INTERNATIONAL

A fitting finale for counter-pressing

Why Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were outdone by Madrid’s counter specialists This season’s Champions League semi-final’s have been an interesting and fascinating affair. Both ties were cagey and cautious in the first legs which is understandable. Those clamouring for some sort of goal fest were rather naive. The games set up an intriguing week of second legs, the outcome of which ...

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Manchester City defy Roy Hodgson

Manchester City have ignored England coach Roy Hodgson’s plea for Premier League clubs to give players, who could potentially make his England squad for the 2014 World Cup, a week-long break after the league fixtures have finished. It came to the attention of the manager that City have included goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder James Milner in their compulsory upcoming ...

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Interview with Jose Mourinho

“I think Chelsea winning the Champions League was like bringing justice to a team that was a very strong team in the Champions League for about a decade. “Chelsea had everything in the Champions League, the first one to arrive into a semi-final was before my arrival with Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea lost the semi-final against Monaco. “After that, with ...

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It’s possible in SA to have top players

As football is changing at the top, individuality becomes more important than collective play. The trend shown by the world’s best clubs (and few national teams too) of building winning formulas around exceptional individuality indicates the direction football is changing to. The most recent example of Real Madrid’s valuable and expensive superior individuality – Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Maria, Karim Benzema, Luka ...

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