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Tables and Fixtures

Champions League

Group A
Leicester City
Barcelona (Barcelona, Real, Atletico, Valencia)
Juventus (Jubentus, Napoli, Roma, Inter)

Group B
PSG (PSG, Lyon, Monaco)
Bayern Munich (BM, Dortmund, Shalke, Hoffenheim)

Europa League

Group A
Lazio (Lazio, AC Milan)

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur
Leverkuesen (Leverkuesen, Leipzig)
Villareal (Villareal, Sevilla, Betis)

Barcelona(Real, Barca, Atletico, Valencia):
GK Neto
DF Sergio Roberto 
DF Stefan Savic
DF Nacho Fernandez
DF Thiago Silva
DF Pique
DF Jordi Alba
MF Isco
MF Geoffrey Kondogbia
MF Dani Parejo
MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
MF Saúl Ñíguez
MF Yannick Carrasco
FW Pedro Rodriguez
FW Lionel Messi
FW Antoinne Griezmann
FW Lucas Vazquez

Juventus(Juve, Roma, Napoli, Inter):
GK Samir Handanovic
GK Roman Burki
DF Mehdi Benatia
DF Raul Albiol
DF Daniele De Rossi
DF Kwado Asamoah
DF Mattia De Sciglo
MF Roberto Gagliardini 
MF Emre Can
MF Andre Gomes
MF Bruno Fernandes
MF Juan Cuadrado
MF Diego Perotti
MF Allan
FW Lorenzo Insigne
FW Edin Dzeko
FW Matteo Politano
FW: Jose Callejon

Bayern Munich(Bayern, Schalke, Dortmund, Hoffenheim):
GK: Ralf Farhmann
GK: Oliver Baumann
DF: Naldo
DF: Kevin Vogt
DF: Joshua Kimmich
DF: David Alaba
DF: Niklas Stark
DF: Jonas Hector
MF: Toni Kroos
MF: Granit Xhaka
MF: Florian Grillitsch
MF: Christian Pulisic
MF: Marius Wolf
FW: Maximilian Philipp
FW: Arjen Robben
FW: Sandro Wagner
FW: Thomas Muller

PSG(PSG, Lyon, Monaco):
GK: Alphonse Areola
GK: Anthony Lopes
DF: Dani Alves
DF: Thomas Meunier
DF: Juan Bernat
DF: Presnel Kimpembe
DF: Jemerson
DF: Kamil Glik
MF: Maxime Gonalons
MF: Moussa Sissoko
MF: Victor Wanyama
MF: Giovani Lo Celso
MF: Tanguy Ndombele
MF: Christopher Nkunku
FW: Memphis Depay
FW: Radamel Falcao
FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
FW: Carlos Bacca

Bayer Leverkusen(Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Stuttgart):
GK: Lukas Hradecky
GK: Peter Gulasci
DF: Sven Bender
DF: Willy Orban
DF: Ibrahim Konate
DF: Andreas Beck
DF: Tin Jedvaj
DF: Diego Demme
MF: Gonzalo Castro
MF: Lars Bender
MF: Kai Havertz
MF: Marcel Sabizter
MF: Kerim Demirbay
FW: Xherdan Shaqiri
FW: Jean Kevin-Augustin
FW: Yousef Poulsen
FW: Kevin Volland

Vilarreal(Villarreal, Sevilla, Betis)
GK: Claudio Bravo
GK: Sergio Asenjo
DF: Matteo Musacchio
DF: Marcos Rojo
DF: Joris Gangnon
DF: Gabriel Mercado
DF: Mario Gaspar
DF: Miguel Layun
MF: Santiago Caseres
MF: Ever Banega

MF: Pablo Fornals
MF: Santi Cazorla
MF: Pablo Sarabia
FW: Nikola Kalinic
FW: Gerard Moreno
FW: Luis Muriel
FW: Loren Moron

