pull the strings

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With O'Loughlin ready to pull the strings once again, Huddersfield know their task has suddenly become much harder.
Messi will miss Ajax OUTabsence means Barcelona's maestro won't be there to pull the strings when they play Ajax in match five of Group H.
vas Owen Farrell was excellent and I expect him to pull the strings against a French team who have not impressed me much.

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