Author Archives: Paul Wilson


André Gomes: ‘I really don’t need the picture of my foot in my memory’

By | 28th February 2020

Everton’s Portugal midfielder on his horrific injury, his long road back to fitness and life under Carlo AncelottiEverton’s André Gomes had so many messages of support from footballers around Europe during his recovery from his horrific ankle dislocati…


English quartet prepare for drama on a stage we must enjoy while we can

By | 16th February 2020

Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea face differing challenges in a Champions League knockout stage that is likely to be one of the last in the competition’s current formatThe Champions League returns on Tuesday with Liverpool back at the stad…


Guardiola looks to Europe for boost as he prepares to face old foe Mourinho | Paul Wilson

By | 1st February 2020

Spurs and Manchester City meet in unusual circumstances and with Pep Guardiola increasingly mindful of the possible effects on his City legacy of failing to win the Champions League“Maybe it’s because we are older,” was Pep Guardiola’s response when as…

Grenada pair hoping Shrews can help tame the big beasts of Liverpool | Paul Wilson

By | 25th January 2020

Grenada internationals, Aaron Pierre and Omar Beckles, look forward to Shrewsbury’s giantkilling Cup attempt at New Meadow“I just went for it,” Aaron Pierre says modestly of the winning goal against Bristol City that earned Shrewsbury a fourth-round ti…

Champions League history is all the incentive Mourinho needs at Spurs | Paul Wilson

By | 23rd November 2019

José Mourinho’s squad reached the last Champions League final and going one better would make him uniqueJosé Mourinho says he will not make the same mistakes at Tottenham that he made at some of his previous clubs, and though naturally he is not about …

Tottenham must prove no one is irreplaceable – not even Christian Eriksen

By | 14th August 2019

Spurs are facing a dilemma over the Danish playmaker but he is not likely to sulk even if he stays so they need to make the most of the situation and plan aheadAston Villa ought to feel flattered. Following Christian Eriksen’s match-winning cameo from …

Jordan Henderson: ‘City don’t stop at one trophy … we want more and more’

By | 25th May 2019

The Liverpool captain is determined that a Champions League final win over Spurs would be just the beginning for his sideIt is easy to see Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final on Saturday as a shot at redemption, a chance to make up for last…

Champions League no longer contest of champions but battle between leagues | Paul Wilson

By | 22nd May 2019

While the old format never produced a same-nation final, this will be the seventh since 2000, as England steps into the void left by Spain. But there is no point weeping over lost romanceRichard Scudamore retired too soon! No sooner had the Premier Lea…

Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson

By | 18th April 2019

Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbedThere is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each othe…

Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

By | 6th April 2019

The Champions League quarter-final is latest in a line of often spine-tingling English derbies in Europe’s top competitionA new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when…