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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 […]

The “False Nine” and The Centerback’s Dilema.

January 20, 2011

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The False Nine tactic is not widely used but the teams that are using it this season have been giving opposing centerbacks headaches. Two teams clearly using this tactic are Barcelona and Manchester City, which suggests that the false nine has to be an exceptional attacking player for the tactic to succeed. The false nine […]

Hercules follow the Mourinho formula and Barcelona fail to react.

September 13, 2010

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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, […]