I’m Obsessed With Man-to-Man Marking
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I’m Obsessed With Man-to-Man Marking

Having obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD co-morbidly is like being on the worst rollercoaster you’ve ever been on and never being able to get off. It just keeps going around and around and around, and every time it does, it feels like it’s getting worse and worse. It’s an interesting world the conditions create in your…

Man-to-Man Marking: The Most Underrated System In Football?
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Man-to-Man Marking: The Most Underrated System In Football?

Upon watching my Sunday League team play at the weekend from the comfort of the sideline, I couldn’t help but feel our zonal approach to the task at hand was one of the main reasons we were suffocated inside our own box for 85 out of the 90 minutes of a cup final. Tactics are…

Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen: Another Tactical Masterclass from Xabi Alonso
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Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen: Another Tactical Masterclass from Xabi Alonso

Bayer Leverkusen holds the title of the invincibles. They are just unbeatable at the moment. At the Olimpico stadium, they showed again that they are no slouch of a team when they faced Roma with their new coach, Daniele De Rossi, in the Europa League semi-final. The Italian manager has brought new blood to the…

Erik ten Hag: Has He Always Been a Possession Based Manager?
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Erik ten Hag: Has He Always Been a Possession Based Manager?

There was a general belief in England when Manchester United signed Erik ten Hag that they would become a Pep Guardiola esque possession-based football team that controlled the ball no matter where they went or the occasion they were playing at. Ten Hag had showcased a possession-based style at Ajax that had drawn plaudits from…

Atalanta, Man For Man Pressing, & The Gian Piero Gasperini Love Story
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Atalanta, Man For Man Pressing, & The Gian Piero Gasperini Love Story

Man for man pressing and man for man work ethic. That seems to be the way of doing things at Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta. The Italian side strolled up to Anfield and did something not many sides have done in Jurgen Klopp’s era: win. But they didn’t just win; they smashed the Red’s from pillar…

Chelsea Beginning To Find Their Feet Under Mauricio Pochettino
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Chelsea Beginning To Find Their Feet Under Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea have been lacklustre for large parts of the season, which has led to widespread criticism of the manager, Mauricio Pochettino. The London club have been sitting in the bottom half for more than a quarter of the campaign, dropping to 12th not even a month ago, in a period that looked like there was…