Upon the final whistle of Sunday’s 3–1 defeat to Manchester United, Jose Mourinho greeted his opposing manager for the customary handshakes by moving to grab Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s head. Mourinho did so to avoid the humiliation of a patronising head pat that the Norwegian had given to Mourinho the last time Man United beat Tottenham Hotspur.

Because, despite the poor result and performance, Mourinho displayed on Sunday that he still remembers everything.

Sunday’s edition of this fixture will likely be remembered for strange VAR controversy and even stranger post-match comments from both managers regarding Solskjaer’s parenting skills, but it was…


Aston Martin finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in 10th and 15th place. The opening race of the 2021 Formula One season went very differently to the last time they showed up in the desert.

Sergio Perez, now at Red Bull, won the team’s first ever F1 race and Lance Stroll joined him on the podium after coming home in third.

The Racing Point team, as they were called in 2020, were firmly entrenched in a battle with McLaren and Renault in the battle for third place in the Constructors Championship.

The 40 points they earned put them in a great…


Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly go down as one of football’s best ever managers. The Portuguese has won league titles in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan. His total trophy count is staggering and it deservedly earned him the reputation as a “proven winner,” from the likes of Harry Kane.

Mourinho revolutionised English football when he arrived as the Special One in 2004. His rivalries with Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafa Benitez and, later, Pep Guardiola are fond memories for anyone who grew up watching mid-2000s football.

That rivalry with Guardiola truly…


Erling Braut Haaland is only 20-years old but is already regarded as one of Europe’s top strikers. His breakthrough performances came at the top European stage in the 2019/20 Champions League group stages and since then he has blossomed into as fearsome a striker as anyone around.

His RB Salzburg side almost came through in a group with Napoli and Liverpool, with Haaland scoring eight goals in their six games — becoming the first ever teenager to score in five consecutive matches in the competition’s history.

The Norwegian moved to Borussia Dortmund at the start of 2020 and his career…


Not since the 2018 Formula One season have we seen a two-way fight between teams for the top step of the podium. But now, as Christian Horner has said, it’s time for Mercedes to be given “a hard time.”

The last two seasons have seen Mercedes back to their most dominant best but, following Bahrain last weekend, Red Bull showed once and for all that they are fast enough to compete against the seven time Constructors Champions.

The race went down to the wire, with only seven tenths separating Lewis Hamilton from Max Verstappen at the chequered flag.

The hunt…


The definitive ranking of who’s in form and who’s out of sorts as the F1 2021 season gets underway.

With the launch of the Formula One 2021 season, this newsletter is also launching a Power Rankings alongside the opening race in Bahrain. The Power Rankings will look at which drivers are in the best form and are best placed to continue scoring good points positions or perform well.

This will take into account DNFs, Qualifying, Team Performances and, of course, Race Results.

The 2021 season hasn’t yet started but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look ahead using last season’s…


The Boys In Green had a tough 2020, but a new campaign offers renewed hope.

Stephen Kenny’s reign as Republic of Ireland manager began under difficult circumstances and it’s only gotten harder ever since. His side only scored one goal in 2020 as Ireland came third in their UEFA Nations League group.

The penalty shootout defeat to Slovakia also meant the country missed out on a place at Euro 2020 2021 in what was only his third game in charge.

The build up to that play-off was extremely unfortunate with Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah both ruled out hours before…


New drivers, new formats, returning legends and exciting rookies. But will we get a championship fight to go with it all?

The 2021 Formula One season gets underway on March 28 and, despite the recent Mercedes dominance, there is plenty to look forward to. After all, the 2020 campaign was widely regarded as one of the most entertaining in recent memory.

While Lewis Hamilton comfortably took home a seventh world title, the rest of the pack saw the most exciting and unpredictable action of the hybrid era.

Of the 20 drivers on the grid, 13 landed a podium place —…


There’s a different, better way to measure the best creative players.

Harry Kane currently leads the Premier League in assists for the 2020/21 season. He’s set up 13 goals from the 28 games so far of Tottenham’s campaign. This even includes four from a single match, the 5-2 win over Southampton all the way back in September.

All four goals that Kane assisted in that game were scored by Son Heung-min.

The pair have combined for 14 goals in the Premier League in 20/21. The 14th came on March 7 in a 4-1 win against Crystal Palace. …


The end.

Post-Race

“What a race. What an extraordinary sporting event that was,” said Martin Brundle.

Sebastian Vettel pulled his Red Bull into Parc Fermé and the first person to congratulate his third championship win was his idol Michael Schumacher.

It was a touching moment between the two. This was the seven time World Champion’s final race in Formula One — a true passing of the torch moment.

While Vettel was no rookie he was still only 25. There was plenty of time for him to catch up to, and even break, all of Schumacher’s records.

As Vettel was mobbed…

Declan Harte

From football to tennis to Formula 1, with video games in between. This is where I like to share my thoughts and analysis on all my greatest interests

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