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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. Still super, Edin Dzeko is no longer a sub

    Michael Cox

    For a striker who appears inconsistent from week to week, Edin Dzeko has actually been very consistent over the course of his Manchester City career. He registered 14 goals in his first full season, 14 goals in his second, and has now managed 14 in h...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  3. Is old-school Flanagan the key to LFC-Man City?

    Michael Cox

    Jon Flanagan is a proper full-back: a right-back, a left-back and a throwback. English football hasn't witnessed a youngster in his mould for a while -- a wide defender whose most eye-catching quality isn't his crossing or his pace, but his tackling....

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  4. Arsenal and Man City almost get it right

    Michael Cox

    LONDON -- Just before the start of Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates, the away captain, Vincent Kompany, made the unusual decision to switch ends having won the prematch coin toss. Therefore, eagle-eyed television viewers wo...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  5. David Silva's lack of goals shouldn't obscure his brilliance

    Michael Cox

    David Silva's performance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night was one of the most magnificent displays of the Premier League season. Literally from the kick-off Man City's Spanish playmaker took control of the game, an almost insultingly simple victo...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Tottenham's midfield still a work in progress

    Michael Cox

    Manchester City's 5-1 thrashing of Tim Sherwood's Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night shouldn't be used as evidence of Spurs' lack of quality. Few clubs have the capability to cope with Manuel Pellegrini's side in top form, while Spurs had two extre...

    Blog | January 30, 2014
  10. What makes an offence dynamic? Here's a checklist...

    Michael Cox

    Tottenham's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday proved to be the final nail in Andre Villas-Boas' coffin -- the Portuguese coach was sacked less than 24 hours later, to little surprise. It was one of those astonishingly one-sided games, between two ...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  11. Are Clichy and Nasri better since leaving Arsenal?

    Michael Cox

    In Arsene Wenger's early days in English football, one of his specialities was selling players at exactly the right time. Whether he was inheriting veterans and squeezing a couple of extra seasons out of them or signing and developing talented youngs...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  12. Why is scoring from free kicks on the rise?

    Michael Cox

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's pinpoint free kick against Norwich on Wednesday night was a spectacular goal -- but it's also something we've come to expect. Not simply because the Uruguayan inevitably ran riot to record a hat trick, his third agains...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  13. Aguero shows his versatility

    Michael Cox

    There are players that obviously fall into positional stereotypes and there are players who transcend them. Sergio Aguero is the latter. Traditionally, Argentina produces two types of forwards. Most famously, the country loves small, diminutive, ...

    Blog | October 29, 2013
  14. 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
  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. Patrice Evra's resurgence makes him hard to ignore

    Michael Cox

    Patrice Evra's first appearance in English football was in a derby at Manchester City, and it proved a baptism by fire. Surprisingly named in the Manchester United side just four days after signing, he endured a horrendous afternoon at Eastlands,...

    Blog | September 19, 2013