Posts Tagged ‘season’
May 7, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa
April 28, 2012 by Jake Nuttie
After a poor start to the season, losses to both Manchester teams in the first two games, Tottenham were able to get their season back on track, and up until the end of February it looked like a very promising season for Tottenham, despite elimination from the Europa league. After thumping Newcastle 5-0 at home, it has been very much downhill from there. At the Christmas stage of the season most people had predicted that Tottenham had that third premier league place nailed on and would surely remain in the top four come the end of the season. But how does a team go from looking certain to achieving a third place finish and a genuine chance at an F.A. Cup final to finishing the season with only a Europa League place. Winning the F.A. Cup along with a champions league finish would be an ideal season for Redknapp and Tottenham and would be the perfect reward for all of Redknapp’s hard work since arriving at White Hart Lane. Here is a look at some of the things that has hindered Tottenham’s performance of late.
April 26, 2012 by Joshua Broomfield
Despite looking at one point like they would run away with the league title, Manchester City are currently in a position where their only hope of finishing above Manchester United looks like goal difference. Notwithstanding Lee Dixon’s exceptionally perceptive insight that football results are down to a combination of form, fitness and the teams on the pitch. What has been the reason for Manchester City seemingly throwing the title away? One of the most significant reasons is that they have often lacked width, and have consequently been, at times, easy to frustrate. City’s default formation this season has been a 4-2-3-1/4-2-2-2: a back 4, two holding midfielders, two nominal wide players who drift inside and two strikers, one of which often will often drop deep to help in build up play. City’s rough first choice 11:
April 24, 2012 by Christian Manasci
This has not been an easy season for Chelsea FC. A side that has become accustomed in recent times to battle it out with Manchester United for the Premier League title, now finds itself sixth in the table, below Arsenal, Newcastle and Spurs. Their previous manager, Andre Villas Boas, was sacked in March after a run of disappointing results. All this unfolded amidst talk of unrest within the squad and acrimony between the manager and certain senior players.
March 22, 2012 by Matteo Roberts
Having finished the past two seasons in 7th place, Juventus’ 2011-12 campaign was greeted with humble expectations. With a new stadium and a new coach in Antonio Conte, the Agnelli family was ready to bring back the winning mentality to the club. The arrival of Conte brought a new playing philosophy which focused on possession, pressing and high octane football, as Del Neri’s 4-4-2 was replaced by (what some refer to as) a 4-2-4. The beginning of the year saw the likes of Zdeněk Grygera, Felipe Melo, Mohammed Sissoko and Alberto Aquilani leave Torino, as the starting 11 was totally revamped to fit Conte’s system thanks to some key signings by Director General Giuseppe Marotta. The right-back position, previously occupied by Grygera (and at times a shaky 19 year old Frederik Sørensen with the occasional Marco Motta appearance), was solidified by signing the hard working Stephan Lichtsteiner from Lazio. Fan outcast and former Bidone D’oro winner (given to the worst player in the Serie A) Felipe Melo was replaced by the more versatile and temperamentally stable Arturo Vidal. However, without a doubt, the most impressive signing of the summer was the free transfer of AC Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who has made sure that Aquilani will be quickly forgotten at the Old Lady. The World Cup winner has been orchestrating virtually every attacking move and is the beating heart of this revamped Juventus side. The right-back position now presents a counterattacking option, as Lichtsteiner offers pace down the right flank, while Vidal has become the modern holding midfielder that many expected Melo to be, the perfect foil for the regista Pirlo. Whether playing the 4-2-4 or 4-3-3 (which includes fan favorite Claudio Marchisio), the Juventus midfield has arguably become one of the best in Europe and has proved to be the main reason for their success.
March 15, 2012 by Kyle Whitman
Playoffs that decide a league’s champions is a foreign concept to fans of most domestic soccer leagues. Usually, the winner is determined by which team accumulates the most points during a set number of regular season fixtures. This concept makes sense: Each team in a league plays all the other teams an equal number of times and the one that emerges with the best record wins the title. Seems fair enough.