Posts Tagged ‘ mikel ’

Bolton 0-4 Chelsea: easy win for Chelsea

January 24, 2011
Bolton 0-4 Chelsea: easy win for Chelsea

Chelsea cruised past Bolton with goals from all of their front three, and Ramires’ first for the club.
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What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

July 30, 2010
What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

It’s this year’s must-have for any side looking to finish near the top of the Premier League: a player who prompts the question, ‘What does he do?’
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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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Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United – Chalkboard analysis

April 3, 2010

An exciting, crucial game at Old Trafford resulted in a deserved 1-2 win for Chelsea. The tactical battle throughout the game was quite subdued – both sides set up as expected once we had the team sheets, and the only real change was when United pushed forward late on.
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When will John Obi Mikel get the credit he deserves?

February 8, 2010

John Obi Mikel always starts against Arsenal – despite not always being a fixture in the first team, he has started home and away against Arsene Wenger’s side both this season and last. He’s a tremendous physical presence in front of the back four, he reads the game well, he keeps possession and passes calmly,...
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