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posted on 24/10/18

Tottenham Hotspur v Bayer Leverkusen

------------------------ Courtois -------------------------
Cancelo ------ E.Bailly ------ Lenglet ---- Hernandez
------------- M.Verratti ------ Arthur.M ---------------
C.Under ------------- M.Gotze -------------- A.Martial
---------------------- Kun Aguero -----------------------

Subs:
Hart, M.Alonso, Hummels, Dier, Khedira, Sturridge, Werner

Captain: Verratti
Free Kicks: Under
Penalties: Aguero
Corners: Under

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 Aguero will be key components of this style as we feel we pose threats from all angles with plenty of goals in our lineup. Verratti and Arthur 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.

Defence:

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, Cancelo in particular offers a real threat down the right with his strong attacking prowess. Under will often drift infield taking the opposition FB with him which will create space for Cancelo to exploit, he will at all times be looking for the runs of Aguero whose movement and finishing is simply world class. We aim to keep the oppositions wingers down the line and do not let them come infield.

If the opposition play one up top then Bailly 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.

Midfield:

Arthur comes in to control the midfield, a fantastic little player who alongside Verratti 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. Gotze plays ahead of them in the AM role, a playmaker in his own right he will be looking to craft opportunities all afternoon. With the runs of Under, Martial and Aguero to pick out we feel that he will thrive. Play between the lines and link up the midfield and attack, we aim to go on the offensive and rack up the goals.

Forwards:

Frightening pace, electrifying dribbling and deadly finishing, we feel our front three have it all. Our wide players will look to take the opposition on at will. Under 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 Aguero to be slipped in and finish. Both will look to make jinking runs into the box where they can draw a foul or drive to the byline and whip the ball into Aguero in the middle. Both wingers have fantastic work rate and will be a constant outlet as they make runs in behind when our playmakers are in possession. Under in particular possesses a lethal strike from distance, cut inside and goal for goal whenever the opportunity arises. Aguero 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 we look to lay down a marker.

Subs;

If winning:
60 mins: Gotze off, Khedira on.
75 mins: Under and Arthur off, Hummels and Dier on. We tighten up with a solid defensive unit as we see the game out with an impenetrable back 5 and defensive midfield cover.

If drawing:
60 mins: Gotze off, Werner on.
75 mins: Under off, Sturridge on. We switch to two up top in a 4-2-2-2 formation. Martial and Werner on the flanks with a deadly front two of Aguero and Sturridge as we go for the winner.

If losing:
55 mins: Gotze off, Werner on.
65 mins: Cancelo off, Sturridge on. We revert to 3-4-3 with Aguero, Werner and Sturridge up top as we go for goals, goals, goals.

posted on 24/10/18

——————————Ter Stegen
Odriozola——Rudiger—————Diallo————Gaya
———————————Torreira
——————B.Silva———————Keita
Dybala———————Kane————————Guedes

Subs: Pope, Christensen, Rodri, Milinkovic-Savic, Brandt, Sancho, Harit

Captain: Marc Andre Ter Stegen
Free Kicks: Paulo Dybala / Lucas Torreira
Corners: Lucas Torreira / Bernardo Silva
Penalties: Harry Kane

In build up we look to beat the press through clever movement. We want Torreira to use his movement behind the CF to manipulate the strikers position and create space for others to drop into and receive the ball. We overload the striker with the ball side FB tucking into the half space as an extra option for circulation, with he far side FB stretched out. The tucked in FB will draw forward both winger and CM when he receives the ball, which allows our CM to stretch out into some open space higher up, with the ball far CM dropping deeper to aid circulation. Provoke the press by using the CBs to give the ball to one FB, and then the FB to return the ball to the CB, moving their press towards one half space or one flank, and opening up space elsewhere.

In the early stages we use this to encourage Wolves forward and then we can use the CBs/GK to pick out Dybala, looking to drop into the space vacated by the stretched out CM with longer balls to bypass the lines of press and set up position behind or down the side of their midfield, this will disrupt their pressing style, force them to sit deeper, giving us more time on the ball to build and them less of a threat going forward.

We know Wolves will play compactly, so we have to work our way through and round their midfield to create chances. As we advance we want one FB to stay tucked in, forming a midfield 3 alongside Torreira and the far side CM that allows us to provoke their CMs into moving out of their position. The other FB will look to push higher up on the flank and stretch the game, with the opposite side winger doing the same, giving us two players who can beat their men and get balls in, but also make excellent out to in and underlapping runs when a team mate moves wide to open up the space. They keep the Wolves Fbs pegged back, putting more onus on the CMs and wingers to defend the likes of Silva, Dybala, Keita, Guedes, which isn’t their natural game.

This will free up Guedes, Keita, SIlva and Dybala to rotate positions and play in the half spaces, and closer to Kane. Their ability in the half space to receive a pass and draw players towards them before successfully beating the challenge, or picking out a teammate will be crucial. They can combine with their ball side players in triangles to overload the opposition in the half space before moving the ball wide for a cross, or across to the opposite side of the field, using aggressive ball side overloads to free up these areas, and then play the ball to the underloaded side. All are also excellent at making runs into the box and scoring goals.

