Manchester United: Explaining Louis Van Gaal's football philosophy

Manchester United: Explaining Louis Van Gaal's football philosophy

Many things have been written about Louis Van Gaal following his appointment as Manchester United manager in May. Amongst an onslaught of quotes about his perceived arrogance, stubbornness and occasional moments of inexplicable trouser dropping madness, there has been brief allusion to his ‘football philosophy’; an omnipresent vision on how the beautiful game should be played which has been ruthlessly instilled throughout his entire coaching career. A style of football that was so well executed at Ajax it led defeated …
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 …
Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

This article will take a look at the “new” 3-4-1-2 of Liverpool FC when in-possession. It will then compare the 4-2-3-1 formation to the 3-4-1-2, using Crystal Palace (5th October 2013) and Norwich (19th January 2013) as precedents. This article considers the in-possession formation only. This isn’t the first time Liverpool have experimented with a back three under Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool used a 3-4-1-2 around this time last year for a short period of time. Chris Davies (Liverpool’s Head …
Mourinho's Everton Game Plan Revealed | Chelsea Tactical Analysis

Mourinho's Everton Game Plan Revealed | Chelsea Tactical Analysis

Sometimes in football it is individual players or those unique unplanned moments, rather than the collective strategy that a team has been working on all week in preparation for a football match, that wins football matches. Chelsea, statistically speaking, (bar the scoreline statistic) should have walked out of Goodison Park victorious. Chelsea created more clear cut chances than Everton, they had twice (16 to 8) as many shots from within the 18-yard box and accumulated a total of 31 penalty …
Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez & Everton (vs. Norwich) | Tactical Analysis

Roberto Martinez’s Everton debut in the Premier League saw Marouane Fellaini take centre stage as he was often the trigger for Everton’s change of tempo, either through Fellaini himself dictating the tempo by keeping in line with the play with his lung-bursting running around the pitch or through the Belgian giant’s advanced positioning that would lead to a “fast-transitional” pass (not seen by Martinez as a long ball) being played into Fellaini that would come under his control regardless of …
What Would Roberto Martinez's Everton Look Like? | Tactical Analysis

What Would Roberto Martinez's Everton Look Like? | Tactical Analysis

The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

The Rising Importance Of A Footballing Philosophy In The EPL

The Rising Importance Of A Footballing Philosophy In The EPL

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