The Importance of the Center Back Pairing

By Stevie Grieve Arsenal have been notoriously bad defensively for several years, but this looked to be changing in the past 18 months, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker becoming a solid partnership at the back as both players strengths complement each … Continue reading

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Quick Counter Attacking

By Stevie Grieve Bayern Munich under Guardiola have changed significantly since the treble winning team under Jupp Heynckes, but one thing which has returned this season is the direct passes over the top of a defence in attacking transition. This … Continue reading

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Possession to Create Space

By Stevie Grieve Scotland went into the game against newly crowned World Champions, Germany on the back of a 6 game unbeaten run. New coach Gordon Strachan has assembled a team with a solid work ethic who can follow out … Continue reading

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Scoring from Corner Kicks

By Stevie Grieve In the recent match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, there were 6 goals, with 50% scored from corner kicks, with several other missed headers and 2nd balls which could’ve resulted in more goals. Interestingly, both teams … Continue reading

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Pressing to Make Play Predictable

By Stevie Grieve Bayern Munich seem to have changed to a new 3-4-2-1 type of formation this season, possibly to combat teams playing a low 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1, overloading midfield with 6 players while having 3 players in deep positions … Continue reading

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Manchester United’s Defensive Problems v MK Dons

By Stevie Grieve New Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal has taken over a struggling side from last season, but despite the criticism that David Moyes endured, Louis Van Gaal’s premier league start had delivered 1 point from 2 winnable … Continue reading

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