The versatility of the players we have means we expect overlapping, underlapping and diagonal movement from their base positions, staying connected through a series of triangles, so we can use diagonal passing between their lines, meaning that when our players receive a pass, more than one opposition player will be attracted to the ball, opening space for others to move into. Bernardo can be particularly key to this tactic, with his ability to orchestrate from deep, as well as drifting wide and higher up towards goal; he and Dybala will be able to combine down the right and cause untild problems in this change. Down the left we have more pace, so if the interplay of Dybala and Silva isn’t getting us through, we can switch things up and look to use more pace and direct running into the box.

Kane pins the CBs.

Layered high press, using the curved runs of the wingers towards the opposition CBs to squeeze them towards the middle, Kane drops deeper to cover the space between the CBs and CMs, with our CMs pushed up on to their CMs, making a 2-1-2 press that outnumbers them centrally and makes it easier to win the ball back, blocking all vertical passing lanes and suffocating the ball carrier. Behind this the FBs in the half spaces in line with Torreira to provide an extra layer of protection centrally, leaving no space between main press and the block behind, but also keeping their higher position so they can get out to the wingers quickly with support from the ball side CM if Wolves try and squeeze a ball through to them. Rodri just ahead of the CBs, the three creating a block around the CF to keep him isolated, but also able to step forward into midfield and mop up, or drop into CB if one of the CBs has to go and defend wide areas against longer balls.

Next phase of press is a 4-1-5, with Fbs dropping slightly if Wolves beat the high press, wingers dropping wide to cover balls back to the FBs. If they continue to advance we drop to a 4-5-1, closing the middle ground off, with the FBs back in their natural positions.

FBs are key to this press, by having them tucked in higher up the pitch it forces opponents to have to go around us, rather than through the middle, which takes them longer and allows our team more time to get back into defensive positions. To aid this the Fbs are quick to press if the opposition winger or FB receives a pass, using their positioning in the half spaces to put immediate pressure on, either getting tight to the winger to slow him down, or using his cover shadow to block to pass to the winger if the FB is on the ball. We expect Wolves’ wingers to be pegged back by our FBs attacking movements.

Subs:

If Winning: Rodri for Keita 70’. Milinkovic for Dybala with Bernardo to RM 75’. Harit for Guedes 80’

If Drawing: Milinkovic and Sancho for Keita and Guedes 70’, big attacking threat down the left. Brandt for Bernardo 75’.

If Losing: Milinkovic for Torreira 60’, Keita setting up from deeper, shielding the defence, but providing drive to move forward. Brandt and Sancho for Guedes and Gaya 70’, 3-5-2 with Dybala and Kane up front, Sancho and Brandt providing the width.

posted on 24/10/18

Attacking 4-3-3

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

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 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, Kehrer the man marker next to Ramos who is free. In midfield, Casemiro reading the play looking to win the ball back as the dm, Thiago and Modric will offer inteligence defensively, with the pressing of Thiago also improtant.

Getting Modric and Thiago on the ball and get pushing up the pitch, they are used to being on the offensive and playing in tight spaces, so we look to them to pick the passes. But if they play a high line they can pick the passes through or over the top to expose the space behind them. Quick one twos between the two and the attacking trio and Wendell and Alexander-Arnold 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. Barca have great pace in attack, but they'll be tired from chasing us keep the ball while we also have pace at the back.

In attack we play with width to stretch the game and open up Barca. One fb bombing forward at a time (usually Wendell). The other fb advances ahead of the cbs but is more reserved and offers the option to switch going back the way.
Hazard has a free role in attack, with Wendell offering width on the left. On the right, Geubbels stays wide stretching the game looking to take on their lb.


--------------------- Neuer
T.A-Arnold - S.Ramos - Kehrer - Wendell
--------------------- Casemiro
------------ Thiago.A ---- Modric
Geubbels ------------------------------ Hazard
---------------------- D.Costa

Subs. Schmeichel, Laporte, Doucoure, Gundogan, Coutinho, Sane, Correa

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 Costa 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 Barca 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 Casemiro 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. Casemiro will be key, reading the play in between the defence and midfield, getting across to cut out any danger. Modric 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 Casemiro. Our fb’s have fantastic pace up against their wide forwards, bide their time, not diving in.

Attack.
Get the ball to our midfield trio, get them linking up with quick passing, getting the ball to our wingers and get balls into Costa. 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, Modric 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.

Costa has freedom to play his natural game and get the goals.

Subs. If winning after 70 mins bring on Correa for Costa. Fresh energy. Pushes tempo up.
If winning after 75 mins bring on Sane for Geubbels. Fresh pace and energy, pushing tempo up.
If winning after 80 mins bring on Doucoure for Modric. Injects power and energy.

If drawing after 60 mins bring on Coutinho for Modric. More attacking.
If drawing after 70 mins bring on Sane for Geubbels.

If losing after 60 mins bring on Sane and Coutinho for Geubbels and Modric. Attacking 4-1-4-1.

comment by PUBG (U8966)

posted on 24/10/18

NEWCASTLE 4-3-3

___________Alisson
Azpi____Alder___Godin___Davies
__________Jorginho
________Kante___Silva
Reus______Suarez________Mane

SUBS: Rafinha, Radja, Lukaku, Alli, N’Zonzi, James, Bobby

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.

