Pep Guardiola

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Liverpool? No: Why Manchester City’s defence was better last season

It characterises a key distinction: City’s defensive patterns aren’t quite as demonstrative, but their function is more efficient.

1 week ago
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Sensible Transfers: Manchester City

With a more reliable back-up goalkeeper, a stylistically suitable replacement for Kompany, and an alternate to Aguero up front, Manchester…

1 month ago
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Are corner kicks becoming irrelevant in football?

So, the key to taking better corners: use in-swingers, move the ball-placement back and commit an extra player to the…

2 months ago
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Would João Félix fit at Manchester City?

With key players suffering from injury and the ageing process, Manchester City need long-term solutions in midfield. João Félix could…

3 months ago
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Is Marcelo Bielsa the most influential manager alive?

His breadth of influence, among so many coaches, surely marks out Marcelo Bielsa as one of the most important figures…

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United

In Bielsa, the side have a coach who has taken a fairly talented squad, but without any genuine stars, and…

4 months ago
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Marcelo Bielsa: Life, Leeds & Legacy

Bielsa is seen as one of the greatest football minds in history. He is a clear, and acknowledged, influence on…

4 months ago
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A brief history of Marcelo Bielsa

He is, first-and-foremost, a football obsessive, a visionary coach, a man whose influence reverberates throughout world football. Regardless of what…

4 months ago
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Xabi Alonso: The next great Real Madrid manager?

Real Madrid have quietly built an academy of coaches consisting of former players who understand the club’s ethos, with hopes…

4 months ago
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Does Pep Guardiola “overthink” big games?

Maybe the truth is that Guardiola thinks as much about these games as he does any other, but that Klopp,…

4 months ago
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Barcelona look caught between their yesterdays and their tomorrow

Barcelona grew their advantage at the top of LaLiga over the weekend, but their ideological drift is creating a strange…

6 months ago
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Who could replace Fernandinho at Manchester City?

Whoever Manchester City choose, they will have significant shoes to fill. What is certain is that City will not just…

7 months ago
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City v Liverpool & Solskjaer's Manchester United

Alex and Joe discuss Manchester City's victory over Liverpool, and the new look at Solskjaer's Manchester United.

8 months ago
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Liverpool lose their unbeaten run, but not their reputation

Liverpool lost at the Etihad on Thursday, falling 2-1 after Leroy Sane's second-half goal, but it was a healthy defeat…

8 months ago
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Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation explained

He’s not thinking about the ‘keeper playing ahead of the defenders – that’s the sort of mistranslation that just makes…

8 months ago
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How Guardiola harnessed the power of the Rondo at Barcelona, Bayern and - now - Manchester City

Callum Rice-Coates explains how Pep Guardiola has used the Rondo, a basic training-ground exercise, to encourage technical and spacial improvements…

8 months ago
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How Pep Guardiola improves his players

The Rondo is an encapsulation of Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophy, a conduit through which his basic principles are channelled onto…

8 months ago
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Ralph Hasenhüttl & Identity

Alex and Joe get all excited about Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton, after Arsenal suffered a surprise loss at St Mary's…

8 months ago
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Would Leo Messi be successful at Manchester City?

We will surely never know, but - hypothetically - how would Manchester City accommodate Leo Messi's extraordinary range of abilities?

9 months ago
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Total Football 2.0: Erik ten Hag's Ajax Amsterdam

The last time Ajax were in the Champions League Group Stages was 2014/15 – the last the time they progressed…

9 months ago
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