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  1. Inter’s Decline Under Rafael Benitez

    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

  2. Is Jeffrey Bruma the Man to Solve Chelsea's Defensive Woes With Alex and Terry Sidelined?

    The BBC has reported that Alex has joined Chelsea’s growing defensive injury list and is estimated to be out of action for between 6-8 weeks with a knee injury that requires surgery.

    With John Terry injured this leaves Chelsea with only one fully fit recognised centre back and a major selection headache for Carlo Ancelotti as the decisive festive period approaches.

    Against Sunderland Paulo Ferreria deputised at centre back however whilst a useful bit part player he is nowhere near the standard required to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence and alternate options are a must if Chelsea are remain competitive.

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  3. The ‘Last Man Back’ Fallacy

    Over the Weekend and over the season there have been numerous fouls that, taken purely on fact, have been the same but have resulted in differing punishments. I refer to the ‘last man’ foul, or denial of a ‘goal-scoring opportunity’ … Continue reading

  4. Does Bothroyd England Call Up Show That Talent Can Overcome Temperament?

    This week Jay Bothroyd went one better by receiving his first call up to the senior squad to reach a new peak in what has been a somewhat chequered career.
    Described by his own manager as ‘high maintenance’ the road to international has not been an easy one for the 28 year old striker who has been described by Arsene Wenger as one of the most talented strikers to play at the club. Continue reading

  5. FIFA 11, Anybody?

    I was thinking of doing a BundesligaTalk FIFA 11 competition on XBOX 360. My first idea was to get seventeen readers and myself to randomly be assigned a Bundesliga side, and then see who comes out victorious in a knock-out … Continue reading

  6. What’s Next for the LA Galaxy?

    The LA Galaxy are MLS’s most glamorous team in its second largest market.  It is coached by the most successful American soccer coach of all time, is captained by the most famous American soccer player today, and employs if not … Continue reading

  7. How Did You Discover EPL Talk?

    EPL Talk reader Dave C posted an excellent suggestion the other day in ideas for articles as part of EPL Talk’s Readers Choice Month where we’re allowing readers to suggest story ideas. He was curious to know how you found … Continue reading