Chaos at the corner flag

Corners are a mess.

We have ideals of a perfectly floated ball, gliding its way onto the head of a leaping gazelle and nesting into the safety of the net. It’s never this. Continue reading “Chaos at the corner flag”


How to play like 2016 Branislav Ivanovic

Sometime between April and May 2015, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic lost his head.

He went from a ‘7 out of 10’ every week, to a ‘what is he doing?’ out of 10 every week.

No-one quite knows what happened. He looked different, as though he had been taken hostage in an Eastern European outhouse and seen things that would scar him for life.

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