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  1. Adaptable Ancelotti getting the best out of Real Madrid

    Michael Cox

    Sometimes, football matches are won primarily by a single individual. Dortmund's 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the European Cup last season, for example, was a good all-around team performance, but the German side owed a huge debt to Robert Lew...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  2. Relying on over-the-hill defenders: An explanation

    Michael Cox

    When Manuel Pellegrini announced his team sheet for Tuesday night's match with Barcelona, there seemed one obvious weak link -- Martin Demichelis. It wasn't just that the Argentine was in the side at centre-back, a position he's struggled in throu...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  3. Key matchups in this week's Champions League fixtures

    Michael Cox

    This week sees the return of the Champions League after its winter break, with an extremely impressive list of fixtures. In fact, it's arguable that the four most exciting ties of the round are all being played this week. Next week's schedule looks r...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  4. Bale steps into Ronaldo's spotlight

    Michael Cox

    From Gareth Bale's off-field persona, you wouldn't expect him to be a superstar. He's shy, retiring, quiet and modest and, although his commercial activities have increased significantly to reflect his development into one of Europe's most exciting p...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  5. Club icons are becoming less desirable on the Prem management sce...

    Michael Cox

    After the sudden departure of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday morning, it didn't take long for an old Tottenham legend to be linked with the managerial job. Glenn Hoddle, who hasn't managed for over seven years since an ill-fated spell as Wolverhampto...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  6. The biggest problems facing World Cup contenders

    Michael Cox

    The fascinating thing about international football is that managers must cope with a very definite group of players. Whereas at club level, weaknesses can be solved by signing new players, at international level it's not unusual for a top-class side ...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  7. England need consistency and chemistry to elevate their game

    Michael Cox

    The use of well-worn football cliches can be frustrating, but the cliches themselves are generally easy to understand -- which, of course, is why they remain so frequently used by fans and pundits alike. It can be confusing, however, when two ac...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  8. The basic 4-4-2 is becoming trendy again

    Michael Cox

    Some elements of football strategy evolve consistently in one direction over a long period, becoming increasingly extreme. Other elements appear more cyclical -- moving routinely between two opposing concepts, which come in and out of fashion. The...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Marek Hamsik's creativity ideal for Rafa Benitez's Napoli revolut...

    Michael Cox

    It has been an exciting summer of coaching changes across Europe: The top seven favourites for the Champions League, the top three in England, the top two in Spain, plus the champions of France, Germany and Portugal all started 2013-14 with a new man...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  11. Steven Gerrard's Liverpool legacy intact, but one regret looms

    Michael Cox

    It may be a fortnight before the new Premier League season begins, but Anfield will be a sellout this weekend. The occasion? Steven Gerrard's testimonial -- Liverpool probably could have sold out the stadium twice over for the contest against Greek c...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  12. Five signings that could prove decisive

    Michael Cox

    The summer transfer window can be highly frustrating, with constant rumours and a small minority of predicted deals actually being completed -- but one intelligent transfer can be the difference between a season of mediocrity and a genuine title char...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  13. Best of the best: An elite XI from 11 superclubs

    Michael Cox

    The era of the superclub means Europe's best talents are, more than ever, concentrated at a few elite clubs. A best European XI would draw so heavily from European Champions Bayern Munich that the process would become rather futile -- here, instead, ...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  14. Europe's worst and best transfers of 2012-13

    Michael Cox

    Last summer saw plenty of big-money transfers. While some succeeded at the new clubs, many didn't prove value for money. With the best and worst transfers in the Premier League covered earlier this week, here are five who flopped and five who starred...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  15. Five sides that surprised in Europe

    Michael Cox

    The league titles were decided long ago, and relegation battles have received significant attention in recent weeks -- but how about the clubs punching above their weight, close to the Champions League places? Here we look at five surprise packages i...

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  16. Europa League made for clubs such as Benfica

    Michael Cox

    The Europa League has plenty of critics, but a decent way of defending Europe's secondary competition is to take a glance at the list of recent winners. After all, the entire point of the tournament is to provide a cup competition for sides that d...

    Blog | May 14, 2013