Articles by Abhijit Bharali
Aug 28, 2018
Premier League: Manchester United’s shifting shape fails to protect soft defence against clinical Tottenham HotspurWith questions mounting, a bit more offensive organisation is clearly the need of the hour for Manchester United, for whom even the glamorous confines of Old Trafford aren't providing much protection.
Aug 08, 2018
Premier League: From Maurizio Sarri to Unai Emery, what to expect from seven additions to EPL's elite managerial catalogueHeading into a brand-new season of the Premier League, a fresh wave of managers has already boarded the gravy train of English football’s top flight.
Jul 17, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: France's triumph coincides with growing French influence on the tournamentAs many as 50 players of the 736 that entered the 2018 World Cup were born in France, and a majority of them are products of the French system.
Jul 16, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: How Didier Deschamps' France perfected their percentage game to win titleSingle-mindedly defending one-goal leads, not getting carried away at two-goal cushions, slowing down matches when necessary – France turned out to be the team performing in the most clinical and professional manner, leaving little to chance or their opponents.
Jul 15, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018, final preview: France's stability meets Croatia’s versatility in high-octane title-deciderExploring the tactical designs of both teams, we try to find out who has got the edge heading into Sunday's big final between France and Croatia, however small that is
Jul 14, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Not only pride but individual honours also at stake in Belgium vs England third place play-offTwo of the Premier League’s top strikers – Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku – warmed the bench when England met Belgium in this World Cup’s group stage, but both of them are expected to start in the third place play-off.
Jul 12, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia wade through obstacles and turmoil to script fairytale run to the finalThere is turmoil in Croatian football. There are numerous issues that have threatened to derail the national team, yet in the middle of it all, they are in a World Cup final.
Jul 10, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: France's midfield dynamo N’Golo Kante could shut down Belgium's attacking riches in semi-finalKante has arguably been France’s top performer at this World Cup; his presence helping Les Bleus to grow into the tournament’s best defensive unit
Jul 09, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: An all-European semi-final line-up promises variety in style and tactical inventiveness from teamsDistinctive playing styles mark all four teams, and Saint Petersburg and Moscow will witness two clashes of great variety and full of tactical inventions when the semi-finals come about. We take a look at the designs of all four teams
Jul 08, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia beaten by Croatia in quarters but hosts exit tournament with their heads held highRussia turned out to be wonderful ambassadors of football in a country troubled by a widespread doping malaise stretching back years and nearly wrote a fairytale despite that stigma.