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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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Is this the best season of football in recent years?

March 26, 2010
Is this the best season of football in recent years?

A brief break from the in-depth tactical analysis here, to round-up the major European leagues, highlight this weekend’s crucial table-topping fixtures, and celebrate how wonderful European football has been this season.
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Is Barcelona’s alternative shape really a 4-2-4?

March 19, 2010
Is Barcelona’s alternative shape really a 4-2-4?

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side have generally played with a 4-3-3 since he took over nearly two years ago. His natural ‘plan B’ last season was to switch his striker, Samuel Eto’o, with his outside-right, Lionel Messi.┬áBarcelona aren’t able to do that this season, because Eto’o has left the club, and been replaced by Zlatan...
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