The moment every Barcelona fan had been dreading for years has finally arrived. Lionel Messi has left the club as a free agent, unable to pen a new contract, which had apparently been agreed months ago. While there could be more than meets the eye regarding the current situation, the Catalan giants must now prepare for a new era without their most successful player ever.
After a disappointing couple of years, FC Barcelona are making active strides in the transfer market to turn their fortunes around. The signings of Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero signal their intent to be the best team in Spain again, and end their two season run without a La Liga title. Here is a tactical analysis of how FC Barcelona may set up under the influence of Ronald Koeman next season.
The first half of 2020-21 was not ideal for Manchester United by any stretch of the imagination. But in the final fourteen Premier League matches, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took Manchester United on an unbeaten run, culminating in a final day triumph over Leicester City to secure Champions League football and third place in the table. It was a finish worth celebrating and with Bruno Fernandes firing on all cylinders, Manchester United fans will be hoping for better times ahead. But another year gone by without Premier League glory, Solskjaer and co. would have been hoping for silverware elsewhere. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, they crashed out of every one of their cup competitions at the semi-final stage. So even with Bruno Fernandes and a powerful trio of attackers alongside him, the Red Devils will undoubtedly be turning their attention to the transfer market for new additions. Anything less than Premier League or Champions League glory is simply not enough to satisfy the Manchester United faithful's. Here is a Transfer Market Analysis of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United and who they can sign to achieve the dream of getting back to that level.
Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 80-61 80. Roberto Firmino Roberto Firmino has been desperately close to making this list so many seasons in a row and now has finally cracked our end of season Top 100 list for the first time! The Brazilian forward has been so consistently stellar for Liverpool this season, just providing Liverpool … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (80-61)
The first legs of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals were all absolutely fantastic and none of the four matches ended in a stalemate, providing so much intrigue for what could happen next week when the second legs take place. Dortmund bounced back from a horrific attack to put up a good fight against Monaco … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 11-12)
This is an article that is long overdue. Ousmane Dembele has quickly become one of The Mastermind's favourite footballers this season in such a short span of time, taking to his new club better than anyone could have ever hoped for. Nobody expected Ousmane Dembele to have this big of an impact for Borussia Dortmund … Continue reading Ousmane Dembele Is The Best Teenager In World Football
Interesting and entertaining does not even begin to describe how incredible the first half of the German Bundesliga season has been. Instead of Dortmund challenging Bayern Munich for the title, it's been a club of unknown youngsters in the form of RasenBallsport Leipzig who have been Carlo Ancelotti's greatest title challengers this season. But Dortmund have … Continue reading German Bundesliga Team of the Season Halfway Through 2016-17
Marco Reus has been outstanding for Borussia Dortmund since returning from injury at the end of November and it just leaves us asking the question: where would Borussia Dortmund be right now had he not been injured for the first three months of this season? Scoring goals has hardly ever been a problem for Borussia … Continue reading The X Factor: What’s Been Missing For Borussia Dortmund: Marco Reus
It's been a long time awaiting the return of Marco Reus to the Borussia Dortmund team ever since his terrible injury occurred just weeks before the start of Euro 2016. But the German midfielder finally returned to the side on Tuesday and was back with a bang, scoring a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Polish … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa: Marco Reus Back With A Bang
Borussia Dortmund weren't brilliant by any means against second place Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga and without the likes of Marco Reus, Sokratis, Lukasz Piszczek and Andre Schurrle they are seemingly starting to struggle again against tough opposition. Valentin Stocker opened the scoring soon after the start of the second half after a sublime backheel … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin: The Dirty Side of the Game