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In biology, adaptation is the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment. For example, many animals have developed certain body parts to adapt to their environment.

Most aquatic animals have adapted and evolved with webbed feet to aid swimming. Webbed feet provides security from predators by allowing these animals to move faster in water.

In football, it’s a similar scenario. Transfers, injuries and suspensions at times force you into new decisions and approaches. Creating solutions to overcome these circumstances is a form of adaptation.

Liverpool’s injury woes coupled with the hectic schedule…


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The beginning of Manchester City’s 19 game winning streak was initially built on solid defensive displays, notably from Ruben Dias and John Stones. City’s chance creation problems left them over-dependent on Kevin De Bruyne.

That was before the transformation. Since the Newcastle United home game in December, they have been devouring opponents for breakfast. A solid defensive line was dovetailed with an attacking structure that Bernardo Silva referred to as a “map” after the game against Borussia Moenchengladbach. …


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It was all ponytails and pressing last time on the road. The road-trip was interrupted. A familiar test was facing Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa, one that they barely managed to pass against the master. The apprentice, could have probably taken note of that encounter, adjusting the approach to suit his own ideas and personnel.

Ponytails were still present, as was the pressing. It was present, but shifted hands from Yorkshire to North London. The presser has become the pressed. From taking the opponent’s breath away, Leeds couldn’t take their own when facing Arsenal’s press.

Arsenal’s pressing scheme was similar…


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The attraction towards a Marcelo Bielsa side starts at first sight. You spot them from far away. Driving their Fiat 147. All pony tails and pressing. It takes your breath away.

It takes the opponent’s breath as well. The uniqueness of his style makes his teams standout. They might not be Spanish or English champions. No trophies or winning streaks, yet they always offer joy and memories. Present joy, and future memories.

You then start to develop feelings once you see them in all white, making runs beyond the opposition’s lines. …


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Slaying monsters. Every video game has it. After trying many times you eventually know their weaknesses. In a coded video game the monsters don’t evolve, they maintain the same movements, attacking strengths and defensive strengths.

Over time you figure out the needed strategy to beat them. So the question that presents itself here, what if monsters evolve?

Spotting your trends, your movements, your typical attacking strategies. Encoding them, processing them and putting them through an extremely sophisticated Spanish AI algorithm. …


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In 1970, American Psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. developed the mirror test. A behavioral technique to determine whether an animal has the ability to recognize itself in the mirror.

In the classic mirror test, an animal is anesthetized and then marked on an area of the body the animal cannot normally see. When the animal recovers from the anesthetic, it is given access to a mirror. If the animal then touches or investigates the mark, it is taken as an indication that the animal perceives the reflected image as itself, rather than of another animal. And thus can recognize itself.

Brighton…


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“He has the right tempo to make the run. So, he doesn’t arrive in the box ten times or twenty times, doesn’t arrive one meter before or one meter later. He had to arrive in the right tempo, in the right time. When he arrives he has the calm, the slowdown, that action to make a decision.”

Pep Guardiola wasn’t talking about the perfect Uber driver. It was about Ilkay Gundogan. The German’s current scoring spree has showed his importance to Manchester City’s attack.

Topping Manchester City’s goal scoring charts in all competition with nine goals alongside Raheem Sterling and…


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“What’s your reaction when people say that you aren’t killing off games and that you are coming out the second half and not being as attacking as you are in the first half?”

“My reaction is to say that is completely true, what is not true is that in the second half we do what I ask the players to do. It’s true, we have lots of chances to win matches in the first half, we are not scoring enough goals in relation to what we do. And then in the second half, opponents, they dominate us and it “looks”…


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“One of the main things that I remember from being young was a piano. In the middle of the living room, because my father was playing piano. A lot, a lot. He was playing classical music. One piece of classical music, it’s like sentences. It’s like you’re reading — it’s like a poem. You have the first sentence, the second, the third, etc. And when you want to repeat it to make it perfect, you take one sentence and repeat it a million times until it’s just a perfection. It’s the same with tennis. Exactly the same. Practice a million…


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A Shadow Fiend often resembles a dark evil spirit trying to conquer the world. Yet the noun Fiend can also translate to an enthusiast or a devotee, making a Shadow Fiend a person merely interested in shadows.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were chasing shadows. The shadows of Manchester City. Kindred spirits that are intangible, making them impossible to get hold of. The only physical feature they possess are legs and feet.

The first half left the Chelsea players and their manager mesmerized, unable to figure out how these shadows were attacking. The ball moved so smoothly between them that at…

Ahmed Walid

English Football. United

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