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Andy Gray, Martin Tyler

Perhaps Andy Gray has a point - is football becoming too analytical?

Quoting Andy Gray is an awkward place to begin an article. Because of the unpleasantness which ended his time at Sky, Gray is a pariah. He and Richard...

Lionel Messi

Despite qualification struggles, there are signs of encouragement for Argentina

Qualification for the World Cup is one thing. The tournament is another. Brazil in 2002 give the best example. Their qualification campaign was a pro...

Marco Verratti

Verratti's international struggles continue as Italy slump to defeat in Sweden

Italy didn’t miss Marco Verratti at Euro 2016 and they won’t bemoan his absence on Monday in the second leg of their World Cup play-off ag...

Romelu Lukaku, Jose Mourinho

Why the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could help Romelu Lukaku rediscover his form

Romelu Lukaku made a fantastic start to life at Manchester United. With some doubting his ability to make the step up from Everton - where he benefite...

Tammy Abraham

England’s call has come at the right time for Tammy Abraham

Swansea City's weekend defeat by Brighton was hardly a showcase for football. The Swans' players ran out of attacking ideas some time ago and so ...

Antonio Conte

Premier League big six review: Chelsea dominate midfield vs Man Utd, can anyone stop Man City?

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool Slaven Bilic's final stand as West Ham boss was a 4-1 thumping at home to Liverpool. The Reds cut their opponents apart on the...

Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to personify Real Madrid’s problems

Times are changing at Real Madrid, but certain characters are having trouble adjusting to the new status quo. After a difficult week that brought defe...

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Premier League stat round-up: What's wrong with Manchester United?

With a straightforward dismissal of Arsenal last Sunday, Manchester City continued to apply a vice-like grip on this season’s Premier League. In...

Podcast

#9 Sixes and Sevens podcast: Bye bye Bilic & Messi hits 600

Oliver Wilson is joined by La Liga journalist Jason Pettigrove to discuss all things Spain after a weekend in which Lionel Messi made his 600th Barcel...

Marcelo

Why Tottenham's victory over Real Madrid is a worry for Brazil

Initially a desperate struggle, Brazil’s World Cup qualification campaign turned into a gentle stroll as soon as Tite replaced Dunga as coach. ...

Roma

Aggressive pressing & defensive solidity - Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is his own man

A common mistake we make is that of placing managers or players in boxes. There’s always a temptation to pigeonhole them as the next this or a d...

Romelu Lukaku

Who should be Manchester United's penalty taker going forward?

It’s rare that a team is awarded two penalties in one game, but that’s exactly what happened during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over...