Posts Tagged ‘ lone striker ’

Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland: City win the cup despite a fine Sunderland display

March 3, 2014
Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland: City win the cup despite a fine Sunderland display

Two superb goals saved the day for City, after they’d struggled to break down a well-drilled Sunderland side. Manuel Pellegrini welcomed back Sergio Aguero, who partnered Edin Dzeko upfront. Samir Nasri was selected on the right, with Aleksandar Kolarov at left-back. Costel Pantilimon continued as the ‘cup’ goalkeeper. Gustavo Poyet dropped striker Jozy Altidore from the...
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Euro 2012 previews: general themes

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 previews: general themes

Team-by-team previews are on their way later today. But, to save repetition in many articles, here are some general themes based upon recent international tournaments: 1. For underdogs, being defensive and organised, then playing on the break is the best bet Fans of outsiders in this competition have often complained that they’re not passing the ball...
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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Kuyt x 3

March 6, 2011
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Kuyt x 3

Dirk Kuyt scored all three goals in a comfortable victory for Liverpool.
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Fenerbahce 0-0 Galatasaray: not enough support for the lone strikers

October 27, 2010
Fenerbahce 0-0 Galatasaray: not enough support for the lone strikers

Galatasaray ended their incredible ten-year losing streak at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium with a goalless draw.
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How the 2000s changed tactics #4: Off-the-ball movement

March 12, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #4: Off-the-ball movement

Movement is not a new thing in football – as outlined by Jonathan Wilson in Inverting The Pyramid, the hallmark of the legendary Hungary side which famously beat England 6-3 in 1953 was their players’ tendency to drift out of their natural position and switch with teammates, thereby confusing the opposition about who they...
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