1. Picking a 2016/17 Premier League Team of the Season So Far

    With 2016 winding down, what better way to wrap it up than with a Premier League team of the season so far? This has to be a viable lineup, so we can't have a 2-1-7, attack-minded formation...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 12 months ago 24,466 reads 51 comments

  2. Premier League Is the Best Fit for James Rodriguez, but Which Club?

    The career of James Rodriguez feels almost like a case study in the life of a gifted South American player—in the way it should work out and in the ways in which it can go wrong...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 12 months ago 9,075 reads 17 comments

  3. Best Way for Pep Guardiola to Silence Doubters Is to Show Flexibility

    "I want to play the football I feel," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said after Saturday’s defeat to Leicester City . He has issued similar statements all season...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 12 months ago 3,773 reads 4 comments

  4. Greed Is Destroying European Football, but Too Many Don't See It as a Problem

    And so with a weary sigh, the Champions League group stage comes to an end. There have been brilliant goals, lots of them, and a couple of exhilarating games...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 13,744 reads 31 comments

  5. Cup of Nations Will Hit the Premier League Hard, but Clubs Must Accept It

    When Philippe Coutinho went down with his ankle injury on Saturday, the concern around Anfield was intensified by the knowledge that Adam Lallana is still recovering from a groin ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 9,968 reads 5 comments

  6. Does Jose Mourinho Have It in Him to Fix 'Broken' Manchester United?

    It's fair to say there won't be too many feeling much sympathy for Jose Mourinho after the suggestion, paraphrased in a Daily Record headline, that the Manchester United squad is "broken" and may take two transfer windows to fix...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 6,325 reads 5 comments

  7. Looking Beyond Reputation to Aid Lionel Messi May Be Argentina's Salvation

    The overriding reaction in Argentina on Tuesday was one of relief. After four World Cup 2018 qualifiers without a win, the national team's 3-0 victory over Colombia didn ’t ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 8,248 reads 32 comments

  8. Eden Hazard's Revival as an Inside Forward Shows Importance of Quest for Space

    Of the many questions about Eden Hazard —under-appreciated genius or indulged waster, saviour of Belgian football or obstacle to its success, victim of Jose Mourinho or a ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 4,444 reads 5 comments

  9. Leicester's European Adventure Shows the Exotic Still Exists in the Modern Game

    PARKEN, COPENHAGEN—It was a goalless draw that probably suited both sides. Leicester City are just a point away from reaching the last 16 of the Champions League...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 2,282 reads 1 comments

  10. Change Is Coming at Arsenal, but Is It Enough to Make the Difference?

    Five teams at the top of the Premier League, divided by a single point. Even their goal difference varies by only two...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 7,461 reads 11 comments

  11. Daniel Sturridge Must Begin to Show He Can Be More Than Just a Goalscorer

    Daniel Sturridge is a brilliant finisher. His goal in the Europa League final — shaping a shot into the corner with the outside of his left foot — was stunning, the product of supreme technique and a tremendously inventive mind...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 3,949 reads 9 comments

  12. Manchester City Are Title Favourites but Pep Guardiola Has Problems to Solve

    The assumption from many, six games into the Premier League season, was that Manchester City would walk away with the title...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 9,270 reads 11 comments

  13. Ancelotti's Bayern Style Shift Causing Concern, but Champions League Is the Goal

    Carlo Ancelotti is one of only two managers to have won the Champions League three times—and the only one to have done so while leading more than one club. He also won it as a player...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 10,660 reads 21 comments

  14. Long-Standing Issues Have Put Antonio Conte in Deep Trouble at Chelsea

    On Saturday, for the first time since he took over at Chelsea , there was a sense of anger about Antonio Conte...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 22,828 reads 47 comments

  15. Jose Mourinho Must Get Back the Lion-Tamer's Edge or All Will Be Lost

    You’re a manager with a big reputation. You are ruthless, self-confident and resolute. You do what it takes. Some people might not like your methods, but nobody can argue with your record...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 8,831 reads 39 comments

  16. Arsenal Are Performing Like Football's Version of the Jonah Complex

    A Paris Saint-Germain side struggling to come to terms with their new manager; Edinson Cavani struggling to recapture form and to come to terms with filling the enormous hole that Zlatan Ibrahimovic left...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 year ago 12,679 reads 33 comments

  17. It's Arrogant and Naive to Expect England to Be Impressive in Qualifying

    After the East Berlin uprising of 1953, Bertolt Brecht wrote his poem "The Solution," in which he made the suggestion that the government should dissolve the people and elect another...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 2,844 reads 4 comments

  18. Tottenham Have Depth to Compete but Must Find Way to Win Without Mousa Dembele

    Three games into the league season, Tottenham Hotspur have five points. They haven’t played badly, as such, and draws away at Everton and at home to Liverpool are entirely ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 9,658 reads 15 comments

  19. Jurgen Klopp Must Find Consistency or Liverpool Will Continue to Flounder

    It didn’t take long for the optimism Liverpool might have felt after the opening weekend of the season to fade...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 5,838 reads 10 comments

  20. Arsenal Have Lost Their Edge and With It May Go Their Place at the Top Table

    Some promise, a collapse of bewildering speed, followed by a recovery that ended up not being quite good enough but at least meant that the final result wasn’t as big an embarrassment as it might have been...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 11,104 reads 46 comments

  21. John Stones Has Much to Prove, but He's the Right Man for the Pep Guardiola Role

    Two moments around the turn of the year, on the same small patch of turf six days apart, define John Stones and the debate around him...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 4,764 reads 4 comments

  22. Time Has Come for Pep Guardiola to Show He Can Cut It in a Competitive League

    There is no manager in modern football so constantly engaged in the game as Pep Guardiola . To watch him during a game is to see a brain constantly at work as he fizzes around his ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 5,255 reads 40 comments

  23. Why Sam Allardyce Has All the Right Tools for the England Manager's Job

    There are two groups of people who seem opposed to the prospect of Sam Allardyce as England manager. There is the collective of aesthetes, the purists and the traditionalists, those ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 6,431 reads 27 comments

  24. Evolving Cristiano Ronaldo Has Chance to Exorcise the Ghosts of 12 Years Ago

    Twelve years ago, a 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo wept on the pitch after Portugal lost in the final of Euro 2004...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 7,035 reads 50 comments

  25. Belgium Appear to Be Picking Up Momentum, but Questions Remain Unanswered

    After the shock of the opening defeat to Italy, a sense of calm has returned to Belgium. They’ve won their last three games, scoring eight without reply, and the discontent ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about over 1 year ago 4,811 reads 11 comments