Why Arsenal can’t compete in big games tactically

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It’s February, and following their 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich Arsenal look set to exit the Champions League in the Round of 16, and their chances of winning the Premier League look marginal at best. This is not an unfamiliar position for Arsenal fans. Pundits and fans alike circle to slate Arsenal’s lack of leadership, […]

Why does English football not trust Zonal Marking?

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After many years of threatening to clamp down on excessive grappling from set-pieces, this season has seen Premier League referees penalise holding and shirt-pulling more than ever before. This has coincided with an increase in the number of set-piece goals (0.65 per game) and led to marking from corners coming under increased scrutiny. Unfortunately, it […]

Mourinho needs a “Tactical Evolution” to get Man United back to the top

Following United’s 0-0 draw to Burnley, leaving them without a league win since their 4-1 thrashing of Leicester in late September, there are many questions surrounding Mourinho’s side. Can they get the best out of their many expensive signings? Can they play coherent, attacking football? Are they good enough to challenge for the title, or […]

The High Press: Why Liverpool can’t stop scoring and Spurs have stopped conceding

The ‘high-press’ has become one of the most regularly discussed trends in football. Popularised by Guardiola’s Barcelona, and Klopp’s Dortmund, it is now a common sight to see a pundit compliment ‘good pressing’, or a fan urge his team to press higher. As with many tactics however, there are different variations of the high press, […]