Ozil on the move? Manchester United & Arsenal Wait in the Wings

Ozil on the move? Manchester United & Arsenal Wait in the Wings

Manchester United and Arsenal are both rumoured to be chasing German star Mesut Ozil. The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League after the arrival of Isco and the impending arrival of Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu. For those who watch La Liga, the sale of Ozil would seem nonsensical as he has been one of Real’s best players ever since his arrival. However, noises coming out of Spain hint that the player himself …
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 …
Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

Ronaldo's return | Man Utd 08/09 & Real Madrid | Stats Analysis

The second leg of the last-16 tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid marks Cristiano Ronaldo’s first return to Old Trafford since leaving for the Spanish outfit in the summer of 2009. While most players face a hostile reception when they face their old clubs, Ronaldo can expect quite the opposite. During the first leg, the Manchester United fans were heard chanting his name throughout the game. In what is set to be an emotional return for the Portugese, a …
Arsenal Scouting Report: Santi Cazorla La Liga Stats 11/12

Arsenal Scouting Report: Santi Cazorla La Liga Stats 11/12

Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers' appointment as Liverpool manager has prompted some fascinating discussions about his overall playing philosophy and how it might be transferred to his new club. Swansea’s impressive passing statistics have been much quoted in this context; only Manchester City attempted and completed more than them last season. An intriguing aspect of this preference for possession is that it is used as both an offensive and defensive tool. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking previously elaborated on the link between possession …
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