Month: August 2015

Pedro on the wing and no Terry – Alan Pardew can really hurt Chelsea

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A struggling Chelsea entertains an in-form Crystal Palace in what could be one of the matches of this weekend. Chelsea goes into this match without their talismanic skipper and with an adjustment to their front three following the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Incompetent Arsene vs Inflexible Brendan: A tale of two managers

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First Half

Rodgers got his pre match tactics spot on. He was aware that Wenger has one preferred way of playing football and built his pre match preparation to counter that perfectly. With the exception of Ramsey’s disallowed goal – admittedly wrongful – Arsenal were no match to Liverpool in the first half. Liverpool dominated the first half because of 4 main players – 2 from either side – Chambers, Coquelin, Lucas and Can. Read the rest of this entry »

Giroud is not the bad piece in Arsenal’s puzzle – another Frenchman is

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New signings, high expectations, slow starts, fans booing Wenger and the team, impressive second half run of matches and finishing off with Champions League qualification have been the defining characteristics of Arsenal’s campaign in the last couple of years. Why Arsenal can’t start as strong as they finish the season, why they can’t progress to the latter stages of the Champions Leagues is a conundrum for their faithful supporters. Read the rest of this entry »