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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Phil Jones proving his best position is central defence

    Michael Cox

    One of Manchester United's underrated strengths throughout the Sir Alex Ferguson era was the number of versatile, reliable squad members who adapted to any position against any opposition and performed an unfashionable job for the team. Not always re...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  8. Three Things: West Ham vs. Man United

    Michael Cox

    LONDON -- A trio of thoughts from Man United's 2-0 win vs. West Ham. 1. Rooney's wonder strike sets up victory Even in the context of Wayne Rooney's Manchester United career, which has lasted a decade and featured some sensational goals, his op...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Caution came first for Arsenal and Manchester United

    Michael Cox

    It's somewhat amusing that, just four days after Manchester United were criticised for crossing the ball too frequently, Arsenal were criticised for the exact opposite: playing too narrow. On Wednesday night against United, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Ca...

    Blog | February 13, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Can Cabaye replicate his Newcastle excellence elsewhere?

    Michael Cox

    For a midsized Premier League club -- one of those clubs good enough to have top-class international footballers, but not so good that they're cup-tied for European competition -- it's a bad month for your star performers to be hitting the headlines....

    Blog | January 23, 2014