Subs

70 mins: Radja comes on for Silva, our legs will start to tire, so will theirs, Radja 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: N’Zonzi comes on for Jorginho to close out the game. He is capable in deep midfield alongside Kante in a 4-2-3-1.

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

comment by Marky (U19443)

posted on 25/10/18

Liverpool v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Injuries: Maffeo, Shaw, Sturaro, Garcia

------------- Arrizabalaga
Hakimi - Marquinhos - Tah - Strinic
-- Rakitic - Fernandinho - Meyer
--- Di Maria - Immobile - Perisic

Subs: Leno, Vida, Matic, Diawara, Ozil, Vitolo, Alcacer

-----------------

A tough but winnable game today against Liverpool, hopefully our back four will keep their attack at bay while causing problems of our own to their defence.

We are playing a 4-3-3 today, Arrizabalaga in goal, Marquinhos and Tah at centreback, Hakimi and Strinic at fullback, Rakitic, Fernandinho and Meyer in midfield, Di Maria and Perisic either side of Immobile upfront.

This game is about controlling the tempo and giving us the best chance of getting the win today. Liverpool are going to fight hard and our best hope is to be strong, disciplined and keep our concentration levels at maximum.

Arrizabalaga - Distribute from the back to the fullbacks/CM's, stay in communication with your defence throughout, be wary of long range efforts and ensure you stay big for any one on ones. On occasion go long for Immobile.

Marquinhos/Tah - Marquinhos mark their striker, force them high up the pitch thus limiting his impact close to goal, and Tah to be the spare man, be first to the second ball and their AM making runs from midfield. When in possession bring the ball out of defence and use the midfielders ahead of you to help us play out from the back. Both of you go forward for setpieces.

Hakimi/Strinic - Both of you to force the Liverpool wingers out wide, do not allow them to come inside as this will cause more problems for our midfield. They will want to cut inside so force them outside and block their crosses at source. They will try to create problems infield so its vital you only show them down the wing. If they play a diamond with no wingers you will need to form a narrow back four with the CB's and leave no spaces in behind. When we have possession, push forward and support Di Maria and Perisic as they will try to run inside the fullback and you will provide the overlap to either create space or supply crosses into the area for Immobile and link with Rakitic and Meyer. You will need to track back very quickly to ensure we don't get caught on the break.

Fernandinho - Our DM today, sit in front of the back four, break up play, watch out for runs from deep from the opposition, when in possession use your range of passing to look for teammates in advanced positions, use Rakitic and Meyer alongside you if you're closed down.

Rakitic/Meyer - Two box to box midfielders today, one either side of Fernandinho at DM. Both of you are required to get back and assist Fernandinho in front of the back four when we don't have the ball, but both with the ability and the freedom to push forward and join the front three, while always leaving at least one of you behind the ball. Look to link with Di Maria, Perisic or Immobile.

Di Maria/Perisic - Both with the trickery to beat the Liverpool fullback and get crosses in, you will also have our fullback overlapping giving you the chance to cut inside and get shots in. Look to supply Immobile with chances and also provide yourself with chances. Link up with Rakitic and Meyer, and capitalise on the space Immobile's presence will create for you.

Immobile - you will be expected to occupy the Liverpool centrebacks, hold up possession and look to turn the defender and shoot. Be strong in the air and look for your teammates trying to pick you out from deep. Shoot on sight. Stay on the last defender's shoulder for any passes in behind. Look to interchange with Di Maria or Perisic on occasion. Try and link with the two alongside you to create opportunities.

------------------

Subs 70 mins;
If winning: Di Maria, Immobile and Perisic off, Vida, Alcacer and Diawara on. Change to 5-3-1-1, Vida an extra CB, midfield trio of Diawara, Fernandinho and Meyer, with Rakitic in the AM role providing support to Alcacer upfront.

If drawing: Meyer and Immobile off, Ozil and Alcacer on. Switch to a 4-2-3-1, Rakitic and Fernandinho in midfield, Ozil to AM behind Alcacer. Try and find a winner.

If losing: Tah, Fernandinho and Meyer off, Ozil, Vitolo and Alcacer on. 3-1-4-2, Hakimi - Marquinhos - Strinic at the back, Rakitic the playmaker from deep, Vitolo - Di Maria - Ozil - Perisic behind Immobile and Alcacer upfront. Push for goals.

