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    Fantasy Football: Selecting the Best, Balanced Premier League XI

    After Marcello Lippi won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, he spoke about the process of selecting his squad for the tournament. For Lippi, the choice was straightforward. You didn’t pick the best 22 players available; you picked the 22 players that would make the best squad. The former and latter are not the same. In this particular instance, Lippi opted to take some players with him that, whilst acknowledging their relative limitations, knew they would see limited time on the pitch but were happy to be part of the overall success of the squad. Other more talented players were left behind for fears over squad harmony—I'm looking at you Antonio Cassano. The key was about achieving the right balance both playing and non-playing. ...

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  • Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool Worries: We Need to Talk About Brendan Rodgers

    Andy Tate famously called David Moyes “the biggest fool in Manchester” last season, and on current form Brendan Rodgers is closely rivalling that status in Liverpool. There are so many issues with Liverpool’s decline this season, which has reached its nadir now of four defeats in a row in all competitions for the first time since October 2009, it is difficult to pinpoint where to begin, but at the head of it all must be Rodgers. The personnel, the shape, the tactics; all of it down to Rodgers, none of it currently working. ...

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  • Taylor Swift

    Jose Mourinho And Taylor Swift Share The Same Philosophy For Success

    In many ways, the success Jose Mourinho is having with Chelsea so far this season is comparable to the triumph Taylor Swift is experiencing with her fantastic new record 1989. As a standalone statement, you’d be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that I’m somewhat deranged, and that those two things are completely mutually exclusive. Yet, here I am, sat drawing comparisons while listening to Shake It Off and watching Cesc Fabregas dictate attacking play like he’s never worn the shirt of another club. When you boil it down, it’s hard to deny that Mourinho and Swift share the same basic philosophy: the players gonna play play play play play and the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate" ...

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  • Cash

    ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’ For Our 3rd MAXIFY Winner

    YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN! Well...Neil Wallis has. Ladies & Gentleman, join me in congratulating Neil Wallis, who netted himself a cool £8,086.95 as Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Monday Night Football. ...

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