Pressing Analysis: Pochettino, Sampaoli, Guardiola, Bielsa, Rodgers

Pressing Analysis: Pochettino, Sampaoli, Guardiola, Bielsa, Rodgers

Mauricio Pochettino (the newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur manager), Gerardo Martino (former Barcelona), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile), Eduardo Berizzo (newly appointed Celta Vigo manager), Pep Guardiola - all have the words “press with intensity” inscribed into the playing-style within their coaching philosophy. All  directly inspired by Marcelo Bielsa (newly appointed Marseille manager). Also included in each philosophy of the managers listed above, will be the idea of getting into the pockets of space behind the opposition’s midfield - regardless of the approach …
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 …
Complete Guide to Premier League Players in the Copa America Centennial

Complete Guide to Premier League Players in the Copa America Centennial

The centennial addition of the Copa America is set to kick off this week and it wouldn’t be an international football competition without a boatload of Premier League talents involved. So here is my complete guide to every Premier League player involved and what to expect from their countries. Argentina- Sergio Romero, Ramiro Funes Mori, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Agüero, Erik Lamela. My early favorite to win the tournament after World Cup final and Copa America final appearances in …
Alexis Sanchez to Premier League? Liverpool & Arsenal Interested

Alexis Sanchez to Premier League? Liverpool & Arsenal Interested

It is inevitable that the players who star for their teams in the World Cup will be the focus of the rumour mill and are more than likely to be courted by a number of teams after the tournament. With a popular Chile side suffering the heartbreak of losing to Brazil on penalties, a number of their players will now seen as hot property after some excellent performances. One of the names that will be under the spotlight is Barcelona’s …
Holland vs Chile Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Holland vs Chile Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Group B was always going to be an interesting group, but it is all over with two matches to play as Chile and Holland won both of their games so far, which has led to world champions Spain getting knocked out. These two sides both played effective football against Spain, playing mainly on the counter with both sides having lots of pace in their team. Although they struggled against Australia, which may suggest that they are similar sides. This match …
Chile vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Chile vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Group B has provided some really tasty matches, but these two sides will have been disappointed with the draw. Although many still see Chile as a good bet to qualify for the second round, the South Americans would have wanted an easier group, while Australia have already been written off by the majority. This match is crucial for both sides as an early win for Chile will put a lot of pressure on the loser of the other match in …