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City Away: Tactics Board

So we all know Big Sam got a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge Wednesday by means of a 19th century football retro, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Right then, but isn't the Special One aware the pioneers of footie in the 1800s played the beautiful game with nothing short of six to eight enthusiastic forward players with little or no understanding of the need, let alone art of defending and doing so in droves?!

Oh well, but it can be taken for granted Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be employing no such negative tactics as espoused and perfected by Sam Allardyce as his West Ham side ran away with a 0-0 scoreline up at The Bridge.

If the foregoing is anything to go by, and if the idea is to become the first team to beat City at the Etihad this term, let's now take a cursory peep into Mourinho's tactics board and try a tentative forecast of the possible lineup that might well help achieve this near lofty objective.

The Defence.

Here the defence pretty much picks itself, with the quintet of Petr Cech, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta all but assured of their starting berths.

But should that really be the case? I know the golden rule is never to try fixing it if it isn't broken, but with the out and out right winger, Jesus Navas almost certain to start for City, the question arises if inverted left back Azpilicueta's left foot will be enough to nullify Navas' right foot which is bound to flood our defence with a flurry of crosses after crosses; because trying to stop the Spanish high-flying livewire with the wrong foot may prove an effort in futility especially when the former Sevilla man is in his groove.

It is trite in the beautiful game the best form of defense is attack; and since Azpilicueta offers little or nothing going forward as a left back, and having rested the proper left back Ashley Cole in the midweek game, does the England Centurion not have a strong case to get a start against the Mancs, with Azpilicueta shifted to the right side of our defence? I'd have thought so.

My take is to rest Ivanovic for once and have him as a contingency plan; start Azpilicueta at right back to give Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov a better run for his money.

I know some would say "Cole is done...blah blah blah" and can't match Navas pace for pace, grit for grit and wit for wit; we don't need a win at the Etihad to keep our title credentials creditable; but with his recent showing in the fourth-round win over Stoke in the FA Cup, I beg to disagree as I'm sure he's still got it and is a better left back than Azpilicueta will ever be, and a win over the bookmakers' installed favourites for the title gong would certainly not hurt, would it?

Let's take the game to City!

The Central Midfield.

A hitherto conundrum shrewdly solved this transfer window, I'll eat my hat and flush it down with a barrel of vinegar if new signing Nemanja Matic doesn't start this one. But the million dollar question is who partners him in the pivot?

Personally, I'd fancy David Luiz for this job detail, what with his excellent ball-playing and incisive passing ability and capability to contribute immensely to attack with those quick turnovers he's becoming famous for but Super Frank's form lately suggest he's the more logical one to start; after all, the 35 year-old featured prominently in the 2-1 win over the blue Mancs earlier in the season!

So, since the theme is to take the game to City and possibly beat them on their turf, I'd suggest a Matic and Lampard pivot is the way to go. David Luiz and Ramires should then make the Match Day squad as possible impact subs, especially the former!

The Attack.

With an embarrassment of options with the arrival of Mohammed Salah, this is also the one area of our team that more or less picks itself barring any unforeseen happenstances.

Salah is pacey with or without the ball and is the type of player that loves to beat his man and get behind him, with a wicked merciless eye for goal. Alas, this game is too big to hand him a start in what will only be his Chelsea debut, though I see him making Match Day squad and possibly playing a part in proceedings late on.

Thus, the triumvirate of Hazard, Oscar and Willian gets the nod here [even though Andre Schürrle was on the score-sheet as we beat City in October].

And for his heroics against the red Mancs a fortnight ago when he scored his first Chelsea hattrick, picking the mostly hit-and-miss Samuel Eto'o over the galloping Demba Ba is a no-brainer really.

That said, if we score first and are still in the lead in the second half, throwing on the Senegalese for Oscar who often peters out in any high-pressure matchup between the hour to 70 minutes mark - with Eto'o dropping into the 'hole' to feed Ba, after all that's where he'd been playing at Anzhi to devastating effect - will be the most effective way to frustrate Pellegrini and keep them firmly on the back foot whilst giving Kompany and company more things to worry about and physique to deal with at the back.

If Eto'o doesn't work in the 'hole', shift Hazard right in there; sub the Cameroonian and hand Salah his debut on the left wing vacated by Hazard.

Don't get me wrong, we should defend and stay compact all game, but never cagey; at no point should the Special One gift the brilliant engineer from Chile any faint, let alone blatant hint that he's playing defensive [or not to lose] as that will undoubtedly hand them the initiative to attack attack and attack, since that is exactly how teams get burned at the Etihad.

