After Chelsea were beaten in consecutive fixtures by Liverpool and Arsenal, a host of people were writing the Blues off this season, stating that it would be a transitional season for the 2014-15 Premier League champions.
However, a tactical masterstroke by new boss Antonio Conte to revert to the tried-and-tested three-man defence that served him so well at Juventus has got the West London club back on track.
London (AFP) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger compared the Premier League to "a jungle" on Friday saying every day was a fight for survival.
The 66-year-old Frenchman whose side are on a hot streak of form with seven successive wins in all competitions will hope his players heed such words when they host struggling Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp laughs at Bayern Munich's loss to former team Mainz - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager oversaw his team get a delightful 3-0 win over Manchester City that must have soothed the pain of the League Cup defeat days ago. Goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino ensured the Reds went into the eighth place, one point behind Stoke and with a game in hand.
Pies are once again buddying up with our palsover at Art of Football to celebrate the launch of their swanky new-look website with a timely giveaway.
One lucky winner has the chance to win a £25 Art of Football gift voucher to spend however they chose be it on a cracking t-shirt or a beautiful little art print from the vast array of goodies on offer in their store.
We have been approached by They'll Love It to give away a host of luxury Arsenal gifts this summer, so we thought we'd run a competition to give you all a fair chance of winning this set of six gifts. The company promoting the gifts also donate to charity with every order, so don't be [...]
Since the last time we ran a competition in conjunction with them, the chaps over at Art of Football have been busy putting together a brand new collection, inspired by the players that truly made the beautiful game...well, beautiful!
Launched this very day, The Artists range containsa batch of lovely new prints and t-shirts featuring the sainted likes of Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Pele, George Best, Bobby Moore, Eusebio and Ronaldinho all captured in Art of Football's signature splotchy collage style.
As we stride headlong into December, we thought it high time to get back in bed with our old chums over at Art Of Football and lay on a pre-Christmas competition for the Pies faithful.
As many of you well know by now, Art of Football specialise in capturinghundreds of the beautiful game's most beautiful moments using their signature splotchy artworks and then turn them into the most exquisite t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and art prints all presented in superb luxury packaging.
Against Valencia on Sunday, Lionel Messi scored in Barca's 2- defeat to end one of the worst scoring droughts of his career. The goal was Messi's 500th in all competitions, 50 for Argentina and 450 for Barcelona in what has been a remarkable career.
What is really amazing is that when you look at the competitions that Messi has scored in, he is the all-time leader in goals in almost all of them.
Projecting the Integration of Carlo Ancelotti's Tactics at Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With Pep Guardiola set to leave FC Bayern Munchen at the end of the 2015-2016 season, 3-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti has been picked to replace the Catalan man at Saebener Strasse next summer.
It's now or never for many teams on fringe of qualifying for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.
In Tuesday's headline match, VfL Wolfsburg hosts Manchester United at Volkswagen Arena. The German club sits one point above its Matchday 6 foe, and has won three of its last four games in all competitions.
2015 European Player Rankings: Best 25 Strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This is the secondin a series of European player rankings that will cover each position on the pitch. Each player is assigned to a position based on their natural propensity and where they were deployed this past season, with more weight given to the latter.
The schedule for this summer's fourth annual International Champions Cup pre-season tournament has been released, with shock Premier League leaders Leicester taking their place among the big boys of European football in a mouth-watering line-up.
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The Foxes, along with Chelsea, Liverpool and Celtic will take part in the main competition, which will be mostly held in the USA, with the Blues and the Reds going head to head inPasadena.
Continuing to update stats, here's a look at the landmark goals in Sporting KC's history. In the 2015 season KC hit three landmark goals, 1,000 goals in all competitions, 500 league goals at home, and 600 goals in all competitions at home. All of the record goals in 2015 were scored by the same person as Krisztian Nemeth scored all three of those landmark goals.
I know this is a bit tongue in cheek, but the official Arsenal website have announced the results of our monthly Goal-of-the-Month competition, and the winner was not our top scorer "Owen Gold" lol. The OG that won it was obviously the great Olivier Giroud, who scored the Gunners ONLY League goal in August, but [.
Arsenal will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this crucial London derby against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, and Arsene Wenger will be looking for a big win to erase the memories of last week's debacle against West Ham. Thanks to this weeks sponsor latestbettingoffers.co.uk, one lucky reader will be getting an [.
It's Euro 96. Thoughts turn to past England trips to France, chief among them that World Cup 98 quarter-final match against Argentina. A match that ended in defeat under the tyranny of penalties, featured David Beckham's red card for his brainless kick at the conniving Diego Simeone, two more spot kicks and a sensational goal from Michael Owen on his debut.