magnificent.
manuel pellegrini: the chilean banquo
The Ghost At The Feast Of Pep Guardiola: Previewing Manchester City vs. Southampton
In the second of this week’s Premier League Previews, we see the spectre of Manuel Pellegrini appearing at Guardiola’s footballing feast.