posted on 25/10/18

------------------------Lloris
-------Manolas---Llorente---Sane
Danilo------Goretzka----Ramsey---Van Aanholt
--------Malcom-------------------Costa
------------------------Cavani
Pickford, Maitland-Niles, Tuanzebe, Cook, Tadic, Wood, Foden
Another change of formation today should bamboozle the opposition a bit. We picked up our first point last time, and I expect to go a step further today. I have picked a side that I think allows us license to attack and commit men to attack whilst also providing us with an adequate defensive base. For this system to work we have to focus on the energy and pace that we possess both through the middle and out wide, and need to know our positional game and how to work with the ball and without it.
We do intend to play with the ball out the back, relying on Manolas and Sane spreading the play to our attacking wing backs. Llorente will look to provide an option between them, and will focus his distribution forward to our central midfield players. Balls out should be kept as simple as possible, with options provided short and simple, as players drop deep to pick up the ball. When off the ball they will work as a unit, allowing them to press members of the attack, whilst not creating positional space to be exploited behind them. Llorente will cover the others as they press forward, making sure that space behind is not present. All three will get forward for free kicks providing an aerial threat.
Goretzka and Ramsey will also contribute to the defensive system, with them alternating between pushing forward and sitting deep. When the opposition has the ball they will sit in front of the three men, covering the space and pushing out wide, to cover the spaces vacated by the wing backs. Both players have the manoeuvring ability to operate in this sort of deep lying system. When we pick the ball up, they will look to spread the play out wide, either to the wing backs or the inside forward wingers. One of them will also be allowed to operate as a box to box midfielder so that we can get as many men into the box as possible. When this happens, the other will sit back to shield the defence.
Danilo and PVA are both attacking full backs, and so today I have decided to give them license to bomb forward and contribute to the attack. Both will push forward and overlap their respective narrow wingers. They won’t cut inside due to the fact that they should both be on their stronger foot and are both capable of whipping in great balls for our aerially strong striker. When off the ball they will get back into position, so as to cover the space out wide and prevent the opposition wingers from attacking effectively. They will keep their opposite number pinned out wide, before winning the ball back and attacking with pace on the counter. When our defenders have the ball they will pull out wide and provide a short passing option for the defenders.
Our narrow wingers are both direct players that are very capable of utilising their pace to run at the opposition and get in behind their defence. They sit slightly more narrow than conventional wingers so that they can target the central areas of the opposition defence, whilst the wing backs occupy the opposition wide players. Malcom and Costa are both quick players and so can stretch the opposition’s central areas, which will create a bit more space for Cavani that he can utilise to best effect. When we don’t have the ball they will stay forward, so as to either keep the opposition full backs in their defensive third, or to utilise the space that they leave behind when they push forward, running into space to make themselves available for the ball in behind.
Edinson Cavani has already proved himself to be potent in front of goal so far this season, and with Costa and Malcom he has two supporting players that are very capable of not only running at defenders, but also getting in behind, pulling their defenders apart, and creating space for Cavani to drop off slightly so that he can pick up the ball. He is physical enough to deal with the attention that he will no doubt be getting, and also to provide a consistent threat from set pieces and the crosses from our wide wing backs. With Costa, Malcom and a CM also getting into the box, there will be plenty of players to pick up the second ball should it drop to them.
Substitutions
If drawing/losing
Salif Sane off for Phil Foden 65 mins
Switch to a 4-2-3-1 with Foden playing in behind Cavani as a second striker. Goretzka and Ramsey will sit deep in midfield, covering the loss of a defender. Foden can get in behind defenders along with Costa and Malcom.
Aaron Ramsey off for Ainsley Maitland Niles 75 mins
A more attacking midfielder to come on for Ramsey. AMN will look to engineer it that we are playing further up the pitch. Goretzka will sit further back, whilst AMN looks to drift into space higher up and dictate the tempo and pace of the game. As well as this he will play a high tempo box to box role.
Danilo off for Dusan Tadic 80 mins
An attacking substitution as we look for a goal. Tadic will look to push forward with the ball from deep, dictating the play out wide and looking to get the ball in the box as often as possible.
If winning
Malcom off for Lewis Cook 70 mins
Switch to a 3-5-1-1, with Lewis Cook playing at the heart of the Arsenal midfield. He will serve as the linchpin, looking to dictate the play by hitting balls over the top to our attackers, specifically through to Douglas Costa, who will look to run past Cavani.
Edinson Cavani off for Chris Wood 80 mins
Chris Wood will play the same role as Cavani, but with slightly fresher legs.
Douglas Costa off for Dusan Tadic 85 mins
Tadic is a tidy player capable of keeping possession, and when we hold possession we are unlikely to concede. At this point we are making changes to close out the game.

posted on 26/10/18

Europa League

Group A
Liverpool 2 - 1 Wolves
Kane(B.Silva, 24), Rudiger(B.Silva, 62)
Immobile(ADM, 16)
MOTM - B.Silva

Lazio 2 - 3 Arsenal
Milik, 62, Calhanoglu,, 73
Cavan (HatTrick, 3, 19, 56, Costa, Malcom, Goretzka)
MOTM - Cavani

Group B

Spurs 1 - 1 Leverkeusen
Aguero(Martial, 34)
Poulsen(Volland, 66)
MOTM - Hradecky

Villareal 1 - 2 Birmingham
G.Moreno(Cazorla, 52)
Higuain(Neres, 16), Zaha(Kessi, 77)
MOTM - Kondogbia

posted on 27/10/18

Juve 2 Portsmouth 0
Dzeko 42
Fernandes 75
MOTM Dzeko

Barcelona 2 Leicester 3
Bale 12 (Messi) - Costa 15 (Thiago)
Messi 50 (Isco) - Sane 65
- Hazard 78 (Sane)
MOTM Sane

