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Zonal Marking - Mon Oct 2 10:03 AM
Chelsea came into this game on the back of a midweek victory at Atletico Madrid, probably the tactical performance of the season so far – they showed defensive discipline, midfield control and completely outwitted Diego Simeone’s usually-formidable Atletico. The key was Antonio Conte’s use of 3-5...
Zonal Marking - Mon Jul 4 1:37 PM
Germany squeezed past Italy on penalties, after Jogi Low changed his formation to match Italy’s three-man defence. That change involved dropping Julian Draxler and bringing Benedikt Howedes back into the side. Sami Khedira started alongside Toni Kroos, but lasted just 15 minutes because of injury...
Zonal Marking - Thu Mar 12 1:32 PM
Paris Saint-Germain adapted excellently after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dismissal, and progressed on away goals courtesy of two headed goals from their centre-backs. Chelsea selection The most surprising name on the Chelsea teamsheet was Oscar, who was preferred over his fellow Brazilian Willian. This...
Zonal Marking - Wed Feb 18 12:18 PM
PSG dominated by constantly attacking effectively down the left, and Chelsea relied on Thibaut Courtois to secure a valuable away draw. PSG selection Laurent Blanc was without the likes of Thiago Motta, Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Moura through injury, which caused him problems in midfield – although...
Zonal Marking - Sun Jul 6 11:20 PM
The Dutch dominated but couldn’t find a way past Keylor Navas – then finally broke their penalty shoot-out curse. Louis van Gaal played a more aggressive wing-back pairing than against Mexico, with full-back Paul Verhaegh making way for winger Memphis Depay. Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto wa...
Zonal Marking - Tue Jul 1 12:46 PM
The Costa Rica miracle continues – they’re through to the quarter-finals after a shoot-out victory over Greece. Jorge Luis Pinto named his first-choice XI, having rotated for the final group game. Fernando Santos continued with Georgios Samaras upfront following his great performance against Ivor...
Zonal Marking - Sat Jun 21 11:37 AM
COSTA RICA 1-0 ITALY (Ruiz) An extraordinary upset. Costa Rica rode their luck in the first half but were comfortable after the break – they’re through to the knockout stage after just two group games Costa Rica press The most notable feature of the first half was the Costa Rican press, which was...
Zonal Marking - Thu Jun 19 12:46 PM
NETHERLANDS 3-2 AUSTRALIA (Robben, Van Persie, Depay; Cahill, Jedinak pen) Australia turned in another good performance against superior opposition, but a half-time formation switch helped the Dutch win the game Australia attacks The Netherlands’ performance in the 5-1 victory over Spain was obvi...
Zonal Marking - Fri Jun 13 10:07 AM
BRAZIL 3-1 CROATIA (Neymar x 2, Oscar; Marcelo OG) The World Cup opener was an exciting game, with Croatia taking an early lead and playing well throughout – Brazil were flattered by the two goal-victory. Crossing The key feature of the match, and a rather surprising one, was the frequency of cro...
Zonal Marking - Mon Jun 9 10:23 PM
Costa Rica aren’t the worst team at this World Cup, but they might have the least chance of getting out of their group. Drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and England – three past winners and three of the top ten favourites for the competition – it’s difficult to see how they’ll record a victory, but...
Zonal Marking - Fri May 9 1:02 PM
If there’s one result that sums up the crazy, unpredictable end to this Premier League season, it’s Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland. That was Jose Mourinho’s first home league defeat as Chelsea manager, after 78 games, and proved crucial at both top and bottom. Chelsea’s chances of win...
Zonal Marking - Fri May 2 2:26 PM
Atletico set up an all-Madrid European Cup final with a convincing victory at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho welcomed back John Terry but Petr Cech was still out, and Frank Lampard was suspended. He surprisingly named six natural defenders in his starting XI, with Cesar Azpilicueta pushed forward...
Zonal Marking - Mon Apr 28 11:02 AM
Chelsea scored breakaway goals in stoppage time at the end of both halves. Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side from the nervous win at Norwich last week. Jordan Henderson was still suspended, Daniel Sturridge fit only for the bench. Jose Mourinho named a heavily changed side, preserving his b...
Zonal Marking - Wed Apr 23 10:42 AM
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea played out a very cautious first leg. Arda Turan was only fit enough for the bench, while Diego Simeone chose Diego rather than David Villa as Diego Costa’s partner. Jose Mourinho selected a defensive-minded 4-1-4-1 system. Branislav Ivanovic was suspended, so Cesar Az...
Zonal Marking - Wed Apr 9 12:59 PM
Chelsea recorded the 2-0 victory they required to progress on away goals. Jose Mourinho welcomed back Samuel Eto’o upfront, although was without Nemanja Matic and Ramires in the centre of midfield. Eden Hazard started on the left, but lasted only a quarter of the game before being replaced by And...