Lazio (Lazio, AC Milan)
GK: Pepe Reina
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
DF: Luiz Felipe
DF: Wallace
DF: Francisco Acerbi
DF: Senad Lulic
DF: Adam Marusic
DF: Davide Calabria
MF: Lucas Biglia
MF: Nemanja Matic
MF: Giacomo Bonaventura
MF: Hakan Calhanoglu
MF: Dusan Tadic
MF: Manuel Lanzini
FW: Andrija Zivkovic
FW: Arkadiusz Milik
FW: Cedric Bukambu
FW: Manolo Gabbiadini

posted 4 weeks, 2 days ago

BRUM VS leverkusen


Subs - Lunin, Diop, Kessie, Cristante, Zaha, Soler, Dembele


I want us to hold a deep defensive line to start of with so the oppo dont get an early goal. Keep things simple in the beginning and only pressure the oppo when they get in our half. When we have the ball I want the team to play pass and move football. Don't stay static, try and get in behind the oppo defence as there is a lot of pace in our attacking players. As the game goes on, when we don't have the ball I want the team to defend from the front line and pressure the oppo and try and win possession back. Do this in fits and bursts as it is a tiring tactic.

Lafont is a quality young keeper. Don't take risks. Punch the ball away if the shot is too powerful. Command your area. The defence is well balanced. Kehrer and Maguire bring a whole lot of experience and pace to the defence. Maguire will use his experience to marshal the defence and Kehrer will look to use his pace to close the oppo strikers down. Stay vocal with each other and cover for each other if oppo gets past one of you. Full backs will start of with a conservative mind set and not attack too much but as the game goes on I want them to make overlapping runs and get some crosses in to the box. Doucoure will be covering for them when they go attacking.

Defence Mids
Doucoure + Paredes
Doucoure will be the anchor in the middle. Stay back in front of the defence and protect the defence with your life. If the oppo play an AM then stick close to him and mark him if possible. When our fullbacks are attacking then your main priority will be to cover for them. When in possession pass the ball out to the wings or play a through ball from deep to our wingers.
Paredes will look to sit deep and be the gap between the defence and the midfield and play as the deep lying playmaker. When he has the ball I want him to pass the ball forward and try and play through balls for our wingers to run onto. I want the team to use him as an outlet to get play started or when the oppo is pressing us I want him to use his expert ball control to keep hold of possession of the ball. When not in possession of the ball I want him to sit alongside Doucoure in the middle and protect the defence.

Neres + Keita
These 2 will be the focal point of my attack. I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in attack. Keita will be looking to cut in from the left and Neres likewise from the right. I want you both to try and beat the oppo fullbacks with your pace and dribbling ability but don't try too hard as if you see them doubling up on you you can either pass back or into the centre of the pitch to one of our CM's. I want you both to be aware of our fullbacks and play pass and move 1 2's with them to try and penetrate the oppo back line. Dalot and Chilwell are no slouches attacking wise so use them! If you can cut in onto your stronger foot, don't be afraid to shoot from range as you both have the ability to score from long range. If there is no space to do so then take the ball to the byline and whip in crosses for Higuain to get his head on. When we are defending corners I want both of them to stay near the halfway line so we can hit the oppo on the counter attack.

Attack Mid
Bailey will be playing just behind Higuain and will look to help him out in attack. Be ready for passes into your feet and shoot if you see an opportunity. Mix up your attacking runs to throw off the oppo DM. I want him to dribble with the ball and play 1 2's with the rest of the team. Shoot if you see an opening.

Higuain will look to use his strength to get the better of the oppo defence. Be vary of crosses into the box as you are decent in the air, and if you are through on goal, use your expert finishing to score. Time your runs off the shoulders of the oppo CB's and hold the ball up for Keita/Neres to make infield runs ahead of you.

Put on Dembele for Paredes and Cristante for Bailey to bring some more pace on. Play a high line and try and get a goal. Change formation to 41212.


Take off Bailey and put on Diop in CB. Play defensive with everyone in our own half defending for their lives, waiting to hit the oppo on the counter attack. Soler on for Neres and Kessie for Paredes to add a bit more strength into the midfield.


Soler on for Neres
Kessie on for Doucoure
Dembele on for Higuain
Fresh legs to bring on.

posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

------------------------ Oblak ------------------------
Doherty ------ Stones ------ Varane ------ Sandro
-------------- Fabinho ------- Barella --------------
Mbappe ------------- Zaniolo ------------- Neymar
-------------------- Lewandowski -------------------

Meret, de Jong, Aouar, Maddison, Chiesa, Gnabry, Piatek

Possession football, quick on the break and really pressurise the opposition with an in your face performance from the front, we want to hit them quickly so we need to press them quickly to get the ball, when we defend, Barella, Fabinho and Zaniolo just in front harassing the man with the ball before they get to our back 4 and our front 3 in and around the half way line, Lewandowski slightly higher up, this will congest the midfield and allow us to dictate play, stop them coming forward from the back, however, if they do push forward onto us and we get the ball they will be on the back foot and will really struggle with our front 3/4 with Fullbacks who are always ready to pounce and hit them with pace.

