Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Is man-marking on set pieces right for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Despite the strong start to the 2013/14 season, Liverpool’s performances in the current campaign are still far from perfect. There’s of course plenty of joy: the SAS partnership are destroying every Premier League defence that stands in their way, the back three are doing their jobs well and Simon Mignolet seems to be a great answer to the Reds’ problems with the goalkeeper position.  Nevertheless, improvement still needs to be made with the performance of Brendan Rodgers' team. One of …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

This week’s column will discuss Chelsea’s performance in the Premier League thus far and preview the Super Cup versus Bayern Munich to be played on Friday. Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager has started off on a positive note. Seven points earned from a potential nine; six picked up from two home victories against Hull City and Aston Villa and one point picked up against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Not exactly three out of three, but a point …
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 …
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