Mikhail Turner

Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Premier League start shows he’s the best forward of his generation

Thirteen league titles, sixteen domestic cups, one European title and one world title amassed in four countries. Numerous individual awards and records. Dazzling goals, assists and overall play. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has it all.   The 35-year-old Swedish striker is the ultimate journeyman footballer. Ibrahimovic has played for eight of the biggest clubs in the world during his career and no one …

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Why Atletico Madrid should go all out for the Champions League

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. The progress Los Rojiblancos have built up in the last few seasons has seemingly ground to a halt in 2016/17.   Diego Simeone’s introduction as manager in 2011 culminated in an impressive rise for Atletico Madrid. The team that has Barcelona and Real Madrid looking over their shoulders domestically, and European clubs hoping …

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Is Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil more important to Arsenal?

Arsenal’s two superstars have been the subject of much debate as the Gunners continue their fine start to the 2016/17 season. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been key to Arsenal’s recent revival and much of their good form this season. The duo arrived in consecutive summers when their former employers sought high-quality, and highly expensive, additions from two of …

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Why Barcelona have no reason to panic just yet

An inquisition is in full force at Barcelona after Luis Enrique’s dropped more points against Real Sociedad in the last round. Luis Enrique’s side came out of the last international break facing what one would consider a pleasant schedule. Home games against Malaga, Real Madrid and Espanyol mixed with away trips to Real Sociedad and Osasuna were all seen as chances …

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Can Borussia Dortmund really challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title?

Borussia Dortmund’s start to the 2016/17 season has been disappointing. In a season in which Bayern Munich, regardless of their quality, are going through transition, the expectation was that Dortmund would provide a strong challenge for the Bavarian side.   Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Hamburg was their first Bundesliga win since September and Thomas Tuchel’s side enters the last international …

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How far can this resurgent AC Milan go under Vincenzo Montella?

AC Milan’s 1-0 win over Juventus last Saturday set them apart as one of the surprise teams so far this season. The Rossoneri followed that up with a loss to Genoa cool any over excitement following the big win. Milan now sit third in the Serie A table but there’s no telling where they’ll be when the season ends despite the promising …

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Is this French forward the man Arsenal should sign to win the Premier League?

In the Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal and French forwards go hand in hand. Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and Olivier Giroud have been prominent in their compatriot’s plans since joining the club. It seems that this summer, they could be followed by another. The Telegraph reports that Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is a now on the Gunners’ radar after they missed …

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Why is this Italian club giant so far behind its rival?

AC Milan ended another disappointing season with a 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Coppa Italia, and is symptomatic of a more widespread problem. The result was expected but how we eventually got there certainly wasn’t. Milan were the aggressors and generally the better side throughout but their overall lack of quality showed. Juventus held on and found a way …

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Why Do Borussia Dortmund Have Trouble Holding Onto Key Players?

Borussia Dortmund’s resurgence this season has been a positive for German football. It’s not all good news for the Ruhr valley club though. Bayern Munich still clinched a fourth consecutive title with one game to play but were kept on their toes by Dortmund. As was the case after Dortmund’s back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, Bayern has responded …

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Are we in store for shocks in the Champions League and Europa League?

The Champions League and Europa League return this week and nothing is guaranteed. Manchester City play Real Madrid while Bayern Munich face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. The Europa League sees Liverpool take on Villarreal as Sevilla battle Shaktar Donetsk. Each tournament has its favourites but their competitors are just as likely to progress. Each tie has its own fascinating …

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