Author Archives: Mark McAllister

Arsenal’s First-Leg Victory Demonstrates Barcelona’s Power

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It is perhaps a slightly bizarre point to make; that in victory, Arsenal proved just how good Barcelona really are. However, study last night’s encounter in a little more detail and the reason behind the statement becomes a little bit … Continue reading

The Revival of Borussia Dortmund

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Dortmund’s form this season has been exceptional. In the early autumn, many people thought that perhaps they would start to fade away by now, but they’ve in fact managed to do the complete opposite. Incredibly, they now find themselves 11 … Continue reading

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid: Can Real still be considered Champions League contenders?

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Tonight’s game promised to give one of the closest indications so far of who could become European champions this year, but in truth, nobody could’ve predicted what followed. Barcelona dissected their rivals with precise, incisive play that arguably would have … Continue reading

Inter’s Decline Under Rafael Benitez

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Under Jose Mourinho, Inter gradually developed an aura of invincibility, and their defence – generally made up of Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu (or Zanetti) – had become the envy of the rest of Europe. The Nerazzurri had finally brought … Continue reading

How Milan Can Become Great Again

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It’s been a perculiar, unpredictable season for Milan as the side have endured great levels of torment from humiliating defeats to the likes of Inter and Manchester United, and they have found themselves looking desperately blunt on other occasions, often … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho and the Sacchi influence

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Franco Baresi is one of the first names to come to anybody’s mind when you mention the Libero (or sweeper) position, simply because he was the on-field general and symbol of Arrigo Sacchi’s great Milan side in the late 1980s; … Continue reading