Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Will the new normal make the new Premier League season any different to what we have become used to?

As brilliant as Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool were right up to their sealing of the title with seven games still to play, and as much as we expect Manchester City to bounce back and target regaining their status as champions, even without the acquisition of a certain Argentinian megastar, would it be right to suggest that […]

Football Nerd WeeklyRamblings: Thoughts on the ‘success’ of the European mini-tournaments and what Barcelona’s humbling means for their future.

Last weekend finally brought the conclusions to the European competitions some two and a half months or so later than had been originally planned and in quite possibly the most surreal circumstances we have ever witnessed. The competitions were eventually staged as two concurrent mini-finals tournaments running in Lisbon and Germany and while it was […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: We might not be anywhere near yet, but at least Mikel Arteta has got us all pulling in the same direction.

Given what has gone before: the dog days of Arsène’s reign, the confused tactics and communication of Unai Emery, the appointment of a rookie coach albeit one who could boast a pedigree apprenticeship under one of the most respected and revered managers in modern football, it would have been difficult to find any Gooner who […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Reflections on Liverpool’s dominance, VAR, Leeds United’s return, relegation and football without fans.

So that’s it! After more than eleven months, the most bizarre, surreal and frankly weirdest season that English football has ever known is all but done and dusted. With just the FA Cup Final tomorrow and the Championship Play-off Final next Tuesday to be decided before the campaign can be called complete, what have we […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Congratulations Liverpool – more than worthy Champions- but what can we expect for the future for the new English football rivalry?

Reading the thoughts of uber football expert Jonathan Wilson in the Guardian last week (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/26/dont-be-tempted-to-think-klopps-blueprint-has-superseded-guardiolas) in the immediate aftermath of Liverpool being crowned champions, one fact from his piece stood out: “It is a measure of what an astonishing season this has been from Liverpool that if Manchester City had won every match they played […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Project Restart gets underway successfully… but what have we learnt about football in the “new normal”?

Yet more technology controversy. 100 days after Coronavirus pandemic-enforced lockdown, the Premier League returned but it wasn’t the same as we remember it. After a minute’s silence to remember those who have sadly fallen victim to this unprecedented and devastating virus, referee Michael Oliver sounded his whistle to signal the fulfilment of Project Restart then […]