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Man City 3-0 Liverpool: Hodgson’s 4-4-2 completely outplayed

August 23, 2010
Man City 3-0 Liverpool: Hodgson’s 4-4-2 completely outplayed

A dominant performance from City, who weren’t flattered by the 3-0 scoreline.
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Tottenham 0-0 Man City: Spurs on top but Hart keeps it level

August 15, 2010
Tottenham 0-0 Man City: Spurs on top but Hart keeps it level

An excellent game to get the new Premier League season up and running. No goals, but tremendous entertainment and some interesting tactical elements too.
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Barcelona 3-0 Valencia – a Messi masterclass, but credit to Guardiola and Henry

March 14, 2010
Barcelona 3-0 Valencia – a Messi masterclass, but credit to Guardiola and Henry

A fascinating game in terms of tactics here, because Barcelona were awful in the first half. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended and Thierry Henry on the bench, the Messi-Bojan-Pedro trio looked too lightweight and one-dimensional to cause Valencia’s backline significant problems. It took a dramatic half-time change from Guardiola to turn things around.
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Teams of the Decade #5: Roma, 2007

March 5, 2010
Teams of the Decade #5: Roma, 2007

Some great inventions were the result of years of design and graft, eventually producing something roughly approximating the design brief. Others, like Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, were an happened upon by complete accident. In that sense, Luciano Spalletti is modern football’s Alexander Fleming, and the 4-6-0 was his great discovery that he never intended...
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Teams of the Decade #6: Bayer Leverkusen 2001-02

February 25, 2010
Teams of the Decade #6: Bayer Leverkusen 2001-02

Ultimately, this Bayer Leverkusen side won nothing; the pressure of challenging on three fronts with a small squad had disastrous results at the end of the season, where they completed the most unwanted ‘treble’ in footballing history – losing the league on the final day of the season, losing in the German Cup final...
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