How Deco Made Counter Attacks Successful

By Stevie Grieve Jose Mourinho’s Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2003 then the UEFA Champions League in 2004. They did this on the basis of having a very strong defence, very organised in midfield with fast attacking transitions. When … Continue reading

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Mourinho’s Defensive Tactics

By Stevie Grieve Since I was young, I have always had an interest in tactics, specifically successful coaches, or coaches who have seemingly come from nowhere. When Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2003 against Celtic, I … Continue reading

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Runs to Beat a Compact Defense

By Stevie Grieve In the last analysis I made which was on Algeria’s solid defensive system, I looked at how they made Germany predictable, and how they almost defended in a 6-3-1 formation, playing on the counter attack behind Germany’s … Continue reading

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How Brazil Exposed Croatia’s Midfield

By Stevie Grieve In the opening match of the FIFA World Cup, Croatia played against hosts Brazil, and were tipped to struggle against one of the favourites for the tournament. Croatia can always feel confident against any team boasting a … Continue reading

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High Pressure Defending Like Real Madrid

By Stevie Grieve - Real Madrid Pressing v Atletico Madrid As the ball is passed back, a common pressing trigger in modern football allows for pressure on the ball, and squeezing the defensive lines higher up the field. In this example, … Continue reading

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Counter Attack Like Liverpool

By Stevie Grieve Liverpool in the 2013/2014 season were a joy to watch all season, and the brightest player in the team was Luis Suarez, who won the Players’ and Football Writers Player of the Year awards. Other than the … Continue reading

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