Chile’s New Tactical Set-Up

August 18, 2011

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I was a big fan of Marcelo Bielsa’s Chile team and even wrote them a love letter during the World Cup last year. Bielsa is gone now and Chile have changed their tactical set-up while still retaining the core philosophy of relentless pressing and attacking in numbers. Claudio Bhorgi plays more of a 3412 (or […]

Posted in: Game Analysis, Tactics

Barcelona’s Zonal Marking at Corners

August 7, 2011

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Barcelona are on average, the shortest team in Europe but they have an excellent record when it comes to defending set pieces. There is a perception that defending set pieces is a function of height and physicality but Barcelona have challenged this belief by employing an effective zonal marking system when defending corners. THEORY INTO […]

Posted in: Set Pieces

Guest Article -The Revival of The Libero

March 7, 2011

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This article was written by Jude Ellery – Editor of www.footballfarrago.com. www.twitter.com/footballfarrago When Chelsea paid Benfica €25 million for their defender, David Luiz, it was a signal of intent. Worried about teams learning how to ‘park the bus’ at Stamford Bridge and escape with a point, Carlo Ancelotti forked out for a player who has […]

Posted in: Tactics, Trends

External Article – The Increased Value of Versatile Defenders

March 5, 2011

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I wrote an article about the increased value of versatile defenders in the Premiership. You can read it on Football Farrago

Posted in: Trends

Makelele no longer playing the “Makelele Role”

March 5, 2011

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In his prime, Claude Makelele was so good that he got a position named after him. He was not the first ever holding midfielder but he did show the value of such a player in the Premiership which had been dominated by the straight line thinking of the 4-4-2. The concept of a holding midfielder […]

Posted in: Player Profile, Tactics

Guest Article – Gael Clichy’s Defensive Shortcomings

March 2, 2011

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This article was wriiten by Jude Ellery, the editor of Football Farrago Arsenal’s current defensive problems lie not with their centre backs but with their left back, Gael Clichy. This is an opinion held by many Arsenal fans, including Arsenal Insider’s Josh Benson in his piece, ‘A Look at Gael Clichy’. Johan Djourou has been […]

Posted in: Player Profile

The Reactive Defense

February 14, 2011

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Most teams develop a solid defensive scheme and stick to it, only tweaking it slightly to suite the opponent. In recent years however, we have seen two examples of teams who were willing to radically change their defensive structure depending on whether the opponent was playing with two strikers or one. These two examples are […]

Posted in: Tactics, Trends
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