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Two teams known for their respective three-at-the-back systems played out a match which was largely a stalemate, until John Egan’s dramatic late winner secured victory for Chris Wilder’s side. Both teams had well-organized defenses and attacks relying much upon wing-play, transitions and direct passing to some extent, leading to a game which often lacked in […]

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Lampard’s continuous tinkering with his team’s shape helped convert Chelsea’s control into goals. A dominant display asserted the hosts back into the Premier League’s top four, whilst Watford’s fears of relegation continue to worsen. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. Frank Lampard will be given time at Chelsea, but Champions League football has […]

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Tactical analysis Sheffield United Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Premier League

Despite dominating possession, Tottenham Hotspur showed very little creativity in their unbalanced system, and were rightly punished for it. Sheffield United were finally back to their normal selves, defending compactly before great transitions down the flanks exposed more problems with Spurs’s Joséification. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. The horse race towards the […]

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Control of the first half afforded the visitors room to breathe, but that was not to be the case once Chris Wilder’s side found their feet in the second. After heaping pressure on their opponents, a hectic, end-to-end finale to this encounter resulted in twists and turns that fell in Arsenal’s favor. Tactical analysis and […]

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Tactical analysis Leicester City Chelsea 0-1 FA Cup

Chelsea endured a shaky start to the game as they struggled to solve Leicester City’s pressing throughout the first half. However, Leicester were unable to capitalize on this, creating relatively little. Lampard made three changes at half-time which helped improve Chelsea’s performance, including the introduction of Ross Barkley who ended up scoring the winner.  Tactical […]

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Tactical analysis Watford Southampton 1-3

Two goals from in-form striker Danny Ings capped off a deserved win for Southampton, while aggravating Watford’s relegation concerns further. Though the similar shapes stopped both teams from creating effectively, the visitors exploited Watford with an aggressive high-press and quick transitions when they attempted to get back into the game. Tactical analysis and match report […]

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Tactical analysis Aston Villa Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Premier League

Relegation threatened Aston Villa played out a stale contest hosting Champions-League-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sparse bright spots in Villa buildup play amounted to nothing while Wolves’ failures to capitalize on fortuitous opportunities went unpunished as one moment of Wolves quality decided the match in their favour. Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma. This was […]

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