1. An Old-Fashioned Plan and Perfect Execution Key to Leicester's Amazing Success

    When Greece won the UEFA European Championship in 2004, Otto Rehhagel had his side man-marking. Forwards brought up to play against zonal systems found themselves unable to cope, ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 day ago 4,483 reads 6 comments

  2. It's Time for Football to Kill off Illogical and Arbitrary Away-Goals Rule

    Midway through the second half of the second leg of Chelsea’s defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League this year, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to make it 4-2 on aggregate...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 8 days ago 29,023 reads 81 comments

  3. Premier League Top-4 Race Is Hotting Up, and It Bodes Well for Next Season

    There is a strange habit in football, perhaps born of the newsperson’s demand to “throw it forward,” of proclaiming anything good that happens as a precursor of a greater future...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 15 days ago 16,779 reads 51 comments

  4. In a Season That's Made No Sense, Manchester City Could Land the Holy Grail

    Sometime this season might start making sense, but not yet. By the majority of metrics—league form, sense of drift, Yaya Toure’s agent saying ridiculous things—this ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 22 days ago 8,569 reads 21 comments

  5. Champions League Needs Drastic Overhaul, but It Must Not Just Benefit Superclubs

    I don’t remember Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League group game against BATE Borisov in September 2008. Looking it up, BATE had a man sent off just after the hour and Madrid won 2-0...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 29 days ago 26,996 reads 99 comments

  6. Improving and Evolving England Give Roy Hodgson Time to Tinker with His Squad

    After the delight of Berlin, the frustration of Wembley Stadium. It’s the nature of international football that far too much is read into far too little, but what England’s games ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 5,142 reads 13 comments

  7. Mohamed Elneny May Help Arsenal Eat Jam, but Gunners Still Miss Santi Cazorla

    Arsenal fans have perhaps become too used to the promise of jam tomorrow to get overly excited by the improved performance against Barcelona or by the comprehensive victory over Everton on Saturday...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 15,587 reads 59 comments

  8. Juventus Show the Way to Topple Bayern Munich; It's Up to Pep to Counter

    Football has always turned on fine margins, but in the superclub era, those margins are growing ever finer...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 7,932 reads 43 comments

  9. Real Madrid's Lack of Balance Will Always Hurt Them Against the Best

    In the end, it was comfortable enough for Real Madrid on Tuesday. The first goal didn ’t arrive until the 64th minute but, once it had, all pressure was off, and second followed four minutes later...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 10,489 reads 76 comments

  10. Another Crazy Premier League Week Provides More Questions Than Answers

    When Craig Gardner’s free-kick flashed into the Leicester City net on Tuesday night to earn West Bromwich Albion a point, the suspicion was that the dwindling most people have been expecting was about to begin...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 13,352 reads 34 comments

  11. Manchester City Impress vs. Kiev but Same Old Vulnerabilities Remain

    The idea that football clubs have a character outwith the coach or the players, or even the owners, seems ridiculous, and yet again and again it seems to be true...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 3,461 reads 20 comments

  12. The Calming Influence of Guus Hiddink May Yet Rescue Chelsea's Torrid Season

    It’s hard now to imagine that Guus Hiddink once got so flustered giving a team-talk that he tried to light the wrong end of a cigarette...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 7,973 reads 23 comments

  13. Why a Leicester Title Win Would Be the Biggest Shock in English League History

    Leicester City ’s victory over Manchester City on Saturday not only carried them five points clear at the top of the Premier League but also made clear that this might actually be happening...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 15,726 reads 49 comments

  14. It's Ridiculous to Claim Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Move Is the Easy Option

    Perhaps it’s simply the nature of social media that there will always be those who want to be contrary. Perhaps Twitter and Facebook have simply given vent to a streak of snideness that has always underlain humanity...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 17,621 reads 131 comments

  15. Ageing Process Is Catching Up on Yaya Toure; He Needs to Accept It and Adapt

    Wednesday felt like a big moment in the slow decline of Yaya Toure . Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has substituted him before, but never when the team were chasing the game and in need of a goal...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 13,736 reads 12 comments

  16. What Next for Jose Mourinho, Whose Options Look Extremely Limited?

    For a time, the narrative seemed so tempting as to be inevitable. Jose Mourinho had been sacked by Chelsea. Louis van Gaal was struggling at Manchester United...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 37,453 reads 68 comments

  17. Arsenal Still in Pole Position but Can't Keep Squandering Opportunities

    ANFIELD, Liverpool — Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at Anfield was a brilliant mess of a game, one that ended with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp charging down the touchline ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 14,505 reads 37 comments

  18. Jurgen Klopp Will Need Lots of Time to Sort out the Liverpool Mess He Inherited

    In this strangest of Premier League seasons, perhaps a certain measure of confusion is only to be expected...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 19,104 reads 29 comments

  19. Fighting Spirit Could Be Key in Relegation Scrap but Sunderland Are on Back Foot

    For Sunderland , the only consolation is that they are not as bad as Aston Villa . They lie second bottom, four points clear of Remi Garde’s side and seven from safety...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 1,880 reads 1 comments

  20. Premier League's Battle of the Managers Is This Season's Compelling Storyline

    This is a season in which narrative has taken over. In terms of quality, the football has been fairly ordinary; in terms of entertainment, it has been brilliant...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 14,583 reads 58 comments

  21. Has the Time Come to Take Leicester City Seriously as Title Contenders?

    Received wisdom says Leicester City will fall away, a club of their stature cannot keep winning. Eventually injuries and suspensions will bite and their form will suffer...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 11,993 reads 37 comments

  22. Chelsea Must Hope Diego Costa's Porto Display Is Not Another False Dawn

    In the final minutes on Wednesday, the Chelsea fans chanted Jose Mourinho’s name. The manager has largely retained the faith of Stamford Bridge, but it must still have been ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 8,591 reads 13 comments

  23. Why the Ballon d'Or Is a Dangerous, Toxic Prize That Undermines Football

    There were many striking things about Ronaldo , the recently released film about Cristiano Ronaldo . His discipline and drive, his determination to be the best, are astonishing, even a little frightening...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 32,400 reads 142 comments

  24. Wayne Rooney's Struggles the Tip of the Attacking Iceberg for Manchester United

    OLD TRAFFORD, Manchester — On Saturday, Manchester United will go top of the Premier League if they win away at Leicester City , yet on Wednesday, boos rang around Old Trafford at the final whistle of a goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 12,035 reads 77 comments

  25. Are Manchester City's Inconsistencies Caused by Poor Transfer Recruitment?

    This is turning into a strange season for Manchester City , a season in which nothing is quite as it seems...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 8,816 reads 32 comments