Football Tactics

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]
The key tactical trends in the Premier League season so far | Michael Cox
False No9s are in; free roles, with the exception of Mesut Özil, are out; back threes are making a comeback; and pressing is en vogueA few years ago possession was the most discussed concept in footba... [Read More]
Leicester and Tottenham offer hope by tinkering less and putting rotation in its place | Jonathan Wilson
Nobody is saying that the rich don’t have a huge advantage but this is the season in which the paradox of the superclubs, the flaw of big squads, the dangers of success, have perhaps been exposedA tho... [Read More]
Arsenal profit from Arsène Wenger decision to strengthen centre at Spurs
Manager’s selection of Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny in starting XI proved crucial in the 2-2 draw at White Hart LaneArsène Wenger is often accused of tactical naivety in big matches – but in Satur... [Read More]
How Mauricio Pochettino gave Tottenham the Premier League’s best defence | Jonathan Wilson
Tottenham’s pressing game has been cunningly adjusted by Pochettino and the manager’s deployment of Eric Dier as a central midfielder who can drop into the backline has been key their successTottenham... [Read More]
Tottenham’s Dele Alli wins battle against Everton’s Ross Barkley | Michael Cox
Game finished 1-1 but it was Alli who dominated the contest between the game’s two No10s and who scored his side’s equaliserIn a hugely entertaining contest between two technical, high-energy, attack-... [Read More]

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