Arsene Wenger – Tactical Mastermind

By Stevie Grieve Arsenal allow City to attack down the left; tempt Kolarov forward and use his space to counter via Sanchez Arsenal expects that Man City will use Kolarov down the left, so Alexis Sanchez is not to track … Continue reading

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Invite Teams to Pressure You – Then Take Advantage Of It

By Stevie Grieve Valencia entice pressure to exploit the spaces behind the press. Valencia came into the Emirates Cup with a new coaching staff, hired from Rio Ave in Portugal. New manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his staff already had … Continue reading

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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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