GROUP B

Newcastle 3 Bayern 1
Suarez 5 (Silva) - Muller 62 (Kroos)
Mane 17 ( Silva)
Silva 81
MOTM Silva

PSG 1 Chelsea 2
Depay 36 (Lo Celso) - Lewa 21 (Pjanic)
- Neymar 83
MOTM Pjanic

posted on 22/3/19

BRUM VS spurs

-----------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Pereira---------Marquinhos--------Maguire------------Chilwell
---------------------Valverde----------------Rice-------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres---------------------------------------------------------------Anderson
--------------------------------------Bailey----------------------------------------
------------------------------------Higuain-------------------------------------

Subs - Lunin, Kehrer, Kessie, Cristante, Zakaria, Zaha, Dembele

CAPTAIN - MAGUIRE
CK'S - NERES
FK'S - NERES
PENALTIES - HIGUAIN

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.

Defence
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. Marquinhos and Maguire bring a whole lot of experience and pace to the defence. Maguire will use his experience to marshal the defence and Marquinhos 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. Rice will be covering for them when they go attacking.

Defence Mids
Rice + Valverde
Rice 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.
Valverde 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 Rice in the middle and protect the defence.

Wingers
Neres + Anderson
These 2 will be the focal point of my attack. I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in attack. Anderson 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. Pereira 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
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.

Striker
Higuain
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 Anderson/Neres to make infield runs ahead of you.

Subs if LOSING BY 65MINS
Put on Dembele for Valverde and Cristante for Bailey to bring some more pace on. Play a high line and try and get a goal. Change formation to 41212.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Pereira----------Marquinhos-----------Maguire------------Chilwell
-----------------------------------------Rice------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------------Anderson
-------------------------------------Cristante------------------------------------
---------------------Dembele--------------Higuain------------------------


Subs if WINNING BY 80MINS
Take off Bailey and put on Kehrer in CB. Play defensive with everyone in our own half defending for their lives, waiting to hit the oppo on the counter attack. Cristante on for Neres and Kessie for Valverde to add a bit more strength into the midfield.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Pereira-----Marquinhos------Maguire------Kehrer-----Chilwell
------------------------------Kessie--------Rice----------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------Cristante--------------------------------------Anderson---------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------Higuain---------------------------------------

Subs if DRAWING BY 65MINS
Zaha on for Neres
Kessie on for Rice
Dembele on for Higuain
Fresh legs to bring on.

posted on 22/3/19

BRUM VS leverkusen

-----------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot----------------Kehrer-----------Maguire------------Chilwell
------------------------Paredes---------Doucoure---------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres---------------------------------------------------------------------Keita
--------------------------------------Bailey----------------------------------------
------------------------------------Higuain-------------------------------------

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

CAPTAIN - MAGUIRE
CK'S - NERES
FK'S - NERES
PENALTIES - HIGUAIN

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.

Defence
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.

Wingers
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
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.

Striker
Higuain
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.

Subs if LOSING BY 65MINS
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.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot--------------Kehrer-----------------Maguire------------Chilwell
------------------------------------Doucoure------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres-------------------------------------------------------------------Keita
-----------------------------------Cristante------------------------------------
---------------------Dembele--------------Higuain------------------------


Subs if WINNING BY 80MINS
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.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot---------Diop---------Maguire--------Kehrer-------Chilwell
---------------------------Kessie--------Doucoure---------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------Soler--------------------------------------------------Keita---------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------Higuain---------------------------------------

Subs if DRAWING BY 65MINS
Soler on for Neres
Kessie on for Doucoure
Dembele on for Higuain
Fresh legs to bring on.

posted on 28/3/19

------------------------ 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

Losing
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 on 31/3/19

————————Ter Stegen
Odriozola——Sule————Rudiger———Castro
———————Ndidi——Tielemans
Sancho—————-Dybala—————Hudson-Odoi
—————————Kane

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.

Subs:

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 on 31/3/19

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

Subs:
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.

Defence:

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.

Midfield:

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.

Forwards:

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.

Subs;

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 on 2/4/19

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.

Attack.

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.

Subs.
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 on 7/4/19

NEWCASTLE 4-3-3

___________Chesney
Azpi____Hummels___Godin___Robbo
__________Kante
________Verratti___Radja
Salah______Suarez________Mane

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.

Subs

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 on 7/4/19

Arsenal

----------------------- 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 on 7/4/19

Tadic to LW when losing

posted on 15/4/19

Champions League

Group A
Barcelona 1 - 0 Juventus
Messi(Semedo)

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
Sarabia
Poulsen, Havertz

posted on 20/4/19

PSG 2-1 Newcastle
Magpies undone by inspired Depay in the last 5 minutes, despite dominating the 90 minutes
Goals
PSG
Depay x 2 (Lo Celso, Meunier)
Newcastle
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.
Goals:
Chelsea
Lewandowski x 4 (Neymar, Mbappe x 2, Sandro)
Bayern
Muller (Robben), Pulisic (Kimmich)
MOTM: Lewandowski

posted on 29/4/19

----------------------A.Meret --------------------
Walker ----- Varane ----- Umtiti ----- Sandro
------------- Fabinho ----- H.Aouar ------------
Mbappe ----------- Zaniolo ----------- Neymar
--------------------- Werner ---------------------

Gunn, Stones, Pjanic, Maddison, Chiesa, Thorgan, Lewandowski

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, Aouar, 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, Werner 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, Umtiti 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 Umtiti and Varane to go up for corners, with the fullbacks and Fabinho sitting back.

