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 →

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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 →

What Can Sissoko Offer Spurs?

Tactics, Antics, And Semantics

Moussa Sissoko’s move to Tottenham in the dying minutes of the summer Transfer Window came as a bit of a shock to everyone. The club spent a reported £30m on a player that struggled to shine in a lackluster Newcastle side that was eventually relegated. Barring some magnificent performances in the Euros, his performances for Newcastle have been average at best. The move proved to be fairly divisive within the Spurs fanbase.

Seven games in and Sissoko is making a case for himself. He has shown that he’s not as inept as some (myself included) first assumed. His performances even earned him a start against a perfect-record, Guardiola-led Manchester City.

What has he been doing well?

Sissoko is a player with extreme physical ability. He has pace to run down the channels and a strong frame to hold up play or knock an opposition player off the ball. These attributes are…

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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 →

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