Tactical Analysis

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The Pivot & The Shuttlers | Celtic’s Inverted Triangle

Since Juventus monopolised the Serie A title race they’ve taken many forms – the bare-knuckled back three of Antonio Conte; the lateral overload of current Massimiliano Allegri – but arguably the best iteration of the side, and most compelling to watch, materialised during Allegri’s first season, when Juventus reached the Champions League final and struck…

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The Dribbler; A Game-changing talent

Almost two years has passed since 17-year-old Kristoffer Ajer agreed a deal with Ronny Deila and Celtic to bring him to Glasgow. Now, with his teenage years coming to an end he’s fought himself into Brendan Rodgers’ first team. Alex Lawrence, a regular contributor to the highly respected football tactics website spielverlagerung.com, takes a deep…

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Stevie Grieve on Tactics: Choosing a Defensive System

As part of his regular column for the Supplement, Stevie Grieve shares his tactical insight of the game. In this edition, he outlines some of the many consideration and decisions a coach is faced with when choosing an organised defensive system. How do you break down the system you wish to defend in? First of…

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Stevie Grieve on Tactics: Building from the back and dominating possession

As part of his regular column for the Supplement, Stevie Grieve shares his tactical insight of the game. In this edition he looks at how teams that want to build up play from the back and keep possession should adapt their tactics accordingly. How many teams in British football can we remember who were relentlessly dominant…

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Stevie Grieve on Tactics: The 4-4-2

As part of his regular column for the Supplement, Stevie Grieve shares his tactical insight of the game. In this edition he gives an revealing insight to  an UEFA A-license level analysis of that most traditional of formations; the 4-4-2. In the modern game, we have seen various tactical shifts, especially in the past 20 years. In…

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The Sudden Rise and Continuing Fall of Luis Enrique

If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, chances are you’ve experienced the awe-inspiring sight of the city’s crown jewel: Sagrada Familia. The structure towers over its surroundings, projecting a feeling of enormity greater than the sum of its parts. It’s grand, it’s stunning, it’s not even complete. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed the structure and oversaw…

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