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Is The Traditional 4-4-2 Formation Outdated In Modern Football?

Over recent years, Premier League managers have developed a reluctance to play two strikers in a 4-4-2 formation, instead reverting to a three-man midfield. We decided to investigate why this is and what tactical implications it has for Premier League teams. 4-4-2 is the traditional formation of the English game, epitomised by Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble-winning Manchester United side of 1998/9. With a …

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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: Ranieri Channels Simeone’s Atletico To Send Leicester City Top At Xmas

It is arguably the most remarkable turnaround in fortunes in Premier League history. Saturday afternoon’s victory at Goodison Park ensured that Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City side will sit atop the league tree this Christmas – a far cry from 12 months ago, when they languished at its foot. Ranieri returned to English shores this summer under a cloud, after an …

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Tactics Truck: Van Gaal Risk Aversion Translates To Another Inglorious Stalemate

Manchester United’s last Champions League outing – a 1-0 home victory against CSKA Moscow – can now be safely filed away in the false dawn folder. That night, as crowd unrest began to build off the back of three consecutive scoreless draws, Louis Van Gaal’s side turned in an anomalous performance.Full-backs were encouraged to overlap and attackers were encouraged to attempt dribbles. 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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