The English League has proven its the best this season, but can it break the cycle to stay on top forever?

Two English clubs qualified for the Champions League final this week. Chelsea are set to meet Manchester City at the end of May to determine the best side across the continent. This will be only the third time to English sides meet in Europe’s most important fixture.

Chelsea met in the first, against Manchester United, and Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the other. Most significant is that this is the second such final in three years.

When Chelsea played…

The time has come to update the rankings!

Three races into the 2021 Formula One season, and in-between a double header of Portugal and Spain, makes this as good a time as any to revisit and update the pre-season Unofficial Definitive Driver Power Rankings of F1 Drivers 2021 (UDDPR F1 2021).

Results and performances from Bahrain through to Portugal will be taken into account when factoring in where drivers rank inside the top 10.

The previous rankings from before the season began can be found here.

The top 10 has changed over the last three races, but not dramatically so…

The Formula One calendar has never been under as much uncertainty in the modern era of the sport. The covid-19 pandemic has caused race cancellations at otherwise stalwarts of the F1 season’s scenery.

In the last week the Canadian Grand Prix succumbed to the virus, as it did in 2020 too. In fact, the entire 2020 campaign’s original calendar was thrown out the window with the cancellation of the opening race in Australia. The likes of Brazil, America, Mexico, France and China were all given the year off.

The announcement of the 2021 calendar was teemed with caution. While Chase…

A half-hearted attempt at the original pitch comes at the wrong time anyway.

When the idea of introducing sprint races into Formula One was first floated, it was seen as a potential solution to the problem of processional race victories.

The front-runners of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were so far ahead of the midfield that it was almost like watching two different Formulas compete on the same circuit. It led to people referring to the battle for seventh place as F1.5, such was the gap between the Big Three and the rest.

Of course, the difference between the original…

They’re not so Super anymore!

Unless you have been living under a rock over the last seven days — which this newsletter heartily recommends — then the news of European football’s Dirty Dozen breaking away to form their own competition is a well worn news story.

What started on Sunday night ended within 48 hours. Clubs from England (six), Spain (three) and Italy (three), were all humiliated as they were all forced to either back out completely or admit defeat on the idea.

Fan revolt, government pressure, player power and rival backlash all compounded into a wide wave of mass…

The Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell’emilia Romagna 2021, or Imola GP for short, last weekend saw many twists and turns as F1 returned from a three week break for the second race of the 2021 season.

It is still early days on a long season, but last weekend showed us what we can expect from what looks set to be a thrilling campaign.

Here are five key lessons learned from the 2021 Imola Grand Prix.

1. The Title Fight is On

The Bahrain Grand Prix in March was a close run battle between Lewis…

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…

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