1. 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 day ago 14,533 reads 32 comments

  2. 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 8 days ago 34,296 reads 120 comments

  3. 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 15 days ago 47,164 reads 92 comments

  4. 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 22 days ago 11,387 reads 33 comments

  5. 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 30 days ago 8,820 reads 34 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 24,140 reads 122 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 17,548 reads 45 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 12,033 reads 9 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 5,637 reads 4 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 9,202 reads 15 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 15,595 reads 69 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 8,453 reads 19 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 10,589 reads 30 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 12,620 reads 34 comments

  15. 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 4 months ago 5,036 reads 16 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 3,956 reads 5 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 7,959 reads 10 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 2,902 reads 2 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 16,326 reads 47 comments

  20. 5 Potential Chelsea Weaknesses Premier League Rivals Can Try to Exploit

    Chelsea end the year three points clear at the top of the Premier League, on course for the second-highest points total in history...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 19,929 reads 48 comments

  21. Brendan Rodgers Finding a Reversal of Fortune in 3-4-2-1 Formation for Liverpool

    There was a certain peevishness to Brendan Rodgers’ tone in the build-up to Liverpool’s game against Arsenal last Sunday...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 14,560 reads 31 comments

  22. Perfecting Process Will Turn Manchester United from Fortunate to Formidable

    Louis van Gaal often seems to radiate irritation. Usually, there’s very little obvious reason for it. It’s as though there are times when he is furious at the universe for not conforming to his will...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 37,194 reads 67 comments

  23. Losing Air of Invincibility Is No Concern for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

    For so long remorseless to the point of seeming invincibility, Chelsea  have shown a surprising fallibility over the past fortnight...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 15,084 reads 19 comments

  24. Lee Cattermole Makes Transition from Red-Card Regular to Mr. Reliability

    Football is not always about beauty. It’s not just about attacking, brilliant dribbling or gorgeous sweeping moves...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 7,014 reads 3 comments

  25. Financial Imbalance Leaves European Elite Tactically Spent in High-Profile Games

    Football is a game of balance—a game in which it’s vital to know both how to attack and how to defend. Perhaps its greatest beauty is that a weaker side can prevail by defending better than a stronger side attacks...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 10,025 reads 23 comments