Central midfield: Kalvin Phillips (Leeds) Arguably the division’s most complete midfielder, Phillips has earned the right to test himself on the biggest stage and doing so for his boyhood club will be even more satisfying. AHe is the bridge between defence and attack and has developed into one of Bielsa’s most trusted players. Named in our team of the season for successive years, Phillips was also close to an England call-up in March. … [Read more...] about Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?
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5 - Madrid have won five of their 11 away Champions League games in England (W5 D3 L3), beating four different teams (Manchester United, Leeds United, Liverpool and Spurs). The only two teams to win away at five or more different English teams in the Champions League are Bayern Munich (five) and Barcelona (seven). … [Read more...] about Juve look to Ronaldo as Guardiola guns for Madrid once more – Champions League in Opta numbers
Sterling has come a long way since his first goal for City in a 2-0 win over Watford back in August 2015 when Manuel Pellegrini was still in charge but it remains debatable whether he is an elite-level finisher. With the tie on a knife-edge on Friday night, he sliced a shot that Thibaut Courtois helped wide, but it was his movement that presented the chance. … [Read more...] about Raheem Sterling at 100: Manchester City’s leading man
Ledger made one film for which he will undeniably be remembered. When the news of his death was reported on the airwaves, commentators unanimously described him as the groundbreaking young Aussie who played the "gay cowboy" in Brokeback Mountain. This captures the press at its most lavishly cretinous. Brokeback Mountain is no more about gay cowboys than Hamlet is about indecisive, twenty-something Danes. It is about two people who are madly in love but whose lives are destroyed because they cannot be together. They are separated not only by social mores, by marriage, by distance, but by class: Jake Gyllenhaal, buoyed with the emancipation from financial worry he has achieved by marrying into a wealthy family, can do whatever he damn well pleases, whereas Ledger, a cash-strapped day labourer, does not have the money or the social mobility to go where he wants, whenever he wants. Gyllenhaal, a talented actor, does a very nice job in Brokeback Mountain, but Ledger gives a performance that … [Read more...] about ‘It’s not fair. It’s not right’