Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

On paper, Cardiff’s game plan against Fulham should have played into Fulham’s strengths: the towering duo of Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta. Cardiff City’s strengths can be categorised into four different elements of play: Set Plays Positional play when playing out from the back (in their own half) The defensive organisation of their medium and low blocks Wide play as an entry route into the opposition’s box It is by no coincidence that each of Cardiff’s strengths are that of …
Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge has brought about tactical changes at Anfield that possibly offer a resounding solution to Liverpool’s defining tactical inefficiency that we have seen so much of this season. For the last two seasons (and more) at Anfield, Liverpool have consistently created chance after chance, only to leave fans frustrated and little to offer on the score sheet. Most people will tell you that the reason behind this was the inability of Liverpool’s players to finish and …
Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
The tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

The tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

[quote]“The most important thing in football is to have a style of play, a set of principles that offer organisation to the team.” Jose Mourinho[/quote] Many of the readers on EPLindex and ThePathisMadeByWalking may well have got to know me as a football writer with a bias towards ‘Systems Football’ such as the tiki-taka philosophy and you would be correct in thinking so. However, you would be wrong to believe that the long-ball tactic is one that doesn’t fall within ‘Systems …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
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 …
Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …