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Mourinho Tactics – Tiki Taka vs The Counter Attack

Jose Mourinho has fashioned Real Madrid into the best counter attacking team in the world, and in doing so, he has designed a team that may be far more adept at winning the league than Barca.  Barcelona will always be better in competitions like the Champion’s League because they’re hard to beat,... [Read more...]

Real Madrid v Man City – Review

Tonight’s Champions League encounter between Real Madrid and Man City will go down as one of the best second halves the competition has ever witnessed.  Real finished the game as deserved 3-2 winners after the game was ignited by City’s 68th minute opener. Jose Mourinho was under intense pressure... [Read more...]

Allardyce Tactics: Carroll Perfect Fit

Andy Carroll’s loan move to West Ham could be the catalyst which propels Sam Allardyce back into the hierarchy of English football’s top managers and the key to the Hammers Premier League safety. Allardyce and Carroll are a match made in heaven as far tactics are concerned, with Big Sam often looking... [Read more...]

Playing Percentages

Liverpool’s comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom has brought into question Brendan Rodgers’ ability to play the possession game with a top English side. While some are tipping Liverpool to revolutionise the English game under Rodgers’ tutelage, others such as Alan Hansen seem to suggest... [Read more...]

Van Persie: English Football’s Most Significant Deal?

The Robin Van Persie transfer from Arsenal to Man United could well go down as the most significant transfer the Premier League has ever witnessed; not in the sense of Van Persie’s unquestionable talent but rather in terms of timing and psychology. Just as the football world thought that Man United... [Read more...]

Fantasy Football Tips

(3-5-2) Krul; Johnson, Vermaelen, Taylor; Gibson, Dempsey, Song, Silva, Young; Van Persie, Cisse. Clint Dempsey of Fulham should end the year as 2012/2013 Premier League player of the season with Everton’s Darren Gibson likely to push him close as the year’s most impressive player.  If this sounds... [Read more...]

Italy Spain

Spain won the Euros in emphatic style, silencing an army of doubters who had labelled them boring and one-dimensional, and in doing so they may have set the tactical tone for years to come. Throughout the tournament Spain demonstrated that Tiki-Taka has two distinct incarnations: the beautiful version... [Read more...]

What is Technique?

Following England’s exit from the Euro’s, the familiar and boringly repetitive chorus of disapproval has begun.  The media turns on the manager, saying England failed to ‘have a go’ and the level-headed pundits make only a slightly more insightful argument about England’s lack of ‘technical... [Read more...]

Spainful to Watch

Despite Spain’s qualification from the group phase of this year’s Euros, there’s a growing consensus that they are one of the least entertaining teams to watch, provoking outright hostility in forums and debates for their version of ‘anti-football’.  This may be the undue scepticism of a commercial... [Read more...]

Bore Draw Good Enough for England

England’s 1-1 draw with France spelled out what many people had expected – England will attempt to progress against the better sides by way of rigid organisation and stout defending. England played a fairly standard 4-4-2 as opposed to France’s loosely constructed 4-3-3.  France made all the movement... [Read more...]

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