Batman, The Force & El Clásico's New Age
With Barcelona and Real Madrid due to meet three times in a month, Ryan Hunn reflects on El Clásico entering a new age, whilst remaining one of the biggest games in world football.
Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns
Andy Carroll’s £35 million move from Newcastle to Liverpool is one of the most infamous January deadline day transfers. Now at West Ham, Carroll remains an enigma, writes Matt Pearson .
Benzema Steps Up On A Historic Night At Espanyol
It’s not just goals that have been missing in the Spanish capital, but after Real Madrid beat Espanyol Ryan Hunn looks at whether Karim Benzema can continue to step up to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s void.
Bundesliga Weekly: Collective wisdom sees Dortmund through title test in Leipzig
Borussia Dortmund faced the difficult task of a trip to Leipzig to open 2019. Michael Da Silva was at the Red Bull Arena as an Axel Witsel goal confirmed Dortmund’s ability to go the distance.
La Liga Weekly: Betis Leave It Late, Rayo's Missed Opportunity
Matchday 20 in the Spanish top flight saw games with consequences at both ends of the table. Ryan Hunn rounds up this week’s La Liga action.
Many elite players have had to adapt their game in order to play at the highest level and, as Musa Okwonga writes, such flexibility is often overlooked.
La Liga Weekly: Messi joins 400 club, Athletic Bilbao's run continues
In the first of a new weekly feature, Ryan Hunn reflects on a big weekend in La Liga, including Lionel Messi’s 400th league goal and Iñaki Williams’ brilliant brace.
Thierry Henry: The Day The King Returned
It’s been seven years since Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal following a loan move from New York Red Bulls. Ryan Hunn reflects on the events around the Frenchman’s incredible return.
Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat
Manchester City trumped Liverpool in the crucial top-of-the-table showdown, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side unbeaten run since the start of the season. Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored the goals, but it was the performance of Fernandinho that impressed Matt Pearson.
Hasenhüttl and Saints: A match made in heaven
After a tough start to the season, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s appointment as Head Coach of Southampton has lifted the spirits around St. Mary’s. The new man in charge is set to give new direction to a club that was losing its way, writes Ryan Hunn.
Arsenal: Rebooted, but still an Enigma
Their 16-game unbeaten run has many Arsenal fans celebrating a new era at the Emirates. But they are only slightly better off then at the same point last season and, while there plenty of positives from Unai Emery’s debut season, there is still plenty of work to do, writes Ryan Hunn.
The Search for the Unstable Element
Every successful team needs an Unstable Element. Whether it’s Roy Keane policing his team-mates, or Sergio Ramos indulging in the dark arts, they are an indispensable part of a team’s pursuit of glory, writes Musa Okwonga.
Endearingly naïve, yet utterly brilliant: Dortmund win feverish Klassiker
There are still the long, dark nights of winter to get through but as far as statement wins go, this was about as big as it gets for Dortmund. Their Klassiker victory marks an important night for Lucien Favre’s side but also a turning point for the Bundesliga, writes Michael Da Silva at the Westfalenstadion.
Thomas Tuchel adding substance to PSG's style
There have been a few false dawns at Parc des Princes since Nasser Al-Khelaifi bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, and the recent lavish sponsorship deals have led to accusations that they are more of a lifestyle brand than a football club. But good things are happening under the watch of Thomas Tuchel, and Ryan Hunn believes they have finally found a coach who can add some substance to the style.
Jesse Lingard: My overnight success was years in the making
In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final days as Manchester United coach, he recommended that the club keep faith in one of their academy kids. English football’s greatest ever coach talked of a player with searing pace, a strong work ethic and fantastic skill, even though he was considered too small and weak to rub shoulders with the big boys during the Scot's reign. The player he was talking about was Jesse Lingard.