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September 20, 2010


Rangers surprised Manchester United (and the whole world) with an ultra-defensive 5 man defense in their Champion’s League opener. This is a formation that is tailor-made to neutralize a 442, which is what Manchester United insisted on playing even when it was clearly not working.  The two shapes are shown below. THE BEAUTY OF THE […]

Hercules follow the Mourinho formula and Barcelona fail to react.

September 13, 2010


Hercules stunned the Nou Camp by defeating Barcelona 2-0 in the home opener this season. Barcelona lined up in their usual 433 and Hercules lined up in a 4411, very similar to how Inter Milan lined up against Barcelona in last season’s Champion’s league. The two shapes are shown below. BARCELONA DOMINATE POSSESSION. As expected, […]

Metzelder Is Not A Right Back – And Schalke Are A Mess.

September 13, 2010


Schalke have had a terrible start to the season losing all three of their games. Felix Magath has tried all kinds of tactics and combinations but his team has continued to look awful both in defense and upfront. Against Hoffeinheim, Schalke lined up in some sort of hybrid diamond formation with Raul playing in the […]