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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How to Exploit the Weakness – Even In a Good Defense

By Stevie Grieve In last weeks article, I looked at the recent Champions League match between Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona, which Atletico won 1-0. I look at their defensive set up and how they made it difficult for Barcelona … Continue reading

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How To Force Messi to Shoot From Distance

By Stevie Grieve In the recent Champions League Quarter Final clash, Barcelona drew 1-1 at home to Atletico de Madrid, and went into the 2nd game at the Vicente Calderon needing to score to have a chance at qualification for … Continue reading

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