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Fiorentina 0-1 Roma – the classic smash and grab away win

February 8, 2010
Fiorentina 0-1 Roma – the classic smash and grab away win

How do Roma do it? This was their third consecutive victory, and all three have featured late, late goals that grabbed points the Giallorossi probably didn’t deserve on the balance of play. After a Riise goal won the game at Juventus and an Okaka goal grabbed them three points against Siena, Mirko Vucinic popped...
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Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

January 31, 2010
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

It’s one thing to go out, play to your manager’s orders and get results. It’s an entirely separate thing to go out and score great goals. And when those two come together, you have perfect football. This doesn’t happen too often – playing to your manager’s orders is often associated with defensive, negative football –...
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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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