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UCL – Can this Premier League trio make their numbers count?

The Premier League is the go-to league at the moment in Europe after three of their teams have made it to the quarterfinal stage of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League against all odds. We may have predicted this number making it to the round of 16 but making it further? Well, unless the folks at Footiehound are psychic. The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City are in the next stage of the competition and have ignited hopes that the UCL title can end up in England this season. However, can these clubs make their numbers count? England currently has the highest number of representatives remaining in the competition and this is a good one although there is the concern of an all Premier League encounter. Regardless, they've been impressive in the competition this season. RE...
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Thomas Tuchel passes first major test as Chelsea boss

Thomas Tuchel has been impressive in his start to life as Chelsea manager and now has 6 wins and 2 draws in 8 games in all competitions including the impressive 1 nil win in the first leg of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against Atletico Madrid in Bucharest. The Blues' style of play has changed under the former PSG boss as they focus more on keeping possession and dictating play whilst building from the back. The issue of building from the back has been a challenge for most clubs who lack the personnel that are skilled in passing the ball and keeping possession, especially the defenders, and the Blues have shown signs of struggles under the German in these early stages. Chelsea emerged victoriously over the leading table toppers in La Liga in a game that was ...
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A dramatic Premier League final day top 4 race to watch out for

The 2019/20 Premier League season reaches its climax on Sunday and the fight for the remaining two top 4 places will rage on and be settled on the last matchday of the season. Manchester United finally moved into the top 4 with one game to go due to superior goal difference. Chelsea moved down to 4th while Leicester City remained in fifth. The Red Devils may not have done themselves any good by drawing 1 all against West Ham at Old Trafford but we'll know better after the blast of the final whistle at the King Power Stadium against a Leicester side who'll seal a place regardless of other results if they win. Chelsea, on the other hand, played out an entertaining 5:3 result against Premier League champions Liverpool, although they were on the losing side. They face Wolves at Stamfo...
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Premier League top 4 race could go to the wire

The race for the top four places of the 2019/20 Premier League heated further after third and fourth place Leicester City and Chelsea lost respectively to Everton and West Ham on Wednesday night. The Foxes lost 2:1 at Goodison Park while the Blues succumbed to a 3:2 defeat against strugglers and relegation-threatened West Ham at the London Stadium. West Ham successfully completed a league double against Chelsea this season. Meanwhile, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Warriors who are chasing hotly for the UEFA Champions League places won away from home on against Brighton and Aston Villa. The Red Devils put in class performance as they thrashed Brighton 3 nil at the Amex while Nuno Espirito Santo's men won 1 nil away to Aston Villa at Villa Park, all on Tuesday. We're are se...
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It may not be the best decision to let Willian leave Chelsea

One news that has made the rounds this week is the one about Chelsea midfielder Willian being offered to Real Madrid, and the Spanish giants opting against making a move for him due to his wage demands. However, one question is this; Are the Blues ready for life without Willian considering he's one of the most experienced players in the team, and will make his experience count when the going gets tough? Willian has been a mainstay at Stamford Bridge since he arrived from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013. The Brazil international, who is now 31, has played vital roles under all the managers that have come and gone at Stamford Bridge in recent times. However, the player's stay at Stamford Bridge has left the Chelsea fanbase divided due to his abilities on the pitch. READ: Agent says Cou...
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Bayern are favorites and miles above Chelsea ahead of UCL clash

Lothar Matthaus has insisted that Bayern Munich are well ahead of Chelsea who no longer have the shine of the earlier days ahead of the first leg of their UCL round-of-16 clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Both sides go into the game off the back of victories in their domestic leagues. Chelsea are not in the title race for the Premier League this term but have impressed in the Champions League, beating last year's semi-finalists Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena and qualifying ahead of them into the knockout stages. Regardless, Matthaus doesn't think Frank Lampard's side will be a match for Bayern who scored 24 goals and got 6 wins en route the round-of-16 stage. "Bayern is the clear favourite. This is no longer the big Chelsea from the past with players like Michael Ballack, John ...
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How Sarriball will help Frank Lampard at Chelsea

It's no more news that Frank Lampard is now the new boss at Chelsea. The English man was confirmed as the Blues' new boss on Thursday, effectively confirming a goodbye to Maurizio Sarri's Sarriball ahead of the 2019/20 football season. Although it is expected that Frank Lampard will look to infuse his own style of play into the team, his task should be easier as the Blues now have a possession-minded and attacking mentality compared to the rigid defensive side Sarri met in his time. Chelsea were mostly known for rarely keeping the ball, soaking opposition pressure and hitting on the counter before Maurizio Sarri's arrival. The Blues were ruthless on the counter although the ruthlessness seemingly waned under Sarriball. Frank Lampard will have to work on that! READ: Manchester City...
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Can the English clubs dominate Europe in 2019/20?

The Premier League dominated Europe on all fronts in the 2018/19 football season, setting a record in the process. Europe's major elite club competitions had 4 all finalists emerge from English Premier League in the 2018/19 season. The UEFA Champions League saw Liverpool and Tottenham fighting for the holy grail of European club football while the Europa League final saw Chelsea and Arsenal fight for the honors. Very few fans would have thought of this when the season commenced seeing how their rivals in other leagues had invested heavily with eyes on the European honors. Regardless, the English boys were determined to prove a point in Europe and achieved it in record fashion. It remains to be seen if such a feat will ever be repeated in the two major European football club compet...
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A weekend of London derbies in the Premier League

The Premier League served up its share of entertainment after the international break last weekend with the London derby that saw Chelsea's unbeaten run and perfect start under Maurizio Sarri come to an end at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur. Another weekend beckons and we have another cracker on our hands with the feisty North London derby coming up between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates while Chelsea will welcome Fulham to Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be welcoming former boss Claudio Ranieri to Stamford Bridge in a game where they'll be looking to return to winning ways after the loss to Spurs. This is a derby game and the last 3 derbies between the two sides at Stamford Bridge have ended in draws. Therefore, the Blues will be wary of any threat th...
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Spurs wrecked Chelsea’s unbeaten run with ease

The Premier League returned after the international break and it came with its own share of heartbreaks. Maurizio Sarri and his men lost their unbeaten run against London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, as they failed to provide answers to some forays made by Mauricio Pochettino's men in the course of the game. Tottenham have displayed an ability to bring the Blues back to earth in recent times, and it would have been a surprise if the Stamford Bridge outfit emerged unscathed from the high profile derby. The Blues also suffered a blow in their title aspirations as they fell behind on points to the likes of league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool. The league leaders, who pummeled West Ham 4 nil at the London Stadium in a reunion with former manager Manuel Pe...