Big clubs are always on the lookout for young talent, and I will be looking at some of the U23s that make their clubs tick. The young midfield maestros.
Napoli have splashed their Higuain cash on some promising youngsters over the summer, with Piotr Zieliński costing them around £12m. But perhaps their biggest prospect is not the Pole with an eye for goal, but the man playing just behind him. 19 year old Amadou Diawara has the body and strength of a destroyer, standing at 6 feet tall, but he has incredible composure, passing and poise, meaning he is seen more of a regista, the metronome of Napoli’s 4-3-3.
Goodison Park played host to an interesting tactical showdown between Ronald Koeman’s Everton and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in which Everton ran riot winning 4-0. The scoreline, however, was more to do with Guardiola’s set up rather than a complete performance from the Toffees. At the same time it was definitely Koeman’s best game in charge of the Merseyside club.
Since the comeback to the Championship in the season 2011 / 2012, the Seagulls racked up the Promotion Play-Off 3 times in the last 4 years, but they never managed to get through to the Final. After Crystal Palace in 2013, Derby in 2014, last year Sheffield Wednesday were to reach Wembley at the expense of Brighton. But, this year may be different, as Chris Hughton’s team sits in 2nd place of the Championship after 25 games (1 game in hand). Continue reading Brighton & Hove Albion: Solid Defence, Solid Performance→
It’s holiday time. And manager sacking time. The period right before the January transfer window is when clubs in the bottom-half sack their managers. Although not too many clubs have fired their managers this season yet, Alan Pardew was given the pink slip on the 22nd of December by Crystal Palace.
AC Milan under Carlo Ancelotti were a side to be marvelled at. The team went through a lot of tactical deviations due to Ancelotti’s eagerness to follow the upcoming trends of football. However, his unique approach payed off. During his tenure, he managed to win:
Both Manchester City and Arsenal were under scrutiny in the build up to the fixture, in which both teams were planning to make a statement of intent to the rest of the league. Arsenal had suffered just their second defeat of the season midweek to Everton. Manchester City, and more specifically Pep Guardiola, were under the microscope as fans, journalists and pundits alike were beginning to question Guardiola’s ability to adapt his tactics to the English Premier League.