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Norwich City tactics under Daniel Farke

Norwich are a superb team who play excellent, possession-based football. They can be patient when needed, but possess the dynamism…

9 hours ago
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Sergio Busquets and Andrea Pirlo each defined different interpretations of the deep-midfield role

Two exceptional players, two different interepretations of the same position; Alex Stewart explores the functional and stylistic differences between Andrea…

1 month ago
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Andrea Pirlo v Sergio Busquets: The deep lying midfielder

Pirlo is perhaps the greatest true regista that has ever played the game; Busquets is perhaps the most complete all-round…

1 month 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…

2 months ago
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Marco Rose: Manchester United target

Red Bull Salzburg's young coach Marco Rose is the shock name on Manchester United's managerial shortlist, which also includes current…

2 months ago
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Tactics Explained | How Can Tottenham Win The Title

Spurs fans have reasons to be cheerful: they͛ve kept their squad intact so far, have a high degree of cohesion,…

2 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…

2 months ago
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How Sevilla are challenging for La Liga

Sevilla have been a force in La Liga this season, currently pushing Barcelona all the way under their new coach…

2 months ago
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What if Lionel Messi played for Manchester City?

What if Lionel Messi played for Manchester City? Yes, Messi is under contract at Barcelona until 2022, not to mention…

3 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Pochettino: Manchester United manager?

There is enough quality in this Manchester United set-up for Pochettino to achieve something significant with them. Whether he gets…

3 months ago
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What tactical identity do Manchester United have under Jose Mourinho?

Blair Newman explores the various tactical perceptions of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

3 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Sarriball: Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea

“Our team always tries to take the initiative and play our football, regardless of venue, opponent or situation. That is…

3 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Arsenal's Invincibles

The Arsenal team that went through the 2003/04 season unbeaten has a good claim to be the best side ever

3 months ago
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Tactics Explained | This edition of Barcelona against Real Madrid is about more than individuals

The tactical match-up between Real's Julen Lopetegui and Barca's Ernesto Valverde will put two different philosophies under the spotlight, a…

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Arsenal under Unai Emery

Arsenal have now won ten in a row under Unai Emery and we take a look at the tactical changes…

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Guardiola vs Klopp: Possession vs Space

Guardiola and Klopp's understanding of the each other’s strengths began in the Bundesliga in 2013/14; its effects are still being…

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Manuel Pellegrini is changing things at West Ham

The results so far may not catch the eye, but under Pellegrini, West Ham’s identity crisis is almost over.

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Youth v Experience: Eusebio Di Francesco's Roma

Schick, Kluivert and Cristante have not seen much Serie A action so far this season, despite being highly rated by…

4 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Slaviša Jokanović's Fulham

With Mitrovic as the focal point, Fulham could be mistaken for something of a one-trick pony in the top flight,…

5 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Roberto De Zerbi’s Sassuolo

They may not have the most experienced or expensive side, but De Zerbi is a manager who knows how he…

5 months ago
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