Adjusting Defensive Tactics

By Stevie Grieve Pep Guardiola a main exponent of ‘positional play’ (or ‘Juego de posicion’ in Spanish) and uses a system based on overloads via occupying multiple defenders, occupying specific spaces, creating overloads and spaces to attack into whenever possible, … Continue reading

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Pressing 3 v 1 or 2 v 1

By Stevie Grieve In the Champions League encounter between Schalke and Real Madrid, Schalke played the their usual deep 5-3-2 formation adopted by Roberto Di Matteo since he took charge earlier in the season. They normally play quite passive and … Continue reading

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Altering a Formation to Create Space

By Stevie Grieve In the recent Champions League match between PSG and Chelsea, Chelsea set up to play compact and defensively with an emphasis on counter-attack, with a high prioritization with blocking PSG’s left with lots of players on that … Continue reading

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Allowing Freedom of Movement Within a Formation

By Stevie Grieve Despite the criticism of Luis Enrique this season, he has made an improvement on the work by Tata Martino last season, by re-introducing a pressing game and adding an aggressive offside trap, while finding a way to … Continue reading

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Attacking Effectively from Wide Areas

By Stevie Grieve Marcelo Bielsa is a coach who many of the great coaches have studied methods from, coaches like Pep Guardiola among many others have credited Marcelo Bielsa with provoking the way they think about the game and implement … Continue reading

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Triggers for the Offside Trap

By Stevie Grieve Luis Enrique took over at FC Barcelona in the summer and one of the first things he has done is make sure that the team are much more solid defensively than they have been in previous seasons. … Continue reading

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