How Would Clive Allen and Darren Anderton Perform in Today’s Game?

I was lucky enough to watch Sunday's game in the company of Spurs greats Clive Allen and Darren Anderton at the Grosvenor Casino, Piccadilly. Both of these players had careers that I think were somewhat prototypical. First I spoke to Clive who played as a lone forward in front of a midfield five during an... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Pochettino’s Back Three Part Two

If you haven't read it already, Part One explored the journey by which we have arrived at playing the back three. Inverting the Backline Triangle Although we created a back three for a lot of last season the new system differs because of the shape it takes. Last season the wide two would rarely be... Continue Reading →

Why the way we press might be holding us back

From my lengthy end-of-season review piece I wrote back in May: "Effectively, and I am probably guilty of over-simplifying here, there are three different ways to approach counter-pressing. Ball-orientated, man-orientated and pass-lane-orientated. The first in the list is the most simple to teach but the easiest to bypass and the last in the list is the most... 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 →

4-1-4-1

Time and time again the very best coaches in the world tell us we focus too much on digit described formations. And I agree. No team plays set in their shape for 90 minutes; a team's formation is fluid throughout the different phases of the game. And one team's 4-2-3-1 is completely different from another's.... Continue Reading →

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