Newcastle earn a point due to a tweak in the system, Manchester United fail to respond accordingly.  Manchester United Selection The backline remained unchanged as it has been since the opening game of the season. Whilst the midfield had one change with Schweinsteiger making his full debut, and Januzaj retaining his place in the XI […]

Arsenal find redemption with a familiar system after their opening game defeat to West Ham. Arsenal Selection Arsenal started proceedings with two changes in personnel; Bellerin for Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former seemed more likely considering when Bellerin is fit, he is favoured ahead Debuchy. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain would have felt unlucky to […]

Bayern Munich won the Uefa Champions League 2013, in an all round high quality, high tempo game. However, what i want to focus on is Dortmund’s work off the ball, which was slightly uncharacteristic of how they usually press opposition, but nonetheless still very effective. People often tend to forget how good the losers in […]

After three consecutive losses to two sides Barcelona have faced in total at least 8 times last season – Real Madrid and AC Milan, and in little over a week they are on the periphery of being knocked out of the Champions League, while already knocked out of the Cop Del Rey. Barcelona find themselves […]

In an era of football, where central defenders are expected to be comfortable on the ball to contribute something to the teams quality in possession, as well as being able to carry out their defensive duties effectively is becoming the norm. At astonishingly only 19 years of age, Raphaël Varane brings more than just these […]

In what has been an early career for Phil Jones at Old Trafford, he’s been utilized in several positions; right back, defensive midfield and central midfield (as a box to box midfielder). It is apparent that his preferred position is at centre back and it is probably where he will end up playing in the […]

Manchester United cruised into a 2-0 lead, Liverpool got it back to 2-1 and pressured United for most of the 2nd half in what was an exciting game. Sir Alex Ferguson went with 3 changes from the side that beat Wigan 4-0. Evans was injured so Vidic took his place, Kagawa started on the left […]

If you were to play a word association game, Harry Rednapp and tactics would be laughed off or simply dismissed immediately. To be honest, the general consensus would go as far as to say Harry Rednapp doesn’t like tactics, well renown as a great motivator he rarely goes into discussion about tactics or statistics. His […]

In the modern age of football we have become more colloquial to the ‘false’ pretext, and I’m sure the last thing football needs is another one. However, the question remains: What do you call two 6 ft 3 inch + attacking midfielder’s that occupy a position that’s objective to the modern day ‘number 10’ ? […]

Atletico Madrid are not the most grandeur of football teams in La Liga, especially if you take into consideration the kind of team they were only 2 seasons ago. When they would serve up an exciting brand of football, particularly for the neutrals, they would score 3 or 4 goals in one game but then […]