Tim Palmer

  • joined May 02, 2011
  • last login Jul 21, 2014
  • posts 262
  • comments 924

I write about football tactics, and hate Harry Redknapp.

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Analysing Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea's midfield


Why there shouldn't be such huge concern over Cesc Fabregas's defensive capabilities in a pivot role

Opposition Scouting Report: Liverpool


What to expect from Brendan Rodgers' title-chasing team

Opposition Scouting Report: Crystal Palace


What to expect from Tony Pulis's side on Saturday.

Match analysis: Galatasaray v Chelsea


Breaking down what went right and wrong in Chelsea's 1-1 draw

Opposition Scouting Report: Everton


What to expect from Roberto Martinez's side on Saturday

Match analysis: City 2-0 Chelsea


Your word of the day is 'tepid'.

World Cup draw results

With the draw completed, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will feature one of the most highly anticipated and competitive group stages in the tournament's history

Napoli, Dortmund missing huge pieces

Both sides are coming off the back of negative results, making their clash on Tuesday all the more intriguing.

City expose Tottenham's alarmingly open approach

Manuel Pellegrini's side were happy to counter devastatingly into the wide open spaces created by Andre Villas-Boas's possession-based system.

Where will United-Arsenal be won?

Arsenal's whirling trident of playmakers could cause trouble for David Moyes' reactive tactics.

Chelsea's striker conundrum has been solved

Even before Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres got off the mark for the season, it was obvious what the trio of strikers offered Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal's big three-game test

Arsenal's triple litmus test will test their competency against three varying approaches.

Why can't Spurs score?

Tottenham's laborious possession against Everton illustrated their lack of penetration.

Bale arrives, but does it change Madrid?

Carlo Ancelotti's chaotic Real Madrid still have their strengths as Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema prove potent on the break.

Explaining Mourinho's love of Ivanovic


Azpilicueta is somewhat unlucky to miss out on game time this season as the new regime finds the Serbian a perfect tactical fit for the new system that is being deployed

What are the weaknesses in Roma's defense?

Roma have conceded just once in nine games, which speaks volumes about the work Rudi Garcia has done, but there are certainly vulnerabilities to the way his side is set up.

Key decisions for El Clasico lie with Ancelotti

The format of Madrid's midfield trio and choosing between Di Maria or Bale will be the decisive factors in Sunday's Clasico.

Fullbacks the key in Dortmund's win over Arsenal

Kevin Grosskeutz took advantage of the space in wide areas to catch Arsenal on the counter at the death.

Postecoglou a perfect choice for the Socceroos

Having played a significant part in the A-League's shift towards an emphasis on winning in style, Ange Postecoglou now faces the same challenge with the national team.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ideal for Borussia Dortmund

Having got used to replacing key players, it's no surprise that Jurgen Klopp again got it right with the Armenian

Roma and Napoli's litmus test

First v second, Garcia v Benitez - this was an ideal opportunity to assess how valid their improvements this season really have been

Enjoy Southampton's success while it lasts

Mauricio Pochettino's side are certainly fun to watch but the feeling is that the charm is only short-term.

The evolution of Thomas Müller

He doesn't look like he should be on the pitch, but Müller is a remarkably versatile, all-round attacker

Galatasaray's mess compounded by tactical dilemnas

Juventus will surely relish the rabble of the Turkish giants.

Pellegrini and Guardiola meet once again

There are several, intriguing parallels between the Spaniard and the Chilean, linked primarily by a Barcelona connection

Mesut Ozil key to Arsenal's crushing of Napoli

The German's intelligent sideways movement compensated for Arsenal's lack of natural wingers

Atlético are perfect for Champions League football

Diego Simeone's side are perfectly geared to the unique challenge of knock-out football, as illustrated by their recent Cup triumphs

What has Walter Mazzarri changed at Inter Milan?

The 2-1 win against Fiorentina illustrated many of the qualities which have impressed about this season's Inter

Mourinho and AVB more similar than they appear

Divorced coaching couple Mourinho and Villas-Boas might seem ideologically opposed but that really isn't the case

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