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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 understated value of the modern winger

Written by Tiki Taka Style Unpredictable forces, wizards of the dribble, electricity personified. Wingers have traditionally been seen as a lovable commodity and the primary source of entertainment for football romantics. A museum piece. Capable of lifting thousands of fans from their seats and making the whole crowd roar with a

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

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