Varane picks up the CF, Stones spare picks up the AM if he gets away from our midfield, keep the forward(s) away from the danger area, get onto them quickly and be strong, take the ball away from them and play it out of defence, look to get it out wide quickly when we have possession, Both are comfortable on the ball so can bring it out when in no danger and look for the pass longer to the forwards to hit them with pace, both must attack high balls to get the ball away from the opposition big men. Fullbacks must keep the wingers quiet, stop them and we stop a lot of there attacks They will look to keep them away from shooting areas and stop them becoming dangerous in any position by standing tall against them and keeping them on there 'bad' foot. When they attack, only one at a time, as to not let ourselves be exposed, they drive down the line in support of the wingers. the two always make themselves available to the wingers. If either get caught up field I want Fabinho to drift to the side and this allows the fullbacks to make their way to midfield to cover. I want both Stones and Varane to go up for corners, with the fullbacks and Fabinho sitting back.

In the centre of the pitch are Barella, Fabinho and Zaniolo. Fabinho our deepest player sitting just in front of the CB's he will shadow there AM and not allow him to control the game, Barella and Zaniolo have to be disciplined and lend a hand to stop them coming through. Fabinho must be aware of all that is around him, be in the right place at the right time and look to cover for defensive players moving forward, he has to impose himself early on the AM to make him wary of holding onto the ball too long, once on the ball look around, head up and pick the pass that will get us moving forward quickly always making himself for a return ball from a deeper angle as he he spreads it from side to side then eventually forward he is always looking for the ball to start again if need be, can be out to the fullbacks or indeed a longer ball to the front three to take the opposition out of it as they are still high up the pitch. Barella slightly higher up the pitch, he will stop the run of play quicker to make our defenders jobs a lot easier, make our midfield very difficult to pass through, protect our defence and Fabinho as best as possible and again in possession get it to the front 3 but also look for fullbacks and Zaniolo as they move into space, keep it simple, he has a very good range of pass. Either pass and move(triangles) into space or look for a piercing through ball to our front three to drive onto.Can move forward to assist and look for balls coming out so he can either, shoot or whip straight back in. Zaniolo is essential to our style of play, he is the link between defence and attack, I want him higher up the pitch today so as we break quickly he will look to set up our front three and at times be in an advanced No.10 role and look for the Barella/Fabinho/CB pass. he will follow his pass and make up the numbers up front. When he doesn't drop deep i.e when the defenders go long, he will look to form a front four as they move around and look to tear the defence apart. All of our midfield three must press the opposition and get to grips with this game very early on.

Our wingers are extremely quick, when we don't have the ball they drop back a bit to make up the numbers as they attack, push into the faces of the opposition to force them into mistakes and hopefully in the end they lose the ball, when they do lose the ball we charge at them and we do it quickly, either a long ball over defenders, go through the cms or out to one of our attacking fullbacks.however, the movement up front between Mbappe and Neymar will cause them problems drifting in an out, thus allowing Zaniolo to pick his moment to move into space either as a 10 or out wide. If he does push wide this will allow Mbappe/Neymar to go in central as we will have an attacking fullback up and supporting. Quick passing in triangles that will get us in and beyond their defenders and eventually to Lewandowski who can beat any defender and the other winger (Neymar or Mbappe) who will look to get into space to get a shot off, if there defence is on top then we can always go direct at times and fire early crosses especially from deep from the fullbacks into Lewandowski who will sit on the last foot so he can spring them and have a shoot or sight mentality, we must always make sure he is well supported, if he cant get the shot away he will be looking to bring others into the game by dropping slightly back to get numbers for the attack. We are quick up front so when we hit the opposition defence they will struggle to cope especially as the game comes to the last 10/15ins as defenders tire with the movement and the pace we do it at

Captain - Varane
Pens - Mbappe
Corners - Wingers
Free Kicks - Neymar

70 Mins - de Jong and Chiesa for Sandro and Doherty, Fabinho drops to CB in a man back line, de Jong into CM Chiesa to RW and Mbappe up top, a very attacking 3412
80 Mins - Gnabry for Zaniolo, He goes to LW and Neymar up top 343

