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 …
Calum Chambers - A loan move to Middlesbrough could suit all parties

Calum Chambers - A loan move to Middlesbrough could suit all parties

It was announced on Monday that Middlesbrough had agreed to loan Calum Chambers from Arsenal, a move that was well received by both fan-bases. The newly promoted North East club need more defensive cover and the player needs first team football in order to develop further. This is unlikely to come at Arsenal, despite their lack of numbers in defensive areas. He started the opening day match against Liverpool, but Laurent Koscielny has returned and Shkodran Mustafi is set to sign, …
Is Calum Chambers too Versatile for his Own Good?

Is Calum Chambers too Versatile for his Own Good?

Last summer, Calum Chambers made his dream move to Arsenal.  The Gunners paid a fee that could rise up to £16m, a lot for a 19 year old that made only 25 senior appearances for Southampton. When Arsene Wenger signed him, the Frenchman said he wanted Chambers to be a centre-back.  He started his career in that vein getting a run of games in the middle of defence when Per Mertesacker was recovering from the World Cup and Laurent Koscielny …

The £4m Premier League Team

Transfer spending makes or breaks any club. The demise of all the following "once great" clubs can be attributed to transfer spending, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Coventry City, Glasgow Rangers and a host more. Bolton with a £140m debt, rock bottom of the Championship and Leeds (who have sold both their Stadium and their training ground) probably fared the worst. In light of this it is astonishing the following Premier League 11 cost a mere £3,940,000.00. …
AS Monaco vs Arsenal | Champions League 2nd Leg Preview

AS Monaco vs Arsenal | Champions League 2nd Leg Preview

Having lost the first leg 3-1 at the Emirates, Arsenal face an uphill task when they travel to Côte d'Azur on Tuesday night. The Gunners need to score three unanswered goals in order to advance which seems next to impossible considering how solid Monaco are at the back. The French side however were somewhat lucky to come away having conceded just once because of a bizarrely misfiring Oliver Giroud who had six good chances to get on the scoresheet before being …
January Transfers That Would Make Sense for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and City

January Transfers That Would Make Sense for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and City

It has come again, The January transfer window. The time of the year full of speculations, rumours, false reports, great expectations, surprises and large sums of money spent by football clubs all over the world. Although not as popular among managers and clubs as the summer window, it represents an opportunity for clubs to address long term injuries suffered by key players and to strengthen the squad if any weaknesses come to the surface in the first half of the …
Arsenal Looked Dead and Buried - Who Influenced The Comeback?

Arsenal Looked Dead and Buried - Who Influenced The Comeback?

At the weekend Everton and Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. However Arsenal looked dead and buried going into the second half, they had been poor all first half and nobody really got a look in. They did however have a few bright sparks. I am going to analyse the three players who changed the game either throughout the 90 minutes or who really turned it on in the final 10 minutes when that amazing comeback was …
Player Performance Analysis: Calum Chambers vs Crystal Palace

Player Performance Analysis: Calum Chambers vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal began the new season on a good note, garnering three points, albeit via a stoppage time winner. While Aaron Ramsey has surely enhanced his ever-growing reputation as a fan favorite with that winner, the performance of Calum Chambers has not gone unnoticed. The 19 year old was impressive on his Premier League debut with Arsenal against Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace held their ground and put up a tough challenge at the Emirates. Against a team that caused more than …
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