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Gary Cahill suits Chelsea statistically & tactically

January 20, 2012
Gary Cahill suits Chelsea statistically & tactically

It is often said that when building a side, you should start with the defence, but Andre Villas-Boas seems to be doing things in reverse.
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Cautious but promising full debut for Wilshere

February 9, 2011
Cautious but promising full debut for Wilshere

Before the World Cup, Fabio Capello used his friendlies to help England become more comfortable in a shape that was proving very successful in qualifiers. Since the failure in Bloemfontein, he’s used them to experiment slightly more. In the other post-South Africa non-competitive games, he’s used a 4-3-3 and then a 4-2-3-1, on both...
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Nicolas Anelka as a trequartista?

February 4, 2011
Nicolas Anelka as a trequartista?

It was assumed that Fernando Torres’ arrival would mean a place on the bench for Nicolas Anelka, but Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over Sunderland showed that Carlo Ancelotti might have a different role in mind for the Frenchman.
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Daniel Alves: more than a right-back

January 21, 2011
Daniel Alves: more than a right-back

Out for two weeks with a calf injury and locked in contract negotiations with Barcelona, now seems like a good time to assess the value of Daniel Alves.
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Rory Delap – a throw-in taker first, a footballer second

April 11, 2010
Rory Delap – a throw-in taker first, a footballer second

We all know that Rory Delap has a rather long throw, but the statistics from Sunday’s game against Wolves demonstrate quite how much of his game revolves around the taking of throws:
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