Mourinho should go back to what worked for him at Stamford Bridge when we reduced The Citizens to just a couple of shots at our goal, whilst not necessarily ceasing to attack as we ran out 2-1 winners with Joe Hart getting one of his busiest days at the office in a sky blue shirt.

Alternatively, Mourinho should borrow a leave from "The Macky Mackay Manual of Beating Manchester City 2013/2014", even as condescending as that sounds.

It is incumbent on the Chelsea boss to prove that whilst Big Sam is allegedly stuck in the 19th century, he's the quintessential 21st century football manager that has not only won the UEFA Champions League more than once, but also the Premier League twice with a far inferior squad compared to this galaxy of technicians he's now managing!

I don't like City but I certainly respect the monster they've managed to build for a team, and how I love how they usually trounce the likes of Manure, the whinny crying Gooners and the small backstreet stuttering Spuds from North London.

We beat City before and can always do this again. Yes, we can; we can knock them off that perch if we try.

Carefree & KTBFFH




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Writer: HGH Magic Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 31 2014

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

HGH the problem is Mou has become to practicable at this point. I am hoping he shakes things up against City, but even if he does "shake things up" it wouldn't be something mind blowing it would for the most part be typical all season Mou esq. I already made peace that Mou even for City will start Iva RB and Azpi at LB. What I am interested in is what he will do with the piviot, like if Matic gets the go ahead. When the WHam line up was announced I wonder if he is actually setting up a 433 for City with the midfield being Matic/Lamps/Rami.
Pavel Permiachkin
OT: Mou doesn't seem to be too biased towards Oscar like in the beginning, wonder if Sallah can possibly turn our band of 3 into Hazard/Willian/Sallah.
Pavel Permiachkin
@Pavel, I noticed that too......
Tunez
Who're the guys trolling the MOTM poll???? *sigh*
Tunez
Nice article @ HGH Magic. IMO, this is a chance for Hazard to prove his one of the best in the world by getting the better of the Best RB in EPL Pablo. City's weakness is CB, GK and LB so it is on us to take advantage of that.
B2K420
I like the sound of bringing Ash back into the fold for this one, his experience could be just what we need and I still believe he has the legs to cope, if not every game, with the intensity of the prem. We really need some kind of a result with Liverpool breathing down our necks(they got a pretty easy game this week)and if City do beat us then even with all the optimism the the world its gonna be hard to catch them. So lets park that bus and hit them on the break COME ON YOU BLUES.
BIG_R
oh and I would start Lamps as well.
BIG_R
Well for me cole should start,he was ok against stoke n hes has goood rest.good thing, aguero is out as he likes going past cech!
blue5
If salah start in this game , city left back will be put on the test
UG BLUE
If Salah starts its him that would be put to the test. I think magics right, its to bigger game for him to make his first start. Let him settle into the prem first.
BIG_R
Well, I will not presume to be tactically astute, so long as we have Mourinho, we are in good tactical hands. What I wish for is a victory. So Sherwood will look toolish and foolish for branding them the best team in the world...although Mou's comments have him looking foolish.
Gian-Franco/Luca
this game is too soon for salah folks, let us go with the trusted line up of cech, Azpi, Cahill,terry,Cole,matic,Mikel/Luiz,oscar,Willian,hazard and eto'o funny pivot I agree but believe me we can't afford to be complacent and stupid to think city won't score.
desmondadonis
Jose will go for a 3 man mid with mikel, ramires and possibly Luiz/Lampard !! Etoo, Hazard and Willian/Oscar upfront!!
slash_blue
whatever tactics we wil employ, all i want is dat 3points
oladsomething
Good article. Like Pavel said. Mou has become very predictable when it comes to big away games this season. Just listened to his press conf, I'm not sure he meant what he said. "We have to look for goals' at Man City" that would be a shift from the top away games (an Utd and Arsenal) this season. We haven't won a PL game there since 2010. So I'm hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
jollyheart Torres
I like your line up desmond except maybe Lamps for Luiz, as he can sometimes be a little erratic. I think maybe for this game we might need the experience and level head of someone thats been there and done it year after year for us. Not that I don't rate Luis its just we can't afford and slip ups on monday.
BIG_R
sorry "ANY" slip ups
BIG_R
There will be no Salah... The boy has only trained just once with the squad, and he wasn't even in the bench selection for the Man City match. Mourinho made it clear already that he gets his debut against Newcastle. End of that story...
