Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

With a mere point separating each of the top three teams in the table, the pressure was on Arsenal for yet another win to retain the top spot. With this pressure looming, Arsenal were expected to be as organized and tactically smart as they have been so far, and they didn't disappoint. Hosting Fulham over the weekend, Arsenal had an interesting attacking shape as usual, with lots of fluid movement between zones, lines and positional rotations. One part of the …
Aston Villa 0 Everton 2 | Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa 0 Everton 2 | Tactical Analysis

An even game which could have gone either way ended in a 0-2 win to Everton thanks to second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman. Aston Villa started in a 4-4-2 shape with Weimann and Tonev playing wide and Agbonlahor and Benteke up front. Everton continued playing 4-2-3-1 with Lukaku the main man up front, with Barkley behind, Mirallas and Pienaar wide and Barry and McCarthy in midfield. The Dynamic Of The Game The early stages of the …
Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

On paper, Cardiff’s game plan against Fulham should have played into Fulham’s strengths: the towering duo of Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta. Cardiff City’s strengths can be categorised into four different elements of play: Set Plays Positional play when playing out from the back (in their own half) The defensive organisation of their medium and low blocks Wide play as an entry route into the opposition’s box It is by no coincidence that each of Cardiff’s strengths are that of …
Manchester City 4 Manchester United 1 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 4 Manchester United 1 | Tactical Analysis

Both teams started in a 4-4-2 shape. Aguero and Negredo started up front together for City, with Nasri on the left hand side, Navas on the right and Toure and Fernandinho starting in midfield. United were without Robin Van Persie through injury so started with Welbeck up front with Rooney generally behind. Chris Smalling started at right back and Fellaini and Carrick were chosen in midfield. HOW THE SYSTEMS MATCHED UP Although both teams started in similar formations, it was …
Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Ian Holloway’s men took on the Champions at Old Trafford hoping for a positive result. If not daunting enough a task, the game was made even harder for them as central midfield player Dikgacoi received a red card after a very dubious penalty decision on the 45th minute from Jonathon Moss. Up to that point Manchester United failed to create any quality chances and instead seemed to keep possession ticking over at a very slow tempo. Although completing more than …
Manchester City 2-0 Hull City | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 2-0 Hull City | Tactical Analysis

Man City started the game with a 4-4-2 variant. Lescott moved to right sided centre back, despite being left footed, with Garcia making way for Nastasic. Kolarov played at left back in place of Gael Clichy. Other that it was the same line up as against Cardiff. Hull meanwhile started in a 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 system that changed to 4-4-2 in defence. There was one change from their game against Norwich, with Danny Graham coming in for the suspended Sagbo. The pattern …
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Swansea City: Tactical Analysis

Sunday evening saw a very interesting game between Spurs and Swansea. Coming off a win against Crystal Palace last week, Tottenham were able to maintain their 100% winning record in the Premier League this season whilst impressively keeping another clean sheet. Andre Villas-Boas employed Etienne Capoue as the Anchor man in a 4-3-3 system, designed to A) distribute play quickly out wide to the flanks via quick diagonal transition passes from deep, and B) keep the midfield third extremely congested …
Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

Engineering Change | Manuel Pellegrini Tactical Insight

[quote]I have a commitment to make Manchester City my priority. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out[/quote] And so, one of the worst kept secrets in football, is finally confirmed. Manuel Pellegrini will be the new coach of Manchester City after agreeing a 3 year deal at the club. Actually, there’s little point discussing anything else is there? Following the endless speculation, the conjecture and the fall out from Mancini’s dismissal, Pellegrini has …
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