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What did Ranieri do wrong?

The footballing world and even beyond all scratched their heads in disbelief. The current coach of the year (if not decade) has been sacked only 9 months on from masterminding one of the greatest sporting achievements in history when guiding relegation fancied Leicester City to premier league glory. Read More »

The death of possession football

Possession football was easily the best tactic introduced in the last decade. Many teams had been playing a ‘keep ball’ system prior to Barcelona and Spain’s rampant successes with the style but has possession football lost its edge? Read More »

Tottenham’s terrible tactics

Mauricio Pochettino got his tactics all wrong on the weekend. There is little point in lamenting the frailty of your players’ mentality if they aren’t set up correctly. Spurs played right into Liverpool’s hands and in doing so demonstrated a woeful lack of experience and maturity. Read More »

The sports science revolution

Football has taken bigger steps forward over the past 10 years than it has ever done. The influx of money from astronomical TV deals, foreign investors and increased coverage have brought the most popular sport on the planet to new levels. Read More »

Taking Marco van Basten seriously

Opening minds in this day and age is even more difficult than unlocking a defense with ten men behind the ball. Those who fear globalization and climate legislation may force uncertain change in their lives are gaining political power, threatening to stagnate society into a dull existence of losses and nil-nil draws that will eventually relegate humanity to self-extinction. Accepting new challenges in ... Read More »

Has Marco Van Basten been watching too much hockey?

In recent weeks Mr Van Basten, the FIFA Technical Director, has put forward a number of proposals to improve the game we all love. Strangely, his proposals are extremely similar to the current game of field hockey, the second most popular sport in the boss’ home country. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide. Read More »

Conte’s Chelsea Conquer

With game week 23 just around the corner in the Premier League, we analyse the progress of high-flying Chelsea and how Antonio Conte’s men have managed to be sitting 8 points clear with 16 games still to go, not to mention their immense improvement on last season Read More »

Tactical Analysis: Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 at Chelsea

It seems that Chelsea are romping towards the Premier League title. Antonio Conte has made his mark on Chelsea by leading from the front and getting every single ounce from his players. But what is it about his 3-4-3 system that makes it so hard for opposing teams to cope with? This might explain why. Read More »

Why operation #StopChelsea2017 is still on.

Since the infamous switch to three at back at the Emirates, Chelsea Football Club has destroyed everything in their path. Of course, a 3-4-3 system is not new to the Premier League, but the way Conte has implemented it has been nothing short of a phenomenon. Read More »

Might Southgate’s England revert to a 3-4-3 formation?

England is due to take on Lithuania in a World Cup Qualifier this March with new Manager Gareth Southgate looking to build a team who can challenge for football’s biggest prize. But before then, there is a friendly with international giants Germany. Read More »

Manchester City vs. Tottenham: Match preview

Today, we see a Pep side, still reeling in the aftermath of an efficient Everton side (in case you didn’t know, you can score 4 goals with 4 on target nowadays) versus a Pochettino brimming with confidence at the prospect of doing a second double over City in as many seasons as Tottenham manager. Read More »

What has happened to the 4-4-2 formation?

When I first started watching football at a young age I was intrigued by the game, as we all were when we were young. Always asking questions to learn more about the game we grew up to love. Read More »

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