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    The Question: how do you break down Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus? | Jonathan Wilso

    Juve have conceded only three goals in the Champions League all season and Real Madrid must find a way through their central defensive setup in the final Scoring goals is not something Real Madrid usually have a problem with. They have scored in every game this season and have not failed to...
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    How old-fashioned shadow play has helped Antonio Conte light up Chelsea | Jonathan Wi

    An approach developed by Northumberland eccentric Alan Brown and made notable by Arrigo Sacchi is partly behind the title returning to Stamford Bridge The back three clearly made a huge difference, as did Antonio Conte’s man-management, but when Eden Hazard was asked in March what the biggest...
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    José Mourinho savours Manchester United glory but pragmatism has limits| Jonathan Wil

    Victory over Ajax showed again Mourinho’s knack for thwarting gifted opponents but fans of a club of United’s means are entitled to pine for more poetryAs Manchester United’s players celebrated with the Europa League trophy, José Mourinho brandished a red flag. He walked in front of his squad...
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    ‘It’s in the blood. It’s about more than football: it’s about this island’ | Jonathan

    The Muratti Vase match between Uefa hopefuls Jersey and Ryman South Guernsey embodies a very modern debate between club and countryThis mattered. There is always a slight suspicion at annual showpiece sporting occasions that the important thing is less the result than the enacting of the ritual...
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    Paulo Dybala: the rise and rise of Juventus’ attacking ‘jewel’ | Jonathan Wilson

    The 23-year-old Argentinian forward, an immensely talented player with ‘PlayStation moves’, will be key as the Italian side take on Monaco in the Champions League semi-finalThe 24 years since Argentina last won a trophy are frustrating enough but they have been given additional edge of late by...
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    Sunderland down and out as Spurs keep up title chase – Football Weekly

    The Black Cats finally run out of Premier League lives. Plus, Tottenham triumph in the the north London derby and farce at Leyton Orient On today’s bank holiday edition of Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Iain Macintosh, Simon Burnton and Jonathan Wilson to look back on a definitive...
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    Why Arsène Wenger finally decided a back three was Arsenal’s way forward | Jonathan W

    One of Wenger’s first acts at Arsenal was to shun the system but 21 years on it is in fashion and – partly out of desperation – his team are employing wing-backs In late September 1996, Arsenal travelled to face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second leg of a Uefa Cup tie. Arsène Wenger had been...
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    Has José Mourinho reminded Spurs how to beat Chelsea in the Cup at Wembley? | Jonatha

    Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed first success against Chelsea with three central defenders and United’s win will have clarified the Tottenham manager’s thinkingChelsea were poor against Manchester United on Sunday, very poor. That, for the first time in a decade, they did not manage a single shot on...
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    Eden Hazard and José Mourinho: anatomy of a rollercoaster relationship | Jonathan Wil

    The pair fell out at Chelsea and while there is no animosity now, stopping the forward is a priority for Manchester United manager in Premier League matchFans, content with a perfunctory victory, were beginning to drift away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were leading Porto 2-0, having been in...
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    Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is a traditional No 9 who could play in any era

    The Belgian striker has the muscle, bustle and hustle to cause opponents damage and, despite a few faults, would be a name to be feared on any teamsheetThere is much about modern football that would bewilder a visitor from 100 years ago. Even after they had got used to the lightweight kit, the...
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    Argentina face must-win game against Chile amid deep economic uncertainty

    It may not be a crisis yet but it will be if Argentina’s bogey team Chile defeat Edgardo Bauza’s side yet againWhatever happens on Thursday, Chile will haunt this generation of Argentinian players for ever. The two sides met in the 2015 Copa América final and the 2016 Copa América Centenario...
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    Arsenal require major surgery whether Arsène Wenger stays or goes | Jonathan Wilson

    The decay is palpable and delaying an awkward decision for so long has made the club less attractive to potential successors to the Frenchman On Arsène Wenger, everything is divided, even the news. Just as Bild was reporting there has been contact between representatives of Arsenal and the...
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    Pep Guardiola’s zonal theory will take time for Manchester City to learn | Jonathan W

    The Barcelona and Bayern Munich players were already familiar with Guardiola’s complex juego de posición theory – at City he was virtually starting from scratch The fashion these days is to knife a manager at the first sign of trouble. Nobody is allowed to build, nobody is allowed to learn from...
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    Marcus Rashford and a back three: how to halt Chelsea without Ibrahimovic

    José Mourinho may follow Tottenham’s lead and reinforce Manchester United’s defence in FA Cup sixth-round tie to counter the loss of his No1 strikerEvents this season are not quite going as José Mourinho has told them to. There is a possibility, of course, that he was being sincere in his praise...
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    Alexis Sánchez the substitute symbolises Arsenal’s decade of sorry stagnation | Jonat

    The Chilean, dropped for the crunch fixture against Liverpool, threatens to be the latest in long line of false dawns at the EmiratesThe same again, but this time with more angst. Arsenal lost again away from home to a top-six side and again looked flat and brittle. The difference this season is...
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    The Ranieri theory: liberation from discipline leads to success – and decay | Jonatha

    Leicester’s sacking of their title-winning manager follows a pattern of leaders achieving glory after loosening an iron grip before disappointment follows “However much you liked it,” a former Manchester City director once said, “you wouldn’t put the man who runs your corner shop in charge of a...
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    Wayne Rooney: China or no China, as far as his legacy is concerned, he is done | Jona

    Wayne Rooney looks certain to leave Manchester United, either in the next few days or in the summer, but wherever he ends up, it will only be retirement deferred and won’t change how he is remembered What seems remarkable now is how uncontroversial the issue of Wayne Rooney’s departure from...
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    The Question: have full-backs completed their conversion to full-blown attackers? | J

    Antonio Conte has been praised for his bold use of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso but history suggests it is part of a wider trend dating back to the 1960sBarring an extraordinary collapse, this season’s Premier League title will have been decided at half-time at the Emirates Stadium on 24...
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    Leicester’s off-target Jamie Vardy and Riyard Mahrez conjure a mystery | Jonathan Wil

    Defeat at Swansea made it 610 minutes since Leicester’s feted forwards last found the net in the league – and the riddle is at the heart of Leicester’s worriesIt may have been defensive lapses that cost Leicester City defeat at Swansea, inflating their relegation worries, but at least as...
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    Is it time for Leicester and Claudio Ranieri to part ways? – Football Weekly

    AC Jimbo and co discuss what can be done to halt Leicester’s alarming slide. Plus: Hull’s renaissance continues against Liverpool; Romelu Lukaku puts Bournemouth to the sword; and Cameroon win the Africa Cup of Nations Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast &...
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