Posts Tagged ‘ centre-back ’

Mourinho tries to counter Messi’s false nine role by pushing Carvalho up the pitch

August 18, 2011
Mourinho tries to counter Messi’s false nine role by pushing Carvalho up the pitch

One of the notable features from the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa was the positioning of Ricardo Carvalho, and his response to Lionel Messi’s movement into deep, slightly right-sided positions.
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Guardiola uses Mascherano at centre-back in 1-0 win over Shakhtar

April 13, 2011
Guardiola uses Mascherano at centre-back in 1-0 win over Shakhtar

There were no major surprises in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Shakhtar on Tuesday night.
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Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become...
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Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

April 9, 2010
Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

There’s little doubt that Thomas Vermalen has been a good signing for Arsenal. Lacking a top-class centre-back last year, Arsene Wenger did brilliantly to dispose of Kolo Toure and bring in the Belgian – and made a profit by doing so.
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A superb debut from Blackburn’s Phil Jones

March 23, 2010
A superb debut from Blackburn’s Phil Jones

If you’re a centre-back making your Premiership debut, the one striker you don’t want to come up against is Didier Drogba. Skilful, strong and a great goalscorer, Drogba is almost unplayable on his day.
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