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  • The Disputed Genius Of Christian Eriksen

    Dropping off between the lines; playing delicious through balls; unlocking defences with pinpoint, well-timed passes; dropping into space and shooting accurately from acute angles; Christian Eriksen is that exceptionally skilled technician the seven emperors of ancient Rome would have paid to watch at the Colosseum. Two times Tottenham went behind, two times Tottenham restored parity.…

  • Chelsea’s Infamous Loan Empire: Future Stars or Financial Benefit?

    As we enter another season in which the amount of players that are on loan from Chelsea (40) completely dwarfs the number of players in their named 2018/19 squad (28), various questions are beginning to get thrown around. Firstly, is it worth stockpiling all this talent if it never actually materialises into quality on the…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: Benfica

    Zach Lowy talks to Benfica Podcast host Cristiano Oliveira about Benfica. ZL: What are your expectations for Benfica going into the group stage? CO: It’s a tricky group, but I expect Benfica to fight it out with Ajax for that coveted 2nd place and advance to the knockout stage. ZL: How do you think Benfica can beat Ajax…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: FC Porto

    After four painful years of waiting, FC Porto finally reclaimed the Primeira Liga title, in turn securing automatic qualification into the 2018/19 Champions League. It has been a strange summer for the 03/04 winners. At times, it looked like the core of the squad would be torn apart, but after interest from England cooled off,…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: Bayern Munich

    Zach Lowy talks to Goal.com journalist and Bundesliga expert Ronan Murphy on Bayern Munich’s Champions League hopes. ZL: After having Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, and Carlo Ancelotti as managers, is there a new look, a new feel to Bayern with a lesser known, young coach like Niko Kovac at the helm? RM: That’s a great question. Bayern…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: Tottenham

    “Sometimes you need to be brave and take risks. I think the club is in a moment where they need to take risks.” The dust settled on the 2017/2018 Premier League season after a performance against Leicester that was a real throwback to the Tottenham Hotspur we had seen under the guidance of Martin Jol…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: Schalke 04

    Zach Lowy talks to Bundesliga expert Navneeth Sridhar on Schalke’s chances going into the group stage. ZL: What do you expect from Schalke going into the group stage? NS: The draw could have been worse. They have a decent chance of topping the group if Tedesco fixes early season issues. There will be tough away…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: Crvena zvezda

    Zach Lowy interviews @nenadsuperzmaj, the creator of @RedStarEnglish, an English-speaking Crvena zvezda account, on the Serbian club’s Champions League chances. ZL: What are you expecting for Crvena zvezda going into this season? NS: It’s difficult to say what Zvezda fans expect, because qualifying was realization of all our dreams since the turn of the century. That said, our…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: AEK Athens

    It’s been 12 years since AEK Athens’s last appearance in the Champions League. The Greek Champions have managed to beat Hungarian side Vidi and have now completed what certainly looks like a Football Manager save meets reality. Flash back 6 years ago. AEK is dealing with serious financial struggles. The team is banned from signing…

  • Group Stage Fan Preview: FC Barcelona

    For Barcelona fans worldwide, last season was difficult to explain. No one really knew how to feel about it. On one hand, the club won the two domestic trophies and on the other the club failed, in the worst possible manner, in the Champions League. It is worth mentioning that the league campaign was pretty…