Winning -
70 Mins - de Jong for Zaniolo, drop back in a 3 man flat midfield
80 Mins - Chiesa for Lewandowski, Mbappe up top
85 Mins - Aouar for Barella

Drawing -
70 Mins - Maddison and de Jong for Zaniolo and Barella, fresh legs
80 Mins - Piatek for Lewandowski

posted 3 weeks ago

————————Ter Stegen

Subs: Pope, Christensen, Keita, Ruben-Loftus-Cheek, Brandt, Guedes, Lozano

Captain: Marc Andre Ter Stegen
Free Kicks: Paulo Dybala
Corners: Jadon Sancho
Penalties: Harry Kane

We want to drop players deeper in build up, and start with slower ball circulation to draw their forward and midfield lines forward, so that we can later exploit the space in behind. We move the ball out to the FB on the touchline, creating back 3 on ball side and using Ndidi to help circulate. Tielemans will position himself slightly higher than Ndidi. Ball side winger stays high and pins his FB so he can’t join the press. As soon as they are drawn in we circulate the ball back through the defence (keeper if needed) and look to either use the far side CB to carry the ball forward if the Lazio winger hasn’t tucked in, or move the ball into the far side FB by the touchline if the winger has tucked in. This Fb can carry the ball forward but from here also has easy access to play the ball into midfield behind the press, or find his winger in a 1 v 1 with the FB.

Once we progress the ball we look to quickly exploit the space between the opponents defence and midfield, ether side of the DM or out wide, adapting our shape in game to go and attack where the space opens up. In Ndidi we have a player who will sit and control the tempo of our game, always available for a pass and to recycle possession, particularly as a second passer in short passing combinations, his composure on the ball, as well as the CBs, allows us to go back to them and keep possession, and allow their team mates ahead to change their movements and run into space, with all 3 of them capable of playing laser passes between opponent lines. Tielemans has a box to box role, and his higher positioning in comparison to Ndidi allows us to create triangles in the midfield, the staggering of the 3 central players positions means we have the option to use quick diagonal passing, which draws more opponents towards the pass and opens up new spaces behind. Tielemans will look to move the ball quickly, as well as being well positioned to quickly press whenever we lose it.

The Fbs are crucial, they allow for overloads to open up the opposition. At times we want them overlapping, particularly Odriozola, as this allows Dybala and Sancho to overload the right half space and leave the FB with a decision to make, stay wide, opening up space for Sancho and Dybala to exploit between FB and CB, or tuck in and leave an easy pass on for Odriozola who can whip in crosses. When receiving the ball deeper I want both FBs to make diagonal runs into the half spaces, with our wingers pinning back their FBs this forces the opposition midfield to react. The diagonal runs draws more players in and opens up more passing lanes, either back wide to the winger for a 1 v 1 battle, or into Dybala, who can escape his markers.

The front 4 look to attack the opposition at pace. With the front three maintaining a high position and pinning the opposition defensive line back, Dybala should make full use of his 10 role to exploit the space between the lines. If we can create a 1 v 1 battle with the DM, we feel Dybala can take the upper hand and create chances. He will be constantly on the move, often drifting wide where he can create triangles with FB and winger to open up the flanks, dropping deeper to receive the ball either side of the DM and behind the CMs, and making runs off of Kane to get behind the opposition. CHO will look to hold width at all times, a key aim is to get the ball to the wingers in quick transitions from build up, and we believe CHO with his dribbling can win his 1 v 1 battle and get crosses into the strikers. He’s also great at slowing the game down, drawing the opposition defence across and then beating 2-3 men, with Dybala, Tielemans and Kane to attack the box this will be hard to defend. Sancho has a license to come into the half space more often. Kane’s role is to be on the move around the penalty box, getting into scoring positions.

Off the ball we press firstly in a 4-4-2, Dybala joining Kane in looking to force the CBs wide on the ball, CHO will push high onto his FB with Sancho dropped off and tucked in more, as we look to force their build up out to the RB. Once the ball goes wide we swing our defensive pendulum, CHO dropping back, Sancho stepping up, Dybala drops back into midfield for a 4-1-4-1 shape, with Tielemans able to go and help CHO box the FB in. If they move the ball to the other side the pendulum swings, right sided players dropping and left sided players stepping up. We fall into a mid block, not looking to press the man but instead pressing passing lanes, so that the opposition have no where to go. Dybala and Tielemans are staggered, the ball side player slightly higher, with Ndidi behind the two of them, the staggering in midfield makes it harder for Lazio’s AM’s to find space between midfield and defence. Our FBs stay compact to the CBs so the half spaces can be closed off. When the ball is wide the back 4 shuffles across on the same pendulum as the midfield. We wait for a mistake, or a pass towards the touchline, and then we can be more aggressive.


