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Cardiff City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 | Tactical Analysis

Cardiff City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Ian Holloway’s men took on the Champions at Old Trafford hoping for a positive result. If not daunting enough a task, the game was made even harder for them as central midfield player Dikgacoi received a red card after a very dubious penalty decision on the 45th minute from Jonathon Moss. Up to that point Manchester United failed to create any quality chances and instead seemed to keep possession ticking over at a very slow tempo. Although completing more than …
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0 | Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0 | Tactical Analysis

A spirited performance from Brandon Rodgers’ men managed to completely stifle Robin Van Persie and co in what was a lacklustre Manchester United performance. With United in the market for a central midfielder or two, a microscope was intensely focused on England International Tom Cleverly; is he good enough to partner Michael Carrick in the engine room? On this evidence he is not and struggled dearly to impose himself on the game. Liverpool were not at their scintillating best, but …
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Sunday evening saw a very interesting game between Spurs and Swansea. Coming off a win against Crystal Palace last week, Tottenham were able to maintain their 100% winning record in the Premier League this season whilst impressively keeping another clean sheet. Andre Villas-Boas employed Etienne Capoue as the Anchor man in a 4-3-3 system, designed to A) distribute play quickly out wide to the flanks via quick diagonal transition passes from deep, and B) keep the midfield third extremely congested …
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Tactical Analysis

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Tactical Analysis

AVB and his boys looked to kick off their top 4 campaign in a positive fashion and they did just that with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. New signing Paulinho starred prominently as his smart distribution in the ‘regista’ role ensured that Tottenham always had time and space to keep the ball retention flowing, whilst Palace looked to stay compact with a low defensive block in an attempt to thwart the attacking talents of Tottenham. Being the first game …
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