In the centre of the pitch are Aoaur, 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, Aouar 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. Aouar 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 Aouar/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 Werne 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 Werner 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

Losing -
70 Mins - Chiesa for Zaniolo, he goes to RW, Mbappe up front 442
80 Mins - Walker to RCB, Lewandowski to CF Mbappe, Werner either side
85 - Pjanic fo rAouar

Winning -
70 Mins - Pjanic for Zaniolo, sit to the right of Fabinho
80 Mins - Lewandowski for Werner

Drawing -
70 Mins - Lewandowski for Werner, Pjanic for Aouar
80 Mins - Chiesa for Zaniolo he goes to RW, Mbappe just off Lewandowski

posted on 29/4/19

Arsenal

-------------------------- Lloris ------------------------
M-Niles ----- Kompany ----- Manolas ----- Ricardo
--------------- Goretzka ----- Martinez --------------
Gelson --------------- P.Foden ------------- D.Tadic
------------------------- Cavani ------------------------

Pickford, N'Dicka, Grillitsch, Fabregas, D.Costa, Giroud, D.Malen

Control possession high up the field, pass and move into positions that can hurt them, when we defend we do so as a team with two banks of four and Foden and Cavani harassing the backline and really pressurise them into quick , misplaced passes for us to pick up, in their face performance, especially J.Martinez, Goretzka and Foden as we try to nullify their midfield and stop them creating chances for the forwards.

Maitland-Niles and Ricardo have freedom to attack, but only one at a time, one always staying back so we will have a back 3, they will bomb down the line supporting the wingers, which will allow the winger to cut inside and support Foden and Cavani. They look to play one twos with the midfield which will get him beyond there fullback and whip in dangerous crosses. Both tough defenders and intelligent so know when to tackle and when just to try and shimmy out wide. When defending and on the cautious side and remain vigilant at all times in the line of four, keep it tight.. Manolas the more mobile and quicker CB will mark the CF, use his strength and speed to keep the CF away from the danger area. Kompany alongside is the spare defender and helps out where needed, bot very powerful defenders, dominate in the air and good on the ball, so when in possession they can carry the ball out from defence and look to send our forwards away. Stay tight as a four and let nothing through. Both up for corners, fullbacks and Javi stay back. When we are in possession the ball will come from the back, so these guys must look for movement ahead of them so they can pick there pass, both CBs are comfortable with ball at feet and will take the ball out of defence to allow them to come on to us before he passes, this will create space as hew will force them to break away from the players they are marking..

Javi's primary role is to win possession and then start an attacking phase. Within this he needs to cover spaces in between the midfield and defence where the opposition’s number 10 will likely to be operating whilst also being aware when the full-backs had pushed forward.Take care of of the No 10/SS is also a main focus, stick to him like glue and stop him becoming a threat, very good in the air so can attack long/high balls before they get to our defenders. Once he is in possession of the ball nice simple balls to those around him.

Goretzka is our box-to-box midfielder and has responsibility throughout the pitch. He is expected to score goals and create chances for team mates, whilst also helping in the defensive third. One requirement of this role are high fitness levels due to the amount of running they are expected to do. The box-to-box midfielder is more likely to be found on the side of the pitch where the full-back that is less efficient in the attacking third plays to provide balance on both flanks. Foden's main responsibility is to both create chances for the three attackers in front of him and indeed score the goals himself. He will often find himself the furthest forward of the three midfielders and sometimes even in the number 9 role if the correct situation arises. The main requirement of Foden is creativity; he needs to be able to play a pass that penetrates the opposition’s defense or dictates the direction of the attack These three should work well together and between them have everything a midfield needs.

Wingers are going to cause problems out wide, with the support they will have, they will look to push the fullbacks back and get into the danger area. both sides will definitely pose a threat with quick one twos, using Goretzka/Foden to play around them with the ball going in triangles quickly until the break is on. If fulbacks drive passed wingers they can cut inside looking to make a nuisance of themselves centrally again using Foden to get into danger areas. Both wingers have a fantastic forward to aim for in Cavani so if they get to the bye line then get the crosses in for him to attack.Cavani will get plenty chances, however he must put away there side who will be solid at the back, however I want to bully the slower/weaker of the two/three with the aid of Foden and the wingers and sometimes the fullbacks. Get into positions that he can go for goal or at very least drag players away for other players to drive into the space. Again, target the slower/weaker of the cbs, split them apart to create space, we are quick, so our forwards must hit them with pace to drag them all over the place. He can score from various angles/ranges with hopefully a few crosses coming in he can get up and above defenders for. Can hold it up and look for runners, in particular Gelson and Tadic will be making runs so be watchful of them just to lay it off to the side if he cant go for goal himself. But especially look for Foden/Goretzka as they time their runs perfectly so a little touch back to him allows him to go for goal.

