Tactical Analysis

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 »

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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 »

Balotelli or Suarez – What is Rodgers’ plan for Benteke?

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In recent years, Liverpool fans got used to signing high profile strikers. Every couple of years a new player comes in, carrying the burden of a high price tag and facing the unforgiving jury. Torres and Suarez were the obvious success stories, while Andy Carroll and Balotelli flopped. Benteke’s signing could go both ways depending on the style of football and team setup that Rodgers chooses for next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Manchester United’s most exciting signing is an unknown

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The red half of Manchester is brimming with confidence and excitement after the captures of Schneirderlin and Schweinsteiger. Yet looking at a fully fit United squad, one can’t help but notice that the aforementioned players don’t seem to be plugging any glaring holes in the starting lineup. While the two of them are outstanding players and a great addition to the team, a fully fit squad boasts the likes of Herera and Carrick – two players that are capable of occupying the two midfield spots for the next season. Read the rest of this entry »