Pep Guardiola is sitting at a table waiting to be served the Premier League title on a large plate held by maître d' Jose Mourinho. That image could still be rewritten but that's the way things look to be heading after two consecutive Premier League defeats, three in all competitions, and one inflicted by the former Barcelona chief himself...
Oli is a writer for 90min.com and lives in London. He graduated from Birmingham City University with a Journalism degree and has had work featured by ZOO, the Mail Online, the Independent and Yahoo. He is an ex-suffering Tottenham fan, waiting to wake up from the Pochettino dream.
After a season of sweeping teams away with their relentless attacking display for the majority of last season, there was great intrigue into how Spurs might fare in 2016/17 without the services of Mousa Dembele: a fundamental puzzle piece of the team's success in the last campaign. So far the signs are not looking too good.
31/08/2016 17:06 BST
With inflated prices for top players at an all time high, and competition for those stars even higher, wealth is now the trickiest simplicity in the modern game. As September edges ever closer, it will be those without the aptitude to manoeuvre in this market who will perish against the financial might of the Premier League's elite.
10/08/2016 17:13 BST
The Spaniard cut his mustard in the best possible manner - sitting in a comfy chair next to his soon-to-be adversary Jose Mourinho in the dugout at Real Madrid. Three years alongside the Special One gifted Karanka some priceless experience: winning La Liga ahead of an impossible rival in the form of Guardiola's previously unstoppable Barcelona, as well as a handful of cup glories.
29/07/2016 16:25 BST
Eddie Howe's teams play fast, attacking football while keeping things tight at the back- three factors many of us have never seen from an England team in our lifetimes. That is the way English football is supposed to be played, not mindless passing side to side with no clue of what to do with it.
06/07/2016 17:20 BST
While it's the norm to announce a new manager who takes over immediately, there has been a rapid increase of premature appointments months in advance, who are set to take over at the end of that season.
17/06/2016 16:53 BST
Euro 2016 is almost upon us and with it comes yet another sea of talent that clubs worldwide can dip into, with hoards of scouts expected to be in the stands in France to watch the hottest prospects dazzle in this summer's highly anticipated tournament. Stars like Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial have already gained publicity despite their tender ages, but there are still plenty out there who are somewhat unknown quantities...
08/06/2016 16:40 BST
Wilshere is still young. He has a long career ahead of him, and certainly plenty more major tournaments to come, but England would not miss him at Euro 2016 with the depth of quality options Roy Hodgson already possesses in his position. Therefore, gambling on Wilshere would not be a risk worth taking, nor one that needs to be taken.
19/05/2016 17:12 BST
Ranieri said he has gone from being the 'tinkerman' to the 'thinkerman', and it sums up his season perfectly. His whole career has been based on adjusting his teams, but this time he kept the team the same and adjusted himself. It's beautiful in it's simplicity, but brilliant in its execution.
11/05/2016 16:47 BST
Arsenal have an amazing foundation and some world class talent that we haven't seen since the Thierry Henry days. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and the excellent upcoming talent of Hector Bellerin gives the North Londoners enough quality to challenge for the title every season, but Wenger should work with the fans instead of against them to weld the squad into one capable of lifting the title one last time before he calls it a day.
05/05/2016 16:02 BST
There are many 'where it all went wrong' moments' - the last minute loss against struggling Newcastle, the failure to beat 10-man Arsenal or indeed the latest blow against West Brom. But ultimately, when Spurs went head-to-head with Leicester, they fell short, and perhaps that was the ultimate title test that Ranieri's men passed with flying colours.
27/04/2016 17:14 BST