Over the past few years, full-backs have become increasingly important to a team. A mixture of defensive and offensive qualities has become necessary for pretty much every modern-day full-back, irrespective of a team’s playing style. The 2019/20 Premier League season provided the football world with yet another opportunity to analyse the performances of the established and lesser-known full-backs.
City usually line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with two inverted wingers on either side. Manchester City’s formation is perfectly familiar to Lionel Messi as Barca’s preferred formation over the years has also always been 4-3-3. Messi played a total of 28 matches on the right-wing last season and would be extremely accustomed to that role.
It will be interesting to see if Pirlo will want to and, perhaps more importantly, will be allowed to transform Juve’s midfield with the new signings. Majority of the current midfielders were brought in by Massimiliano Allegri, the former Juventus boss. If the answer is no, the next question we shall ask: if Sarri was incapable of making Juve’s midfield to operate the way he wants, will Pirlo be?
Chelsea have expressed their interest in the 26-year-old central defender who has recently fallen out of favor with Pep Guardiola. Stones’ current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2022. This, in addition to his poor performances, has cut the Englishman’s transfer value to as low as £20 million. City’s most recent signing Nathan Ake has added even more doubts to Stones’ future with Guardiola.
Dortmund are believed to have set the transfer fee at €120 million, potentially making Sancho the most expensive British player ever. The Bundesliga runners-up are in no need to sell their superstar, making it a cat and mouse game between the two clubs.
Brentford were on the verge of ending their 73-year long wait to compete again in England’s top division. The team’s dream of entering the new stadium as a Premier League side was shattered after they lost the Championship Play-Off Final to Fulham. Despite missing out on the promotion spot in such devastating fashion, the West London club were arguably, together with Leeds, the most entertaining team to watch. One of the driving forces behind Brentford’s ferocious attack was the Algerian international Said Benrahma.
There is a saying that good attackers win games. But great defenders win championships. The Premier League, never renowned for its rock-solid showings at the back, has nevertheless always had some high-profile defenders. The 2019/20 season was no exception, presenting a mixture of established centre-backs and some lesser known names ready to break through onto the biggest stage.
David Silva’s ten-year spell at Manchester City is nearing its end. The 34-year-old Spaniard has agreed terms with Serie A side Lazio, joining ‘The White and Sky Blues’ on a three-year deal. Nicknamed ‘El Mago’, Silva made 39 appearances for City last season, scoring six goals and assisting 11 times in all competitions.
The following analysis focused on the number one choice goalkeepers of all 20 Premier League teams for the 2019/20 season. The goalkeepers were evaluated based on the two main metrics: shot-stopping and passing.
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Chelsea’s winger Willian on a free. The 31-year-old Brazil international was offered a two-year extension on his current deal, set to run out on August 31st; but the two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea has declined such an offer, holding out instead for a three-year deal.