If Winning: Guedes for CHO 70’. Brandt for Dybala 80'. Loftus-Cheek for Tielemans 80’.

If Drawing: Lozano and Brandt for Sancho and CHO 75’, fresh legs out wide. Loftus-Cheek for Tielemans 80’ for added drive.

If Losing: Lozano and Guedes for Sancho and CHO 60’. Brandt for Tielemans 70’, 4-3-3.

posted 3 weeks ago

-------------------------- Courtois ------------------------
Cancelo ------ Koulibaly ----- Lenglet --- Hernandez
------------- Fernandinho ----- Eriksen ----------------
O.Dembele ----------- M.Asensio ----------- A.Martial
-------------------------- M.Icardi ------------------------

Hart, Boateng, Dier, Arthur, Pavon, Draxler, Jovic

Captain: Fernandinho
Free Kicks: Eriksen
Penalties: Icardi
Corners: Eriksen

Moving the ball at speed will be the focus of our play as we go with an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation today as we aim for 3 points. Our three AM’s in support of Icardi will be key components of this style as we feel we pose threats from all angles with plenty of goals in our lineup. Fernandinho and Eriksen offer great quality on the ball from a slightly deeper position as they both possess a fantastic range of passing, able to break the lines and play that killer pass in to our attacking quartet. We will look to dictate the play and frustrate the opposition when in possession, continually moving them around, making them chase the ball by switching flanks. In doing so we will not only be wearing them down but also continually pulling them out of shape, breaking down their defensive structure as we look to make numerous openings as we go for goals in today’s match up.

Whilst the opposition have some dangerous players we will look to significantly limit their impact by retaining possession, we will force them to track back or risk leaving their defence exposed when we push forward in numbers. We aim to make things uncomfortable for them and we feel that limiting their ability to have the ball in attacking areas will severely limit any threat posed. When they are in possession our wingers drop in as we play a compact 4-5-1 formation. The aim of the game will be to break at speed with our wide players offering an immediate outlet when we win back possession. Turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye.

We aim to play on the front foot, hit them early to take the lead and then exploit the space in behind as they push forward for an equaliser. We start fast, high intensity and pressing from the front, putting them under immediate pressure we can force mistakes early on.


We go with a strong defensive unit at the back, packed with experience and quality we look to nullify the threat posed by the oppositions attack. We have two strong and aerially imposing CB’s to deal with the threat posed by their forwards. We will look to be dominant at the back as we aim to take the sting out of the opposition early on and play on the front foot. Our fullbacks have license to push forward when in possession, however one at a time. They will look to be more conservative as usual as with a solid defensive unit. We look to draw the opposition onto us, with their attack minded wingers and fullbacks we feel we can exploit the space they leave behind and hit them with devastating effect on the counter with the pace and directness of Dembele, Asensio and Martial.

If the opposition play one up top then Koulibaly will mark, strong and aggressive we feel he has all the tools to deal with any opponent. Lenglet will sweep up and cover in behind, a fantastic reader at the back he will also be the one to bring the ball out from defence. Nothing fancy just look to get the ball into the feet of our CM’s or the runs of our wide men who will look to do all the damage.


Fernandinho will control the midfield and offer additional protection through the middle, sitting alongside Eriksen he will be key to our style of play with their quick passing. Keep the ball moving, continually recycling possession and making the opposition chase shadows. Don’t force the issue as we aim to run them down, tired legs leads to tired minds and we feel that this will lead to plenty of openings as we continually move them out of shape. Forming a double pivot in front of our defence they not only offer protection but form the first line of our attack. Look for the early runs of the wide players as they possess electric pace and will be looking to get in behind the oppositions defence at all times.