solid7
Might be an idea to go with this line up v City- Cech, Schwarzer, Hilario, Blackman, Curtois (if we can recall him for just one game); Cole, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill; Luiz, Azpiliecueta. Kalas, Oscar & anyone else who can tackle to be on the bench, just in case we nick one & need to defend the lead.
analooish
Actually to be serious, I think we can win as we do have a history of playing better against the big teams & there is merit in HGH's main points. I'd definitely play Cole at left back & pair Luiz with Matic in the pivot.
analooish
Though we have gained the objective of the coach, I have truly hated all our approaches during the big away games this season. A little more bravery or a "little less cautiousness" from the coach and we could easily have gotten 3 points from United and Spurs away!!!!! Not complaining since we are third, but o well, we'll see how it goes. Won't be bad if we try our usual home line up against City away.
KAKUfrank
35 year old Lampard against athletic Yaya and Fernandinho?
foreign_viewer
Matic and Mikel pivot. Destruction and distribution personified.
zg2000fs
Ramires in between Matic and Mikel for energy. 4-3-3.
foreign_viewer
Arsenal trying to sign Solomon Kalou, the second best striker in France in 2013 (after Zlatan).
CobhamBlue
@ F V. Lamps was 35 three months ago and he didn't do to badly when we played City at the bridge. I'm not sure who was playing for City that day in the middle of the park though. As I said I think that maybe we need his maturity but I could be wrong.
BIG_R
There is no chance of Mourinho "going for it" against City. Didn't he try that against Barca in his first game with Real and ended up getting thrashed 5-0? He will definitely not want that to happen. If we lose the title will be gone and it really will be about making sure we stay in the Top 4 first and Top 3 second.
CobhamBlue
no more mikel and rami in pivot....would go for luiz matic pivot or oscar matic with hazard william schrulle eto....and for god sake jose please play azpi on rb and cole in lb...and if you still wanna play iva then play him behind the goal post...but not on the pitch he suks on right back and he will get feked against mancity if he plays there....the problem is after selling kdb mata our bench will no.longer be tbe strong with ba and lampard rami there wont be any impact player to come and change the game...
shlok27
would be interesting after critizing west ham.for their park the bus system as 18th century football hope chelsea wont play 17 century football of park the jumbo jet at etihad...
shlok27
Shlok did we park the bus last time we played them? And just for extra did we not attack at all?
Pavel Permiachkin
Jose has been obsessed with Man City all season. I have a feeling that there is a surprise up his sleeve. He's been talking about it so much, that I truly believe that he has been obsessively dedicating all of his spare time to concocting a strategy. I could be wrong, but be prepared for something totally different. And if that happens, remember I said it first. :)
solid7
What I'll say is that city have gone back into the past to start a new wave of how to play in the modern premier league. 2 up front is the way forward in the premier league, it used to be played all the time in years past in the pl, and we were great exponents of it too. I don't agree with the saying Chelsea is a strikers graveyard, it's only happened to 2 players in the last 10-15 years, Fernando Torres and Chris Sutton, we always played with partnerships, mourinho bought in 4-3-3, and ancelotti bought back the 2 upfront when we won the league, so there must be something in it. The greatest Chelsea partnership was jimmy Floyd hasslebaink and eidur gudjohnsen. If we look at others as well, drogba and anelka, Zola and vialli, flo and Zola/vialli, Hughes and Zola. We played some of the best football with two upfront, scored goals galore. Not this season, but next season and future seasons we should play with 2 up front, because that's what's going to get us on Monday night, city's tactics, ok yes they have a dodgy defense and can concede but they score tonnes of goals, and that is what will make them win the PL and quite possibly the CL, although I don't think they will win that, but you cannot deny that either 1 behind or a flat two upfront is Donny the business, augero and negredo, negredo and dzeko, Rooney and Van Persie, cavani and ibrahimovic. If we went in to next season with Lukaku and Bamford as our front 2, we could see the makings of the next JFH and Gudjohnsen partnership mark 2. Just saying.
Blue1989
Bring back the diamond, his many goals did we score in that season we won the Premier league with Carlo, over 100.
Blue1989
^Ancolleti had no choice but to abandon it when teams fogured us out and went to a 433. I wouldn't mind the formation out but Chelsea had no choice but to try something different from it eventually. If we get rid of the usless or old age chuck of our CM and lets say we are left with Matic and 1 or 2 more then we can do a 41212 aka 442 diamond with our abundant of AMs/wingers still having 3 positions left instead of reducing to 2 ala city.
