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Everton 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion | Tactical Analysis

Everton 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez failed to begin his competitive career at Goodison with a win despite his Everton side dominating Albion in a reasonably entertaining 0-0 draw. The away side defended well but offered little in attack themselves with Everton only really increasing the tempo of the game in the second half. A dry pitch and hot conditions perhaps slowing the game down in the opening period. Line Ups Martinez named an unchanged starting eleven from the side that drew away to …
Manchester City 4 Newcastle Utd 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 4 Newcastle Utd 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

The reign of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City began with a resounding home victory over an energetic if poorly organised Newcastle side on Monday evening. The 4-0 scoreline didn’t flatter City on the balance of play but they were undoubtedly helped by a moment of madness from Steven Taylor. The game was already beyond Newcastle when Taylor was sent off for striking Aguero on the back of the head but the manner of Newcastle’s defeat may have been tempered had …
EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

The current financial mess that clubs in La Liga find themselves in means there is little transfer spending in evidence in the domestic game. Aside from Barcelona and Real Madrid, only Villarreal, Granada, Valladolid and Elche have a net spend in transfer dealings. Cumulatively, the four clubs have a net spend of approximately £12m, enough to buy you half of Roberto Soldado. Spanish clubs have had to improve their scouting network and youth development to secure players for their squads. …
Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

[quote]I have a commitment to make Manchester City my priority. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out[/quote] And so, one of the worst kept secrets in football, is finally confirmed. Manuel Pellegrini will be the new coach of Manchester City after agreeing a 3 year deal at the club. Actually, there’s little point discussing anything else is there? Following the endless speculation, the conjecture and the fall out from Mancini’s dismissal, Pellegrini has …
Spain 2 Uruguay 1 | Confederations Cup Tactical Analysis

Spain 2 Uruguay 1 | Confederations Cup Tactical Analysis

Spain began their quest to win a fourth major international a tournament in a row with quite possibly the most emphatic 2-1 victory you will ever witness. They have now played 26 competitive games without defeat since their shock defeat to Switzerland in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup. How good were Spain? Sections of the Spanish media are proclaiming the first half performance as their best yet under the guidance of del Bosque. And yes, whilst Spain …
QPR 0 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

QPR 0 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal fulfilled their side of the bargain but late winning goals for both Chelsea and Spurs may have shifted the momentum away from the Emirates in the race to secure a Champions League qualification spot. The win against an already relegated QPR side should have been substantially easier than it turned out to be with Arsenal making life difficult for themselves with a performance that began brightly and developed a lethargy as the game wore on. Line Ups There were …
Chelsea 2 Swansea 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Swansea 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

With Spurs having drawn and Arsenal about to face Man Utd, Chelsea were in an ideal position to secure a positive result, return to third place and add further pressure to their two rivals as they battle to finish in the top four. There was also the small matter of Chelsea having faced Swansea on three separate occasions this season and failed to win any of them. The revenge duly arrived but the collection of three points would have been …
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Man City 1 | Tactical Analysis & Stats

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Man City 1 | Tactical Analysis & Stats

An excellent encounter at White Hart Lane ended with Tottenham Hotspur coming from behind to win. A game that Man City took a grip of initially, eventually saw key tactical changes from Villa Boas which dragged Spurs forward and altered the complexion of the game. Line Ups Having recovered from injury, Villa Boas put Gareth Bale straight back into the Spurs side. Villa Boas also recalled Assou Eotto to left back and Hugo Lloris went back in-goal ahead of Friedel. …
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