articles by Samindra Kunti

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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo reaffirms his credentials as game's all-time great in Juventus win

Cristiano Ronaldo turned back the clock with a sublime hat-trick against Atletico Madrid as Juventus advance in Champions League.

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Premier League: Efficient Arsenal hand subdued Manchester United a reality check at Emirates Stadium

With a top-4 spot at stake, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were subdued and almost lethargic before exploding into life in a curious and significant defeat against Arsenal.

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Premier League: Manchester United, having rediscovered their character, face a fragile Arsenal still searching for identity

Manchester United’s 1-3 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup in January showed that they had rediscovered their identity whereas Arsenal were searching for one. Since then, little has changed. A win for United on Sunday would confirm that narrative.

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Champions League: Youthful Ajax reinvent Total Football in Bernabeu to overwhelm featureless Real Madrid in last-16

Ajax played with conviction and impetus, overpowering a team without cohesion, an eleven that presented itself as a group of fading and isolated prima donnas

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LaLiga: Barcelona's long-term philosophy of possession-based football gives them edge over transitional Real Madrid side

Madrid’s philosophy complicates a transitional season: they have nothing to fall back in — no overarching way of playing, no real club DNA, unlike Barcelona

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Champions League: Bayern Munich win tactical battle in cagey goalless draw against Liverpool in first leg of last-16 tie

Bayern Munich were more precise in their game plan and its execution. That is what ultimately counted, more so than blistering pace in isolation

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FA Cup: Chelsea and Manchester United's need to adopt a long-term approach must override hysteria of the match result

Monday night showed that both Chelsea and Manchester United need to think long-term, even if the noise and hysteria of the game drowned that thought out.

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Champions League: Ruthless Tottenham rattle Borussia Dortmund as Mauricio Pochettino delivers statement of intent

The 3-0 win is not yet the final step that Pochettino so envisages, but Tottenham, twice quarter-finalists in the European Cup before, have once more delivered a statement of intent.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar's swashbuckling triumph an exception, not the norm in continent's football

Qatar’s swashbuckling triumph corroborates an integrated strategy. They, however, remain the exception in Asia, not the norm

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Carlos Queiroz-led Iran bank on World Cup heroics; rejuvenated Japan, South Korea emerge top contenders

Iran's achievements have been superlative and the Asian Cup should be the crowning point of a few enthralling years, but any of Australia, South Korea, and Japan will pounce if Iran were to falter.

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Premier League: Manchester United's season in limbo after humbling loss to title-chasing Liverpool

Against Liverpool, Manchester United seemed careless in possession, slow in positioning and unimaginative in passing. United were spineless yet again.

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Copa Libertadores: After weeks of anxiety and mayhem, pulsating Boca Juniors-River Plate clash gave fans dramatic final

In more ways than one, the Copa Libertadores final perhaps didn’t deserve a winner, but at long last South America had its champion.

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Copa Libertadores: Hosting River Plate versus Boca Juniors final in Madrid feels like a road test for a dark future

It remains a mystery why Madrid was chosen as the host city, but the choice has furthered the idea that greedy football administrators have been drooling over in recent years: auction games that can command a global audience off to the highest bidder

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Champions League: Title holders Real Madrid put LaLiga misery aside to enter last-16, but their credentials are yet to be tested

Come February and the business end of the Champions League, Real Madrid’s credentials will really be tested.

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Ligue 1: Thierry Henry's coaching philosophy remains an enigma as he faces daunting task of resurrecting Monaco

Without a fixed identity as coach, Henry has the three-pronged spectrum of coaching attitudes to pick from when setting out to solve problems he will face: ideological, pragmatical and results-oriented.

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Premier League: Attritional play, fluffed chances highlight Liverpool-Manchester City goalless stalemate

By half-time, Liverpool had registered no attempts on target. For the first time since the final game of last season against Southampton, City also failed to get a shot on target before the interval.

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Premier League: Liverpool-Manchester City fixture more than just an ideological encounter between two masterful coaches

Liverpool-Manchester City clash will not decide the Premier League’s outcome but is of vital importance in both teams' quest for supremacy.

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Champions League: Barcelona's Lionel Messi turns three-in-one player to produce Wembley masterclass at Tottenham's expense

The diminutive Argentinean, Lionel Messi, fit three players into one: an extraordinary midfielder, a great striker and a diligent first defender.

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Champions League: Injury-scarred Tottenham Hotspur look to carry Premier League form against Barcelona

Messi remains front and centre of Barcelona’s set-up, but the 4-3-3 formation is delicate and this season Barcelona’s midfield has often been very porous. Spurs would look to exploit that.

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Premier League: Jose Mourinho is his own ideological prisoner who's overtaken by modernity

With recourse to reinvention not an option, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is his own ideological prisoner