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  1. Tactical trends of 2013-14 Premier League season

    Michael Cox

    The Premier League isn't generally considered a division that places a great emphasis upon tactics, but this season was different. With a variety of new managers in place, there were some genuinely fascinating developments, particularly in terms of f...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  2. Nuances of Mourinho's tactics save him from 'hypocrite' tag

    Michael Cox

    In one sense, Jose Mourinho is football's greatest hypocrite. He introduced the term "parking the bus" into English football nearly a decade ago, as part of a complaint about Tottenham's defensive tactics. He's now regarded as the ultimate expon...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  3. Key UCL semifinal matchups

    Michael Cox

    With the Champions League semifinals beginning this week, Michael Cox looks at the individual battles set to define both clashes ... Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Philipp Lahm When Cristiano Ronaldo made his Champions Lea...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. How Liverpool can win the Prem - a tactical breakdown

    Michael Cox

    Watching Liverpool's title charge unfold this season has been remarkable -- Brendan Rodgers' side have progressed from no-hopers, to outsiders, to dark horses, to challengers, to contenders, to nailed-on favourites. Most observers predicted Liver...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  5. Key individual Champions League quarterfinal matchups

    Michael Cox

    The Champions League has reached the quarterfinal stage. Here are the four key matchups for this week's first legs. Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich: United full-backs vs. Bayern wingers Ahead of Tuesday's clash at Old Trafford, many have re...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  6. Wenger's Arsenal must go 'vintage' to beat Chelsea

    Michael Cox

    In a funny way, Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend was "vintage" Arsenal. Not the vintage Arsenal associated with the Arsene Wenger era, fast approaching its 1,000th game at Chelsea this weekend, but the vintage Arsenal of the pre-W...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  7. Versatility working wonders for Rodgers, LFC

    Michael Cox

    Liverpool's status as a serious title contender is a genuine surprise -- not merely because they're challenging, but due to the manner of their charge. Last summer, few observers gave Liverpool a genuine chance of winning the Premier League title....

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  8. Man City's biggest problem? A lack of leadership

    Michael Cox

    In the unlikely event you haven't noticed, Manchester City have a significant problem at centre-back. Vincent Kompany remains excellent but is unable to depend upon on a reliable partner. Manuel Pellegrini favours Martin Demichelis, despite the Ar...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  9. Players who could be key in the UCL this week

    Michael Cox

    This week's Champions League fixtures aren't anywhere near as appetising as the clashes we enjoyed last week -- hopefully there will be some decent performances from the home sides this time around or else an amazing number of the ties could be decid...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  10. Three Things: Chelsea vs. Newcastle

    Michael Cox

    LONDON -- Three thoughts from Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle. 1. Hazard is the Premier League's in-form player On Monday evening, Eden Hazard was one of various Chelsea players who shone, but his mazy dribbles weren't quite effective enough t...

    Blog | February 08, 2014
  11. Chelsea prove that speed is key in modern football

    Michael Cox

    The most significant feature of football's recent strategic development -- more than possession football, false nines, high defensive lines or inverted wingers -- has been something extremely simple: speed. Football has never been faster. Watch a...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  12. Time for Man United to replace Nemanja Vidic?

    Michael Cox

    When judging a footballer's probable impact over the next couple of seasons, there are certain rules you must never break. The longer you follow English football, the more reluctant you are to break them. Here are three: 1. Never judge a player ex...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  13. Mikel and Anderson: victims of a distrust of creativity

    Michael Cox

    In Chelsea's match with Manchester United this Sunday afternoon, arguably the most fascinating battleground will be the central midfield zone. That is entirely common in matches between two big clubs, but usually because of the vast quality on di...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  14. Why can't Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho just get along?

    Michael Cox

    It would have been an enormous shock for Juan Mata last summer, when he realised he had been deemed unsuitable for the strategy of the incoming Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Not only had Mata been consistently exceptional throughout his first t...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  15. Man City mental game still a work in progress

    Michael Cox

    This season, more than any other in recent memory, has demonstrated how the consensus about a particular side's predicament can change astonishingly quickly. Arsenal, who were in crisis after the Aston Villa defeat, now are in dreamland five games...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  16. Liverpool needs to put away red carpet for Luis Suarez's return

    Michael Cox

    One of the reasons to be thankful for the popularity of the 4-2-3-1 in recent years, as opposed to the brief 4-3-3 obsession following Jose Mourinho's success in his first spell at Chelsea, is the semi-return of the strike partnership. Whereas the...

    Blog | September 24, 2013