Using a Fluid Formation

By Stevie Grieve Lyon have been this season’s ‘surprise’ package in Ligue 1, with a team of cast-offs who have proved unsuccessful at other clubs and academy graduates, staying in the top 6 would be the realistic aim and top … Continue reading

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Moving from Diamond to a Flat Midfield

By Stevie Grieve Massimiliano Allegri was appointed Juventus coach in the summer after the departure of Antonio Conte to the Italian National Squad, and has tried to adapt the Conte 5-3-2 formation and solid defensive system, to a more expansive … Continue reading

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Changing Defensive Shape During Play

By Stevie Grieve During the run to winning La Liga in 2014 and reaching the Champions League Final in 2014, Diego Simeone’s well organised team were very flexible in their defensive structure. Normally a team who would play 4-4-2 in … Continue reading

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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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