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Five at the back : A modern day formation

This summer, Antonio Conte has been linked with a combination of the best performing & most hyped players from 2016-17. Yet, he needn't buy them all. Instead, he could show some faith in his underutilized squad members.

With the new football season underway, teams have their plans all set up. Managers have their players or most of the players they want. Training has been going well and now it is all down to results. One thing club managers have in mind when using tactics is a team formation. These days many more clubs are using a “five-at-the-back formation”. Read More »

What Jose Mourinho can do to win the league this season

After spending £150m last summer, Manchester United finished in a disappointing 6th place. The fans weren’t ecstatic but they were left content as Jose Mourinho delivered Champions League football through a Europa League trophy. Still, for a club of United’s stature, that’s not enough and they should be looking towards their first Premier League title since Sir Alex left. Read More »

Time and space: Football’s critical optical illusion

Despite playing on the largest surface, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in a team sport.

To the naked eye, an empty football pitch appears massive. It doesn’t look much smaller when occupied by 22 men battling for control over a single ball. Yet, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in an enclosed space in a team sport. The optical illusion that there is time and ... Read More »

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