Zonal Marking - Tue Mar 25 1:29 PM
Jose Mourinho recorded his biggest league victory as Chelsea manager with a crushing win over Arsenal. Mourinho continued with Samuel Eto’o upfront rather than Fernando Torres – Eto’o only lasted 10 minutes, but scored the opener. In midfield, Mourinho was without Ramires and Willian, both suspen...
Zonal Marking - Thu Feb 27 12:42 PM
Chelsea were completely dominant for the first half hour, but Roberto Mancini’s early substitution meant the game became more even. Mancini surprisingly named a 4-4-2 system from the start, with Izet Hajrovic on the right flank, and Wesley Sneijder tucking inside from the left. Jose Mourinho used...
Zonal Marking - Mon Feb 17 11:16 AM
Manchester City gained revenge for their recent league defeat to Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini’s side was very different from that match, with Costel Pantilimon, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy, Javi Garcia, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic all included. Jose Mourinho’s, however, named the closest thing...
Zonal Marking - Tue Feb 4 12:24 PM
Chelsea kept a clean sheet and created a number of chances in a highly impressive away performance. Manuel Pellegrini was without Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho. He kept a 4-4-2 with Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo upfront, and brought Martin Demichelis into the midfield. Jose Mourinho...
Zonal Marking - Mon Jan 20 2:50 PM
Samuel Eto’o scored a hattrick as Chelsea convincingly defeated Manchester United without playing particularly well. Jose Mourinho welcomed back Branislav Ivanovic, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta reverted to left-back and Ashley Cole was dropped. Nemanja Matic was on the bench, while Eto’o got the nod...
Zonal Marking - Mon Jan 6 12:00 AM
Juventus took a big step towards a third consecutive title with a convincing victory over their closest challengers. Antonio Conte welcomed back Andrea Pirlo in the deep playmaking position, and was able to select his first-choice starting XI. Rudi Garcia had Francesco Totti back after injury, an...
Zonal Marking - Mon Oct 28 12:40 PM
Two ex-Atletico strikers – Fernando Torres and Sergio Aguero – were the most prominent players in a fast-paced, exciting clash. Jose Mourinho played Gary Cahill rather than David Luiz, and left out Juan Mata with Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard on the wings. Torres started after his two goals agai...
Zonal Marking - Thu Oct 24 6:11 PM
Despite losing the contest, Antonio Conte can arguably draw more positives from this match after his side performed impressively with ten men. Carlo Ancelotti selected a 4-3-3 system for the second time this season, with Gareth Bale and Isco both on the bench. Iker Casillas returned in goal. Cont...
Zonal Marking - Mon Sep 30 5:50 PM
A fair result at White Hart Lane as Andre Villas-Boas’ starting strategy proved successful, but Jose Mourinho’s in-game changes worked better. Villas-Boas named roughly Spurs’ expected side – Kyle Naughton continued at left-back, while Andros Townsend continues to keep out Erik Lamela. Mourinho n...
Zonal Marking - Mon Sep 30 11:21 AM
Atletico Madrid went ahead early at the Bernabeu, and then created much better chances. Carlo Ancelotti felt Gareth Bale wasn’t ready to make his first home start, instead using Angel Di Maria on the right. Asier Illaramendi partnered Sami Khedira in the centre. Diego Simeone has rotated his midf...
Zonal Marking - Tue Sep 17 4:47 PM
Jose Mourinho isn’t so much a ‘new’ manager as a returning manager, following nearly six years away from Chelsea. The obvious advantage Mourinho has over David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini, the other two newcomers amongst top Premier League clubs, is that he has experience of competing (and triump...
Zonal Marking - Sun Sep 1 11:23 PM
(First things first: all the other big games (Bayern v Chelsea, Man Utd v Chelsea, Man Utd v Liverpool, Barca v Valencia, Barca v Atletico etc) will be included in the ‘new managers’ series which will start this next week. And will hopefully be worth the wait. If that excludes some teams in those...
Zonal Marking - Sun May 19 4:57 PM
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid triumphed at the Bernabeu in a hard-fought, scrappy contest. Simeone brought Diego Costa back into the Atletico side and turned to a three-man central midfield, with Falcao upfront alone. Jose Mourinho used Mesut Ozil out on the right flank and Luka Modric in a thr...
Zonal Marking - Thu May 16 12:29 AM
Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s stoppage time header. From the side that lost to Porto at the weekend, Jorge Jesus left out Lima and Ola John, bringing back Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo to the starting line-up. Lorenzo Malgarejo replaced for the suspended Maxi Pereira, w...
Zonal Marking - Thu May 9 9:46 PM
Tottenham twice came back from behind in an exciting, open game at Stamford Bridge. Rafael Benitez selected Fernando Torres upfront, and David Luiz as a deep-lying midfielder, so Branislav Ivanovic partnered Gary Cahill in the centre. Andre Villas-Boas was without Mousa Dembele, so Scott Parker p...