Holy Shit We’re Playing Real Madrid!

We played Real a few years ago of course and that was no small deal then. But since then they've come far, about as far as we have. Real Madrid aren't just the biggest club in the world; they're now the best team and this iteration will go down as one of the best ever.... Continue Reading →

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Wembley Hotspur v Chelsea Preview

Last season’s Champions and Runners-Up go head-to-head in the first Top 6 clash of the season and it’s easy spot the similarities between the two sides. Squads Both boost outstanding first choice XIs that carried them to last year’s respective finishes and both have also failed to address squad depth issues in time for the... Continue Reading →

Preview: Tottenham v Wembley

Spurs’ “Wembley woes” this season gone, have got fans worried about spending an entire year (or even two if the project is delayed) at the nation's home ground.  It’s easy to question conclusions drawn from such a small sample and easier still to look into those game and spin the angle. A group stage played... Continue Reading →

Tottenham 2 – 0 Chelsea Analysis

Having drawn Chelsea in the FA Cup semis I thought I'd do a quick belated analysis of our 2-0 League victory from back in January. Both teams opted for a 3-4-3 formation and it's no coincidence. Both teams - due to creativity at the back and physicality in midfield - build their attacks in similar... Continue Reading →

Chelsea Preview

Thought I'd expand on my Chelsea preview from my debut on this week's Fight Cock Extra Inch podcast. We tried to keep that bit brief as we didn't want to date the episode which was meant to be more of a general tactical overview of Poch's time at Spurs. Chelsea's current setup is all about separating the... Continue Reading →

Man City Preview

In my tactical overview piece at the end of last season I explained how Pochettino, like many modern managers, organises his team to attack the opposition across the five horizontal divisions of the pitch. The wings, the channels and the centre. This spreads the opposition defence wide and opens up space to attack in the... Continue Reading →

Crystal Palace Preview

While you can never take too much from a single game and I do think there will be an occasion for playing Wanyama and Dier alongside one another, the Everton game wasn't a great advert. There are also some positives to take from the game in the form of positive in-game tactical changes from Pochettino... Continue Reading →

Everton Preview

Club football returns but Mousa Dembele does not. Neither, seemingly, does half the Everton squad. Given time I have little doubt Koeman will instil a defensive stability built upon a back three that progresses in to wide counter-attacks. But for now Everton seem to be coming into the start of the season lacking fitness, depth... Continue Reading →

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