Chelsea vs Leeds United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Chelsea vs Leeds United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

This period will make or break the hopes of every team in this division, due to the volume of matches. It seems particularly important for Chelsea. They have been struggling in recent weeks and it is crucial that they start to win matches again if they are to challenge for the title. They are still part of the title-contending trio, but they are in the worst form of the three. This week, they welcome an injury-struck Leeds United at Stamford …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
Pochettino and Klopp: Sharing a Gameplan?

Pochettino and Klopp: Sharing a Gameplan?

Marcelo Bielsa, the famed legendary Argentinian coach, is credited with the high pressing type of football favoured by both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino played under Bielsa for the national team, earning some of his 20 caps. Pep Guardiola has acceded to the influence of Bielsa in his great Barcelona side of 2009-2013. Klopp used the same technique at Dortmund in his seven year spell there. There are a lot of analogous common themes in the game plan of …
Could West Ham be set for a bright future?

Could West Ham be set for a bright future?

West Ham have one of the most decorated histories in English football and it appears that they are making significant strides towards competing in the top half of the table again. Sam Allardyce has laid a platform at the club to push on for greater things. The Englishman looked like he had taken the club as far as he could as West Ham struggled to build on a good first half of the season. This summer the club have the …