Frightening pace, electrifying dribbling and deadly finishing, we feel our front four have it all. Our wide players will look to take the opposition on at will. Dembele and Martial both have license to cut in from the flanks and go for goal, we encourage them to utilise their terrific pace and go at the opposition. Draw in the oppositions CB’s which in turn creates space for Icardi to be slipped in and finish. Asensio occupies the AM role, a gifted technician he will be looking to take the opposition and craft opportunities all afternoon. With the runs of Icardi, Dembele and Martial to pick out we feel that he will thrive. Aside from offering blistering pace and fantastic dribbling, he also possesses a fantastic strike from distance and we encourage him to try his luck and any opportunity.

Our three AM’s are all interchangeable, giving our wide players license to come inside centrally with Asensio comfortable on either flank. This will make things extremely difficult for the opposition as they will constantly being pulled out of position to cover the space. All three have fantastic work rate and will be a constant outlet as they make runs in behind when our deeplying playmakers are in possession. We have numerous options when on the attack and really look to test the opposition defence with a goal threat from every angle. Icardi plays through the middle, a player with fantastic movement and real predator. Immediately look to get into the box when we’re on the attack as he look to get in on goal at every opportunity.


If winning:
65 mins: Eriksen off, Dier on.
75 mins: Martial off, Boateng on. 5-4-1 shut up shop time as we tighten up with a solid defensive unit as we see the game out and take the 3 points.

If drawing:
65 mins: Fernandinho off, Draxler on.
75 mins: Martial off, Jovic on. We move to 4-2-2-2 with Dembele and Asensio on the flanks whilst Icardi and Jovic are up top as we go for the winner.

If losing:
55 mins: Fernandinho off, Jovic on.
65 mins: Hernandez off, Draxler on. We revert to 3-4-3 with Icardi, Jovic and Martial up top as we go for goals, goals, goals.

posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

High tempo attacking 4-3-3

We look to play our usual attacking game and take the game to Pompey, controlling possession and the tempo of the game. Control possession and find space in between the opposition lines. Get Thiago on the ball and looking to play killer balls to open up the opposition using the pace of our attacking players. Create for Ronaldo.

Use our high tempo play to create space for the likes of Hazard and Thiago in midfield. Hazard has more freedom and looks to find space wherever he can in the final third.

Key to our attack is quick passing play, not looking to force the play but moving the ball quickly. Pass and move. Tire the opposition out physically and mentally with our possession and high tempo play. Predominantly short passing on the deck, but varying our play when a counter is on.

As you'd expect, possession starts at the back, Ramos the man marker next to Laporte who is free. In midfield, Rodri reading the play looking to win the ball back as the dm always staying back and offering cover, Thiago and Tolisso will offer inteligence defensively, with the pressing of Thiago and Tolisso in high areas also important.

Rodri and Tolisso collecting the ball and offering the link between defence and attack, get Thiago on the ball and get pushing up the pitch, let him pick the passes. But we also have great pace, so mix it up going through or over the top to expose the space behind them. Quick one twos between the two and the attacking trio and Mendy and Carvajal always looking to provide an option.

The defence will be patient on the ball, will be hugely important in keeping possession and pushing us up the pitch. Playing a reasonably high line, with good pace at the back and energy in front. As soon as we get the ball to our midfield, we look to move the ball quickly, quick passing and moving.

In attack we play with width to stretch the game and open up Pompey. Get the fbs attacking. One bombing forward the other fb remains a little more reserved offering option to go back and switch play.

Hazard has a free role in attack, with Mendy offering width on the left. On the right, Sane stays wide stretching the game looking to take on their lb.

--------------------- Neuer
Carvajal - Ramos - Laporte - B.Mendy
---------------------- Rodri
--------------- Thiago --- Tolisso
L.Sane ------------------------------ Hazard
-------------------- Ronaldo

Subs. Schmeichel, Gomez, Casemiro, Ceballos, A.Correa, Coutinho, Belotti

Defending in numbers

When we lose the ball the closest player presses the ball, the second closest presses the obvious passing channel. As they’re doing this everyone else bar Ronaldo gets behind the ball into position. Stop them breaking.

In a narrow, rigid formation, we will look to press the space, not allowing them options. Draw them in to positions where they can’t hurt us, and then try and win the ball back. Then get forward quickly.

As Pompey advance into higher areas of the park and into our half, our shape will resemble a 4-1-4-1. Our wingers will track any forward runs made by their fbs, and Rodri presses the space in front of our cbs, sweeping up danger in front of the defence, the cms pressing their midfield.

