ANALYSIS: Shoddy defensive transitions blight sparkling Sarrismo

Alan O’Brien¬†

It’s been seven years since this fixture saw the like. Such chance-laden drama called to mind the events of October 29, 2011: the beginning of the end for Andr√© Villa-Boas at Chelsea. On that fateful day, when Arsenal prevailed 5-3 at Stamford Bridge, two high defensive lines were undone by incoherent pressing. The disorder within Chelsea’s ranks was worse, however, and Robin van Persie took full advantage. Villas-Boas, with his super-slow defensive cohort, was doomed to fail. Roman Abramovich, fingers burned, dared not risk appointing a progressive coach again — until now. Continue reading

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Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United: Third defeat in a row for hapless Moyes

Adam Johnson came off the bench to provide the catalyst for Sunderland’s first win over Manchester United in 13 years, and the champions’ third consecutive defeat. Continue reading