Pavel Permiachkin
Ah, but he also had to abandon it to fit a certain Fernando Torres in, Torres has always been a player who's played on his own up front, and it doesn't work for him, on the flip side demba Ba has played with a partner, ie pa***** cisse.
Blue1989
Maybe my memory is cloudy I don't really remember Torres being the reason. Either way I don't think it would hurt to try especially if we move on or retire some CM players. That way what ever we have left share 1 position and our AMs still have 3 like they do now.
Pavel Permiachkin
No, I'm not saying he was the problem, I was saying that it was well documented that Torres was bought to be the main man, I don't think it's a co incidence that Carlo wanted augero. I'm not Torres bashing!
Blue1989
I agree with much of your suggestions HGH Magic,but I think a pivot of Luiz and Matic would be better,as we would need to win the midfield battle if we need to win this game.Half the key to beating Man C is to starve the game off the legs of Yaya and Fernandinho.And thus we would need to be both compact and agressive in the middle of the pack and press them more there.Though Willian Hazard and Oscar would all have to contribute to pressing Man City this pivot woul help free them up a bit more to be able to attack better
Samuel Chimezie
What's the point of having 2 strikers upfront when you have attacking midfielders that are fully interchageable with a striker? Is there anyone that can say that Eden Hazard couldn't be a striker? Or Oscar, for that matter? Hell, even Willian could be a decent striker. And Schurrle? He's the backup striker if I recall correctly. It's just that it would be a waste of their creativity to utilize them solely for that role. In my opinion, it's Chelsea that is revolutionizing how the game is played. It's just that Man City has the bigger talent. For now... Let our young blood grow.
solid7
Well since we are talking about tactics,its important to note that its an individual opinion,everyone has a say on the best tactics to employ against Man City,so everyones opinion should be respected including the writer,the gaffer himself knows best. With that said here's my 2 cents on the matter,you want to know how to play Man City at the Etihad,look no further than the game they had against Liverpool. Although Man City won,Liverpool looked the better side for most of the game,and should have won if they took their chances,and Sterlings goal wasn't wrongly ruled offside. So what did Liverpool do right? High intensive pressing on City's DM and CB's,fast transitions and dictating the pace of the game. Looping the ball behind City defenders with Suarez and Sterling making runs behind City offside trap. So what line up would i prefer? Based on the understanding and the solidity of the back four,I'll definitely go with the trusted,reliable,and strongest back four we have Iva,JT,Cahill,Azpi. So moving on to midfield what combination do I feel can give me high intensive pressing and fast transition? Well we have no better presser of the ball than Ramires in our midfield and he showed that against City at the bridge,and the player for quick forward transitions will have to be Matic...So I'll go with a Matic,Rami combo...the rest of the squad completes itself for obvious reasons Hazard,Oscar,Willian...With Eto striking.
nelyvanile
Man City play with swift pace and thier attacks cary much speed in them,so playing Lamps who's sadly older and not as fit as before would be a bit detrimental.He leaves the midfield and wanders upfield more and this would free up Yaya to be more threatening. I think Lamps best contributions can be his goals,which though are needed can also be detrimental if mishandled. Not slating him at all,but against WH he missed some nice chances and if not that they played a retreating game, a more counter attacking team could have punished us with the spaces we left behind.Luiz is a 'no nonsense' player sort of,and even though attimes he can be a source of heart attacks,his agression can only help to intimidate and shackle Man City's midfield ; he can still get forward and lay of some of his passes,and is also good in setpieces.All these would be needed if we have to squeeze out those three points
Samuel Chimezie
