Performance Analysis: Valencia 2-5 Real Sociedad -- Antoine Griezmann has his moments, but no real influence

Antoine Griezmann made no telling impact as Real Sociedad marched to an emphatic 5-2 victory over Valencia...

Performance Analysis: PSG 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb -- Adrien Rabiot destroys, Sime Vrsaljko exposed, Mateo Kovacic impresses

Adrien Rabiot put in an impressive display while Sime Vrsaljko and Mateo Kovacic were unable to prevent...

Out & About -- October 2012

Here are the articles I did away from Flix & Trix during the month of October:   For Footyplace...

Performance Analysis: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal -- Jack Wilshere's red card caps a low key personal display

Jack Wilshere endured a frustrating time at Old Trafford as he could do little to stop Arsenal from...

Performance Analysis: Ajax 3-1 Manchester City -- Christian Eriksen delivers in 'false 9' role; Tobias Sana not at his best on the right

Christian Eriksen played in a position that was different to what he’s used to but shone, while...

Wonderkid Watch: Serie A -- Stephan El Shaarawy

Name & Age: Stephan El Shaarawy, 19 Club & Position: AC Milan, Attacking Midfielder/Wing Forward...

Out & About -- September 2012

Here are the articles I had published elsewhere. Enjoy!   For Footyplace: 1. Assessing what Clint...

Performance Analysis: Bayern Munich 2-0 Hoffenheim -- Toni Kroos & Xherdan Shaqiri lively; Roberto Firmino restricted in more ways than one

Toni Kroos and Xherdan Shaqiri didn’t need to hit high gear as Bayern Munich, thanks to Franck...

Performance Analysis: Zenit St. Petersburg 2-3 AC Milan -- Axel Witsel & Stephan El Shaarawy lack influence, but for different reasons

It was an enthralling game for the neutral, but for Axel Witsel and Stephan El Shaarawy, it wasn’...

Performance Analysis: Parma 1-1 AC Milan -- Stephan El Shaarawy plays on the left, but takes center stage

Stephan El Shaarawy was Milan’s best player, with his performance providing something to brighten...

Performance Analysis: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea -- Santi Cazorla & Oscar performances raise important personal issues

It wasn’t a good day at the office for either Santi Cazorla or Oscar as Chelsea snatched all three...

Performance Analysis: Stuttgart 0-3 Hoffenheim -- Roberto Firmino shows his deadliness on the counter-attack

Takashi Usami’s magnificent solo goal stole the spotlight, but Roberto Firmino put in an impressive...

Performance Analysis: Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Borussia Dortmund -- Lukasz Piszczek does his second job well, but not his first

Lukasz Piszczek put in one of his finest attacking performances, but not one of his finest defensive...

Performance Analysis: Bayern Munich 3-0 Wolfsburg -- Xherdan Shaqiri on fire in the hole

Mario Mandzukic stole the headlines with a brace against his former club, but Xherdan Shaqiri put in...

Performance Analysis: Schalke 04 0-2 Bayern Munich -- Lewis Holtby & Julian Draxler not allowed to make a telling difference

Given Bayern’s dominance, young prodigies Lewis Holtby and Julian Draxler could do nothing to...

Performance Analysis: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City -- Michael Essien the wrong option in Mourinho's midfield three

Michael Essien made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid from the start, but played no part in...

Performance Analysis: Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Hamburg SV -- Milan Badelj plays second fiddle to Rafael van der Vaart

Despite losing a man and the game, Rafael van der Vaart provided hope for a beleaguered Hamburg side...

Out & About -- August 2012

Here are the pieces I had published away from the blog during the month of August:   For Footyplace...

Performance Analysis: Southampton 2-3 Manchester United -- United's CM called into question. Again.

Robin van Persie’s hat-trick was enough to seal all three points, but United’s central midfield...

Performance Analysis: West Ham 3-0 Fulham -- A tale of 2 strikers (Andy Carroll & Dimitar Berbatov)

Andy Carroll and Dimitar Berbatov made their first appearances for their new clubs, but only one was...