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Solving the Pogba and Fernandes puzzle – A welcome headache for Solskjær

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There is much to look forward to when the Premier League returns. On the 19th of June, Tottenham Hotspur will be facing Manchester United in one of the highly-anticipated ties. Champions League places will determine much of what the future holds for both sides, two managers who seem perenially confined

[EADF Shorts] Catenaccio – Rappan, Herrera and the birth of a revolutionary philosophy

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Only on rare occasions do managers get more famous than their players. Pep Guardiola is recognised globally for his use of positional play or Juego de Posición at Barcelona but the recognition his players received was consistent with the attention he garnered. On the other hand, the famous 'Catenaccio' defensive style of

Joga Bonito – The Brazilian foundations of ‘The Beautiful game’

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Over the years football has come to be known as the ‘The Beautiful Game’.How did this phrase stick? It got its relevance from the Portuguese form of the word -‘Joga Bonito’. So then the questions beckon - When did this phrase become popularized in football folklore? What exactly is Joga

Potential tactical tweaks Klopp can implement to beat Atlético Madrid

3 losses in 66. Followed by 3 losses in 5. From dreams of seeing their names etched amongst the game’s greatest sides just a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool have since had their dream of invincibility crushed, their quest for the treble shattered and the defence of their Champions League

The key battles that could determine the outcome of the Clásico

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The second El Clasico of the current La Liga season is upon us as Barcelona travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening. Today we'll be doing something slightly different from our usual tactical previews as we discuss the key battles that will define the outcome of this much-anticipated clash.

Battle at the Bernabéu – Real Madrid vs Manchester City tactical preview

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On 26th February, Manchester City will face the 13 times European champions in the most high profile tie of the last 16 of the Champions League. When this tie was originally announced, Manchester City were favorites because Real Madrid were struggling, but now, the Los Blancos are seen as slight

Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain – Tactical preview and key battles

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Feature Image via Bundesliga   The champions of France will travel to Dortmund for a tie that promises entertainment, drama and plenty of goals. This tie has many intriguing storylines. What attacking combination will Thomas Tuchel field? Will Dortmund stick with their 5-2-3 or will Lucian Favre pack the midfield? How will

Pulling it back against all odds – A Hasenhüttl inspired turnaround

Football never ceases to amuse us. The Premier League has always managed to throw up interesting stories in the seasons gone by, and this campaign is no exception to the rule. Whether it be Liverpool's mentality monsters going on a rampage or Chris Wilder's Sheffield drawing all the plaudits, there

Breaking down the tactical nuances of Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta B.C

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Atalanta B.C have graduated from being relegation candidates to regulars in European competitions. Their acclaimed academy has served them well, but it is Gian Piero Gasperini who has helped them break out of their cocoon. After making some smart investments here and there, they are now borderline outside contenders in

The Bielsa Way – A Brief Explanation

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READING, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Marcelo Bielsa, Head Coach of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) Written by Enzo Karema “Football rests on four fundamentals, as outlined

Let’s talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-game management against Wolves

[Opinion] - Let's talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-game management against Wolves

Devesh Arora analyses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-game management against Wolves – "Ole won’t throw in Mason in the wrong situation to just earn some brownie points" A few days back Manchester United came away with a point against a Wolves unit tough to break down at the Molineux. They had got

The 4v4+3 Rondo – The most effective training drill for positional football

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Positional football has evolved at an astounding rate over the years. Most teams have adopted positional football as the pivot around which their respective individual game models are based. Positioning oneself efficiently with respect to the space, the ball, the teammates and the opponents throughout the course of 90 minutes

The evolution of the 4-3-3 and its impact on wide players

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Written by Dipanjan Chowdhury Just like any other sport the game of football has evolved massively over the years. On a strictly tactical level, one such noticeable area of evolution in football has been that of the adoption of more possession focused systems. In conjunction with such an evolution, a modern

Fitting the Griezmann piece into the Barca Puzzle

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By Udhav Arora After what was a rather craggy and overstretched pursuit, FC Barcelona finally announced the transfer of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for €120 million. Griezmann had decided to stay in the capital last year after coming bizarrely close to a move. So much so, Barcelona's vice-captain, Gerard Pique,

Intracacies of Zonal Defending – Staggering, Compactness, and Spacing

Football has evolved leaps and bounds over the years, especially in areas pertaining to collective defending. Over the years, teams have adopted different formations, structures, and tactics while defending. However, the basic principles of defending have rarely ever varied. It is based on these principles, that the art of zonal

Liverpool’s defensive framework – An in depth analysis

Liverpool have been in imperious form this season leading the premier league table by 4 points. A large portion of their success this season has to do with their watertight defence that has been impenetrable at times against almost all the Premier League teams. They have conceded a measly 13

Breaking Down The Brand: A Tactical Analysis of Sarri-Ball

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“I’ve come to realize that there’s a child in every footballer, a child who is playing a game. That’s where the fun part is. And when players are having fun, they are more productive." - Maurizio Sarri  Chelsea Football Club have been having a lot of fun in the past four

A Detailed Look Into The Recent Loopholes In Real Madrid’s Attacking Phases

A series of four winless matches in conjunction with an abysmally low chance creation stat have clearly blown up the air around this present Real Madrid side under Julen Lopetegui. General attacking stagnancy against low block teams and their inability to break them down despite possessing some excellent players has

A Schematic Representation of Real Madrid’s Problems Under Julen Lopetegui

After a trophy-laden era under the mystical Zinedine Zidane and with the superhuman Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid have transcended into a new era under the leadership of Julen Lopetegui,  who looks to manufacture a new Real Madrid in his image. So far the eye test has been clearly good with

Breaking Down United’s Implosion Against Spurs

As the final whistle blew, it seemed all too much for Jose Mourinho. Professional sport is a brutal environment, filled with pressures and expectations and much of the talk regarding its sheer toughness is attributed to solo arts.  Tennis is a fine example of this, from a mental perspective because

Pep v Pochettino:Analysing Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, worth an initial 50 million Euros , made him the most expensive English player in history.However, he’s gone about operating at right full back, in a very different role at Manchester City as opposed to his time at Tottenham. This can primarily be explained

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