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John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

February 1, 2010
John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

After the whole John Terry / Wayne Bridge / Vanessa Perroncel storm of last week, this was exactly what the current England captain needed. Chelsea didn’t play well at Turf Moor, and it was a poor game overall, but Terry turned in a terrific performance. In a way, it was precisely the kind of game Terry...
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Darren Fletcher on his best behaviour after Arsene Wenger criticism

February 1, 2010

After Arsenal’s 1-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger made a point of singling out Darren Fletcher for criticism: “There are other points that, for me, are more urgent – players who play only to make fouls, who make repeated fouls and are never punished. They get out of the game without...
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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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Christopher Samba – a rock at the heart of the Blackburn defence

January 31, 2010

If Sam Allardyce had a footballer-making machine, and wanted to create a centre-back, you get the feeling he’d produce something along the lines of Christopher Samba. 6′4, brave, consistent, unfussy and completely dominant in the air. Quietly, Blackburn have crept into the top half of the table, although they do have a very bad defensive...
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League comparison #3: shooting and goals

January 30, 2010
League comparison #3: shooting and goals

In part one we looked at passing, in part two we looked at crossing. For the final instalment, we will look at what football is all about – goals. Firstly, a simple statistic – the average number of goals per game in the five leagues: The only major surprise here is that the Premiership is so far...
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