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José Mourinho: the great manipulator faces his toughest test

There is a chance that, by the close of play against Manchester City, José Mourinho may be reminded about the scathing words he reserved for West Ham’s conservatism at Chelsea last week. His own tactics hardly bordered on the adventurous at Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the season, and when it comes to parking the bus it could be […]

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Zonal Marking: Manchester Derby

Zonal Marking takes a look a the tactical battle in the Manchester Derby. The key issue #1: Nasri’s narrowness … He did something pretty similar here, and in a match that wasn’t far off 4-4-2 against 4-4-2, he was the only player who varied his positioning to drag opponents around. His clever positioning was in stark […]

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Preview: Man City vs Man Utd

  TKTG brings together all the best articles from around the web for Sunday’s derby clash between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in the blue half of Manchester.  Both new managers will be out to draw first blood between two rivals that will, without doubt,  be fighting it out for the […]

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How the sporting director is taking root in English football

  The foundations for a summer of change at White Hart Lane were laid a decade ago. After Glenn Hoddle was sacked in 2003, Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, decided to take the club in a new direction. Dismayed at the prospect of overhauling the first-team squad yet again, Levy travelled across Europe with John […]

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