The Chance

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Mo­hamad Zaky Zulk­i­fli, 20, was just an­nounced as the win­ner of The Chance, a com­pe­ti­tion by Nike, and will be tak­ing part in a week-long global trial in London un­der Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger’s watch. At stake is a spot in the Nike Academy, a high-per­for­mance train­ing academy sup­ported by the Premier League. Read more about how Zaky got this once-in-a-life­time chance at

Where there was once Roy Keane and Paul Ince, there is now Dar­ren Fletcher and an age­ing Paul Sc­holes both roam­ing freely in a flat mid­field.

The two form a classy, crafty part­ner­ship and make for a more fluid sys­tem. how­ever, up against the ath­leti­cism of teams such as ever­ton, Bolton and Sun­der­land, Fletcher and Sc­holes have been over-run at times.

They’re no shrink­ing vi­o­lets, but they can’t bring the same steel to mid­field that top de­fen­sive mid­field­ers like Michael essien, John Obi Mikel, de Jong or Yaya Toure would.

On the other hand, teams like Chelsea and Manch­ester City have been giv­ing a lot of phys­i­cal pres­ence and play­ing a sys­tem with two pow­er­ful, ath­letic de­fen­sive mid­field­ers to dom­i­nate the mid­dle of the park; and maybe that’s why they’re sit­ting in first and sec­ond place at the moment.

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