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 By Michael Cox

With Rooney gone, time for England to focus on collective group, not one star

The FC guys break down what to expect when Scotland and England's historic rivalry is renewed in their World Cup Qualifier.
England striker Harry Kane believes the rivalry between England and Scotland is still alive and has drawn comparisons with playing in a London derby.
Former England defender Sol Campbell is keen to see an evolution of England's players with Gareth Southgate in charge.
England's Marcus Rashford insists he is always learning from Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.

Here are two quick questions.

First, who was Spain's key player for their World Cup success in 2010?

Second, who was Germany's key player for their World Cup success in 2014?

There is, of course, no right answer to either question.

For Spain you could name Xavi Hernandez for orchestrating the midfield play, Andres Iniesta for his mesmeric attacking midfield play or David Villa for his goal return.

Similarly, for Germany you could pinpoint Manuel Neuer's sweeper-keeping, Philipp Lahm's...

 By Michael Cox

To rebuild Man Utd's attack, Mourinho must focus on ability, not position

With Sir Alex Ferguson's comments on entertaining football, the FC crew analyse if it's a not so subtle dig at Jose Mourinho.
The FC crew debate whether the time is right for Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid for Manchester United.
The guys answer your tweets on Marquinhos moving on, Prem clubs struggling in the UCL, and who Man United needs to buy.

It's funny how quickly things change in football. One moment Antoine Griezmann was specifically rating his chances of joining Manchester United, the next the transfer seemed off entirely, thanks to the upholding of a transfer ban that means Atletico Madrid wouldn't be able to sign a replacement for their best player.

United quickly reacted by briefing that they were instead looking for a No. 9, rather than a deeper or wider forward like Griezmann. Beyond that sounding suspiciously like sour grapes...

Real Madrid press Juventus in second half to seal Champions League title

Juventus defender Dani Alves believes his side gave the ball away too much in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid ripped Juventus to shreds with a scintillating second-half display to win their 12th European Cup in Cardiff on Saturday night.

The Italians had largely managed to repel the Spanish champions in the first period, thanks to Massimiliano Allegri's 4-4-2 shape. Their only weak spot seemed to be right-back Andrea Barzagli, who got targeted by Karim Benzema and Isco.

That did not prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring the opener, but Juve responded by equalising with an attack down the left,...

 By Michael Cox

UCL final key battles include Ronaldo vs. Barzagli, Marcelo vs. Dani Alves

Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson run through their individual battles to watch when Juventus and Real Madrid clash.

Saturday night's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus has the makings of a true classic: two league champions, two excellent sides playing a very different brand of football and plenty of fascinating individual battles. Here are four that may have a significant bearing upon the destination of the European Cup.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID 4-1 JUVENTUS

- Report | Ronaldo hits 600th career goal | Bale's joy
- Marcotti: Real show their greatness | History made in Cardiff
- WATCH: Ronaldo's brace (U.S.) | UCL sights & sounds (U.S.)
- Play of the Day: Mandzukic's golazo | WATCH: Ronaldo heroic
- Ogden: Ronaldo comes full circle | Jones: Buffon's woe
- WATCH: Ramos' son fits in the cup | Real lift the trophy
- Buffon: It all went wrong | Ratings: Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Andrea Barzagli

Even by his standards, Cristiano Ronaldo's form throughout this season's Champions League knockout stages has been incredible....

 By Michael Cox

How Ruud Gullit's 'libero' role at Chelsea rocked the Premier League

Ruud Gullit, right, changed the way English football looked at defenders and their skill sets.

In his new book, "The Mixer," Michael Cox looks at the tactical evolution of the Premier League and how the game has developed over the last quarter century. Here, he details Ruud Gullit's sensational arrival in English football.

English football was changed significantly in the mid-1990s, courtesy of the arrival of top-class foreign players who demonstrated the value of different roles, positions and styles, and encouraged managers to think outside the box -- and outside boxy 4-4-2 formations.

A...

 By Michael Cox

Can Mandzukic become the latest out-of-position Champions League winner?

Max Allegri says Juventus will save their energy in training and channel it for the Champions League final.
Leonardo Bonucci believes Juventus will use their defeat to Barcelona in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final as motivation to be Real Madrid.
The FC crew evaluate where both Juventus and Real Madrid stand entering the UEFA Champions League final.

One of Juventus' key performers en route to this weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid has been Mario Mandzukic, who has performed a magnificent job in a hugely unfamiliar left-wing role, having been accustomed to playing as a centre-forward over the course of his career.

But a player being deployed out of position for a European Cup-winning side is nothing new. Here are five examples of players, who sacrificed their game for the good of the team on the biggest stage.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID 4-1 JUVENTUS

- Report | Ronaldo hits 600th career goal | Bale's joy
- Marcotti: Real show their greatness | History made in Cardiff
- WATCH: Ronaldo's brace (U.S.) | UCL sights & sounds (U.S.)
- Play of the Day: Mandzukic's golazo | WATCH: Ronaldo heroic
- Ogden: Ronaldo comes full circle | Jones: Buffon's woe
- WATCH: Ramos' son fits in the cup | Real lift the trophy
- Buffon: It all went wrong | Ratings: Real Madrid

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