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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How to Make Your Attacks Unpredictable

By Stevie Grieve This article is an excerpt from the books, Modern Soccer Tactics Volume 1&2. Many of the most expensive players have been attackers. Most of the attackers have either been goal scoring machines, or players who play with … Continue reading

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How Important is Technique…Even for Top Pro’s?

I have watched most of the Euro 2012 games and one thing that has stood out to me is the incredibly high level of technique demonstrated by all of the teams.  It goes without saying that these are amongst the … Continue reading

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