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Inter 2-0 Milan: Leonardo fails to exploit Inter’s numerical disadvantage

January 24, 2010
Inter 2-0 Milan: Leonardo fails to exploit Inter’s numerical disadvantage

Mourinho 2-0 Leonardo. Or, to use an aggregate score, Mourinho 6-0 Leonardo. They may be two of the most stylish and exciting coaches in Europe, but tonight Mourinho got his tactics spot on, whilst Leonardo’s Milan side seemed rigid and uncomfortable. Inter dominated the first half hour by virtue of having an extra central midfielder...
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Juventus 1-2 Roma: Ferrara’s right-sided switch costs him the game – and perhaps his job

January 23, 2010
Juventus 1-2 Roma: Ferrara’s right-sided switch costs him the game – and perhaps his job

It’s a game of two halves, they say – the first one here was so bad you may as well not have bothered. Two similar shapes cancelling each other out, with an incredible lack of width from both sides. Roma started with Luca Toni upfront as a target man, but he was injured and...
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Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd – two dropped points and two tactical errors from Ferguson

January 9, 2010
Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd – two dropped points and two tactical errors from Ferguson

Let’s make one thing clear – Birmingham are a very good side this year, and a point at St Andrews is not a disastrous result. Nevertheless, United will have been disappointed to come away with just a draw, because Birmingham didn’t play well on the night, and if you have 62% of possession, you...
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Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea – because Wenger didn’t seek to nullify Ashley Cole

December 1, 2009
Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea – because Wenger didn’t seek to nullify Ashley Cole

It’s hard to believe you’ll see two such similar goals in such quick succession all this season. First, an Ashley Cole cross from the left was turned into the opposite corner by Didier Drogba. Three minutes later, an Ashley Cole cross from the left was turned into the opposite top corner by Thomas Vermaelen,...
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Sporting 0-0 Benfica – Sporting’s lack of creativity produces a dull game

November 28, 2009
Sporting 0-0 Benfica – Sporting’s lack of creativity produces a dull game

Benfica made the strange decision of switching Pablo Aimar and Ramires from their usual starting positions, meaning Aimar was stranded out on the right, and Ramires’ surging runs from midfield were restricted against a Sporting side clearly looking to pack the midfield to stifle creativity.
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