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 …
Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool came out comfortable winners thanks to an early Stewart Downing goal and a hat-trick from Luis Suarez. New signing Philippe Coutinho also provided a brace of assists against an out-of-sorts Wigan side, who struggled with defensive discipline and defensive roles in a changed system. Teams With the injury to Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were forced into a change to their attack which destroyed Swansea two weeks prior. Joe Allen was given a starting berth ahead of Jordan Henderson, who had …
Swansea | Taking steps forward ?

Swansea | Taking steps forward ?

Swansea City undoubtedly have a lot to thank Roberto Martinez for, a play maker in the bottom tier who brought culture to a poor side, an inspirational captain through the clubs most turbulent times, and a manager who established a style of play which delighted fans and caught the attention of the national media. However it would be fair to say that both club and manager have moved on since his departure. Martinez has now had two seasons in the …
Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Another season, another last day survival for Wigan Athletic. Tipped by many to go down every year since being in the Premiership Wigan Athletic continue to defy their critics (although making hard work of it). Now entering their 7th Season in the Premiership Wigan started the summer with rumours of young Spanish Manager Roberto Martinez being linked with the then vacant managers job at Aston Villa. Thankfully Roberto Martinez turned down the opportunity to sign for Villa and stayed at …
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