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 …
The Rising Importance Of A Footballing Philosophy In The EPL

The Rising Importance Of A Footballing Philosophy In The EPL

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 …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
Liverpool v Arsenal - Analysis of Liverpool's Tactical Progress

Liverpool v Arsenal - Analysis of Liverpool's Tactical Progress

As Santi Carzola ran away from Pepe Reina’s goal into the Arsenal away support the camera’s cut to Brendan Rodgers. A man who has by now put away his notepad and pen to accept that his strategy did not go according to plan against an excellent Arsenal side. Brendan Rodgers sets his team up in a way that aims to achieve the following three aspects of systems football
High pressing and making the pitch as small as possible without …

Team GB 1 South Korea 1 - Ji's Goal Analysis

Somewhat predictably, Team GB lost on penalties to South Korea last night in yet another quarter-final exit. This article is not meant to be a review of the game as such; what it attempts to provide is an understanding of how Team GB conceded the opening goal (scored by a Premier League player) from South Korea. The move for the opening goal began just inside the South Korean half. Sturridge didn't press the defender very hard, which allowed the South Korean …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …