Thursday, 29 January 2009

Lee Dixon's Tactical Analysis

Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal were at their imperious best once again, channeling the combined spirits of Pelé and Duncan Ferguson with this delightful passing move to create Van Persie's stunning equaliser. I believe there were actually around fourteen thousand passes involved in this incredible passage of play, but I ran out of space on my diagram so I've only included the final sixteen.

Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough

Scolari's Chelsea managed a comfortable but somewhat unconvincing win over strugglers Middlesbrough, with questions again raised over the ability of Lampard and Ballack to play together in midfield. The English maestro and his German clone once again decided the best place to stand on the pitch was on top of each other's heads.

West Brom 0-5 Manchester United

Tony Mowbray's West Brom team continue to "delight the neutrals" and "play football the way it's meant to be played," which seems to involve giving all opposition teams the Freedom of the Hawthorns and a staunch refusal to get involved in any sort of defending or tackling. Bravo Tony, bastion of all that is right and good in the world of football. Oh, and they also still field Scott Carson in goal.

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