In Sunday's Euro Papers Mauro Icardi has gone from being Europe's most desirable marksman to the bad boy no club wants to deal with, while Barcelona get wound up by Arsene Wenger.Read More »from Euro Papers: Chelsea lie in wait as Real Madrid reject Icardi
Jose Mourinho is set to swoop for a player rejected by the European Champions, according to reports on Sunday.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Apr 12, 2015 19:17 BST
Alex Netherton bemoans the small-minded mentality of Arsenal and their fans as they celebrate a meaningless win against a relegation-doomed side.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Apr 12, 2015 00:57 BST
Arsenal, indisputably, deserve their second -place position in the league.
There is a handy guide to work out how many points a team merits, and that is the number of games that teams have won, drawn and lost, and those results are also awarded on merit due to the number of goals scored compared to the various opponents. There’s often a distorted concept of what deserves victory and doesn’t in football, with the quality of the build up play, or discrete runs of form over a season, often held up as a reason a victory or league place is deserved.
This is nonsense, clearly. Short of refereeingRead More »from Ignore Arsenal's crowing: they're a fourth-place team making a well-timed run into second place
We don't know how Tim Sherwood turns rusty, broken-down strikers into gleaming, turbo-charged scoring machines.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sat, Apr 11, 2015 19:57 BST
It's not just daft mascots who love Tim Sherwood - misfiring strikers go crazy for him too
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Tim Sherwood’s reign at Spurs – beyond his obvious obsession with his win ratio and unorthodox touchline clothing – was the rebirth of Emmanuel Adebayor, who having been frozen out under Andre Villas-Boas promptly scored five in the new man’s first six games in charge.
Now it seems Sherwood is pulling off the same trick again. Christian Benteke only had two league goals all season before Sherwood was called in to replace Paul Lambert, but has similarly thrived underRead More »from 7 truths: Sherwood's magic touch, and the Real Madrid misfit set to be a Premier League bargain
Ivan Rakitic returns to the ground of his old club as Barcelona face Sevilla in the Andalusian capital.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Apr 10, 2015 18:24 BST
Barca could have their four-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid cut to a point before they take to the pitch in the Andalusian capital as Real host La Liga debutants Eibar earlier on Saturday.
The Catalan giants are well placed to repeat 2009's historic treble under Pep Guardiola. They play their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Paris St Germain on Wednesday and meet Athletic Bilbao in the King's Cup final at the end of May.
Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic will play against his old club at the Europa League champions' intimidating arena for the first time since leaving lastRead More »from European Match of the Weekend: Sevilla v Barcelona
After another wacky week of football news and nonsense, Nick Miller takes a look at the good, the bad... and, well, mostly just the good and the bad really.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Apr 10, 2015 14:05 BST
It's nice when people are nice, isn't it? Even nicer when they're nice to their mums.
Tyrone Mings seems like a good egg. From tales of giving tickets away to people who can't afford to attend games, to working in a homeless shelter over Christmas, he seems to be a delightful young man, the sort that your mother would be delighted if you brought home with you for dinner. He'd probably help with the washing up and everything.
But while your mum might like him, we assume that his mum really likes him, because it seems Mings has dipped into his pay packet to pay off all hisRead More »from Good Week, Bad Week: World's most generous player, and Balotelli does something REALLY sick
Greg Johnson of Squawka.com takes a look at Juan Mata, and suggests that we're seeing the start of a transformation into a deadly finisher.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Apr 10, 2015 12:13 BST
Somewhere underneath Switzerland, the CERN particle accelerator is whirring again after being brought back online to explore more of the weird frontiers of physics.
Over in Manchester, Old Trafford’s very own super collider of football and “philosophy”, Louis van Gaal, has been throwing a few ideas together, and now appears to have stumbled upon a strange new discovery of his own: false Mata.
After scoring both of United’s goals in their 2-1 away win over Liverpool at Anfield in March, Juan Mata was dubbed a “false right winger” by his manager, who appeared delighted, not only with theRead More »from Juan Mata: Louis Van Gaal’s false finisher ready to be United's Thomas Müller
Yaya Toure's perceived drop in form has led some to suggest that he's lost all interest in playing for Manchester City. But do the facts bear it out? WhoScored.com's Ali Tweedale investigates.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Apr 10, 2015 10:52 BST
Remember how it was back at the start of February?
Louis van Gaal was backed into such a corner over his United team’s long-ball football that he produced a dossier to attempt to refute Big Sam’s claims with some stats of his own.
It seemed like the desperate protestations of a man teetering on the edge of losing control. Few then would have predicted that only two months later it would be the red half of Manchester going into Sunday's derby as favourites. The tables have turned, and it is now City that are falling away, with every passing week bringing increasingly poor performances.
CityRead More »from Should Manchester City drop 'uninterested' Yaya Toure for the Manchester derby?
Manchester City are in deep trouble and desperately in need of a major squad overhaul, writes Alex Netherton, but there is cause for optimism at Manchester United.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Thu, Apr 9, 2015 17:35 BST
Manchester United find themselves in three odd positions ahead of the derby with Manchester City on Sunday.
They are, weirdly, ahead on points of City after 31 league games. They have, even more strangely, a legitimate claim to once again be the best team in Manchester. And lastly, and few would have predicted this at the start of the season, reason to think that this second situation might continue for at least another season, regardless of what happens at the weekend.
It might only be a point that separates them in the league table, but there is a greater psychological difference.Read More »from Normal service resumed? Manchester United could be ahead of City for years
Each week we settle football’s biggest debate - which is Europe’s greatest league? It’s a tight call between La Liga and the Premier League this time!
Jagielka’s match-winning antics in Everton’s weekend victory over Southampton see him join the Real Madrid duo in this week’s European best XI.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Mon, Apr 6, 2015 15:44 BST
Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-goal haul for Real Madrid was enough to earn him the armband in our latest European Team of the Week, with team-mate Gareth Bale slotting in alongside him.
The Portuguese forward starred in the astonishing 9-1 demolition of Granada in La Liga, scoring with all five of his spots on target to earn a perfect rating of 100/100 – although it’s worth pointing out that he had another eight attempts that didn’t find the target.
Bale’s tidy contribution of a goal and two assists lands him a spot, with the Real duo joined by Bayer Leverkusen’s Gonzalo Castro in attackingRead More »from European Team of the Week: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale… Phil Jagielka