Some tactical talk from two of my favorite tactical writers. I don’t think 3 at the back will ever become a regular thing in the Premier League but it is interesting that mostly big teams have used it in recent times. That will likely be the tactical trend of the year, in the Premier League at least, especially if Chelsea continue to have such success.
Always some great stuff tactical stuff from Jonathan Wilson. Football tactics are definitely cyclical and we can see that with Atletico, Leicester City and others.
Nobody can do what Atletico does at such a high-level. The organization, intensity and intelligence in their defending is fantastic. Have to give credit where its due. Sometimes it’s annoying to see 10 men all bottled in and around the box but it’s up to the opposition to beat it and Atletico’s is tough to beat. I still think that they won’t go up a level without a consistent and elite attacking threat/more expansive play, as the PSV tie showed how much they can struggle. Still takes nothing away from the defense.
Good look at some tactical innovations in football over the years. Great read.
Pretty much spot on with all the analysis here.
Interesting to see Barcelona’s tactics in this context. Sums things up pretty well and falls in line with the assertion that it’s not all about Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Things would be very different without that support.
And just to lump the article below in as well. Yeah, Barcelona weren’t really switched on for the Arsenal game but there was an element of, “Oh if Arsenal score we’ll just bang in a few and end the tie.” Which they did. This Barcelona team man. On the verge of history.
Intriguing analysis on both these teams. Tottenham is definitely better in possession and could become more comfortable with that as a primary approach if necessary.
Not picking the mind of the Pep Guardiola’s and Jose Mourinho’s but still some very interesting thoughts.
Some great points here. Possession-based teams, and Chelsea, are struggling a bit more to start and that idea about the lack of coherence early in the season makes sense. This isn’t to say that the “simpler” counter-attacking tactics are easy but they have definitely proven effective early on. Some things to keep an eye on even as the season progresses.
Some teams still use the traditional 4-4-2 which is just plain weird. Will the diamond start to become the trend? It’s popped up in places, like West Ham surprisingly last season, so maybe.