Tag Archive: Oscar

Dec 15

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea: Matic flops in crucial battle as Chelsea falter despite 2nd half tactical switch by Jose

  Leicester’s remarkable run to the top of the League in December has correctly been put down to the in-form duo of Vardy and Mahrez, and rightly so they contributed to the goals again here. But against a Chelsea side who had the better technicians on the pitch but still 20 points below Ranieri’s team, …

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Nov 30

Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea: Mason’s wide role allows Spurs to dominate, but Pochettino’s second half switch earns a point

Jose Mourinho’s most common tactic for big away games is to move Cesc Fabregas away from the midfield pivot into the No.10 role, and then counterattack through the pace of Willian and Hazard on the flanks. But the supposed rift between Costa and Jose forced the manager to start Cesc in the middle of the …

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Jan 30

Chelsea v Manchester City Preview: Ramires’ and Lampard’s freedom will be pivotal in midfield battle

A long and drawn out encounter against Liverpool, Hyped up controversy, Relentless media backlash, FA bending the rules to portray their flawed competence and all this resulting in a media blackout. This is what Chelsea and Mourinho endured from Tuesday in build up to probably, the title deciding clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. …

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Jan 28

Chelsea 1 – 0 Liverpool: Coutinho and Gerrard restrict Chelsea’s midfield, before Mourinho’s changes tactics in second half

Chelsea’s midfield duo of Fabregas and Matic will definitely feature in most of the EPL XIs till now this season, but Brendan Rodger’s setup at Stamford Bridge not only turned up but also triumphed over the highly efficient Chelsea midfield. Rodgers retained his central midfield duo of Henderson and Lucas, flanked by Markovic and Moreno. …

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Jul 09

Brazil 1-7 Germany: Gustavo’s deep positioning concedes midfield battle, as Muller outwits Marcelo on the flank

Brazil’s run of 13 years unbeaten in competitive games at home was brought to a crunching halt in what turned out to the home side’s worst defeat ever in the World Cup. In a game that saw 5 goals for Germany within the first 30 minutes, Luis Scholari’s choice of not changing the XI till …

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