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Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

May 14, 2010
Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

There are strong rumours this morning that, in Gareth Barry’s absence, Fabio Capello is considering switching to a system featuring three centre-backs for the World Cup. It would unquestionably be a risky move, completely changing England’s shape that was so successful in qualifying, and installing a three-man defence that hasn’t been used effectively by...
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Posted in World Cup 2010 | 84 Comments »

Atletico 2-1 Fulham: Forlan finishes leave Fulham forlorn

May 12, 2010
Atletico 2-1 Fulham: Forlan finishes leave Fulham forlorn

This is the kind of game where the losing side will be described as ‘brave’ in the headlines, but tonight, maybe Fulham were not brave enough. The game was decided by a scrappy late goal, and Fulham will feel unfortunate to have lost – but the reality is that Atletico were the better side,...
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Posted in Europa League | 37 Comments »

Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

May 9, 2010
Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

Pep Guardiola’s side are almost there: a win at home to Valladolid next Sunday will secure their second consecutive La Liga title. This game ended up closer than it should have been, after Barca went 3-0 up, and Sevilla had a man sent-off. Nevertheless, the three points are in the bag.
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Posted in Spain | 57 Comments »

Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs deservedly into the Champions League

May 5, 2010
Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs deservedly into the Champions League

Tottenham emerged victorious from this Champions League playoff, primarily because they created more clear-cut chances. Peter Crouch’s winner was slightly fortunate, but it was no more than Spurs deserved.
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Posted in England | 45 Comments »

Porto 3-1 Benfica: Benfica’s champagne on ice

May 4, 2010
Porto 3-1 Benfica: Benfica’s champagne on ice

A fiery, high-tempo battle: Porto record a surprise win to keep the title race going until the final day, leaving Benfica three points ahead of 2nd-placed Braga ahead of next weekend’s fixtures.
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Posted in Portugal | 15 Comments »