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 …
Becca's PL Round-Up: Suarez scores, Arsenal, Chelsea et al drop points

Becca's PL Round-Up: Suarez scores, Arsenal, Chelsea et al drop points

Liverpool were the only side in the top five to get all three points this weekend, as they defeated struggling West Ham 4-1 at Anfield. Once again, superstar striker Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet, as well as defender Sakho getting his first goal for the Reds. Another couple of clumsy own goals took the home sides tally to four. Liverpool dominated for the majority of the 90 minutes, creating a staggering 31 chances compared to the Hammers' 5. Henderson, …
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
Osvaldo and van Wolfswinkel Stats | Risk With Foreign Strikers

Osvaldo and van Wolfswinkel Stats | Risk With Foreign Strikers

Every year we see a number of foreign strikers join Premier League clubs with impressive career scoring records. This fills fans with hope that they now possess a dangerous centre forward who can regularly score 15+ goals year in, year out. This summer, two strikers with growing reputations joined Premier League clubs for big fees: Pablo Osvaldo and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Both have been linked with huge Premier League teams in the past. Arsenal and Liverpool have been rumoured to have looked …
Manchester United Vs Southampton Preview: Key Player Stats | Team News

Manchester United Vs Southampton Preview: Key Player Stats | Team News

Manchester United will welcome Southampton, the surprise package of the season so far, to Old Trafford for a 3:00pm kick-off this Saturday. I refer to Southampton as a surprise package, but with a squad like the one they have, perhaps more people should have predicted the Saints to do so well. No matter what esteem you held Southampton in before the start of the season, you would never have expected them to be 4 points clear of Manchester United after 7 …
Fulham Chase Pablo Osvaldo Deal | Stats Analysis of the Roma Striker

Fulham Chase Pablo Osvaldo Deal | Stats Analysis of the Roma Striker

Following his appointment as the new Roma boss last month, Rudi Garcia has since managed to make an impressive start to life at the Stadio Olimpico by bringing in a host of exciting new talent ahead of the upcoming Serie A season. The arrivals of Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Strootman and Maicon highlight the club’s ambition to gatecrash the European spots this season and the Frenchman will have plenty more funds to play with after the recent sale of Brazilian defender, …
Southampton Vs Sunderland Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Southampton Vs Sunderland Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Southampton vs Sunderland will be one of five 15:00 kickoffs this Saturday and will see two sides meeting who experienced exact opposite results on the opening day. While Southampton enjoyed a dramatic late win from the penalty spot against West Brom away from home, Sunderland’s game with Fulham ended in a disappointing 1-0 home defeat. Is it interesting to take a look at what happened to both teams on the opening day? Yes. Is it a big indicator of how …
The Azzurri: Italy's Profile pre-EURO 2012 - In Depth Preview

The Azzurri: Italy's Profile pre-EURO 2012 - In Depth Preview

A volte tornano: sometimes they return - a popular italian phrase that typifies italian football. In recent years the italian fans have witnessed everything: players going on strike, allegations surrounding corruption, champions stripped of a title then relegated and a national team that can only be described as spectacularly inconsistent. Yet, despite the apparent ‘great fall of football italia’ they’ve also encountered three different Champions League winners, the 2006 World Cup as well as runners up medals in Euro 2000 …