In this tight formation narrowing to the side of play, ensuring there are no gaps in the formation. Rodri will be key, reading the play in between the defence and midfield, getting across to cut out any danger. Tolisso picks up the most advanced cm. The winger opposite play comes inside and sits on their deepest cm while Thiago presses the space next to and in front of Rodri. Our fb’s have fantastic pace up against their wide forwards, bide their time, not diving in.


Get the ball out wide, Rodri spreading the play, Tolisso box to box and Thiago dictating the play. The trio's movement will be key in opening up the opposition defence.

The cm trio seeking to collect the ball from the defence, and seeking to start our attacks from the back. Spreading play, and setting the tempo of the game. We look to find space between their defence and midfield, committing defenders from there and playing killer balls.

We want quick one twos in the opposition half. Thiago, Tolisso and the wingers will always be looking for the killer ball. If it is not on, we are happy to keep the ball moving and keep possession.

If winning after 70 mins bring on Correa for Sane. He's a super sub, and offers huge work rate.
If winning after 75 mins bring on Casemiro for Tolisso.
If winning after 80 mins bring on Ceballos for Thiago. Fresh legs and composure to see the game out.

If drawing after 70 mins bring on Ceballos for Tolisoo. More creativity.
If drawing after 75 mins bring on Correa for Sane. Super sub.
If drawing after 80 mins bring on Coutinho for Rodri.

If losing after 60 mins bring on Gomez and Correa for Mendy and Carvajal. 3-6-1. Sane left, Correa right, Hazard just off Ronaldo in a free role.

posted 2 weeks ago



SUBS: Davies, Winks, Milner, Bissaka, Diego Costa, Bobby, Reus

Captain: Diego Godin
Penalties: Luis Suarez
Corners: David Silva
Freekicks: Luis Suarez
Crossing Freekick: David Silva

The formation deployed today is so that we gain as much control as possible higher up he pitch. We expect to have more of the ball so patience is key. We also expect the four behind the striker to drift around a bit, getting into positions where their natural play can cause damage. The striker up front presses when we don’t have the ball and the entire team will support him cut passing lanes to help win the ball higher up. The quality of our players will allow us to break through the oppositions press. When we have the ball we will want to attract the press and use the spaces that they open up to attack.

Full backs will get forward when the opportunity arises. Our full backs are good at feeding our forward line with their ability on the ball and we aim to utilize that with their ability to get up the pitch and tactical arareness. We also need our full backs to widen the pitch for us. Our centre halves are good on the ball, and a long punt every now and then to utilize our pace out wide is encouraged. Our right back will also tuck in to help solidify the team.

The regista will drop in to form a back three so that the centre backs can split wide to push the full backs general position higher up in line with the midfielders (and wide forwards engage their back line along with the striker). In doing so we create a four man midfield to overpower their midfield. This will allow our midfield to be flexible, if one of their midfielders steps forward, one of ours will move into the space they vacated. The regista will be the link between our defence and midfield and because of the way he plays, he will draw the opponents forward towards him to attack the ball, pulling their team’s lines apart. This will create more spaces between the lines for our midfield and forward lines to move into. The right centre mid will be the more defensive one in his box to box role, closing down space and cutting passing lanes with his incredible interception ability. Playing alongside the regista will give him less areas of the pitch to cover, and shorter distance needed to win the ball back to start the next attack. Both centre mids will float between the lines during the attacking phase just behind our forwards.

By having our wide forwards up front when we have the ball it will effectively create space out wide. We would expect our full backs to sometimes go infield to collect the ball from the keeper, while one of the midfielders goes wide so when he receives the ball he will have time to look up and pick passes as the opposition midfield will be reluctant to press which will leave a man free in midfield. This can be done by a midfielder too, dropping deep to create a free man in the first line with time on the ball, ping it straight to the striker who can lay it off to the other onrushing midfielder.

If short passing options aren’t available the passing range and accuracy of our keeper will safely transfer the ball forwards via our full backs, wherever they are on the pitch. The keeper can also dink the ball into space for the striker or wide forward to control taking out 6 or 7 opposition players in the process.

The striker’s main role will be to create space for the wide forwards. He will drop deep into a ten to drag defenders out and create space for our wide forwards to run into. This will tie into our quick short passing which is aimed at dragging their players out of position and create space between their lines. Our team will always recycle the ball back to the regista to keep possession and to keep the ball moving.

