Antonio Conte is the PL’s sh*thouse king… he’s far too fun to manage PSG

One brief look at the facial expressions of Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta following Thursday night’s north London derby told you everything about how things went for Tottenham and Arsenal respectively. The two managers did well to keep their emotions in check, at least superficially. Arteta’s various post-match duties were not quite delivered with Sir … Read more

Neymar’s right, Verratti’s a genius… just look at this filthy dinked pass

Footballers praising their team-mates in interviews is to be expected. Just imagine if a journalist asked you about one of your colleagues. You’re probably not going to tell them that your colleague is a blithering idiot who shares loads of Brexity drivel on Facebook, even if your colleague’s a blithering idiot who shares loads of … Read more

PSG ‘to let’ Mauricio Pochettino leave for Man Utd

Manchester United have seemingly been cleared to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager this summer – but only if they allow a big-name star to depart for the French capital in return. The 49-year-old finds himself once again being heavily linked with the Old Trafford hotseat. Having just ‘celebrated’ his one-year anniversary at the … Read more

Arsenal fans look away, Stephy Mavididi’s become a hero in France

Former Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi is tearing up Ligue 1 with Montpellier. A brace last weekend was his best moment yet. Last Sunday was a quiet day for Arsenal’s current crop of young forwards. Facing a stubborn Burnley side, homegrown talents like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah couldn’t make it click, disappointing … Read more

Faded glory, fighty ultras and relentless noise in Saint-Etienne

We need to talk about choreographed chanting. Sure, it looks impressive with the assembled flags, banners, and scarf waving creating a visual assault on the eyeballs. And it certainly sounds impressive. Take the arrangement at Saint-Etienne, for example. As my dad and I sit in the Kop Sud (the South Stand for those who failed … Read more

OGC Nice: Can a British billionaire’s club challenge Messi’s PSG in Ligue 1?

All eyes on Ligue 1. The planet’s best player has arrived at Paris Saint-Germain and the international media are jostling for position, desperate to get a glimpse, unable to contain their excitement. As Brest manager Michel der Zakarian rather crudely put it just before Messi signed: “We say that we have a shit league, but … Read more