Sunday 11 December 2016

Off The Ball: Defence dominates but real challenge is to a find right balance

Colm Parkinson

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Despite playing some good football early in the season, when the pressure came on Chelsea in the title run-in, they got results doing what Jose Mourinho does best: defending (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
Despite playing some good football early in the season, when the pressure came on Chelsea in the title run-in, they got results doing what Jose Mourinho does best: defending (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
"Chelsea won the league with a ‘boring’ 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace. No surprises there" (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

I hope Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane were on holidays with no TV or internet access because defensive systems won all the prizes at the weekend.

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Floyd Mayweather, as usual, refused to get involved in exchanges and convincingly beat the Pac Man. The lads would call it 'puke boxing'. The boxing analysts called it a masterclass. The fans booed Mayweather. Styles make fights but no one seems to be able to counteract Mayweather's.

Waterford dominated Cork in the hurling league final with a defensive display out of the top drawer. Yes they scored 1-24 but their win was based on an outstanding defence that held Cork to three points from play in the first half and only ten in total.

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