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  1. Tactics Board: Nasri central to City success

    Richard Jolly

    MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 WEST HAM Samir Nasri started the season on the bench for Manchester City and ended it with a goal that helped them clinch the Premier League title. His touch map in City's 2-0 victory against West Ham on Sunday shows why he won...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  2. Tactics Board: Chelsea fail to pass bus; uncharacteristic City

    Richard Jolly

    CHELSEA 0-0 NORWICH CITY In one respect, the statistics pointed to Chelsea domination. They had 71 percent of possession and 23 attempts at goal. However, only four were on target, which illustrates why Norwich took a point at Stamford Bridge. So ...

    Blog | May 04, 2014
  3. Tactics Board: A pair of Chelsea buses, Giggs' attacking intent

    Richard Jolly

    LIVERPOOL 0-2 CHELSEA Brendan Rodgers accused Chelsea of parking "two buses" in their 2-0 win at Anfield. What he meant, perhaps, was that they had two defensive blocks: a back four shielded by a central midfield trio. Both stayed deep, the defen...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  4. Tactics Board: Coleman, Sterling are difference-makers

    Richard Jolly

    EVERTON 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED There was a time when Everton's attacks were focused on the left flank. Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar combined so well there that they could neglect the right. Perhaps David Moyes was thinking back to his time as...

    Blog | April 20, 2014
  5. Tactics Board: Coutinho the right man for Liverpool

    Richard Jolly

    LIVERPOOL 3-2 MANCHESTER CITY Sometimes Brendan Rodgers' two aims seem mutually exclusive. The Liverpool manager looks to outnumber the opposition in midfield. He also tries to cram in as many attacking players as possible. It requires compromise ...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  6. Tactics Board: Gerrard shines in quarterback role

    Richard Jolly

    WEST HAM 1-2 LIVERPOOL Steven Gerrard's two penalties took him past Kenny Dalglish in Liverpool's all-time scoring charts, but these days a man who was once a support striker now stands close to his centre-backs. Indeed, his touch map shows he was...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  7. Tactics Board: Sterling service, Palace power

    Richard Jolly

    LIVERPOOL 4-0 TOTTENHAM Raheem Sterling's previous start for Liverpool (against Man Utd) came as a No. 10. Recalled to the starting lineup and restored to his favourite position on the right flank a few games later, the teenager exerted a huge inf...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  8. Tactics Board: Eriksen roams free, Schuerrle's pace

    Richard Jolly

    TOTTENHAM 3-2 SOUTHAMPTON One of the idiosyncrasies of Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood's tactics is that he fields Christian Eriksen, a playmaker by trade, on the left, and Nacer Chadli, signed to be more of a winger, in the middle. In the space of...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  9. Tactics Board: Liverpool's diamond, selfless Santi

    Richard Jolly

    MANCHESTER UNITED 0-3 LIVERPOOL The constant in Brendan Rodgers' ever-changing tactics is a desire for a numerical advantage or, at the very least, parity in the centre of midfield. The Liverpool manager believes games are controlled in the middle...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  10. Tactics Board: Rosler outwits mighty Man City

    Richard Jolly

    Manchester City 1-2 Wigan Uwe Rosler admitted his tactics were not original. He was influenced and inspired by a predecessor at Wigan, Roberto Martinez, copying the approach deployed by the Spaniard in last season's FA Cup final against Manchester...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  11. Tactics Board: City win Cup out wide

    Richard Jolly

    MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 SUNDERLAND Sunderland looked to deprive Manchester City of space, defending deep and narrow in a compact formation. While they left space on the flanks, it was a logical move: Because City's nominal wide midfielders, David Silv...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  12. Tactics Board: Henderson works hard for Liverpool

    Richard Jolly

    LIVERPOOL 4-3 SWANSEA Jordan Henderson began the game against Swansea with one league goal for the season and ended it with three. His touch map indicates why: his winner came from around five yards out -- Brendan Rodgers subsequently said he had ...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  13. Tactics Board: Flamini influences Arsenal triumph

    Richard Jolly

    ARSENAL 2-1 LIVERPOOL Arsenal were four goals behind after 20 minutes the previous time they played Liverpool. They needed another approach and they found inspiration in an old formula: it was more reminiscent of George Graham's Arsenal and Arsene...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  14. Tactics Board: Burn extinguishes United firepower

    Richard Jolly

    MANCHESTER UNITED 2-2 FULHAM Manchester United produced a record-breaking performance. Unfortunately for them, the record they broke -- for delivering the most crosses in the space of 90 minutes since those statistics began to be compiled -- was n...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  15. Tactics Board: United pay the price for failing to invest in cent...

    Richard Jolly

    STOKE 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED There are multiple ways of illustrating Manchester United's malaise at Stoke. United manager David Moyes played the majority of the match with five genuinely attack-minded players on the pitch -- Robin van Persie (who w...

    Blog | February 03, 2014
  16. Tactics Board: Matic offers glimpse into Blues' future

    Richard Jolly

    CHELSEA 1-0 STOKE Goodbye, Mata; hello, Matic. In his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Nemanja Matic made a belated first start for Chelsea and may have offered a hint of how Jose Mourinho's midfield will look in the future. In the Portuguese's...

    Blog | January 26, 2014