Football Tactics

Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson
The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lo... [Read More]
Guardiola’s commandments: how lessons of Bayern stymied Liverpool
Pep Guardiola went back to the basics of Cruyffism at Anfield and in doing so showed new-found flexibility and pragmatismEighteen games into Pep Guardiola’s second season as manager of Bayern Munich, ... [Read More]
Liverpool and Manchester City full-backs hold key in top-of-table clash | Jonathan Wilson
Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have both reined in their attacking instincts this season, aware of leaving gaps in defenceIt is all about the full-backs but these days it is always all about the full‑... [Read More]
Roma must avoid slipping into bunker mentality in face of Liverpool storm | Jonathan Wilson
Liverpool’s physicality and ferocious pressing mean the tactics that served Roma against Barcelona will have to be redesigned for the Champions League semi-final first legTwo problems dominate all oth... [Read More]
Manchester City were rumbled – now they must respond against United | Paul Wilson
By the benchmark they have set, Manchester City were terrible at Liverpool – light up front, porous at the back and less than tigerish in midfield – and they need to react quicklyOnly four managers ha... [Read More]
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]

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