Steven Gerrard a Romantic hero amidst sport’s increasing scientism

The soon-to-be-outgoing Liverpool captain’s brand of impulsive, burden-bearing brilliance will be missed by those who feel sport is losing its romance                                                                               …

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How Manchester United might attempt to beat the seemingly indomitable Chelsea

Some thoughts on how United’s tactics may stifle Chelsea,  and how Mourinho can counter-exploit such plans. … a) The teams (predicted): 1.  Two up-front – A rather odd statement,  but two clever interchanging front men has come back into vogue recently.  More importantly,  Chelsea has shown signs of struggling against two front men,  most noticeably against Leicester,  but also on …

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Pochettino dares to know amidst chronic youth unemployment

The Argentine’s rare faith in young players demonstrates a conviction in his own judgments of which Kant would be proud                                                                                 …

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Lampard looks to football’s final frontier: space

In this rarefied age of footballing athleticism, those players who can both find and exploit space are, ultimately, the ones who will reach the moon                                                                        …

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Tactical Preview: Chelsea 2014/15

Foreword: This is a theoretical preview from the perspective of a relatively objective fan of the club.  I hope to return to the tactical outlook of Chelsea latterly,  with more emphasis on how the theory worked out in practice,  how Mourinho and his coaching staff have implemented the general strategic framework they have imposed on the players:       …

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Holland wreak destruction on beautiful monster they helped to create

With a virtuoso display of finishing in Salvador, the Dutch chastened a Spanish side indelibly influenced by their own footballing past – and by their current manager                                                                   …

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