Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. The game was the highlight of the weekend and it delivered. It had all one could ask for: tactical as well as physical battles, uncertainty, controversy, and excitement. Focusing on the tactical battle, let’s take a look at how the game unfolded.   City neutralize Chelsea in the 

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It has been revealed that Mario Balotelli had a £1 million good behaviour clause in his contract at Liverpool.  If he managed to not get sent off three times for being, well, Mario Balotelli the Anfield side were prepared to give him a massive bonus.   Who would have thought it more likely he would 

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What exactly has David Luiz done to upset Sergio Aguero?  It cannot possibly be that Sideshow Bob puts the little Argentine in his pocket each time they meet because, although playing very well at the moment, Luiz isn’t that good.   Is it the historic rivalry between Argentina and Brazil coming to the fore in 

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Amid an 8-match winning run, Chelsea’s barren September, where they picked up only one point and slipped to defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, seems like a long time ago. “We didn’t have the right attitude from the first minute…we have to improve a lot”, was new manager Antonio Conte’s withering assessment of the 3-0 loss 

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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris Spurs have the joint best defensive record in the league and Lloris has played a huge role. An ever present in the Tottenham goal, he has shone throughout. He has always been a brilliant shot stopper but he has perfected his craft to an even higher level as well as becoming a 

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Chelsea opened their account of the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting West Ham, with Diego Costa, E. Hazard and Collins (for West Ham) scoring in the encounter. Their fine run of form continued into the second and third week, with wins against Watford [2-1 away] and Burnley [3-0 home] respectively. Antonio Conte’s record 

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Gareth Southgate must be one hell of a salesman.   He is currently trying to persuade Steve Holland that a good career move would be to jack it in with Antonio Conte and the Premier League leaders and come and be found guilty by association the next time England crash out of a major tournament. 

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Arsenal are trying a new approach to winning the title.   They’ve realised winning some matches and remaining unbeaten in November might give them a chance of not being miles off the pace come the turn of the year.   Xhaka and Sanchez dominated the match against Bournemouth who will have felt a little unlucky 

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Every year we see the usual title contenders as favourites for the title but the 38 game Premier League season is always full of twists and turns from league leader changes to the nail biting relegation battle at the other end. So far this season, after only 12 games the league leaders have changed no 

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Jose has been so wowed by Zlatan’s form this season that they have already decided to take up the option on an extra year of the Swede at Old Trafford.   To be fair, it’s the best bit of work Zlatan has done since landing in Manchester, the “I could rule America” interview he gave 

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Discussion took place on Sky’s Monday Night Football (MNF) this week about the most influential attacking midfielders in the Premier League. It focused on the output from attacking midfielders at the top six sides in fixtures against one another. Following Juan Mata’s goal against Arsenal last weekend, he perhaps makes a surprise appearance at the 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Looking at Chelsea’s form over the past few games, outstanding comes short of describing how impressive the blues have been. Six games, seventeen goals scored and zero goal conceded. This spell was made possible by Antonio Conte’s stellar management of the team.   Leadership Conte has displayed great 

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Spurs, Spurs, Spurs.   Just because you won at the weekend by being 2-1 down doesn’t mean that should be your new recipe for success.  Credit to Monaco though.  I suggested in Monday’s column that the only way to beat Tottenham was to stop either of the Harry’s getting the ball near the goal and 

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I’d like to say the fixture computer left the best to last this weekend, but Burnley and WBA got it on on Monday night.   Sunday gave us the delights of Middlesboro playing host to Chelsea in the battle of which manager would look a special kind of sultry moody.   It’s almost as if 

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According to recent reports, Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for Inter Milan’s midfield anchor Geoffrey Kondogbia. As reported by the Daily Star: “According to the Daily Mirror, the Chelsea boss is weighing up a raid for the 23-year-old as he seeks to further remodel the squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho. The former 

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