Browsing All posts tagged under »protecting the fullback«

Manchester United’s 4-5-1 – external article

November 5, 2010

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I wrote an article for Football Farrago on Manchester United’s alternative 4-5-1 tactic that they use in Europe.  You can read it HERE.

How Chelsea are Freeing Their Wingbacks

October 30, 2010

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If  you watch Chelsea play then you will notice just how attacking their wingbacks are. Ancelloti’s system is heavily reliant on the wingbacks for width and to create overloads on the flanks  so he sets up his midfield and defense in such a way that the fullbacks can get forward on a regular basis without […]

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, […]

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

September 13, 2010

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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 […]

Will Chelsea return to the diamond?

July 21, 2010

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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 […]

Germany exploit Argentina’s weakness on the right flank.

July 4, 2010

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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

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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 […]