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Son and Alli shine as Spurs outfox Leicester

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Fluent Spurs upset United's man-marking

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Sanchez drops deep to punish defensive United

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Mourinho parks the bus in Manchester derby

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Mou halts Chelsea, Herrera stifles Hazard

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Contrast between top and bottom clear as Chelsea thrash Sunderland

Watch on as John Terry and Gary Cahill hoist the 2016/17 Premier League trophy.
Antonio Conte is full of praise for John Terry after the Chelsea captain's final match at Stamford Bridge.
Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season.

David Moyes came up with an honest attempt to stop Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system, but Chelsea still trashed his Sunderland team 5-1.

In a prelude to the title celebrations at Stamford Bridge, Sunderland lined up in a back three, as many have done against Chelsea this season, but with a twist: they used four central midfielders in order to ensure double cover near key men Eden Hazard and Willian.

It seemed a decent idea, particularly when Javier Manquillo put Sunderland ahead inside three minutes....

Son and Alli go unmarked as Tottenham's 3-4-3 outsmarts Leicester

Harry Kane says he's eager to win the Golden Boot after moving to the top of the charts following four goals against Leicester.
Harry Kane says he's eager to win the Golden Boot after moving to the top of the charts following four goals against Leicester.
Harry Kane says he's eager to win the Golden Boot after moving to the top of the charts following four goals against Leicester.

While the big story on Thursday was all about how Harry Kane scored four as Tottenham trashed Leicester 6-1, the tactical talking point centred on how a 3-4-3 once more outsmarted a 4-4-2.

The 3-4-3 has become the tactical trend of the season, with Chelsea using it to transform their campaign and Arsenal turning to it in times of need. More than once, teams playing four at the back have struggled so badly to control it that they have resorted to copying it. That happened again here.

In the first...

Fluent Tottenham upset Man United's man-marking plan with set-piece goals

Craig Burley credits Spurs for their performance in their White Hart Lane finale, but says Man United look to have given up.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tried an unconventional man-marking system in a bid to stop Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino's side still ran out 2-1 winners in a fitting White Hart Lane farewell.

Hampered by heavy rotation ahead of the Europa League final, Manchester United followed a tailor-made defensive plan. Instead of marking zonally, Michael Carrick and Axel Tuanzebe tracked Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen respectively, while Jesse Lingard protected the full-back on whichever side...

 By Michael Cox

How Monaco, Atletico Madrid could pull off Champions League comebacks

Craig Burley explains why a Barcelona-style Champions League comeback won't be in the cards for Monaco or Atletico Madrid.

This week's Champions League semifinals will either be among the dullest in recent memory or perhaps will provide two of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history. In the semifinal first legs, Juventus won 2-0 at Monaco, while Real Madrid won at home 3-0 versus Atletico Madrid. But what can Monaco and Atletico learn from previous Champions League comebacks?

Lesson 1: Change their system (Liverpool 3-3 Milan, 2005)

The Champions League's most famous comeback took place in the...

Alexis Sanchez drops deep to punish defensive Manchester United

Joao Castelo-Branco and Mark Ogden react to Arsenal's win over Man United, and the state of each club late in the season.
Aaron Ramsey says a change in tactics paid dividends in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho devised yet another cautious gameplan that led Manchester United to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, in what was their fifth game without a goal at a top-six rival this season.

In prioritising Thursday's upcoming Europa League semifinal second leg with Celta Vigo, the Portuguese changed eight players and used a 4-5-1 designed to counter-attack and defend deep. Sporadic attacks set up early chances for Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, but the chief aim...

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Champions League tactical battles: What each team needs to advance

The FC crew debate whether or not Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's UCL semifinal tie will be high-scoring or a chess match.

The Champions League semifinals are perhaps the most tactically fascinating matches in football -- the best club sides in the world competing over two legs. With no Barcelona and no Bayern Munich, this season's final four offer more tactical diversity than usual, and these could be two thrilling contests. Here's how each side might play to secure their place in Cardiff next month.

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Real Madrid: Use aerial threats

The absence of the injured Gareth Bale from Real...