Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea : Tactical Analysis

May 6, 2013

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“On Sunday, the 5th of May, Chelsea traveled to Old Trafford, in what was a crucial game for the Blues, as the pressure was on them to produce a result. The freshly crowned champions of England had a point to prove to Chelsea, who had dumped them out of both domestic cup competitions earlier in the season. The home side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Lindegaard given a go in goal. The back 4 consisted of Evans, Vidic, Rafael and Patrice Evra. Tom Cleverly and Phil Jones were played in midfield, with Anderson pushed slightly higher up the pitch. van Persie was the striker, and Giggs and Valencia started on the wings.” Outside of the Boot


Football needs a moral vision

May 6, 2013

“Corruption is an unpleasant crime, and its widespread effects are invariably socially corrosive. Then again, until recently European firms almost had an incentive to pay bribes in order to secure contracts in the developing world; they could write off such payments against tax. Joao Havelange resigned last week as honorary president of FIFA, in the wake of irrefutable evidence that his hand was in the cookie jar, helping itself to bribes from collapsed sports marketing company ISL. The British press have led an aggressive anti-FIFA campaign and hence might be disappointed then to see the low key way the news of Havelange’s resignation was been treated in many parts of the world.” Tim Vickery


Manchester United – Higher Than The Sun

May 6, 2013

“The week after they clinched the Premier League title, Manchester United announced record third quarter turnover of £91.7 million, more than 13 clubs in England’s top flight achieved in the whole of the 2011/12 season. To further place United’s incredible ability to generate revenue into context, this quarterly result was about the same as Newcastle United’s revenue last season – and Newcastle have the seventh highest revenue in England.” Swiss Ramble


Hi Xavi :)

May 6, 2013

“Hello old friend, Now and then I say to myself that time is the wind that blows the seeds of a dandelion. We begin in one place, in a golden flower, but the months and years carry us where they will. Perhaps we land in the sidewalk crack beneath the giant poster for Iron Man 3 near the bench where I am sitting in Manhattan, across from the Qdoba, in the sun, where we put down new roots and flourish. Or perhaps we are blown into an industrial intake fan and chopped into 500 pieces. A lot of things can happen, in time. 🙂 Wenger, Xavi — Wenger never understood this. … Yours affectionately, Pep :)” Grantland – Brian Phillips


Would Neymar be a success at Barcelona or should he move elsewhere?

May 6, 2013

“What a turnaround 2 years can make. The all conquering Catalans, having previously been hailed ‘the best team ever to grace the football pitch’ are no longer as dominant as we were so used to seeing. Despite their continued success in their domestic league (on the verge of claiming their 4th La Liga crown in 5 seasons), there are still so many questions which are being raised, particularly in light of their humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. This season they looked unstoppable, at least at the beginning winning 22 games out of their first 23. However, things have since unraveled somewhat. Dumped out of the Champions League in such a humiliating fashion and losing to Madrid in the Copa Del Rey, things don’t look quite as comfortable anymore.” Think Football