Playing with a Compact Defense

By Stevie Grieve Last season, Atletico Madrid won La Liga on the back of a strong defensive unit, good individual players and speed in transitions in both attack and defence. After losing GK Courtois, LB Felipe Luis and CF (and … Continue reading

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Adjusting a System to Different Personnel

By Stevie Grieve Since the summer, Liverpool have struggled to get back to the fluid and penetrative style of last season. Losing Luis Suarez was a big blow, and replacing him with 2 immobile strikers instead of a more suitable … Continue reading

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Drawing the Center Back Wide

By Stevie Grieve Jose Mourinho teams have been strong defensively since he took over in his 1st role at Benfica, through from Lieira, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and again to Chelsea. The backbone of his success has been … Continue reading

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The Use of Inverted Full Backs

By Stevie Grieve Pep Guardiola has evolved the Bayern Munich team over the 18 months he has been in charge so it is almost unrecognisable from the treble winning team and style Jupp Heynckes left behind. The system has changed … Continue reading

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Bayern Positioning to Cover the Key Zones

By Stevie Grieve Positioning in modern football is a massive part of the success of a team, particularly in the development of an attacking game but also in ball conservation to defend, while defensive positioning has always been an important … Continue reading

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Midfield Positioning to Penetrate

By Stevie Grieve Bayern initial set up – 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 hybrid With Alonso (yellow) screening infront of the defence and playing laterally, this allows Rode (yellow) and Hojbjerg (orange) to be free to drift between the lines and support if Robben … Continue reading

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