Akarsh Sharma

Akarsh Sharma is a freelance football journalist who works for Goal.com and also acts as editor and columnist for 90 Minutes (India's premier football magazine). Due to his writing capabilities - especially his tactical acumen - he has been invited by and is a regular contributor to a number of popular football blogs. Being an unadventurous teetotaler, Akarsh's only bad habit is to ruin relationships with people for the sake of football. At 6'1", he mirrors Peter Crouch on the field and is forced to look down upon people.

Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis – Santi Cazorla makes the difference

Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis – Santi Cazorla makes the difference

In hindsight, a nervous and far from capacity Emirates Stadium saw a predictable result. While Arsenal have a habit of grinding out an important win after major setbacks, Aston Villa have made it a habit of conceding late goals to drop crucial points. In this aspect, Paul Lambert needs to take a hard look at himself and his team. Saturday’s match, however, wasn’t the brightest of points in the tactical CVs of the two managers. Naivety and anarchy seemed to be …
QPR 0 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: Mirror Formations Cancel Each Other

QPR 0 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: Mirror Formations Cancel Each Other

On Saturday, Loftus Road witnessed its second goalless draw in four days which is testament to QPR’s organization and discipline under manager Harry Redknapp. But while holding the champions in mid-week was a massive point gained, sharing the spoils with Norwich certainly felt like a missed opportunity. Even more so, in fact, when you consider that their eccentric playmaker Adel Taarabt had the opportunity to score from the penalty spot in a game that saw few clear-cut chances. Before this …
Liverpool 5 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: A Curious Case of Déjà vu

Liverpool 5 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: A Curious Case of Déjà vu

After the disappointing result at Old Trafford where Liverpool’s timid first-half tactics and cautious team selection cost them the match, Brendan Rodgers and his side made amends in spectacular fashion at Anfield. Liverpool outclassed Norwich City in a performance that was worthy of the club’s stature, thereby completing an emphatic double over the hapless Canaries who have now conceded 10 (25%) of the Reds’ 40 league goals this season. The circumstances leading up to the match, for both Liverpool (suffering …
Everton 0 Swansea 0 | Tactical Analysis - Defensive visitors ride their luck

Everton 0 Swansea 0 | Tactical Analysis - Defensive visitors ride their luck

Before this league game, Everton had become the first team in Premier League history to both score and concede in 16 consecutive league matches. So, a goalless draw against such a team tells you that Swansea’s newly developed pragmatism is effective in stopping the opposition from scoring but is also compromising on their ability to attack with spite. [pullquote_right]“It could quite easily cost us if we don't turn these into wins”[/pullquote_right]Everton have suffered only 3 defeats this season, which is …