As the 2015 MLS regular season unfolds, there's no letup to the challenges facing LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes. But perhaps the biggest one of all is down to simple familiarity.
Zardes is coming off a stellar 16-goal season in 2014, and he scored the club's opener in the 2-1 MLS Cup final triumph over the New England Revolution. As the 23-year-old and his teammates prepare for Sunday's tilt against the New York Red Bulls, he knows full well that he is now a known quantity.
Nick Miller looks at five key talking points regarding Sunday's clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.
1. Will Arsene Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho?
It seems implausible that Arsene Wenger has never beaten a particular rival over so many encounters, even if that other manager is one as successful as Jose Mourinho. Wenger's head-to-head record with Mourinho reads P12, W0, D5, L7, F6, A21, which is not exactly impressive and would seem to back up Mourinho's perceived dig on Friday...
While the exciting prospect of facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals on May 6th is likely set in the players' minds, Luis Enrique must ensure his team manages to protect themselves from the obvious hype and focus all their energy on achieving three points against Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.
Barcelona are currently on a 12-match unbeaten streak, an impressive run which is a direct result of having become a much more solid defensive unit. The visible improvement that their attacking...