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Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

May 21, 2010
Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

This is what the Champions League is all about: England’s best side against Spain’s best side in last season’s final in Rome, Italy’s best side against Germany’s best side this season in Madrid. This is an intriguing match-up between two sides who have underachieved in Europe in recent years, and between two of the...
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Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

May 12, 2010
Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

The tactical craze of the 2009/10 season has been deploying inverted wingers (that is, the opposite side to which their strongest foot would generally dictate), so it’s fitting that we have a European final that showcases two sides who take this approach to wing play.
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What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

May 5, 2010
What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

Steve McClaren has done it. P34 W27 D5 L2, and top of the league for all but six weeks of the campaign, he has won the Eredivisie title for the first time in the history of FC Twente.
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Barcelona v Inter: tactical preview

April 28, 2010
Barcelona v Inter: tactical preview

Inter take a 3-1 first leg lead to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona, in a fixture that finished 2-0 to Barca in group stage back in November. A repeat scoreline would send Barcelona through on the away goals rule, but here’s a statistic to blow your mind: in the history of the UEFA...
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Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become...
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