A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

Picture this scenario (disclaimer: not a fictional account of events - stolen from a particular match in 2005): You’re less than 180 seconds away from taking the cup final to penalties. It’s the game that nobody gave you and your disciples a hope in hell, even your players thought so - with their rational mindset anyway. But this is now, the 117th minute; 117 minutes of twists and turns. At half time you were 3-0 down, down and out. But …
Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Despite the strong start to the 2013/14 season, Liverpool’s performances in the current campaign are still far from perfect. There’s of course plenty of joy: the SAS partnership are destroying every Premier League defence that stands in their way, the back three are doing their jobs well and Simon Mignolet seems to be a great answer to the Reds’ problems with the goalkeeper position.  Nevertheless, improvement still needs to be made with the performance of Brendan Rodgers' team. One of …
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 …