Football Tactics

Ferocious Liverpool press home advantage over panicking Manchester City | Jonathan Wilson
The pressing by Jürgen Klopp’s side was so disciplined that it forced a collective loss of control in the visitors’ backlineIt turns out, then, that the formula was simple. All anybody had to do to be... [Read More]
 
Why Liverpool might not miss Philippe Coutinho as much as people think | Sean Ingle
Anfield feels it has lost its key man but statistics do not back that up and suggest that while Barcelona have signed a fine player, Jürgen Klopp has alternativesNo sooner had Philippe Coutinho’s fren... [Read More]
 
Nemanja Matic gave us a reminder of why great teams need a water carrier | Liam Rosenior
The value of a reliable, unfussy midfield shield can be easily overlooked in an era of statistics and analysis but even the most expansive and exciting teams need a Kanté, a Busquets or a MakéléléOne ... [Read More]
 
The Question: why are so many Premier League teams so bad in defence? | Jonathan Wilson
It’s not a coincidence that the Premier League has become the global home of shambolic defending and Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all have issues to resolve before the weekendEven before the Premier... [Read More]
 
Pep Guardiola’s zonal theory will take time for Manchester City to learn | Jonathan Wilson
The Barcelona and Bayern Munich players were already familiar with Guardiola’s complex juego de posición theory – at City he was virtually starting from scratchThe fashion these days is to knife a man... [Read More]
 
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]
 

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