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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Mata’s ball to Ba bypasses the zone United kept secure

April 2, 2013
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Mata’s ball to Ba bypasses the zone United kept secure

Juan Mata and Demba Ba combined for a brilliant goal in an otherwise quiet match. Rafael Benitez made various changes from the side that lost at Southampton on Saturday – he fielded his three exciting creators together behind Demba Ba. Sir Alex Ferguson left out Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, while Wayne Rooney was injured,...
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Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea: United storm into an early lead, then Chelsea dominate

March 11, 2013
Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea: United storm into an early lead, then Chelsea dominate

Manchester United appeared firmly in control for 20 minutes, but substitutions helped Chelsea get back into the game. Sir Alex Ferguson recalled Wayne Rooney, using him behind Javier Hernandez, with Shinji Kagawa left and Nani right. Jonny Evans also returned. Rafael Benitez surprisingly named Ramires and Frank Lampard in midfield, allowing him to play three attackers,...
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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: high lines and balls in behind the defences

March 4, 2013
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: high lines and balls in behind the defences

Tottenham recorded an important victory over their North London rivals, thanks to two identical goals towards the end of the first half. Andre Villas-Boas used Gylfi Sigurdsson rather than Lewis Holtby, while Jermain Defoe was fit enough for the bench. Arsene Wenger used Santi Cazorla on the flank rather than in the middle, which meant Aaron...
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Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea stay deep, narrow and compact but City find a way through

February 25, 2013
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea stay deep, narrow and compact but City find a way through

Chelsea played negatively, and afforded City too many goalscoring opportunities. Roberto Mancini surprisingly played Yaya Toure behind Sergio Aguero, a combination he’s rarely used this season. Jack Rodwell started alongside Javi Garcia, while Vincent Kompany wasn’t fit, so Kolo Toure started at the back. Rafael Benitez used Demba Ba instead of Fernando Torres. John Terry was...
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Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

February 10, 2013
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale scored twice in a match that started slowly, but turned into an exciting contest. Andre Villas-Boas handed a first start to Lewis Holtby – Jermain Defoe was injured, so Clint Dempsey played upfront. Alan Pardew named an unchanged XI from the side that beat Chelsea 3-2 last weekend. This was a relatively unexciting game tactically,...
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