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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Using a Fluid Formation

By Stevie Grieve Lyon have been this season’s ‘surprise’ package in Ligue 1, with a team of cast-offs who have proved unsuccessful at other clubs and academy graduates, staying in the top 6 would be the realistic aim and top … Continue reading

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Moving from Diamond to a Flat Midfield

By Stevie Grieve Massimiliano Allegri was appointed Juventus coach in the summer after the departure of Antonio Conte to the Italian National Squad, and has tried to adapt the Conte 5-3-2 formation and solid defensive system, to a more expansive … Continue reading

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Changing Defensive Shape During Play

By Stevie Grieve During the run to winning La Liga in 2014 and reaching the Champions League Final in 2014, Diego Simeone’s well organised team were very flexible in their defensive structure. Normally a team who would play 4-4-2 in … Continue reading

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Adjusting Defensive Tactics

By Stevie Grieve Pep Guardiola a main exponent of ‘positional play’ (or ‘Juego de posicion’ in Spanish) and uses a system based on overloads via occupying multiple defenders, occupying specific spaces, creating overloads and spaces to attack into whenever possible, … Continue reading

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