Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …
Fabregas | Farewell, El Capitan

Fabregas | Farewell, El Capitan

When I went to bed Sunday night I was planning on spending this evening writing about the 2011-12 EPL season outlook using my input to the Transfer Price Index's season predictions.  I thought I had come to terms with the departure of of Cesc Fabregas over the summer, and certainly in the last week as it became abundantly clear that Barcelona were going to have their man no matter what.  All of that changed on Monday morning, as I woke to …
Arsenal Lack Sharpness on Opening Day

Arsenal Lack Sharpness on Opening Day

Saturday's game was a complete contrast to the excitement, drama and despair that we witnessed in February. Arsenal we were at their free flowing best in the 1st 45 minutes back in February, in fact we were unstoppable and Newcastle could only watch as they were taken apart. We all know what happened in that never to be forgotten 2nd half but what Saturday did highlight in many fans opinions was our need for creation but it also showed a …
The decreasing influence of Lampard

The decreasing influence of Lampard

Frank Lampard over the years has been an ever-present in the Chelsea side, scoring goals consistently and being a main attacking force in the Chelsea attack, however last season with his injury as well as his increasing age his influence has been decreasing for a while, he never really relied on pace and it showed in the previous season when our midfield was pedestrian. As well as being pedestrian there was a lack of creativity in midfield, Frank although an …
Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Another season but the same story for Arsenal fans, a February collapse and any chances at silverware up in smoke. The humiliation in the San Siro was followed by an apathetic defeat to Sunderland, eliminating the Gunners from the Champions League (well pretty much) and the FA Cup respectively. The race for fourth is place is the only thing Arsenal can hope to achieve and one does have to wonder how much of that is down to the team themselves …
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