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Tim Palmer

  • joined May 02, 2011
  • last login Jul 21, 2014
  • posts 262
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I write about football tactics, and hate Harry Redknapp.

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Opposition Scouting Report: Tottenham

97

A look at how our London rivals will line up for Saturday's derby

Suarez return improves Liverpool significantly

Brendan Rodgers's attacking options might be able to compensate for the absence of Suarez, but the Uruguayan's return makes them a significantly better team.

Di Canio's Sunderland was always doomed to fail

Off-field controversy disguised the underwhelming nature of Paolo Di Canio's on-field tactics, and both factors combined have contributed to a terrible start to the season.

Rudi Garcia is revolutionising Roma...again

Roma's attempt to achieve that ultimate footballing ideal - achieving results in style - has proven difficult, but their new French manager might have struck the right balance

United, Kolorov exaggerate City's superiority

Aleksandar Kolarov's complementing overlapping runs in advance of Samir Nasri's narrow movement was the key feature which allowed Manchester City to take the ascendancy in their 4-1 derby romp.

Manchester derby a battle of two new midfields

Between Marouane Fellaini's acquisition by Manchester United and Yaya Toure's new role at Manchester City, Sunday's derby should be a lot more about the men in the center than past contests.

Same old problems for Barcelona despite new era

The centre-back conundrum remains a recurring issue in Catalonia despite the change in coach

Hamsik becomes Napoli's central figure

The importance of the Slovakian to Rafa Benitez's new Napoli will be a key feature of their clash against Borussia Dortmund

Lahm's midfield shift illustrates his quality

Why on earth would Pep Guardiola want to shift the world's best right-back out of position? Because he's one of the world's best players.

La Real vs. Shakhtar: Fighting through changes

The underdogs for knockout stage places in Group A are still extremely strong sides. Can Real Sociedad or Shakhtar Donetsk recover from their offseason losses to mount a challenge to Manchester...

Leverkusen's revival under Sami Hyypiä

The counter-attacking system employed by Sami Hyypia has them well-geared for the challenge that awaits in Group A.

Opposition Scouting Report: Everton

19

A look at what we can expect from Roberto Martinez's Everton

Özil gives Arsenal a much-needed dash of quality

The German's hefty price tag is justified by his incredible creative output

Cazorla and Walcott tear up Tottenham's defence

Santi Cazorla's drifts inside, allowing Theo Walcott higher up the pitch, and the subsequent combination between the two, proved the decisive moment of the North London derby

Opposition Scouting Report: Bayern Munich

64

What has the treble winning coach done to the treble winning side?

Ross Barkley shaping up as Everton's figurehead

The young Englishman's international call-up is a fitting reward for his strong start to the season

Opposition Scouting Report: Manchester United

111

United went through the biggest upheaval in the history of the club over the summer but on the pitch very little has changed

Chelsea confirm deal for Anzhi's Willian

278

The extraordinary swoop for a player Tottenham thought was theirs is all but done.

What Andre Schurrle brings to this Chelsea side

45

Willian might be on the way in but we should still be getting excited about another attacking midfielder we signed this summer

Opposition Scouting Report: Aston Villa

69

What can Chelsea expect from Paul Lambert's young side?

A tactical preview of Chelsea's new era

22

How will the Portuguese maestro approach things the second time around at the Bridge?

Opposition Scouting Report: Hull City Tigers

31

Brucie's boys are back in the big time

Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund a perfect match?

A hat-trick on his debut against Augsburg supports the theory that Borussia Dortmund's lightning-fast attacker will fit perfectly into their high-tempo game

Bayern evolving under Pep

The first game of the new Bundesliga season showed a few signs of subtle tweaks by Pep Guardiola.

A flashback to the days of Mark Bosnich at Chelsea

8

Remember when Chelsea had an Aussie goalkeeper called Mark?

Reflecting on Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer

66

Or, why a goalkeeper's contribution in a penalty shoot-out is underrated

Agreement reached for van Ginkel transfer

305

Another long-standing transfer saga is on the cusp of being wrapped up as the official site confirms a deal is in place to bring the Vitesse man to Stamford Bridge

Can Ancelotti find a role for Isco?

How exactly will Isco fit into Carlo Ancelotti's team? Will he fit at all?

Chelsea are still being linked to Nemanja Matic

35

These seemed to have died right down but instead this rumour refuses to die

Modric rules out a potential reunion with Mourinho

26

Even given the distinct unlikeliness of such a move, Luka felt obliged to inform us that a move to London won't be happening.

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