Manchester City 3 Liverpool 1: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 3 Liverpool 1: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manchester City made their first big statement of the new season with a punishing display against a Liverpool side who were gutsy but failed to take their chances, ultimately suffering from individual errors - a common theme from last season. Manchester City made a couple of changes to the back line, with Gael Clichy at left-back and Pablo Zabaleta at right-back. Otherwise they stayed the same, keeping the same 4-4-1-1 with Stevan Jovetic playing in behind Edin Dzeko up front. …
Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool took a bold step closer to the Premier League title with another arse-clenching, scrappy yet stylish victory. Norwich welcomed them with the very real possibility of relegation hanging over their heads, and three points the desperate objective. Liverpool came without the luxury of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson in the starting line-up, forcing Brendan Rodgers to adapt. Norwich Neil Adams went with his diamond formation to combat Liverpool's threat of midfield dominance and particularly to shut out the early …
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Incredible. Perhaps the game of this Premier League season, an unbelievable day at Anfield which drew out a dizzying blend of raw emotion, massive goals, controversy, bravery and stupidity, all hinging on  three points and a potential league title for the victors. It was the men in red who made it ten successive league wins, after blitzing City for the first half hour, threatening to do what they did to Everton, Arsenal and Spurs before them. However as pointed out …
West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

With West Ham finally free from the pressure cooker that is the relegation battle, Liverpool's trip to Upton Park posed a major threat to their ever-increasing title aspirations. The lazy journalists were having a field day, with Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll supposedly the 'Kop flops looking for revenge'. I even saw a very entertaining quote from John Hartson about West Ham 'knocking a few early balls up to him' and 'showing Liverpool what they've been missing out on from …
Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool turned the screw on their title rivals with a crucial three points against relegation-scrapping Cardiff City. It was a topsy-turvy encounter with some early scares for the Reds, and going behind twice eventually turned it into an out-scoring contest which Liverpool felt confident they could win. Cardiff shaped up with 3 at the back, and two wing backs in Declan John and Fabio Da Silva, with a view to sitting back and remaining compact. With a midfield 1-2 of …
Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea capitalised on an inexplicably poor Arsenal strategy, with apparently the completely wrong personnel, formation, and instructions. Similarly to Anfield last month, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down in under 20 minutes, crucified by high pressing Chelsea, who robbed them on the half-way line and broke quickly on several occasions. Starting with Chelsea's set up, things were very straight forward for them, despite the lack of Ramires (with him in the middle I think the damage could have doubled). Mourinho sensibly …
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool delivered another crushing blow to the wilting reputation of their fierce north-west rivals, making an emphatic statement of intent along the way in an incredibly closely run title race. A tactical contest comfortably won by Brendan Rodgers saw his side awarded three penalties, in a game which could have seen five or six in total. Manchester United David Moyes went with a 4-2-3-1 and arguably his strongest line-up, a dangerous front four of Mata, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie …
Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 7 points with a crucial victory over Spurs at Stamford Bridge. The pre-match team sheets came with a few interesting selections, and Tim Sherwood talked of springing a few surprises of his own for Chelsea. Chelsea Chelsea's line-up had the cliche characteristics of a Mourinho side, prioritising a strong and reliable defence, with a robust and powerful midfield. David Luiz was left out and Nemanja Matic continued …
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