Daily Archives: February 17, 2023

Why Silva at left-back vs Saka was a mistake and how moving Ake gave City control

“Pep Guardiola’s way of surprising Mikel Arteta was by not surprising him. Instead, Guardiola maintained the system he’d used in a comfortable weekend win over Aston Villa, which was most notable for the presence of Bernardo Silva as a left-sided ‘half-back’: a central midfielder when his team was in possession, a left-back without it. …”
The Athletic – Michael Coxfo


Inside Barcelona’s day of chaos as new scandal breaks – this one looks really bad

“It was the first thing everyone seemed to be asking as soon as the news broke. Are Barcelona going to be docked points like Juventus? Also, could they even be dropped down the leagues? It sounds really bad: prosecutors are investigating payments totalling €1.4million (£1.2m; $1.3m) the club made to a company owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira who, at the time, was vice-president of Spanish football’s refereeing committee. …”
The Athletic

The best goalkeeping performances in Champions League history – ranked

“There’s been plenty of brilliant individual performances in the UEFA Champions League down the years. Lionel Messi vs. Man Utd, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Juventus, Ronaldo (R9) vs. Manchester United are some of the standouts from the outfield players, but what about goalkeepers? Well, here’s the five best from the boys between the posts. …”