articles by Srijandeep Das

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Euro 2020: Danish footballer Christian Eriksen's trauma a lesson to be learnt for UEFA

Football is the most important of the least important things and maybe this is a reality check for people who are responsible for designing the gruelling football calendars.

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Euro 2020: New-look Spain seek reinvention as traditional tiki-taka set to phase out

We take a look at some of the talking points for this Spain team who look destined for heartbreak, but could also find grounds for a new tactical revelation.

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Euro 2020: England's new golden generation aims to be best possible representatives of a nation

The rivalry among this crop of England players is rooted in mutual respect and teamwork. Instead of seeing themselves as individuals banner carries of their teams, they are invested more in elevating each other’s chances as a successful international unit.

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Champions League final: Tuchel's Chelsea revel in his boldest moment, Guardiola's Man City undone by own intelligence and more

Under Thomas Tuchel, this Chelsea team have come a long way of self sabotage. A team who were punctuated by heavy wallets, me-first attitude on the dressing room that laid waste to the career of many top managers (ask Rafael Benitez, Scolari, Villas Boas, Antonio Conte), with constant ego clashes, looks to have finally congealed to a unit again.

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Manchester United's erroneous tactical change in Europa League final, 'Wu Wei' factor and other talking points from their season

Not just on Wednesday, United have often in big matches took on the role of a team underplaying themselves. In the end the match took on the form of a callous bar fight with the inebriated participants missing more punches than they hit, and often landing one on themselves until one eventually trips on the barstool. United tripped on the bar stool.

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Premier League: Bold and lucky Chelsea seal top-four spot, Leicester have only themselves to blame and more from final gameweek

When it came down to it, Liverpool were the only Champions League hopefuls to notch a win on a dramatic night, with both Chelsea and Leicester losing. We take a look at some of the talking points.

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FA Cup: Leicester's maiden success down to a thoughtful owner, right recruitment and Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers as a manager has come a long way. His attack-heavy philosophy has been tempered down to find more balance when his team loses possession.

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Premier League: Manchester City ride on ever-vigilant Ruben Dias as Pep Guardiola's men clinch title once again

Dias became a monument to Manchester City's imperious championship. Not unlike the aura Van Dijk holds at Liverpool, he too has become the symbolic sentinel. Excluding calm confidence, gliding on green grass, a two steps ahead of every move.

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Champions League: Evolution of N'Golo Kante, how PSG lost the plot and other talking points from semis 2nd legs

We take a look at the talking points from this week's semi-final second-leg fixtures of the 2021 edition of the Champions League

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Champions League: Chelsea go against the flow with defence-first approach against Real Madrid to leave semis evenly poised

With a double-pivot system of two forward-thinking defensive midfielders, in Kante and Jorginho, Chelsea asked their attackers to go full frontal.

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European Super League: Football fans' rage in current fiasco was decades in making

Protests by football fans carried the same zeal and fury we've seen from protests from all over the world. The cause was righteous, it was personal.

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Champions League: Bayern Munich, Porto, Liverpool face stiff odds in comeback bid, Man City look to exploit Dortmund's defence

In the Champions League second legs, Bayern Munich, Porto, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund come from behind against PSG, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City

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Champions League: Liverpool out for reconciliation against Real Madrid, Manchester City hope to end quarter-final jinx

Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs Dortmund, Bayern vs PSG, Porto vs Chelsea; there are the matches we'll witness play out over Tuesday and Wednesday, with signature capriciousness of the traditional Champions league quarter-finals.

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Premier League: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool jugguernaut showing its human vulnerabilities

The injured men will return, as will the fans, and eventually the goals. Liverpool have a lot to look forward to, just not this Premier League season.

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Premier League: Odds stacked up heavily against 'giant-killer' Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool face stern test against Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool team once played with the flourish with buckets of paints being hurled on white canvas with abandon, are now playing with the toe-curling aesthetic of nails scratching a chalkboard. It’s not a pleasant viewing.

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Premier League: Thriving Jose Mourinho and Tottenham aim to inflict more pain on injury-ravaged Liverpool

It has taken ten years for Jose Mourinho to find that sparkle in his eyes again, one at the onset of a new romance. He would resort to all the means necessary to make sure that all the cameras are on him.

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Diego Maradona passes away: A player with no distinguishable physical advantage, Argentine legend was the finest dribbler of his time

The finest dribbler of his generation, Diego Maradona mounted challenges like a rooster in heat, chest puffed out, angled elbows bent inwards, with a bit of his tongue sticking out.

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Champions League: Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi run riot as Chelsea, Napoli trudge along helplessly

Like Lewandowski, Messi is one player you should tune in to watch as a neutral, lest your mind remains unexpanded by the boundaries these two players push.

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Champions League: Manchester City's howling appetite sees them through to quarter-finals as Real Madrid, Juventus bow out

There was a stink of complacency in the pre-match preparations of Real. Attitudes relaxed since their domestic title win, while City’s appetite was howling.

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Premier League review: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are the Unforgettables of a unique season

Liverpool have finished the season on 99 points. This included a record-equalling 32 wins. They have crowned Champions with seven games remaining, faster than any team in the 132-year-old history of the English first division.