How to Defend Against Potent Attacking Teams

By Stevie Grieve In the Copa Del Rey final, Real Madrid went into the game against Barcelona confident of a win, even without Cristiano Ronaldo who mass missing due to injury, but with Bale and Benzema both capable of defending … 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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The Ideal Formation – Part Three

By Stevie Grieve author of, Attacking in the 4-2-3-1  (Read Part One here and Part Two here) We have also seen Real Madrid over the last 12 months being able to stop Barcelona in La Liga, and win in the Nou Camp, and Bayern … Continue reading

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Creating Space As a Forward

By Vasco Mota Pereira, PortuGOAL correspondent Every once in a while my blog deviates from the analysis of a particular match’s trends and incidents, focusing on a specific play or pattern from a specific team. Today we will be dissecting … Continue reading

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Tactical Analysis – Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

By Stevie Grieve, Author of Coaching the 4-2-3-1, Modern Soccer Tactics and Winning Soccer Tactics. Dortmund gain a point with well worked direct play Borussia Dortmund are Bundesliga Champions, and showed one of the reasons why against Real Madrid. They can mix their play … Continue reading

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How to Beat Barcelona

By Waleed Zaghloul. Watching the latest Classico, I was wondering how much change will be seen from both teams based on the analysis of some vulnerabilities in a previous meeting this year (discussed in previous blogs). Some of the points … Continue reading

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