Well since we are talking about tactics,its important to note that its an individual opinion,everyone has a say on the best tactics to employ against Man City,so everyones opinion should be respected including the writer,the gaffer himself knows best. With that said here's my 2 cents on the matter,you want to know how to play Man City at the Etihad,look no further than the game they had against Liverpool. Although Man City won,Liverpool looked the better side for most of the game,and should have won if they took their chances,and Sterlings goal wasn't wrongly ruled offside. So what did Liverpool do right? High intensive pressing on City's DM and CB's,fast transitions and dictating the pace of the game. Looping the ball behind City defenders with Suarez and Sterling making runs behind City offside trap. So what line up would i prefer? Based on the understanding and the solidity of the back four,I'll definitely go with the trusted,reliable,and strongest back four we have Iva,JT,Cahill,Azpi. So moving on to midfield what combination do I feel can give me high intensive pressing and fast transition? Well we have no better presser of the ball than Ramires in our midfield and he showed that against City at the bridge,and the player for quick forward transitions will have to be Matic...So I'll go with a Matic,Rami combo...the rest of the squad completes itself for obvious reasons Hazard,Oscar,Willian...With Eto striking.
nelyvanile
Not sure about this,but I think Zola was more of an attacking midfielder than he was a striker.From the little a saw froom him during my early Chelsea days,he was more of a trequartista. A CAM playing off a striker just like Messi was with Ibra.
Samuel Chimezie
May the best team win! The Citizens versus The Pensioners...http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchprere.asp?a=540489
Johnny Baguette
Lol Johnny, Chelsea, The Pensioners aka The Blues aka The Pride of London - three times winners of the PL, and the UEFA Champions League! Bet you Mancs ain't got a clue what that feels like mate, do you? ;-)
HGH Magic
Very interesting take HGH..i agree with some of your suggestions but i really do fear that Navas may take Cole to the cleaners. Valencia did in our match against ManU. I would rather stick with the back 4 as is with Iva on the right and Cesar on the left understanding that probably neither of them will cross the midway line of the pitch all game. I agree with a pivot of Luiz and Matic because Luiz provides another willing tackler who can provide good distance passing either on the ground or in the air and also provides some competence on free kicks. Up front honestly it is painful not have Torres available..this is the sort of game he is made for as he is the fastest of the three we have a thrives on space. By default i guess Eto will start again and all i can pray is that he has another game like against ManU. Behind him though i would go with Hazard, Oscar and Schurrle. I would prefer Schurrle just for his work rate and raw speed as opposed to Willians guile. We really need to be thankful kun arguero is not available for this match. If we can pull of a win in this match it will be a huge morale booster but i am expecting a war of attrition where we will largely bunker down and hopefully at the very least steal away at least a draw. For the FA cup draw we will need to be a little more adventurous and see if we can nick a win right there at the Etihad.
GabeU
ine thing ive noticed is those city lot , getting a bit lik ethe united lot were until recently... they getting cocky and arrogant...thinks they need holding up some
Blue_Mel
*one
Blue_Mel
I can imagine : Cech, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Willian, Oskar, Eto'o.
Prettyguy
4-3-3, cech; iva, cahill, jt, azpi; rami, matic, luiz; hazard, schurrle, oscar. I feel eto'o will be useless in this game as city will surely play a high defensive line, even if he's through on goal kompany/clichy/pablo have enough recovery pace, shurrle's pace and mobility however would give them a lot to think about, his workrate would also insure they won't be able to build from the back comfortably.
blus4eva
A diamond 442 won't be bad.... Cech; iva,cahill,jt,cole; matic(bottom of d diamond), ramires, david luiz, oscar(tip of the diamond) ; hazard, eto'o.... Believe me Mancity won't know what hit them!
Ceegnature11
First of I disagree with people who said ancellotti played two strikers upfront in his time with us. Anelka is a striker agreed but played mostly as an inverted winger supported by malouda on the left and the lengendary Drogba as the focus. He started with a diamond which he had to quickly drop to accomodate a 4-3-3.
kolagold25
To win Citeh we have to do things like stopping their flow of passing which can be achieved by playing a high pressing game and using a three man midfield of Rami-Luiz-Mikel. Added to this,as little as it may seem, we have to show we want it as much as they want it if not even more by being ready to plunge or dive into tackles, shackle as much and being as agressive as possible. This one thing we achieved at the bridge and its a must we do again if we want anything from this game simply because we are playing against a team full of agile 'matured men' that needs standing up against. Hazard, willian and eto'o to complete the three upfront while we look to our regular back four to keep yet another clean sheet. #COYB #KTBFFH
kolagold25
