Football Tactics

From Aubameyang to Kane, forwards today pose strikingly different threats | Jonathan Wilson
Top finishers are a varied bunch, from classic or false 9s to target men and wide-rangers who cut in to score – and adapting teams to match their gifts is what makes the best sides tickAs Arsenal’s re... [Read More]
José Mourinho back to his best now he is picking the pockets of the big clubs again | Jonathan Wilson
This season of two-a-week fixtures suits the Spurs manager’s attritional style and is why he seems to be enjoying himself Ah, José, it’s good to have you back. It’s been too long since we saw this ver... [Read More]
In this strange season, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put Spurs in title mix | Jonathan Wilson
Defensive solidity plus a lethal forward pairing may be all it takes for Tottenham to be considered serious challengersThis has already been a deeply confusing season. Nothing makes much sense and as ... [Read More]
Gareth Bale escapes wilderness with every chance of redemption at Spurs
The Real Madrid reject should still have explosive pace and looks suited to Harry Kane and José Mourinho’s tacticsFootball loves nothing more than a redemption myth. While there are many who will tell... [Read More]
José Mourinho wins but derby leaves fog of confusion over north London | Jonathan Wilson
Key questions about both sides’ forwards went unanswered in a game where Spurs and Arsenal showed their flawsAfter all the optimistic talk, the north-London derby was a sobering reminder for Arsenal o... [Read More]
Spurs fans should fear four years of Mourinho’s small-minded cynicism | Jonathan Liew
Desperate negativity of his approach to playing Liverpool at home is José Mourinho’s management style in microcosmChampions aren’t flawless. It’s just that you glimpse their flaws for only a fleeting ... [Read More]
Champions League final battle on flanks will underline importance of full-backs | Jonathan Wilson
Liverpool and Spurs rely on the role to wreak havoc in attack and Saturday’s game will show how the position has evolvedIt is quarter of a century since Jack Charlton observed after the 1994 World Cup... [Read More]
Pressing is risky but the best way to ruffle Pep Guardiola’s feathers | Jonathan Wilson
Tottenham came unstuck when they pressed high at the Etihad last season but it was preferable to their timid performance against Manchester City at WembleyTottenham would press them, push high up the ... [Read More]
All square in Pochettino and Guardiola’s battle of high-speed philosophies | Michael Cox
In a game between two sides using high defensive lines, runs in behind the opposition were always likely to be crucial … and controversialThere are many similarities between the footballing philosophi... [Read More]
Mauricio Pochettino shows how it is possible to beat Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation | Michael Cox
Tottenham’s coach has made his reputation as a master tactician and he showed why when his side stalled the Chelsea juggernaut with a 2-0 home winMauricio Pochettino has earned a reputation as a fine ... [Read More]

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