Author Archives: Jonathan Wilson

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Champions League final battle on flanks will underline importance of full-backs | Jonathan Wilson

By | 30th May 2019

Liverpool and Spurs rely on the role to wreak havoc in attack and Saturday’s game will show how the position has evolvedIt is quarter of a century since Jack Charlton observed after the 1994 World Cup that full-back had become tactically the most impor…

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Manchester City machine creaks under pressure but title a step closer | Jonathan Wilson

By | 20th April 2019

Pep Guardiola’s champions showed they are human in the fraught 1-0 win over Spurs but another obstacle has been overcome with the Manchester derby up nextAt last some cracks are showing. This has been a title race characterised by the implacable excell…

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Pep Guardiola last won a big European away in 2011. Is he overthinking? | Jonathan Wilson

By | 10th April 2019

Manchester City’s loss at Spurs took his run without a quarter- or semi-final victory to 10 games. It feels more than a blipEight years ago Pepe was sent off and Lionel Messi scored two goals, one of them brilliant, as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the…

Spurs’ errors may damage hopes of breaking down Manchester City | Jonathan Wilson

By | 8th April 2019

Inherent sloppiness at crucial moments threatens to damage whatever tactics Mauricio Pochettino uses in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first legThere are two ways to play against Manchester City. You can press high up the pitch, as Liverpool …

Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows there is substance behind the smiles | Jonathan Wilson

By | 14th January 2019

Victory over Spurs not only extended the Norwegian’s perfect start as Manchester United’s caretaker manager but also demonstrated his ability to do the job long-termHe could smile, be gracious, look pleased to be there and deliver the letter U in a ple…

Mesut Özil dilemma remains as Unai Emery plots derby plans for Spurs | Jonathan Wilson

By | 30th November 2018

German enigma continues to divide opinion at the Emirates and beyond but if his manager can’t trust him then Arsenal have a problem, and an expensive one at thatTell me what you think about Mesut Özil, and I will tell you who you are. Or at least that …

Spurs must answer a testing question when Chelsea visit on Saturday | Jonathan Wilson

By | 22nd November 2018

Tottenham have had a toughish time of it this season and need to make up for a couple of defeats against so-called big-six clubs with a win at Wembley on SaturdayWin away games against the big six, they said. That’s the real test, they said. That’s wha…

Pressing is risky but the best way to ruffle Pep Guardiola’s feathers | Jonathan Wilson

By | 28th October 2018

Tottenham came unstuck when they pressed high at the Etihad last season but it was preferable to their timid performance against Manchester City at WembleyTottenham would press them, push high up the pitch, even from goal-kicks. They’d be aggressive an…