Chile vs Peru

Copa America Final: Chile v Argentina – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

CHILE v/s ARGENTINA Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago de Chile 4th July, 2015; 2000 GMT *** Love thy neighbour, they say, but the mood in Santiago will be anything but ‘love’ when the respective nation’s football teams step on to the pitch. Argentina and Chile share the third-longest international border in the world, and come Saturday the line will divide the countries in more ways than one. Argentina were the odds-on favourites coming into the tournament and they have done no harm to their status. Former Barcelona boss Tata Martino and the talent at his disposal have, however, been underwhelming with their performances. Boasting of probably the best strike force in the world, let alone the tournament, they struggled to score goals in the group stages. A nervy penalty-shootout win over Colombia in the quarters was anything but an indication of what was to come in the semi-finals. Lionel Messi was back to his best, Javier Pastore was looking […] Read more »

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho in Portugal

Pogba, Griezmann, Turan – Analysing Chelsea FC Summer Transfer Targets

Following an extremely successful season which saw José Mourinho’s men win the Premier League title as well as the Capital One Cup, the summer has thus far been a relatively quiet one for Chelsea FC. TheHardTackle takes a look at some of the transfers the Blues have been linked with, and assesses how likely they are to happen. Read more »

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Analysis: How Good Is Nathaniel Clyne Compared To Premier League’s Best?

Liverpool FC announced their sixth signing Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton on Wednesday in a £12.5 million deal. We analyze just how good Clyne is compared to Premier Leagues best fullbacks and what to expect from him at Anfield.   Fresh from the acquisition of Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim in a 29 million pound deal last week, Liverpool FC pulled off, what was described as, another coup by snapping up Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton The England right back signed a five year deal worth a reported 90k per week as Liverpool FC addressed one of the priority position they had to fill this transfer window and it was done right under the noses of hated rivals Manchester United, who had been keeping tabs on Clyne, even though they had not made a bid for the player as per reports. So, what can Liverpool fans expect from Clyne? Style Clyne, 24, is a proper modern fullback who made his England debut earlier in the […] Read more »

West Bromwich Albion FC Vs. Chelsea FC

Chelsea’s To-Do List for Champions League glory next season

Chelsea’s loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 would have raised doubts in the minds of football pundits and fans alike over Mourinho’s ability to win the Champions League with Chelsea. While his Porto and Inter stints both fetched a Champions League medal each, his 3 years at Real Madrid and hitherto 5 years at Chelsea have been a dead ringer when it comes to European glory. Mourinho’s character will not let him mull over the losses and it is a given that the Portuguese manager would already be working on the reasons behind that failure. Mourinho has been a successful manager for Chelsea with 3 premier league titles, 3 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and a Community Shield in 2005 but has only reached the semi final stage of the Champions League, albeit thrice. Given Chelsea’s relative success with and without Mourinho at the helm, it is doubtful there could be a better combination to bring Europe’s most prized trophy back to […] Read more »

Valued at £30 million by Southampton, Will He Make The Move To Manchester United?

Morgan in the Middle: Why Schneiderlin is the answer to United’s midfield mirage

With a transfer to Manchester United imminent, We take a look at just why the Frenchman, in all his understated abilities is perfect for Louis van Gaal's system. While Schneiderlin i not a like-for-like replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick, his abilities as an all-round defensive midfield presence, will give United the stability and consistency the so desperately hark for Read more »

Brazil vs Paraguay

The Seleccao Struggle: Why Brazil have to start from scratch, again.

With a third Quarter Final exit in four tournaments, Brazil have had to swallow yet another bitter pill. Their exit this competition around proves more hurtful, as glaring problems often outweigh the handful of positives, under new coach Dunga. Following harrowing defeats to Germany and Netherlands on home soil, Brazilian football’s governing body, proceeded to make rapid and sweeping changes. Former World Cup Winning coach Luis Philipe Scolari was shown the door, and former World Cup Winner Dunga, was restored at the helm of the the Selecao. However, Brazil’s loss should not be analysed in isolation, as it is developed by a context that has long been brewing since Dunga’s take-over. Paraguay’s defeat exposed the flaws in the Selecao setup, that are more systemic, than symptomatic. Brazil need a change in temperament, and not just Tactics Their first game exposed their initial chinks, as an over-dependance or Neymar was obvious from the first whistle. Attacking players would get into promising positions, yet waited for the Barcelona winger […] Read more »