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Chile’s New Tactical Set-Up

August 18, 2011


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 […]

Racing Santander Show How NOT To Use A Five Men Defense

October 31, 2010


Racing Santander used a five men defense to try to neutralize Real Madrid but this was a massive failure and showed why such a strategy is not suitable against a 4-2-3-1. Racing lost the game 6-1 and it could have been worse as they played into the hands of the Real Madrid attackers. The two […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Two Faces of Paraguay

June 21, 2010


The Face of Caution Against Italy,Paraguay defended deep and narrow, playing only one striker(Valdez spent most of his time in midfield) and were content to concede possession to the Italians. The fullbacks did not venture forward and the midfielders held their positions instead of supporting the attack. Paraguay must have felt that Italy were the […]