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Tactics Truck: Ranieri And Pellegrini Both Spring Tactical Surprises

Leicester City will go into the New Year level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, after an uneventful – but tactically interesting – scoreless draw against Manchester City. Both managers sprung tactical surprises here, by deviating from their preferred starting shapes. Rather than the narrow, ultra-compact 4-4-2 that he usually favours, Claudio Ranieri instead opted for …

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Tactics Truck: Klopp’s Liverpool Ineffectual When Counter-Attack Not An Option

Recent away thrashings of Manchester City and Southampton had fueled talk of a surprise Liverpool title challenge. New manager Jurgen Klopp’s rapid implementation of his patented counter-pressing, counter-attacking style resulted in his new charges punishing both sides for their expansiveness. However, results of games in which Liverpool are expected to dominate the ball have been more mixed to say the …

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Tactics Truck: Ireland Withstand Barrage On Left-Flank To Take The Edge

Mehmed Bazdarevic, manager of Bosnia-Herzegovina, had clearly done his homework. Recordings of Ireland’s recent visit to Warsaw would have revealed a very fragile Irish left-flank, that crumbled in the face of Polish probing to deny Ireland automatic passage to next summer’s European Championship finals in France. On Friday night, the personnel comprising that Irish left-side may have been completely different, but the …

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Tactics Truck: Guardiola Tactical Tweaks Lead To Bayern Munich Rout

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at home to Bayern Munich a fortnight ago was built on the foundation of a solid defence, married to a relentless counter-attacking determination to prevail upon the German champions’ poor defensive transitions. That Tuesday night, in the Emirates, the Gunners lined up in a defensive 4-5-1, preventing their much-vaunted opposition from playing through. Munich’s deep lying-playmaker, Xabi Alonso – …

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Tactics Truck: Arsenal Top Table Despite Naive Game Management

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger deservedly received plaudits here and elsewhere in midweek for taking a pragmatic approach to his pre-match preparations for Bayern Munich. Tuesday night’s counter-attack-inspired victory over the German champions continues a trend towards greater tactical adaptability over the last year from the French manager. The manner of the 2-0 victory evoked echoes of January’s away victory in the Etihad, in …

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