1. Midfield Selections and Battleground Will Shape Clasico Outcome

    The biggest club match in the world’s fixture calendar is upon us: El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid will duel for the 233rd time on Saturday and bring us the latest installment of Luis Enrique vs...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 5 days ago 3,633 reads 30 comments

  2. Scouting the Unsung Hotshots of the UEFA Youth League This Season

    The UEFA Youth League gives us the opportunity to watch elite clubs' "next generation" in action. The tournament, which pits the 32 Champions League teams' under-19s against one ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 8 days ago 1,260 reads 0 comments

  3. Harry Kane's Hold-Up Play Is the Key to Tottenham's Chances Against Chelsea

    This weekend, the Premier League’s biggest clash pits two teams in starkly different form against one another. Chelsea, the hosts, have won six on the bounce in the league by a combined score of 17-0...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 12 days ago 1,735 reads 7 comments

  4. Barcelona's Carles Alena: The Long-Awaited Heir Apparent to Andres Iniesta?

    In the footballing world, Barcelona are famous for two ideals: the execution of slick, pass-first football that dazzles opponents, and the prolific production of youth talent from inside their famed La Masia academy...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 15 days ago 8,494 reads 13 comments

  5. Manchester City's Win over Crystal Palace Was a Throwback to the Crossing Era

    SELHURST PARK, London — Manchester City ’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon was a game unremarkable for many, many reasons, but ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 18 days ago 7,103 reads 8 comments

  6. Will Mourinho Unleash Pogba Against Arsenal or Shut Up the Man Utd Shop?

    Following a monotonous international break, even a mundane slate of domestic football is enough to get fans of football excited. The games don't have to be good. They just need to be contested by two club sides...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 19 days ago 4,676 reads 8 comments

  7. Juventus' Moise Kean: A Carbon Copy of Everton's Romelu Lukaku

    When a young player skips up the age groups in order to play with those several years his senior, it rarely escapes notice...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 21 days ago 4,630 reads 2 comments

  8. Ethan Horvath Is the Solution to USMNT's Goalkeeping Issues

    Over the last few years, the position of goalkeeper has been an uncharacteristic weakness for the United States...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 28 days ago 2,377 reads 1 comments

  9. Gabriel Jesus Faces Big Test of Character as Brazil Look to Knock Down Argentina

    Amid the monotony that is international football, certain games stick out like diamonds in the rough. There aren ’t many, as very little can lift the stupor that descends ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 28 days ago 4,006 reads 4 comments

  10. Arsenal Can Use Athletic Advantage to Press and Harry Tottenham

    This weekend’s headline game in the Premier League is, without doubt, the north London derby. It’s always a special occasion, a game even the most neutral of fans hate to miss...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 5,998 reads 8 comments

  11. Jittery, Nervous Tottenham Dispensed with by Pressing Machine Bayer Leverkusen

    WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON — For the second time in as many weeks, Tottenham Hotspur failed to overcome Bayer Leverkusen’s press-heavy play, falling 1-0 to Roger Schmidt’s men at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 5,474 reads 14 comments

  12. Scouting Angel Gomes: Manchester United's David Silva-Esque Midfield Talent

    Angel Gomes ' fledgling career this week took another step toward the limelight. The 16-year-old, who is excelling for both England's and Manchester United 's youth setups, was ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 7,313 reads 6 comments

  13. Liverpool Must Combat Christian Benteke Threat to Prosper vs. Crystal Palace

    On Saturday, a fixture that has traditionally promised goals in gluts looks set to deliver once again. Crystal Palace entertain Liverpool at Selhurst Park in a game that hosts intriguing tactical duels and players taking on their former club...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 2,508 reads 10 comments

  14. Manchester City's Jadon Sancho: An Exceptional Talent Showing Guardiola Traits

    Often forgotten amid  Manchester City ’s attempt to crack Europe’s elite is the success of their youth system in recent years...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 3,090 reads 1 comments

  15. Chelsea's 3-Man Defence Is the Perfect Antidote to Leicester and Jamie Vardy

    This weekend the Premier League returns with a battle of two Italian tacticians, as Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge to square off against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 4,179 reads 3 comments

  16. Is Bayern Munich's Niklas Dorsch the Next Toni Kroos or the Next Schweinsteiger?

    It’s arguable there is no more stable outfield position in Bayern Munich’s team right now than central midfield...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 5,713 reads 5 comments

  17. Gareth Southgate's Tactical Acumen Can Lead to Unlikely England Success

    For the second time in as many months, England head into a World Cup qualifying fixture with a new manager at the helm...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 2 months ago 1,325 reads 0 comments

  18. Bayern Munich's German-American Star Timothy Tillman Is Turning Heads

    Bayern Munich’s under-19 squad have begun the season in much the same way their senior counterparts have: in imperious, stormtrooper -like fashion, winning games by comfortable scorelines...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 2 months ago 12,491 reads 11 comments

  19. Can Tottenham Take Celtic's Blueprint of How to Stop Man City 1 Step Further?

    It is no grandiose statement to suggest this weekend’s visit to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur will be Pep Guardiola’s greatest challenge as Manchester City manager yet...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 2 months ago 3,263 reads 3 comments

  20. Hints of Philipp Lahm in PSG's Full-Back Prodigy Alec Georgen

    In football, trade-offs are very frequently made. Be it from a business standpoint, a tactical standpoint or a personnel standpoint, prioritising one direction or avenue delivers a hammer blow to another...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 2 months ago 834 reads 1 comments

  21. Mesut Ozil vs. N'Golo Kante the Key Duel in Arsenal vs. Chelsea

    Moving rapidly from one glamour tie to another, Chelsea may already be feeling the effects of the seasonal grind of football...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 months ago 10,402 reads 45 comments

  22. Stymieing Midfield Runners the Key for Manchester United to Beat Watford

    Last weekend’s Premier League action could hardly have contrasted more starkly from Watford and Manchester United’s standpoints; the former battled back from two down ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 months ago 8,781 reads 54 comments

  23. Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe Has Hallmarks of Eric Bailly and Javi Martinez

    Manchester United pride themselves on youth production, with the records associated with their consistent focus on bringing academy players into the first team well known...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 months ago 7,307 reads 4 comments

  24. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Key to Manchester United Combating Pep Guardiola's City Press

    As if the return of domestic football following another dreary international break wasn ’t exciting enough, the first Manchester derby of the season—infused with ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 months ago 10,263 reads 28 comments

  25. Jeremie Boga and Granada: A Loan Match Made in Heaven for the Chelsea Youngster

    Chelsea are a club frequently mocked for their “loan army”—a so-called horde of players, ranging in age from teenage years to mid-20s, spread across the world playing football in temporary destinations...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 months ago 5,135 reads 11 comments