EPL Top Performers in the Bottom Ten | Bony, Davies, Delph, Puncheon

EPL Top Performers in the Bottom Ten | Bony, Davies, Delph, Puncheon

There have been a number of players this season who have shown great quality whilst playing for some of the smaller or underachieving teams in the Premier League this season. This article looks at some of the standout players who ply their trade for teams in the bottom half of the table. Curtis Davies (Hull City) Curtis Davies has been a rock for Hull City this season. After having a hard time with injuries and struggling to find form, the …
The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

Few quotes have been repeated as often as Alan Hansen’s famous line, “you can’t win anything with kids.”  If you hail from the red part of Manchester, you’re mocking the former Liverpool man because the ’95-’96 squad that provoked the remark went on to win the title.  Then again, over the past few years, Gooners from North London have found themselves screaming the phrase in anger down the terraces at Arsene Wenger. Of course, the real truth is that age …
Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez’s Everton debut in the Premier League saw Marouane Fellaini take centre stage as he was often the trigger for Everton’s change of tempo, either through Fellaini himself dictating the tempo by keeping in line with the play with his lung-bursting running around the pitch or through the Belgian giant’s advanced positioning that would lead to a “fast-transitional” pass (not seen by Martinez as a long ball) being played into Fellaini that would come under his control regardless of …
Brendan Rodgers' Vision | Stoke 3 Liverpool 1 Analysis

Brendan Rodgers' Vision | Stoke 3 Liverpool 1 Analysis

The tactic of dominating possession was at first a defensive ploy from Scotland against the stronger, quicker and more devastating England team in the late 1800s. It was a tactical approach that existed purely as a way of controlling the opposition and the game, not as a ends in itself. The possession-based philosophy that Cruyff dreamt up some time in the 1970s that has gone on to influence many great coaches and teams in world football, was one that seems …
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 …
Liverpool's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Liverpool's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Marco Van Basten often spoke about an invisible cord that connected players within a formation, that one player's movements would directly affect another. The possession-based philosophical approach to football thinks about football in terms of space; how can a team control the game both with or without the ball? What was particularly interesting about the Anji match was that Rodgers’ Liverpool tactical approach moved away from the 1-4-3-3 that Rodgers has relied on since becoming the Liverpool manager. The Europa …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
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