Tactics Explained

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Marcelo Gallardo: Barcelona's next coach?

Gallardo has already built a huge reputation and legacy in Argentina – he can do the same in Europe, and…

1 week ago
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Tactics Explained: Graham Potter’s Brighton

Potter’s coaching philosophy of tactical adaptability, keeping possession and moving the ball quickly, and intelligent positioning on the pitch has…

3 weeks ago
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Why Manchester United struggle to score from open play

Even when Manchester United were flying during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint as caretaker manager last season, there was something unconvincing…

2 months ago
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Antonio Conte's Inter Milan tactics explained

While Juventus in recent years have seen Lo Scudetto as theirs by right, Conte’s Inter will push them all the…

2 months ago
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Getafe Tactics: Much more than luck & fouls

Giving away nearly league-high fouls and receiving similarly high numbers of bookings, it would be easy to discredit Getafe as…

2 months ago
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Burnley’s tactical flexibility explained

“We try and adjust accordingly” said Dyche, “but much more than people think - because it’s obviously Sean Dyche, it’s…

3 months ago
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David de Gea and the near post myth

If the ball goes in at the far post, criticism rarely follows. But if it sneaks in at the near…

3 months ago
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How Pukki scores so many goals for Norwich

Norwich are a dynamic attacking side who press well and move intelligently with and without the ball. Whether they will…

3 months ago
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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tactics explained

If Lampard can continue to coax attacking intent from his team, while introducing more youngsters and tightening Chelsea’s defensive shape,…

3 months ago
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How should West Ham use Sébastien Haller?

It’s a big call to change a team’s approach based on one player, and to use a system that changes…

4 months ago
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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.

4 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Barcelona

The La Masia conveyor belt has stuttered and Barcelona probably do need to take a strategic look at how transfer…

4 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Juventus

With an attack-minded right-back, a positionally disciplined number six, a creative midfielder and a combinative winger, Sarri would have good…

4 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Everton

Everton probably don’t just need players. Although the appointment of Marcel Brands should herald a new, smarter era of recruitment,…

4 months 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…

5 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Inter

Inter’s squad is actually fairly well suited to Conte’s style already. But we’ve found areas that will need to be…

5 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Chelsea

A transfer ban needn’t stop Chelsea from freshening up their line-up. These additions, even if not new signings, are sensible.

5 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Arsenal

Arsenal need to add youth, dynamism, and attacking unpredictability, while also developing a physically imposing back-line. These transfers would achieve…

5 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Liverpool

Liverpool have a strong squad, but with a genuine alternate to Firmino and a different type of striker to use…

5 months ago
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Sensible Transfers: Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund are a smart recruiting club, guided by the excellent Director of Football Michael Zorc. But, how does one improve…

5 months ago
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