Domenico Tedesco • Outside of the Boot – Football Article

While this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. This mini-series thus focuses on young managers (below the age of 45) and their tactical philosophies, deriving what got them here and where they could go. Ross Bramble turn his discerning eye to Domenico Tedesco’s…

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The underappreciated genius of ISL’s infancy • Outside of the Boot – Football Article

On the eve of the latest edition of the ISL, Arinjay Ghosh pays a tribute to Borja Fernandez, an ISL legend. Sixty-eight minutes had passed on a windy October evening in Kolkata when Luis Garcia slid into the opposition penalty area trying to chest down a lofted pass. As the ball bounced off the Spaniard’s chest, it was agriculturally booted away. About 24 yards away from goal, another Spaniard chested it down – with grace befitting a Spanish international footballer…

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The story of India’s brightest keeping talent • Outside of the Boot – Football Article

Arinjay Ghosh writes about the story of Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, India’s brightest goalkeeping talent. “Dheeraj, we came from Manipur to see you” – read a banner held up by one amongst the 41,202 gathered at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan to witness the opening game of Indian Super League, edition 5. This was the same banner that greeted the Indian football team inside the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi during the FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2017. One year moved, the banner-man…

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“I can improve a lot” – Can Ross Barkley become a Chelsea starter or will he be forever be a squad player? – Football Article

Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images Ross Barkley has had an up and down time at Chelsea since signing a year ago, and he clearly feels there’s more “up” to come. Speaking on the Chelsea official website, he revealed that he still feels he has a long way to go in his development: “I feel like in a short space of time I’ve developed really well. I feel as though I can still improve a lot. We’re still getting used to our style…

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Maurizio Sarri has been let down by the Chelsea board again over Fabregas replacement – Football Article

Image: chelseafc If you’d asked Maurizio Sarri a month ago whether he wanted to keep Cesc Fabregas at the club, there’s no doubting he would have said yes. The Spaniard is his only real backup for Jorginho, as we saw in countless games in the Europa League and Carabao Cup. Without him, the squad is really stretched – Sarri himself said that if Fabregas had been on the bench against Newcastle, he would have brought him on. So why…

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