@Nely - mate, you have hit the nail, the best way to approach this game is high intensity pressure on their midfield & defenders. Their back 4 particularly did not like, nor expect the pressure that Loserpool put onto them. They will expect us to sit back and wait for counters and that is what most teams try and do at their place. That would play right into their hands, we all know that does not work, given the rampant match scores they have achieved at home this season. No, high pressure is the way to go, and you know what, I would go with Hazard, Oscar, Willian, and get this, Schurrie as our attacking force. Eto'o is too slow, even fitter as he is now, his stunning hat-trick against Manure was more about how bad their defence was on the day. Kompany will snuff him out. I also think Rami has to play, use his athleticism to counter Yaya. The other DM is a harder call, Matic / Luiz or even Lamps, I guess it will be partly down to who fills out the RB & LB spots, because they are going to need help, especially on our left hand side. I just do not rate Brana as a starter anymore, so I guess I am saying Azpi and Ashley. Which to me, gives Matic the nod as he is a natural leftie. I would not be unhappy if Luiz started though instead.
BlueABS
Unusually, Jose has lost the pre-match war on words from the manager's, I mean Jose, surely you can do a little better than 'Citeh have been lucky'. Pellegrini has definitely won that particular tactical battle.
BlueABS
Mikel on the bench, only comes on in the last 15 if we have winning score to defend.
BlueABS
Nice try HGH. You suggested good points but your call for ashley cole to start is so out of point. Cole will be outpaced, dribbled, out thought and (ultimately) disgraced by either navas, negredo or silva. Since (as you've said) we don't need to win, starting azpi would be best to keep the defense solid. You using stoke as a point of reference to cole's qualities as a better left back is not okay, why didn't you use the united game where he was owned by valencia?
don delsy
Ashley, even at his best, almost always gets owned by Valencia. Just his bogey player I guess. Valencia is physical, Navas isn't.
BlueABS
Oh dear, don delsy, where did I say we don't need to win mate? I repeated more than once in this article that we "take the game to city", which obviously was what informed a Cole start since he contributes more to attack than Azpi, in my opinion! C'mon, reread! And last time I checked, thought we won the United game 3-1? So mate, I'll still go with Navas "owning" Cole and us winning ;-)
HGH Magic
70% obvious, 20% b0110ck5 & 10% Ash wise. Ramires will start, possibly moved forward to r side of the 3.
Pantisocrates
"we don't need a win at the etihad to keep our title credentials creditable" that's it HGH. And cole didn't start playing badly against united, he's been doing that for much of the season. If we want to stand a chance of not losing, playing our trusted (iva, cahill, terry, azpi) defence is essential.
don delsy
Love your keen eye for details @don, and I regret that you misunderstood anything in the article; blame it on comprehension mate. Here's the full text which I concede is a complex sentence but also a very understandable and comprehensible one if only you read between the lines! “I know some would say “Cole is done...blah blah blah” and can't match Navas pace for pace, grit for grit and wit for wit; we don't need a win at the Etihad to keep our title credentials creditable; but with his recent showing in the fourth-round win over Stoke in the FA Cup, I beg to disagree as I'm sure he's still got it and is a better left back than Azpilicueta will ever be, and a win over the bookmakers' installed favourites for the title gong would certainly not hurt, would it? Let's take the game to City!”
HGH Magic
I also concede(and regret my inadequate punctuation), maybe I should've also included the words “blah blah blah” after the words “credentials credible” and end the sentence with a quotation mark to show “I (truly) disagree” with the UNTRUE assertion. So, I rephrase: I don't think Ashley Cole is done, no, far from it; and I think that's why it looks like he'll be handed an extension with the club! And I want us to play to win!
HGH Magic
Shurrle cannot play good football when is on field with hazard. reason bcos they both want to play left wide
UG BLUE
Valencia is one of the fastest men in the game. There is no shame in being beaten by him. Ashley Cole was one of the fastest players in his prime, and he's still fast. But for however low you may want to rate Valencia, never put him down for his speed. That alone would have been worth recruiting him for.
solid7
 

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1. Chelsea 16 12 3 1 +23 39
2. Man City 17 12 3 2 +22 39
3. Man Utd 17 9 5 3 +12 32
4. West Ham 17 9 4 4 +10 31
5. Southampton 17 9 2 6 +15 29
6. Arsenal 17 7 6 4 +9 27
7. Spurs 17 8 3 6 -1 27

Breaking League News

Morrison - We Need Everyone Over Christmas
» WBA : 22/12/2014 21:01:00
Bertrand To Sign Permanent Deal In January
» Southampton : 22/12/2014 20:53:00
Long - Our Bubble Hasn't Burst
» Southampton : 22/12/2014 20:49:00
Pearson To Ban Himself From The Director's Box
» Leicester City : 22/12/2014 20:35:00
Pearson Already Had January Targets
» Leicester City : 22/12/2014 20:29:00

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