Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

With a mere point separating each of the top three teams in the table, the pressure was on Arsenal for yet another win to retain the top spot. With this pressure looming, Arsenal were expected to be as organized and tactically smart as they have been so far, and they didn't disappoint. Hosting Fulham over the weekend, Arsenal had an interesting attacking shape as usual, with lots of fluid movement between zones, lines and positional rotations. One part of the …
Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Southampton came away from Anfield with a well-deserved 3 points after a fantastic team performance which saw Liverpool end their 12-game Premier League unbeaten run stretching back 6 months to March 16th, when Liverpool lost 3-1 to - you guessed it - Southampton. The surprise in the starting line-up was the inclusion of all four senior centre-backs, with Kolo Toure at right back over Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly, while Sakho got the nod ahead of Jose Enrique, who had …
Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Ian Holloway’s men took on the Champions at Old Trafford hoping for a positive result. If not daunting enough a task, the game was made even harder for them as central midfield player Dikgacoi received a red card after a very dubious penalty decision on the 45th minute from Jonathon Moss. Up to that point Manchester United failed to create any quality chances and instead seemed to keep possession ticking over at a very slow tempo. Although completing more than …
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Liverpool made an impressive start to their 2013/14 season with three priceless 1-0 victories, eclipsing any of their previous opening three results in the last 19 years. Looking at the improvements to the side Brendan Rodgers has made since the January transfer window, there were many speaking of the idea that Liverpool could come into the season quietly confident, and surprise a few people as the year progressed with a much stronger presence in the top 6. However this element …
Manchester City 2-0 Hull City | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 2-0 Hull City | Tactical Analysis

Man City started the game with a 4-4-2 variant. Lescott moved to right sided centre back, despite being left footed, with Garcia making way for Nastasic. Kolarov played at left back in place of Gael Clichy. Other that it was the same line up as against Cardiff. Hull meanwhile started in a 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 system that changed to 4-4-2 in defence. There was one change from their game against Norwich, with Danny Graham coming in for the suspended Sagbo. The pattern …
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Sunday evening saw a very interesting game between Spurs and Swansea. Coming off a win against Crystal Palace last week, Tottenham were able to maintain their 100% winning record in the Premier League this season whilst impressively keeping another clean sheet. Andre Villas-Boas employed Etienne Capoue as the Anchor man in a 4-3-3 system, designed to A) distribute play quickly out wide to the flanks via quick diagonal transition passes from deep, and B) keep the midfield third extremely congested …
Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

[quote]I have a commitment to make Manchester City my priority. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out[/quote] And so, one of the worst kept secrets in football, is finally confirmed. Manuel Pellegrini will be the new coach of Manchester City after agreeing a 3 year deal at the club. Actually, there’s little point discussing anything else is there? Following the endless speculation, the conjecture and the fall out from Mancini’s dismissal, Pellegrini has …
Arsenal 4 Wigan 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 4 Wigan 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

With the end of the season around the corner, both the Arsenal and Wigan managers kept largely the same XIs as in the past few weeks. For Arsenal the only change was Gibbs coming in to play at left back as Monreal played there in the previous game against QPR. Martinez named the very same XI and bench as at Wembley a few days ago. Although the game was hugely important for both teams, hence the excitement surrounding it, the …
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