We must defend as a team tho, from the front, so wingers track back and cover the fullbacks, even just to stop them supporting the wingers, we must drive into them and pressurize them into mistakes

Captain - Javi Martinez
Pens - Cavani
FK's - Tadic
Corners - Wingers

Subs:-

Losing -
70 Mins - D.Costa for Foden, he goes to LW and Tadic central to support Cavani
80 Mins - Fabregas for Goretzka, try and open them up
85 Mins - Giroud for Maitland Niles, Ricardo to LCB, Giroud up top 3412 long ball

Winning -
70 Mins - Grillitsch for Foden, he sits in a solid 3 man midfield
80 Mins - Giroud for Cavani

Drawing -
70 Mins - Tadic to No.10, D.Costa on for Foden he goes LW
80 Mins - Giroud for Cavani and Fabregas for Goretzka

posted on 2/5/19

Tottenham Hotspur

---------------------- Courtois
Cancelo --- Skriniar ----- Lenglet -- Hernandez
---------------------- Partey
---------------- Koke ------ Arthur
Dembele ----------- Jovic ------------ Asensio

Subs:
Mckenzie-Lyle, Koulibaly, Fernandinho, Draxler, Pavon, Haller, Icardi


Captain: Skriniar
Free Kicks: Asensio
Penalties: Jovic
Corners: Wingers


Team Tactics

Moving the ball at speed will be the focus of our play as we go with an attacking 4-3-3 formation today. Our three CM’s will be key components of this style as Arthur and Koke offer great quality on the ball whilst they both have the ability to break the lines and play a killer final ball to our attacking trio. We will look to dictate the play and frustrate the opposition, continually make them chase the ball by switching the ball between our midfield trio. The opposition have some dangerous players however we will look to 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 as we feel that if we limit their ability to have the ball in attacking areas the game will be won.

When the opposition 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. They will drive forward as we get men up in support of Jovic and carve the opposition open with devastating effect.

Defence:

We go with a strong defensive unit at the back, packed with pace and quality as we look to nullify the threat posed by the oppositions attack. We have two strong pacy CB’s to deal with the threat posed by the opposition forward. 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, Cancelo in particular offers a real threat down the right. Dembele will often drift infield taking the opposition fullback with him which will create space for Cancelo to attack, he will at all times be looking for the runs of Jovic whose movement and finishing is simply world class. Hernandez will focus slightly more on his defensive duties to ensure we keep a balanced defence and have plenty of cover to snuff out any opposition counter attack.

If the opposition play one up top then Skriniar 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 trio who will do all the damage.

Midfield:

Partey plays in the holding midfield role, tenacious in the tackle he will also be our chief ball winner in the middle of the park. We aim to dominate possession and go with three technically astute players. Ball retention will be key, keep the ball and make them chase. This will invariably open up space for our forwards as we pull the opposition out of space and look to exploit any openings. Arthur and Koke operate as twin AM’s, both have a penchant for assists but don’t be afraid to shoot should the opportunity arise. With the pace of our front three the opposition will invariably drop deep and if the chance to shoot from distance arises then take it. We look to pepper the opposition with shots as we go for goals in the season opener.

Forwards:

Frightening pace, electrifying dribbling and deadly finishing, we feel our front three have it all. Our wide players will look to take the opposition on at will. Dembele and Asensio 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 Jovic to be slipped in and finish. Both will look to make jinking runs into the box where they can draw a foul or drive to the byline and whip the ball into Jovic in the middle. Both wingers have fantastic work rate and will be a constant outlet as they make runs in behind when our playmakers are in possession. Jovic 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 we look to lay down a marker.

Subs;

If winning:
65 mins: Arthur off, Fernandinho on.
75 mins: Dembele off, Koulibaly on. We move to 5-4-1 as we shut up shop and see the game out.

If drawing:
65 mins: Arthur off, Icardi on. We switch to 4-2-2-2, with Partey and Koke in CM, Dembele and Asensio on the flanks with Jovic and Icardi forming a deadly strike partnership.
75 mins: Partey off, Draxler on. More creativity in CM as we go for the winner.

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

posted on 4/5/19

BRUM VS leverkusen

-----------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot-------------Kehrer-------Marquinhos---------Chilwell
-------------------Paredes---------Doucoure---------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------Anderson
-----------------------------Bailey----------------------------------------
---------------------------Higuain-------------------------------------

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

CAPTAIN - HIGUAIN
CK'S - NERES
FK'S - NERES
PENALTIES - HIGUAIN

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.

Defence
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 Marquinhos bring a whole lot of experience and pace to the defence. Marquinhos 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.

Wingers
Neres + Anderson
These 2 will be the focal point of my attack. I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in attack. Anderson 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
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.

Striker
Higuain
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 Anderson/Neres to make infield runs ahead of you.

