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Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Tactics Review

While the result was in doubt deep into the second half, Chelsea rose to earn a 3-1 result at Stamford Bridge. The Torres-Drogba saga was revived in this match. Manager Andre Villas-Boas started both forwards up front. AVB settled on an attacking diamond formation, with John Obi Mikel set back […]

The EPLtalk Beginner's Guide to Tactics

Following on from the Gaffer’s suggestion for articles to use as resources one of the key elements of a Football match are the Tactics each team employs. Unfortunately for converts the terminology can be impenetrable – 4-4-2 & 4-3-3 are just random numbers and with two teams lining up it […]

USMNT: Moving On To Algeria

With the news that controversial match official Koman Coulibaly has received a rating of “poor” after his expedited evaluation following his shocking display in the now infamous United States – Slovenia draw and is likely to be relieved of his World Cup duties on Monday it’s time we shift our […]

Tactics and the Modern Game: the Perils of Overstating the Case

And my particular bugbear, this week, is bullshit-artists who try to over-complicate a perfectly simple game by waffling on interminably about formations and tactics; holding midfielders, players in the hole, galloping wing-backs blah, blah, blah snooze yawn in a bid to make out they’re more clever than everyone else. There […]

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Angel Di Maria Returns To Manchester United Training; Could Make Bench Against Villa

During his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s match against Aston Villa, manager Louis van Gaal revealed that midfielder Angel di Maria returned to training earlier this week and is in contention for the 18-man squad on Saturday. Although the United boss tempered his statement by reminding the gathering that […]

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