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Archives: Tactics

The Differences Between Zonal Marking, Man Marking and Mixed Zonal Marking

Posted on by Tamojit Chakraborty
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In England, it’s not uncommon to hear the saying that “Zonal marking is not defending.” But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It’s not that man marking … Continue reading

Manchester City 3:0 Sunderland

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Sunderland’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon was not very rewarding. Aleksandar Kolarov contributed a goal and an assist as Manchester City dominated the match, earning a 3-0 victory over the visiting Black Cats. The hosts made a … Continue reading

Blackburn Rovers 0 – 2 Manchester United: Tactics

Posted on by Earl Reed

In an instant, an impending stalemate at Ewood Park became another step to the title for Manchester United, as Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock in the final 10 minutes to spur the defending champions onto victory over Blackburn, 0-2. The … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: 3 At The Back

Posted on by Earl Reed

Two centerbacks, two fullbacks. The modern convention of “four at the back,” is so standard that any time a team adds or subtracts a back, it tends to be towards the end of the match when a team either wants … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI

Posted on by Earl Reed

The first ESPN2 match of the season turned out to be a rainy affair from Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, as the Timbers overcame an early second half deficit to put away the Philadelphia Union, 3-1. The hosts began in a … Continue reading

Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers: Tactics

Posted on by Earl Reed

In their second surprise result of the campaign, Blackburn Rovers proved opportunistic, spoiling Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday at Old Trafford with a 3-2 shocker over second place Manchester United. The home side started the match with a weakened lineup, … Continue reading

Everton 1-1 Norwich City: Tactical Review

Posted on by Earl Reed

Norwich City grabbed a 1-1 draw in their trip to the northwest to face Everton on Saturday. The home squad lined up in their usual 4-4-1-1 shape, with Louis Saha finding himself up top with Tim Cahill withdrawn in the … Continue reading

Tactics Talk: About That Five…

Posted on by Earl Reed

There have been some raised eyebrows across the Major League Soccer punditry about Peter Nowak and his choice of formation to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg. The iconic manager of the Philadelphia Union pulled a tactical rabbit out … Continue reading

Tactics in MLS (And/Or The Supplemental Nature Of OptaStats)

Posted on by Earl Reed

I tend to consider tactics and Major League Soccer like an unabridged dictionary in a fourth grade classroom. While the study and employment of tactics within MLS happens, there is less tactical sophistication in MLS than in the more established … Continue reading

Are European Inspired Tactics Failing USL-1?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Darren Tilley’s Rochester Rhinos will not repeat their feat of 1999. The US Open Cup Final will feature two MLS teams and two coaches who are part of the US system. USL-1 with its British flavored football and coaches who … Continue reading

Premiership Countdown: 37 Days to Go

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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It was one of the main reasons why the 2006 World Cup was less entertaining than previous years, and the reason why so few of the football superstars shone at the World Cup. It’s the 4-5-1 formation. Unfortunately, I predict … Continue reading

Death to the 4-5-1

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Very early in the 2005/2006 Premiership season, all of the talk was about the 4-5-1 formation and how Bolton, especially, was being effective yet boring after Allardyce used the formation to grind out results. What we’ve seen in the 2006 … Continue reading