Tactics Explained

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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 days ago
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Young English players in the Bundesliga

With the Bundesliga set to welcome more intriguing coaches such as Marco Rose, Oliver Glasner and David Wagner next term,…

1 month 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…

2 months ago
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Why Sarri's tactics are not working at Chelsea

The truth is that, in order to build a Chelsea team in his own image, Sarri needs two things: time…

2 months ago
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José Mourinho's Porto explained

By winning the Champions League he overachieved to a degree unlikely to be repeated in the competition. Time may have…

2 months ago
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Rafa Benitez, Newcastle and the benefits of pragmatism

Benitez has been in charge at Newcastle United for over 1100 days, a significant achievement at a club that has…

3 months ago
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Manchester United tactics explained

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought variety, imagination, and enthusiasm to the United bench. None of his tactical shifts have been…

3 months ago
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How will Leicester City play under Brendan Rodgers?

They are a team whose previous success was built on a certain style, but who are ripe for adaptation, with…

3 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…

4 months ago
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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…

4 months 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…

5 months 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…

5 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…

5 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,…

6 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…

6 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…

6 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…

6 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…

7 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.

7 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…

7 months ago
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