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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: O’Neill Persists With Diamond Formation That Sparked Ireland’s Dramatic Reversal In Fortunes

One year and three days ago, the Republic of Ireland lost away to Scotland by a single goal. The nation’s chances of even securing a playoff looked remote at best. Last night, it won that playoff, comfortably besting a much-fancied Bosnia-Herzigovina side to qualify for Euro 2016. That night in Glasgow, manager Martin O’Neill matched his counterpart Gordon Strachan’s 4-4-1-1 formation. The hosts’s …

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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: Van Gaal Conservatism Contributes To Dour Stalemate

Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit, after a dour scoreless draw against rivals Manchester United – in which both sides’ only effort on target arrived in the final ten minutes. Manuel Pellegrini set his side up to avoid defeat, with both Fernando and Fernandinho fielded at the base of midfield in a compact 4-4-1-1. Luckily for him, the risk-averse …

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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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