When we don’t have the ball we will expect our four behind the striker to drop into a 4-5-1 in support of our regista and right centre mid. We will also create triangles to trap the opposition players that have the ball, cutting the passing lanes and others putting pressure on players that might receive the ball. We stop the oppositions rhythm and force them into mistakes with our pressure. To stop their counter attacks after we lose the ball, three players will swarm the ball carrier before he can get his head up to play. If they beat the immediate press when the team’s main goal is to push their play wide where they can do the least damage. Our midfielders are an integral part to our play, when we win the ball back we will create space and time for them with our team shape. There will be times when we are under the cosh and will have the option of deploying a bowl shaped 5 at the back, with the right centre mid dropping in to make closing down the opponents very effective.


70 mins: Milner comes on for Radja, our legs will start to tire, so will theirs, Milner will add box to box ability and energy late in the game.

75 mins: Bobby comes on for Suarez, a different style of forward play for the opposition to think about.

If winning 80 mins: Winks comes on for Kante to close out the game. He is capable in deep midfield alongside Verratti in a 4-2-3-1.

If losing/drawing 80 mins: Costa comes on for Verratti and play 2 up front.

posted 2 weeks ago


----------------------- Lloris ------------------------
Danilo ---- Kompany ---- Llorente ---- Aanholt
------------ Goretzka ----- A.Herrera-------------
Malcom ------------- Tadic -------------- Douglas
---------------------- Cavani ------------------------

Pickford, S.Sane, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Gelson, Fabregas, Giroud

Free flowing football, played from back to front and front to back when defending

two banks of four when the opposition have it to try and keep them out, Tadic the free man hounding there DM to try and stop the ball getting forward.

Llorente picks up the CF, Kompany sitting spare using his experience to guide his back four, full backs can attack at will as Herrera will sit back and cover. I want a flat back four, staying in a line, thus making it more difficult for them to break through.

Like said Herrera will sit in as will Goretzka but when we attack the latter can push forward, he and Tadic always making themselves available for a pass, quick one twos and the wingers can drive into the box or whip in a cross for Cavani. Use the ball intelligently and nothing silly, go backwards and start again if need be.

Both wingers must track the fullbacks if they push forward or we will be massively exposed at the back so need to keep the numbers against them, keep them out wide and not allow them to cut inside.

Tadic is free today, he will help defensively and whn we break forward he will be vital to our attack as he links everything to our main man up top, Cavani. Good in the air, so will be up first as crosses come in, he can link things up as well so if no option to go for goal then look for those around him so he can lay it off for them to have a go.

We need a team performance today as we look to get some momentum going into the latter stages of the league campaign.

Captain - Kompany
Pens - cavani
Free Kicks - Tadic
Corners - Wingers

Subs -
Losing - 70 Mins - Tadic got to RW, Giroud for Douglas, 442, Ramsey for Goretzka same time

Drawing - 70 Mins - Fabregas for Goretzka, Ramsey for Tadic

Winning - 70 Mins - Ramsey for Tadic, sit back a bit
80 mins - Maitland Niles for Malcom helps defensivley

posted 2 weeks ago

Tadic to LW when losing

posted 6 days, 4 hours ago

Champions League

Group A
Barcelona 1 - 0 Juventus

Leicester 2 - 0 Portsmouth
Tolisso(Hazard, 25), Ronaldo(Tolisso, 51)
MOTM - Tolisso

Europa League

Group A
Lazio 1 - 2 Liverpool
Bukambu (40)
Kane(Dybala, 13), Dybala(CHO, 60)
MOTM - Dybala

Arsenal 2 - 0 Wolves
Cavani(Tadic), Tadic(FK)
MOTM - Tadic

Group B
Birmingham 1 - 1 Spurs
Higuain(Chilwell, 17)
Icardi(Eriksen, 43)
MOTM - Maguire

Villareal 1 - 2 Leverkuesen
Poulsen, Havertz

posted 17 hours, 21 minutes ago

PSG 2-1 Newcastle
Magpies undone by inspired Depay in the last 5 minutes, despite dominating the 90 minutes
Depay x 2 (Lo Celso, Meunier)
Salah (Suarez)
MOTM: Depay

Chelsea 4-2 Bayern
Classic at the Bridge as despite falling 0-1 down and 1-2 down, Lewandowski shoots down his former team mates.
Lewandowski x 4 (Neymar, Mbappe x 2, Sandro)
Muller (Robben), Pulisic (Kimmich)
MOTM: Lewandowski

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