The Effects of Man Marking a Dangerous Player

By Stevie Grieve Evra pressing out of the defensive line to close down Messi, Rakitic or Alves at RW As Messi plays the deepest of the Barcelona front 3, Patrice Evra was tasked to push out of the defensive line … Continue reading

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Juventus Defensive Analysis

By Stevie Grieve Juventus Defensive Analysis Defensive shape in a Low Block 4-4-2 To help the full backs against the inside and outside runs of Messi/Neymar & Rakitic/Alves & Alba with Marchisio/Pogba & Liechtsteiner/Evra able to defend with equality on … Continue reading

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Leaving too Much Space

By Stevie Grieve Since January, the return to form of Lionel Messi has seen him reach new heights in performance, unseen ever when he was World Player of The Year for 4 seasons running (2009 2010 2011 2012) and now … Continue reading

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Keeping the Play Wide

By Stevie Grieve Europa League holders and this seasons finalists, Sevilla, are a team with a strong defensive unit and a strong attacking process, particularly on the counter attack. Against a possession orientated team like Fiorentina, they allowed the Italians … Continue reading

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Attacking Diagonally

By Stevie Grieve In the Champions League Semi Final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the score was decided by one player’s ability to find space when there is little available, despite Bayern Munich’s best attempts to control the space around … Continue reading

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One Way to Keep the Compact

By Stevie Grieve Atletico Madrid may not regain the Spanish League title that they earned last season, but Diego Simeone has kept them competitive in 3 competitions with arguably a weaker starting XI than last season, losing Goalkeeper Thibaud Courtois, … Continue reading

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