Football Tactics

Antonio Conte changes tack against Liverpool as Chelsea eye the finish line | Michael Cox
Liverpool played with renewed intensity at Anfield but their visitors unveiled a more vigilant blueprint that could prove crucial in holding off their title rivalsLiverpool and Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at A... [Read More]
Jürgen Klopp hoping counterattacks can blast hole in United resurgence | Jonathan Wilson
José Mourinho probably cannot repeat the Manchester United tactics from October’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool, in the latest clash with a manager who bested him in a pivotal 2013 gameFootball changed in Apr... [Read More]
Liverpool defence starts with Roberto Firmino to nullify Manchester City | Michael Cox
Liverpool’s victory against Pep Guardiola’s somewhat passive Manchester City was based around a mobile front three that dropped back to help out in midfieldIt was somewhat surprising that Liverpool an... [Read More]
Everton put the press on but Klopp’s change lets Firmino float free | Michael Cox
Ronald Koeman’s side tried to squeeze the life out of Liverpool, yet moving the Brazilian into the centre gave the visitors the edge in a frenetic derbyThis was an old‑fashioned derby with a modern tw... [Read More]
The key tactical trends in the Premier League season so far | Michael Cox
False No9s are in; free roles, with the exception of Mesut Özil, are out; back threes are making a comeback; and pressing is en vogueA few years ago possession was the most discussed concept in footba... [Read More]
José Mourinho reverts to type and again cancels out Liverpool’s ambition | Michael Cox
The Manchester United manager shared the points with Jürgen Klopp after shutting out a Reds side who have been scoring goals at staggering rateConsidering the level of pre-match hype, this was a disap... [Read More]
Liverpool collapse shows Jürgen Klopp must add his organisation to his pressing | Jonathan Wilson
Individual errors contributed to Sevilla’s second-half trouncing of Liverpool in the Europa League final but perhaps most significant was a familiar collective failing that Jürgen Klopp must address i... [Read More]
The Question: Klopp v Van Gaal … has Manchester United’s manager been left behind? | Jonathan Wilson
Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday in what will be a clash of two managers who started out with similar philosophies but are now very differentJürgen Klopp had warned us what we should ex... [Read More]
Watford keep it compact to squeeze life out of Klopp’s baffling lineup
Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo were brilliant and their willingness to drop deep without the ball meant visitors had little room to find players through the linesNathan Aké’s opener relied on a ... [Read More]
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool overpowered Manchester City with intensity | Michael Cox
This was the first time under the German manager that Liverpool combined their counterpressing without the ball with high intensity in possession and it paid handsome dividendsFrom Jürgen Klopp’s... [Read More]

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