England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

In a game when Hodgson would be free to experiment, England’s ‘safest’ team started the game. The youngest in the XI was Welbeck (23) who already had 21 caps to his name prior to kick-off. The expected 4-2-3-1 was used, with Gerrard dropping the deepest to build up from the back, but despite easily keeping possession, penetration was very limited. Using one inverted winger was expected, but frequently England played both wide players inside, relying on both full-backs to provide …
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 …
Southampton - Scouting Report | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Southampton - Scouting Report | Stats & Tactical Analysis

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

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

Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

The 219th Merseyside Derby finished all square after Everton fought back from a two goal deficit the level the game. Luis Suarez, Leighton Baines (own goal), Leon Osman and Steven Naismith scored the goals in a game which wasn’t short of controversy. But let’s focus on the football … First Half The game started with a frantic tempo and that continued throughout the match. Everton imposed their style on Liverpool, who was forced to play mainly on the counter attack. The …
Norwich 1 Arsenal 0 - Stats & Tactical Analysis

Norwich 1 Arsenal 0 - Stats & Tactical Analysis

Norwich claimed their first league win of the season with a determined and resolute performance against an Arsenal side who were sloppy, pedestrian and lacking mobility. In games such as these, with one of the top teams in the division playing a team in the relegation zone, there is always the temptation to veer in one direction at the final outcome. Some will claim Arsenal were extremely poor whilst the counter argument is, of course, that Norwich were much better. …
Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Chelsea is top of the table after a scrapping to a 1-0 win over a disciplined Stoke side. The 85th minute winner, courtesy of Ashley Cole perhaps papers over the cracks of what was a tactically poor display from Chelsea. Line Ups Chelsea’s two changes from the midweek draw against Juventus were to rest John Terry and Frank Lampard. In their place came Gary Cahill and Juan Mata. This was Roberto Di Matteo’s first chance to test out the young …
Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

This was the cliched game of two halves, with Alan Pardew's drastic reaction to a dreadful first half allowing Newcastle to improve massively. It took a root-and-branch shift in how his team were approaching the game to change the course of a match which had been very one-sided in the first half, but the Magpies' coach was rewarded for his bravery. This match clearly illustrated that substitutions can change the shape of a game. With injuries hampering his plans, Pardew …