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Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United: Carroll is Key

January 28, 2012 by


A tense, frenetic, and occasionally ugly game was settled ultimately by Liverpool’s aerial superiority. Both teams started with a lone striker, and neither made a particularly assertive attempt to attack the other in the first half, although Manchester United comfortably dominated the possession. This was partly because Jamie Carragher featured as the holding player in […]

Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona – Copa Del Rey QF First Leg

January 18, 2012 by


These games are a real highlight in the footballing, nay, cultural calendar. The speed and intensity of the drama, coupled with the exceptional technical and mental prowess exhibited by the competitors, make even cup quarter final first-legs between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the best two teams in the world, unmissable. First half: Tactical line-ups: The […]

Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn – O’Neill has Larsson and Vaughan to thank

December 11, 2011 by


This was an important victory for Sunderland, who had been slipping rather dangerously under the tutelage of Steve Bruce. O’Neill will be delighted to have started his reign with a rabble-rousing victory, courtesy of the excellent technique of David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson. The truth is, Sunderland looked like they were heading for defeat for […]

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City – Tactical Preview

September 27, 2011 by


I love games like these. It should be a great test for a City side growing in confidence week-by-week. This is how the teams will probably line-up (Arjen Robben has been injured, so a place on the bench is most likely): The basic shape for both sides will probably be a 4-2-3-1, but there are […]

2011: A Space Oddity

June 19, 2011 by


The study of tactics in football is, to a great extent, the study of space: between individual players, and between lines of players. But finding space on a football pitch is increasingly difficult, and the players who can find it and the managers who can exploit it are always in the highest demand. There are […]