Have Opponents Got Used To Liverpool’s 4-3-3 Formation This Season

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Liverpool are conceding goals at an alarming rate when you consider that they only conceded 33 Premier League goals throughout last season’s title-winning campaign. To make matters worse, Virgil Van Dijk’s injury has given every other team a psychological boost. But what is it about this year that’s different to last? Have teams worked out […]

Eden Hazard’s defensive frailties remain an issue for Mourinho

Pundits, supporters, and fans alike were bemused by Chelsea’s January transfer window deadline day addition of winger Juan Cuadrado. While The Blues did need to bring in reinforcements after selling winger Andre Schurrle to VfL Wolfsburg and loaning winger Mohamed Salah to Fiorentina, spending a potential £26.8 million on Cuadrado seemed excessive especially since current […]

Analysing Barcelona’s 3-2-3-2 formation

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Predictably, after Barcelona’s 7-0 2013 Champions League semifinal defeat to Bayern Munich, when they were physically overpowered by a compact and organized 4-4-2 press, many of their future opponents adopted Bayern’s tactics in an attempt to nullify the attacking strengths and exploit the defensive frailties of the Catalan giants. It is then no surprise that […]

Should Claudio Marchisio Replace Andrea Pirlo?

            The most mystifying managerial hire of any major European Club during the Summer of 2014 was Juventus’ hiring of Massimiliano Allegri. Allegri was hired as Manager of AC Milan in 2010 and his managerial began AC Milan’s downturn that ended when Clarence Seedorf, AC Milan’s caretaker manager, was fired after […]

Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical evolution-From Chile to Marseille

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In a business where only strong personalities survive, Marcelo Bielsa could very well be the most unique of them all. Bielsa is the mad scientist of world football. As a club manager he immerses himself completely while preparing for matches, to a degree that is unequaled among his peers. When it comes to match preparation […]

Rebuilding a Champion-Loew ‘s difficult task ahead

The greatest fallacy of success is that you will never have the opportunity to enjoy your achievements. Joachim Löw, the Manager of the German National Team, is living this adage as he attempts to rebuild the German National Team after their 2014 World Cup victory. Löw has the job of fixing the positional flaws that […]

How Barcelona built Real Madrid

  Barcelona Real Madrid Rivalry To understand the rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid you must travel back to the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship of Francesco Franco that followed the war. In July of 1936 Franco led a coup against The Second Spanish Republic that had been in power since 1931. During […]

How to Lose A Football Match

  A Tactical and Statistical Analysis of How Manchester City Dropped Two Points  Make no mistake, even though Manchester City drew their homeChampions League match with Roma 1-1 in reality Manchester City lost this match. With multiple Roma starters missing and an early 1-0 lead Manchester City was not able to finish this match with […]

Angel and Claude

Di Maria-Real’s best player in the champions league final,2014 Claude Makélélé is one of the most influential players in the history of modern football as he came to define the modern Holding Midfielder position.  The growth of the Holding Midfielder position helped modern football tactics evolve from formations based around a two man central midfield, […]