Liverpool and the Europa League

Liverpool and the Europa League. The Europa League and Liverpool. At first glance, there’s very little to get excited about. UEFA’s second-most prestigious club competition gets treated more like the ugly younger cousin of the Champions League, rather than the high standard of tournament that it actually is. Continue reading


Are Roger Schmidt’s pressing machine the real deal?


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Pressing is one of the buzzwords in modern-day football lexicon and is frequently imbedded in playing styles around the world at all levels. Football’s obsession with pressing is what saw Roger Schmidt come to fame for his style at Red Bull Salzburg and be christened the ‘high-priest of pressing football’ once he arrived in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen. His brand of pressing teams from the edge of their box at high-intensity throughout games even caught the admiring eyes of one Pep Guardiola. Now, him and his young Bayer Leverkusen side must seek to find stability in results and performances in a journey which could ultimately give an example of how much philosophy is worth in football. Continue reading