England 1 Uruguay 2 Tactical Analysis | FIFA World Cup 2014

England 1 Uruguay 2 Tactical Analysis | FIFA World Cup 2014

England’s starting XI remained unchanged from the side that lost 2-1 to Italy, with continuing debate on the positioning of England’s front three. Rooney started the game in the number 10 role, as Sterling moved to the right. Suarez returned for Uruguay who made five changes from opening loss to Costa Rica. After an early period of caginess, it became evident that there was a different approach compared to England’s opener against Italy; in this game they were looking to …
Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Lionel Messi left his first mark on the 2014 World Cup with a superb goal after creating Argentina's first, despite having an otherwise frustrating game. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella set up in a 3-5-2, with Pablo Zabaleta and Marcos Rojo operating as the two wing backs - they stretched the width of the pitch well and created good areas of space for Argentina to play into. However despite the time they had on the ball, their first half play was …
England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

In a game when Hodgson would be free to experiment, England’s ‘safest’ team started the game. The youngest in the XI was Welbeck (23) who already had 21 caps to his name prior to kick-off. The expected 4-2-3-1 was used, with Gerrard dropping the deepest to build up from the back, but despite easily keeping possession, penetration was very limited. Using one inverted winger was expected, but frequently England played both wide players inside, relying on both full-backs to provide …
Manchester City 2 West Ham 0 | Tactical Match Analysis

Manchester City 2 West Ham 0 | Tactical Match Analysis

Manchester City won their second Premier League title in three seasons on Sunday with an easy 2-0 victory over West Ham United. For the second time in a week a lower table team already safe from relegation presented Manchester City with a defensive tactical setup to try and stop their impressive goal scoring capabilities. And for the second time in a week, City's persistence in attack pushed them through the defensive block and earned them three points and ultimately, the …
Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0 | Tactical Match Analysis

Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0 | Tactical Match Analysis

After Liverpool's late collapse against Crystal Palace on Monday, there would be no such squandering of a vital lead in the title race on Wednesday as Manchester City put themselves top with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium. Villa came into this match safe and secure from the drop but still managed to put together a well drilled and disciplined defensive stand for a little over an hour to try and leave more drama for the …
Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Tactical Analysis

Arsenal set out in their usual 4-2-3-1, with a double pivot of Arteta and Flamini. Cazorla started out on the right and gave Ozil a free role off Giroud. West Brom set out in a 4-4-2 with Sessesgnon and Berahino up front, Brunt playing at left back. Due to the current situations of both clubs, it wasn't a surprise to see West Brom set up in a low defensive block, and attempt to deny the Arsenal midfield any space. Playing …
Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

The home side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system. Olivier Giroud lead an attack supported by Cazorla, Ozil and Podolski in attacking midfield. Deeper sat Arteta and a returning Aaron Ramsey whilst Szczesny’s goal was protected by Monreal, Sagna, Koscielny and Mertesacker. Newcastle lined up in a 4-5-1 seemingly in an attempt to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that thrives in advanced central spaces. A back line of Dummett, Debuchy, Coloccini and Williamson protected Tim Krul behind a 5 man midfield …
Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea put an end to Liverpool's 11 game unbeaten run in a massively anticipated potential title decider. The pretext to the contest was what some referred to as a psychological masterclass from Jose Mourinho. It appeared that he had provided the greatest platform possible for a Chelsea defeat, knowing full well that he would not allow defeat to happen. From the absence of crucial players, the declaration that the 'reserves' would be played to save fire power for Atletico, Mourinho's …
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