The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The two top form sides Watford and Leicester are both deploying 4-4-2, with the four attacking individuals Igahlo, Deeney, Mahrez and Vardy scoring 48 goals between them. The modus operandi is "attack is the best form of defence" and it is proving very fruitful for two sides who were relegation favourites before the season started. When defending the 2nd attacker Deeney for Watford and Mahrez for Leicester, drops into midfield making it 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1 in defending situations. There are …
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Sunderland 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Sunderland 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Sunderland and Tottenahm came into this Monday night match with just two wins between them across both teams' last five league fixtures. The poor run of form left Sunderland bottom of the Premier League and Spurs sitting just outside a Europa League spot in seventh position, one point behind Manchester United. Tottenham still had an ever so slight chance of catching both Everton and Arsenal to grab a Champions League spot this season but needed this home match to go …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …