The Reducer: Premier League Preview

Introducing our weekly soccer column

Updated: August 16, 2011, 5:01 PM ET
By Chris Ryan

Welcome to The Reducer, Grantland's weekly soccer column focusing on the English Premier League.

A Reducer is a particularly nasty sliding tackle, one often aimed at something other than the ball (like, say, the knee or thigh). To pick one of hundreds over the years as an example, please watch Manchester United's Paul Scholes commit midair assault with a deadly Puma boot on Barcelona's (not particularly lovable, himself) Sergio Busquets in the 2009 Champions League final.

While naming ...

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