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    Can Willian Translate Copa America Form For Brazil to the Premier League With Chelsea?

    Everyone has moments when they double take. Moments when they see something and rub their eyes in disbelief, questioning whether they really have witnessed what they think they have. For Chelsea fans surveying the early hours of the morning of recent weeks, such moments have arrived in Brazil’s Copa America campaign. The first came against Peru. Brazil had just mopped up a Peruvian attack when the ball moved towards their No. 19, who proceeded to flick the ball over the onrushing opponent with the deftest, most cheeky, almost arrogant touch you are likely to see on a football pitch. ...

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    Nathaniel Clyne For £12.5 Million Is Stunning Business For Liverpool

    Amid the jokes about conveyor belts leading from Southampton to Liverpool, and between suggestions that the Reds are due a free player if they buy just one more from their favourite south coast shopping mall, a simple fact was lost on some: Nathaniel Clyne, secured for just £12.5 million, is absolutely phenomenal business by Brendan Rodgers and his club. The right-back situation at Anfield has been a joke for several years; how a team of this stature have managed to continue with such a paucity of options, season on season, is quite beyond many. ...

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    Filipe Luis Should Leave Chelsea For The Good Of His Own Career

    He arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer off the back of an historic season with Atletico Madrid and possessed a clear case to have been the best left-back in Europe for that season. Filipe Luis was in his prime and after Chelsea paid approximately £16 million for the soon-to-be 29-year-old, it seemed probable that he’d play a significant role for the Blues. Perhaps that was always the plan, with a view to initially respecting the incumbent full-backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta; Jose Mourinho opted to sit the Brazilian on the bench for the first few games of the season. After a red-hot start that saw Chelsea quickly stake their claim for the title, it became tricky for Mourinho to disrupt the settled back four and include Filipe. Even Azpilicueta’s red card against Crystal Palace did little to convince the Special One to modify his back four. ...

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    Holland’s Euro 2016 Struggle Makes Van Gaal’s World Cup 2014 Work Look Legendary

    The sun is out, the Premier League is asleep and relatively few balls are being kicked around at the moment. That must mean it’s summer. A summer without a World Cup or European championship, to be precise. A summer that’s a little bit boring, perhaps, and one that particularly invites one to reminisce about great things of the past. The summer of 2014, for example, when Louis van Gaal reached third place during the World Cup on Brazil as manager of the Dutch national team. ...

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