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August 23, 2019
The Athletic

Hello – I’m now a full-time writer for The Athletic. It’s a sport-only, subscription-based sports website that focuses on good, intelligent, in-depth features – I’ve written more about why I’ve joined here. There’s around 40 other journalists, all covering British/European football, so there’s an incredible amount of good content on there. Here’s the kind of thing...
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Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham: Liverpool goals either side of Tottenham dominance

June 3, 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham: Liverpool goals either side of Tottenham dominance

Liverpool won their sixth European Cup after a disappointing final when neither side played at their best. Roberto Firmino was declared fit to start, while Jurgen Klopp selected Gini Wijnaldum over James Milner in midfield. Mauricio Pochettino used a 4-2-3-1 formation and started Harry Kane and Harry Winks, who had both been out for several weeks....
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Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: all the action down the same flank

May 31, 2019
Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: all the action down the same flank

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out now! Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half where they dominated down their left. Maurizio Sarri was able to call upon N’Golo Kante, who was declared fit to start. Andreas Christensen continued in place of the injured Antonio...
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Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

May 30, 2019
Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

Here is an extract from Zonal Marking which is out today in hardback, ebook and audiobook and can be bought here The Netherlands, by its very nature, is based around the concept of space. A country whose name literally means ‘lower countries’ is a remarkable construct, gradually reclaimed from the sea through the revolutionary use...
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Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Plan B Llorente frees up Plan A Lucas to score hattrick

May 28, 2019
Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Plan B Llorente frees up Plan A Lucas to score hattrick

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out tomorrow! Just like Liverpool the previous evening, Tottenham came back from 3-0 down in the tie, to set up an all-English Champions League final. Eric ten Hag was without David Neres, and therefore switched Dusan Tadic to the left flank, with Kasper Dolberg upfront. Mauricio Pochettino was still without...
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