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Three things for Manuel Pellegrini to think about during the international break

West Ham’s good run of form came to a disappointing end on Friday night.

The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by bogey team Brighton and Hove Albion, with Glenn Murray once again scoring against them. (more…)

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Are Manuel Pellegrini’s outdated tactics in danger of leaving West Ham brutally exposed?

When Manuel Pellegrini left Manchester City for the Chinese gravy train few saw his future at West Ham United.

Pellegrini was appointed by the Hammers to lead the club into a new era. (more…)

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Granit Xhaka shows he’s on the right track for Arsenal

Even now, Granit Xhaka is misunderstood on a fairly consistent basis.

Observers still insist on comparing him directly to N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama, which is unusual given that the Swiss international is a completely different player from the other two. (more…)

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Everton’s strategy leaves them exposed against Liverpool’s lively attack

Despite Ronald Koeman’s post-match claims that he was proud of Everton’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend.

There was no escaping the fact that, in a tactical sense, he got it wrong. (more…)

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Manchester City show the value of counter-attacking for big teams

Football isn’t always easy for the big teams.

They often come up against well organised defensive units and, most of the time, those units will sit back in a compact shape to make themselves difficult to penetrate. (more…)

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Variety key to Liverpool’s chances in the league

On the surface, Liverpool looked to have been a little unlucky against Swansea.

They enjoyed 74% of possession, 16 shots and allowed their opposition to shoot only six times. (more…)

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Tottenham Hotspur combine strategy and execution to dismantle Chelsea

On Wednesday night at White Hart Lane,

Tottenham managed to snap Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak by propelling themselves towards a 2-0 victory. (more…)

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Liverpool opt for control over intensity in win against Manchester City

Despite the size and the reputation of the two sides involved,

Liverpool’s New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City didn’t exactly produce fireworks. (more…)

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Claude Puel’s 2016-17 Southampton revamp

After signing to fill the vacant manager slot in June,

Southampton manager Claude Puel has slowly moulded the South Coast club to fit his design. (more…)

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Didier Deschamps’ starring role in France’s failure

A decade on from the 2006 World Cup defeat to Italy.

France once again walked away empty handed after the final of a major tournament. (more…)

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Euro 2016: Roy Hodgson a baffling England coach from start to finish

England 1 Iceland 2.

It is a result which has caused headlines around the world. (more…)

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Why Aaron Ramsey is such an integral component of Chris Coleman’s Wales

After 58 long years without playing in a major tournament.

Wales marked their return to the big stage in scintillating style by staging an inspirational 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux. (more…)

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Euro 2016: Granit Xhaka’s reputation continues to mushroom in France

At Euro 2016, Granit Xhaka’s reputation continues to mushroom.

His excellent displays at Borussia Monchengladbach made him more widely known to the footballing world. (more…)

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Mesut Ozil’s defensive contribution vs United – A huge plus for Arsenal

“The anticipation and the expectation is obviously big.”

“We just want to prove ourselves and get the three points.” (more…)

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Why Arsenal should persist with Theo Walcott up front

Every now and again, Theo Walcott gives us a glimpse of his capabilities.

Last weekend, in Arsenal’s 2-0 home win over Stoke, he brought down a Mesut Ozil ball with the most efficient of first touches, and then, as the Stoke defence started to close in, casually stroked the ball home for Arsenal’s opener. (more…)

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