Author: James Nalton

Turning football into words. WFI editor, writer for the Morning Star newspaper, & sports journalist for various outlets. Mostly tactics, match reports, and scouting across the world of football.

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Messi’s Late Run – 443 In The League – Lightning vs Rayo

Messi’s Late Run – 443 In The League – Lightning vs Rayo

Ernesto Valverde won’t entertain the idea that Lionel Messi needs a break. There were calls to rest the Argentine against Rayo Vallecano as a Champ ...
Bremen Eye European Spots While Tedesco Backed By Schneider – Werder Bremen 4, Schalke 2

Bremen Eye European Spots While Tedesco Backed By Schneider – Werder Bremen 4, Schalke 2

"I don't think it'll be a spectacle. It'll be about breaking them down, but I'm sure that the atmosphere under the lights will play a part.” The wo ...
Messi’s Late Run – Clásico 41

Messi’s Late Run – Clásico 41

It’s easy to produce Lionel Messi content, but it’s difficult to write about Lionel Messi. This is the preamble, or pre-ramble depending on how it ...
Who Defines Liverpool In Roberto Firmino’s Absence?

Who Defines Liverpool In Roberto Firmino’s Absence?

Liverpool could be without the talismanic Roberto Firmino as they welcome Watford to Anfield this week before making the short trip across Stanley Par ...
Maurizio Sarri At Chelsea: Myths Magic & Negative Narratives

Maurizio Sarri At Chelsea: Myths Magic & Negative Narratives

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri to implement a long term plan. Surely that’s what they hired him for. After years of fairly successful stodgy pragmati ...
USMNT Victories Provide First Look At Berhalter-Ball

USMNT Victories Provide First Look At Berhalter-Ball

All eyes were on Gregg Berhalter’s first games in charge of the United States Men’s National Team against Panama and Costa Rica, but few gazes were mo ...
Pep Ticks Off New Tactics As Manchester City See Off Arsenal

Pep Ticks Off New Tactics As Manchester City See Off Arsenal

It was a lineup not dissimilar to one of Jurgen Klopp’s post right-back experiments, not in shape or style, but in the questions it posed pre-match. ...
Puel: We Could Have Taken All 3 Points At Liverpool

Puel: We Could Have Taken All 3 Points At Liverpool

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, but not by as many points as they would have hoped after only drawing with Leice ...
Scouting Sketch: Eric Garcia – Manchester City

Scouting Sketch: Eric Garcia – Manchester City

Eric Garcia must have thought it was his birthday. On his second appearance and second start for Manchester City, the defender, who is a product of Ba ...
Why Maurizio Sarri Not Knowing About Christian Pulisic Transfer Is No Surprise

Why Maurizio Sarri Not Knowing About Christian Pulisic Transfer Is No Surprise

"I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it." Those are the words of Napoli chairman Aurelio ...
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