Tactical Analysis: Newcastle 3-2 Everton

Tactical Analysis: Newcastle 3-2 Everton

Newcastle fans must've been delighted after there fantastic victory over a poor Everton side, going into 2015 in the top-half of the table, something which you wouldn't expect from a side who was in the relegation zone for sometime. It was Everton started better however, Arouna Kone scoring after 5 minutes. The hosts however completely dominated the rest of the game, Papiss Cisse scoring his 5th goal in 6 league games to make it 1-1, around 11 minutes before half-time. …
Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers implemented the rarely used midfield diamond with great success during the closing stages of the 2013-2014 season. With the substitution of Javier Manquillo for Mamadou Sakho in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s loss to West Ham, Rodgers scrapped the diamond for a 3-5-2. Does this signal the beginning of the end of the diamond or was it just a tactical switch in the face of an early deficit? Loss Against West Ham The starting formation cannot be the …
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. …
Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea put an end to Liverpool's 11 game unbeaten run in a massively anticipated potential title decider. The pretext to the contest was what some referred to as a psychological masterclass from Jose Mourinho. It appeared that he had provided the greatest platform possible for a Chelsea defeat, knowing full well that he would not allow defeat to happen. From the absence of crucial players, the declaration that the 'reserves' would be played to save fire power for Atletico, Mourinho's …
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 …
Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

David Moyes' return to Goodison Park for the first time as manager of Manchester United ended up being the match in which his side was officially eliminated from the possibility of a top four finish and Champions League football next season. There was practically no hope that a top four finish could be achieved anyway, but it is ironic it became official against his old side, Everton. An Everton team that stepped onto the pitch knowing they needed three points …
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 …
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