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Will Chelsea return to the diamond?

July 21, 2010


Carlo Ancelotti introduced his signature diamond formation to Chelsea at the beginning of last season but by the end of the season he seemed to have lost faith in it. Offensively, the formation didn’t seem to suit Lampard and Malouda but it did allow Anelka and Drogba to play well with each other. Chelsea have […]

Defensive Midfielders – The incentives of production

July 20, 2010


This year’s World Cup has shown just how important it is to play with a holding midfielder. These kind of players have become a tactical necessity but they do not all perform the same role. We have seen different interpretations of the holding midfielder from Sergio Busquets to Nigel De Jong to Rafael Marquez to […]

Germany exploit Argentina’s weakness on the right flank.

July 4, 2010


As I explained in an earlier article, Argentina play a lop-sided formation that forces their right back to patrol the right flank on his own. This was always a weakness in the formation regardless of who was playing at right back. Gutierezz came in for criticism when playing this role(but I defended him) and was […]

Gilberto Silva is under-appreciated.

July 2, 2010


There has been a lot of criticism of Dunga’s Brazil (mostly from other Brazilians) that their midfield is too functional. Gilberto Silva has become the player singled out most as representing this new Brazil, that allegedly relies on counter attacks and set pieces and does not look to dominate possession. I don’t agree with any […]

Germany have to defend THE HOLE

July 1, 2010


Germany will play Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals and their defenders will have to be at their best against Argentina’s 3 man attack. As shown below, Messi plays behind Tevez and Higuain, operating in the space between midfield and defense i.e. THE HOLE. Tevez likes dropping deep and operating in this area as well […]