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'Get it in the mixer!’

'Get it in the mixer!’

These five words represent the simplest tactic in football: launch the ball into the penalty box, take advantage of the ensuing chaos, perhaps following a goalmouth scramble, and hope to pinch a scruffy goal.

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Changes of formations in the english premier league

Changes of formations in the english premier league

Formation changes during the Premier League’s early years were primarily player-based evolutions, usually modifications to 4–4–2 in response to a foreign import’s unorthodox characteristics and positioning. The start of the 21st century, however, was dominated by the shift from two-striker systems to one￾striker systems, and it’s significant that Sir Alex Ferguson, this movement’s trendsetter, decided to change formation first, then identified players who would fit into the new system. His switch from a player-first to a system-first mentality highlighted the increased emphasis upon ...

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ALEX FERGUSON

Wenger doesn’t know anything about English football. He’s at a big club – well, Arsenal used to be a big club – he’s a novice and should keep his opinions to Japanese football.’

ALEX FERGUSON

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A look at the autor

A look at the autor

Michael Cox is one of the most respected football journalists working today and he has made his name through writing highly entertaining in-depth tactical analysis. He is the editor of Zonal Marking, a football blog dedicated to tactics, and writes regularly for the Guardian and ESPN. The Mixer is his first book.

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MICHEAL OWEN

‘Ninety-nine per cent of the innovations you see in the Premier League come from abroad.’

MICHEAL OWEN

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The controversy of the UEFA's rules towards England

The controversy of the UEFA's rules towards England

UEFA’s rules were different. In their eyes, England was a separate country to Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland because they competed separately at international level and had separate leagues that all provided teams for UEFA competitions.

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The comeback of chealsea in the FA cup against Liverpool F.C

The comeback of chealsea in the FA cup against Liverpool F.C

in the fourth round, against Liverpool, Chelsea found themselves 2–0 down at the break. But Gullit introduced striker Mark Hughes for left-back Scott Minto at half-time, switched formation to a radical 3–3–1–3, and Chelsea won 4–2

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RAFAEL BENÍTEZ

‘I remembered watching Wimbledon on television during the 1980s, so I can’t say I was surprised by this style of football. I knew there would be a lot of long balls in England.’

RAFAEL BENÍTEZ

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Liverpool developed a new philosophy in football

Liverpool developed a new philosophy in football

In the decade immediately preceding the Premier League, English football specialised in direct football. While the most successful side of the 1980s, Liverpool, developed a passing game admired across Europe, English football gradually eschewed this philosophy and concentrated on route one football. Goalkeepers and defenders would thump the ball downfield towards a big centre-forward who specialised in aerial battles, while his strike partner and the midfielders would hunt for scraps, attempting to win the ‘second ball’. Patient build-up play was considered a waste of time

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Bolton's reinvention of 4-5-1

Bolton's reinvention of 4-5-1

Bolton improved not only by increasing their number of technical players but also by perfecting their direct-approach play. This was partly inspired by a switch to a 4–5–1 formation, previously used by Allardyce as an occasional alternative to his 4–4–2 but which became his first-choice system at the start of 2003/04.

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RUUD VAN NISTELROOY

‘You see Thierry, and it’s beautiful. You see me, and it’s not classic.’

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY

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Invencibles

Invencibles

Arsenal’s Invincibles, who achieved the historic feat of going the entire 2003/04 league campaign undefeated, are the most celebrated side of the Premier League era. That season, however, was simply the final move in a three-card trick.

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CLAUDE MAKELELE

'I didn’t invent anything … I am simply a more complete footballer.’

CLAUDE MAKELELE

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