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 By Michael Cox

Wenger and Conte's first meeting may resemble past Arsenal-Chelsea clashes

ESPN FC's Arsenal and Chelsea correspondents look ahead to the always heated clash between the two London sides.
Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner talks about what Chelsea can do to light a spark in their attack.
As Arsenal vs. Chelsea continues as a budding rivalry, The Exploding Heads take a deeper look into the clash.
Arsenal failed to score in their last 6 games against the Blues, Can Wenger find triumph over Chelsea at the Emirates?

Next week will mark two decades since Arsene Wenger first took charge of a Premier League match, and none of his 19 rival managers in September 1996 is still coaching in England's top flight. Wenger, for all the criticism he has received, especially in recent years, is unquestionably a great survivor.

Upon taking charge of Arsenal 20 years ago, Wenger had just one foreign counterpart: Ruud Gullit at Chelsea. Thirteen Stamford Bridge managers later, Wenger will come up against Antonio Conte for the...

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp masterminds win at Antonio Conte's Chelsea

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Liverpool can win the Premier League.
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Liverpool can win the Premier League.

Liverpool delivered another fluent display on Friday night, winning 2-1 at Chelsea to inflict Antonio Conte's first home defeat in 30 league games. It was a fresh reminder of the forceful attacking unit Jurgen Klopp is building, with the Reds dominant for large spells thanks to crisp passing driven by their dynamic midfield quintet.

Chelsea were chasing shadows in the opening half, with their midfield trio unable to cope with the mobility of their opponents, and Klopp boosted his attacking options...

Jose Mourinho to press Pep Guardiola early in Manchester derby?

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have had some tough battles over the years.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have had some tough battles over the years.

The latest chapter in the rivalry between managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola looks set to offer some interesting tactical points. Much like their Clasico duels in Spain, the Manchester derby is likely to be a clash between high-pressing possession football (Guardiola) and a more reactive approach based on compact defending and quick transitions (Mourinho).

The innovative system conceived by Guardiola only adds to the intrigue. Still, though the players and teams are new, the upcoming joust...

 By Michael Cox

Previous Mourinho-Guardiola tactical battles and the Manchester derby

A look back on the explosive war of words between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho from 2010 and 2011.
Get in the mood for Saturday's Manchester derby with a look back at the best moments over recent years.

Saturday's Manchester derby is the first Premier League meeting between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola but they've faced each another plenty of times in the past.

What, however, have we learned from those matches and will anything gleaned be relevant when United host City?

Both managers make specific plans for this opposition

Mourinho's contests against possession-based managers are often simple, because the approach generally does not change from game to game. This is partly why he has been so...

 By Michael Cox

Jamie Vardy, Joe Hart, Gary Cahill will get a chance in Allardyce's England XI

England have a new manager but a very familiar squad. There were few surprises when Sam Allardyce named his 23 players for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia though certain players in the current mix should be more involved under the new regime.

Danny Drinkwater

Allardyce has never offered an entirely consistent response to accusations that his sides play long-ball football. On occasion, he refutes those claims and insists his teams play no more long balls than anyone; other times,...

Liverpool edge pressing battle between Klopp's men and Tottenham

Liverpool showed many of the qualities that characterise a vintage Jurgen Klopp side when they drew 1-1 at Tottenham on Saturday. They pressed cohesively and launched scintillating counterattacks, and only some wasteful finishing kept Spurs from going 2-0 down.

In a balanced opening, the Reds produced the first big opportunity through a pressing trap that dispossessed Christian Eriksen to set up Philippe Coutinho from close range. Spurs had some half-chances too, but Liverpool's central midfield...