1. Sergio Ramos Is the True Defender Manchester United Are Desperate For

    At this stage it would probably be wrong to read too much into the reports linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Manchester United ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 days ago 14,602 reads 41 comments

  2. Roberto Firmino's Rise Is Remarkable, but Where Will He Fit in at Liverpool?

    It was the British writer Kitty Muggeridge, speaking of the television presenter David Frost, who said he had "risen without trace...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 11 days ago 35,442 reads 92 comments

  3. Radamel Falcao's Copa America Form Questions Logic of Chelsea Move

    On the one hand, Jose Mourinho ’s apparent desire to sign Radamel Falcao is readily understandable...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 17 days ago 55,601 reads 102 comments

  4. Rafa Benitez Must Deliver Style and Substance or Face Fury at Real Madrid

    The contrast between Rafa Benitez’s tears at being appointed Real Madrid coach and the widespread skepticism from just about everybody else was almost painful...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 25 days ago 8,957 reads 36 comments

  5. Barcelona Evolution Means Stopping Lionel Messi Might Not Be Enough for Juventus

    How on earth do you stop Lionel Messi? Last Saturday’s Copa del Rey final, during which he spun away from three Athletic Bilbao players who were surrounding him and then ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 29,292 reads 119 comments

  6. The Rise and Rise of Sevilla's Carlos Bacca Is Truly Inspirational

    Man of the Match awards can be curious things. Sevilla's Ever Banega in many ways was a worthy winner of the award after Wednesday’s 3-2 Europa League final win over Dnipro in Warsaw, Poland...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 29,894 reads 49 comments

  7. Arsenal Again Demonstrate That Possession Is No Indicator of Success

    Against Sunderland on Wednesday, Arsenal had 74 per cent possession. Against Swansea City the previous week, they had 67.8 per cent . At home against Chelsea at the end of April, they had 58...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 17,218 reads 34 comments

  8. Real Madrid Malaise Lies in Transfer Policy, Not Gareth Bale and Carlo Ancelotti

    The age of the super clubs is upon us, but there remains at least one comfort for those outside the elite, which is that those with the most money so often seem to have so little idea how to spend it wisely...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 34,835 reads 124 comments

  9. Perfect Punchline: The Genius of Lionel Messi's 2nd Goal Against Bayern

    Wayne Rooney has spoken of how when he watched Lionel Messi lead Barcelona’s 5-0 deconstruction of Real Madrid in November 2010, he found himself on his feet applauding in his living room...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 48,172 reads 92 comments

  10. Mourinho's Mastery: How Chelsea Keep on Finding a Way to Win

    By Jose Mourinho’s own acknowledgement, Chelsea haven’t quite been themselves since Christmas...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 11,405 reads 33 comments

  11. Pep Guardiola Tears Strips off Porto in Bayern Munich's Champions League Triumph

    How could we ever have doubted Pep Guardiola ? Perhaps the most telling moment of Bayern Munich’s demolition of Porto on Tuesday came midway through the second half...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 8,833 reads 34 comments

  12. Curse of the Super-Club: Guardiola's Bayern Exposed by Porto's Pace

    Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of Bayern Munich’s 3-1 defeat away to Porto on Wednesday was the sense of familiarity...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 24,149 reads 122 comments

  13. Liverpool's Dilemma: Has Brendan Rodgers' 3-4-2-1 Had Its Day?

    Against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, Liverpool played a back four. Five months after it made its first appearance, the 3-4-2-1 that sustained Brendan Rodgers ’ side through ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 17,606 reads 45 comments

  14. Diamond Frights: How Change of Shape Unsettled England in Italy

    The problem with international friendlies, at least in terms of assessing the development of a team, is that they encourage managers to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily consider...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 12,048 reads 9 comments

  15. Dunga Maintains Core as Brazil Rehabilitation Goes on with France Friendly

    Slowly, Dunga’s rebuilding work continues. Perhaps there weren’t a great number of alternatives, but at least part of the reason Dunga was appointed as Brazil coach after ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 5,655 reads 4 comments

  16. Manchester City Need Rethink as Age Saps Yaya Toure

    As Barcelona swept through Manchester City again and again on Wednesday evening, particularly in the 20 minutes up to half-time, two thoughts occurred...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 9,211 reads 14 comments

  17. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea's Exit and the Absence of Ruthlessness

    You look at John Terry and Gary Cahill—or Kurt Zouma, for that matter—and you see big, powerful men who are good in the air. You look at Thibaut Courtois and see a confident goalkeeper who commands his box...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 15,604 reads 69 comments

  18. Santi Cazorla Let Down by Arsene Wenger's Use of 4-2-3-1 at Arsenal

    With his chipmunk grin, self-deprecating jokes about his lack of height and little scurrying legs, Santi Cazorla has become the player it’s impossible not to like...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 8,486 reads 19 comments

  19. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain Are Dragging Each Other Down

    This has been a miserable season at Paris Saint-Germain and, in particular, for their storied forward line...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 10,594 reads 30 comments

  20. Louis van Gaal, Manchester United and the English Fear of the Long Ball

    There’s something slightly strange about the ongoing to and fro over whether Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are a long-ball team or not, and that is the notion that different ways of playing somehow have a moral value...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 12,629 reads 34 comments

  21. Adaptability Makes Jordan Henderson Lead Contender for Steven Gerrard's Crown

    It’s remarkable to think now what scepticism there was about Jordan Henderson when he first signed for Liverpool ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 5,038 reads 16 comments

  22. Yaya Toure Absence Leaves Manchester City with Gaping 'Whole' to Fill

    At first sight, the statistic seems damning: Manchester City haven’t won a league game without Yaya Toure since April, when they beat West Bromwich Albion. In reality, it’s not quite as bad as all that...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 3,957 reads 5 comments

  23. Raheem Sterling Reaping Rewards of Brendan Rodgers' Role Revision at Liverpool

    It’s not been a backlash exactly, but it’s fair to say that after last season’s golden introduction, there have been some doubts about Raheem Sterling this campaign...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 7,963 reads 10 comments

  24. Jermain Defoe Signing Only Part of Solution for Goal-Shy Sunderland

    Good results at the end of a season can cover a multitude of problems. Sunderland ’s absurd escape in May when, having been decidedly mediocre for months, they suddenly won ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 2,903 reads 2 comments

  25. Versatility Makes James Milner Ideal Transfer to Cover Steven Gerrard's Exit

    About James Milner, there is one thing just about everybody seems to agree upon: He is not rated correctly...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 16,357 reads 47 comments