One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Echte Liebe- The Liverpool Way Feat. Jurgen Klopp

Echte Liebe- The Liverpool Way Feat. Jurgen Klopp

Famous just as it is infamous, revered just as it is despised; the red part of Merseyside carries the essence of Shakespearian plays. There’s a pinch of comedy with a bit of tragedy; glorious triumphs and a fair bit of romanticism (oh and the history, too). During the escalation of early 1960s, Bill Shankly entrenched the ethos of playing the Liverpool way deep. Besides having a distinctive style of play that earned admirers across the globe, Shanks laid down the holy …
Pep Guardiola to Manchester City - it's Official

Pep Guardiola to Manchester City - it's Official

Pep Guardiola to Manchester City - it's Official. The rumours began to gather pace in Germany back in December that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was to leave the German champions when his contract expires at the end of the season and that Manchester City were to be his next destination. Last month, Guardiola officially confirmed at a press conference that he would be leaving Bayern when his contract ends and also stressed his intention to move to the Premier …
How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

Football fanatics, people who truly understand football, know that by trying to copy the Barcelona or Spain model you are unlikely to succeed or even be on a path conducive to long term development. However, Barcelona’s philosophy (possession-based control) is something that clubs can and do strive towards. This article will attempt to detail just how Premier League teams currently build upon their possession-based philosophy through tactical solutions. For the purposes of trying to find general principles, this article will …