Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Man City decimate the Hornets in untouchable performance

Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Man City decimate the Hornets in untouchable performance

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

Manchester City are without a doubt one of the top footballing sides in the world, helped by their recently record-breaking €1bn squad. Watford, meanwhile, are in a state of collapse, having seen their fairly good form from last season entirely crumble away and begin this new campaign in freefall. Returning manage Quique Sanchez Flores stood as the latest attempt to steady a sinking ship.

In other words, this meeting was always going to go one way. The Premier League champions were never going to be in doubt over winning this game – there wasn’t going to be a shock on the cards, like the week prior to Norwich.

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Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #15

Premier League clubs are widely expected to debate the current Premier League summer transfer window when they host their first meeting of the season, with change being sought to when the off-season window closes.

Currently, the English top-flight sees its transfer window shut the Thursday prior to the new season beginning. In essence, it makes sense in securing squad stability among clubs. If all transfers have to be completed before a ball is kicked, no team is going to be left in the lurch by some late business from rivals stealing away their star players.

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Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #15

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been a talking point all throughout the summer leading into the Premier League campaign, and since the football kicked off seemingly a headline-grabber each and every week. Brought in to eradicate doubt and controversy, it seems to have generated more than it has solved.

As such, it comes as little surprise when Premier League referee chief Mike Riley admitted that there already have been four VAR mistakes in the top flight already. That’s the equivalent to one VAR error in every single game week.

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Where did it all go wrong for Huddersfield Town this season?

Where did it all go wrong for Huddersfield Town this season?

As the full time whistle blew at Selhurst Park, with Crystal Palace winning 1-0 and results elsewhere going against them, Huddersfield Town knew that nothing but an injury time Brighton goal against Southampton would save them. It didn’t come, and they became the first side relegated from the Premier League this season.

In truth, the result was already known weeks ago. It was a matter of when, not if, Huddersfield went down.

In the end, Jan Siewert’s men went down after 32 games, equalling an unwanted record with Derby County as the earliest gameweek a side has been relegated from the Premier League.

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Newcastle’s Three Amigos; How the form of Rondon, Perez and Almiron have revived Newcastle’s faltering attack

Newcastle’s Three Amigos; How the form of Rondon, Perez and Almiron have revived Newcastle’s faltering attack

From the minute Miguel Almiron was confirmed as a Newcastle United player there was considerable hype around Tyneside for the Paraguayan. Six games into his Magpies career, and having formed a partnership up top with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, Newcastle look like a side capable of attacking once again.

Expectations can sometimes get the better of a new signing, especially when they come into a club for a record fee. Add in coming from a league with a lower standard of football in the MLS and there was the real potential for Almiron to falter at the first hurdle.

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