Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
Fernando Torres | Player Performance Analysis Vs Southampton

Fernando Torres | Player Performance Analysis Vs Southampton

With two of Chelsea's goals vs. Southampton coming from centre-backs and with the constant murmur amongst Chelsea fans you would assume Fernando Torres isn't their chosen man to lead the line. However, with Chelsea having such an influential and high status midfield, that can attack by themselves, Fernando has had to change his style of play and this appears to have gone unnoticed. Torres found himself pulling the centre-backs wide throughout Sunday's game to create space for the likes of …
Southampton Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Southampton Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

After suffering a 3-1 loss to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side on Sunday afternoon, Mauricio Pochettino welcomes 11th placed Aston Villa to St Mary's, hoping to build on their impressive start to this Premier League campaign, despite losing their last two in the Premier League. Southampton had an excellent first half at Stamford Bridge, leading after 14 seconds through Jay Rodriguez; they pressed the Chelsea defence and midfield with high intensity, but could not sustain their pressure on Chelsea after Jose …
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
Becca's PL Round-Up: Big Decisions, Everton 3 Liverpool 3, Man City Hit 6

Becca's PL Round-Up: Big Decisions, Everton 3 Liverpool 3, Man City Hit 6

A dramatic and significant weekend of fixtures in the Premier kicked off with the eagerly-anticipated Merseyside derby, and it was even more pulsating than expected. End to end drama concluded with goals from Suarez, Coutinho, Sturridge, Mirallas and two from Lukaku meant that the match ended 3-3 at Goodison Park. Big saves from Simon Mignolet kept the Reds in the game, after they were leading 2-1 with 2o minutes gone in the first half. After Everton drawing level to make …