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Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

February 10, 2013
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle: all about Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale scored twice in a match that started slowly, but turned into an exciting contest. Andre Villas-Boas handed a first start to Lewis Holtby – Jermain Defoe was injured, so Clint Dempsey played upfront. Alan Pardew named an unchanged XI from the side that beat Chelsea 3-2 last weekend. This was a relatively unexciting game tactically,...
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Why don’t more sides score goals like this?

December 15, 2010
Why don’t more sides score goals like this?

The modern offside law continues to frustrate defenders and pundits alike, but the men who should benefit from it – strikers – have not exploited it to its full potential.
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Nani continues his good run of form with two assists

March 27, 2010
Nani continues his good run of form with two assists

It’s not yet a case of ‘Cristiano who?’ but Nani has finally started to justify his hefty price tag, in his third season at Manchester United. Today he got two assists, and had a hand in another goal. As the Chalkboard shows, Nani’s crossing from wide positions on the left-hand side is not the best,...
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Gareth Bale’s pace key to Tottenham victory

March 13, 2010

The key feature of Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Blackburn today was the number of times they looked to quickly switch the ball to Gareth Bale, who had the beating of Michael Salgado every time he got the ball. Bale claimed an assist, should have had two penalties, and was Spurs’ main attacking outlet throughout the...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #5: Back to four ‘bands’ in formations

March 8, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #5: Back to four ‘bands’ in formations

Outfield football positions are still generally broken down into three types: defenders, midfielders and forwards. Go to any fantasy football website, or look at a UEFA squad list, and you’ll see players broken down into these three categories. Of course, this ignores the progression of football tactics in recent years, where the pitch is often...
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