Subs if LOSING BY 65MINS
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.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot--------------Kehrer--------------Marquinhos------------Chilwell
------------------------------Doucoure------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------------Anderson
-----------------------------Cristante------------------------------------
-----------------Dembele--------------Higuain------------------------


Subs if WINNING BY 80MINS
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.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot---------Diop---------Marq--------Kehrer-------Chilwell
---------------------------Kessie--------Doucoure---------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------Zaha--------------------------------------------------Anderson--
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------Higuain---------------------------------------

Subs if DRAWING BY 65MINS
Zaha on for Neres
Kessie on for Doucoure
Dembele on for Higuain
Fresh legs to bring on.

comment by Welshy (U1348)

posted on 5/5/19

-------------------------Ederson
A-Arnold------Gomez------van Dijk----Marcelo
---------------Busquets-------Herrera
Willian---------------Brahim--------------------Bale
-------------------------Aguero

Subs: Butland, Hysaj, Tousart, Jorginho, Traore, Lopes, Mertens


Our defensive unit consists of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk paired up at centre-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Marcelo at left-back, with Sergio Busquets and Ander Herrera as our midfield ‘double pivot’ screening them.

This ‘double pivot’ is the key to our team and in Busquets and Herrera we have a perfect pairing to initiate attacks by distributing the ball in an intelligent fashion, to be key players in circulation and to prevent dangerous opposition attacks, being disciplined in positioning and limiting space in between the lines.

The strength of our double pivot is that Herrera can press the ball without leaving lots of space, as Busquets can maintain a good position to react if the initial press is bypassed. Our double pivot will offer huge defensive stability and will ensure that a structured shape is maintained.

Having two defensive midfielders centrally prevents others being dragged out of position to press.

Helping the defenders maintain solid positioning is a key part of Herrera’s role, he will press almost anywhere in his own half to allow defenders to stay in the defensive line.

With Herrera running his socks off for the team, our high tempo will dictated by his partner in holding midfield, Sergio Busquets.

A holding midfielder through and through, Busquets is not just your “win the ball and pass it on to the closest player” – there is a real creative mind in his locker, but it’s his ability to be the shield of the back four and then be creative once he gets the ball that makes Busquets such a talent.

The attacking unit consists of Willian, Brahim Díaz and Gareth Bale as our band of three attacking midfielders with Sergio Aguero as our lone central striker.

Our 4-2-3-1 is set up to have that wonderful ‘springy' quality - it absorbs pressure without breaking and then snaps back with surprising force.

In defence our 4-2-3-1 covers space very effectively, with the band of three attacking midfielders and centre forward able to press the opposition high up the pitch while the two defensive midfielders ensure that there is no space left in front of the defence. Then the back four can either play a high line, compressing the space even further, or drop deeper as preferred.

Once we have won the ball back, often by Busquets or Herrera, then our 4-2-3-1 can spring into attack.

Alexander-Arnold and Marcelo can surge up the wings in the knowledge that Busquets and Herrera can drop into the space left behind if needed. As they come up the wings, both Willian and Gareth Bale, who are fast speed merchants, excellent in tight spaces and fantastic dribblers will cut inside or make runs into the box.

In a team peppered with world class players, Brahim remains our chief creator; provider-in-chief of assists and quality deliveries, bold and robust in his movement, he will power through the midfield with strength and assurance before unleashing the kind of precision passes that the likes of Willian, Aguero and Bale will take full advantage of.


Aguero will occupy our oppositions centre backs, hold up possession and look to turn the defender and shoot. He’ll be strong in the air and will look for his teammates trying to pick him out from deep. He’ll stay on the last defender's shoulder for any passes in behind.


Subs on 75 mins
Traore on for Willian, Mertens on for Bale

Lots of fresh legs and pace to trouble the opposition for a late goal regardless of the score line

posted on 10/5/19

———————Ter Stegen
Castro——Rudiger——Sule——Gaya
—————Torreira——Ndidi
B.Silva—————Dybala————Sancho
————————Kane

Pope, Sanchez, McKennie, Lozano, Milinkovic, Loftus-Cheek, Brandt

Captain: Marc Andre Ter Stegen
Free Kicks: Paulo Dybala / Lucas Torreira
Corners: Lucas Torreira
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 Torreira to help circulate. Ndidi will position himself slightly higher than Torreira and Dybala will find pockets of space. 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 opposition 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 Torreira 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. Ndidi has a box to box role, and his higher positioning in comparison to Torreira 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. Ndidi 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 Castro, as this allows Dybala and Silva to overload the right half space and leave the FB with a decision to make, stay wide, opening up space for Silva and Dybala to exploit between FB and CB, or tuck in and leave an easy pass on for Castro 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. Sancho 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 Sancho 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, Silva and Kane to attack the box this will be hard to defend. 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, Sancho will push high onto his FB with Silva 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, Sancho dropping back, Silva stepping up, Dybala drops back into midfield for a 4-1-4-1 shape, with Ndidi able to go and help Sancho 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 Ndidi are staggered, the ball side player slightly higher, with Torreira behind the two of them, the staggering in midfield makes it harder for Chelsea'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.

Subs:

If Winning: Lozano for Sancho 70’. Milinkovic for Dybala 80'.

If Drawing: Milinkovic and Lozano for Ndidi and Sancho 75’, fresh legs out wide.

If Losing: Ruben and Milinkovic for Torreira and Ndidi 70', more drive from midfield. Lozano for Gaya 75', 3-5-2.

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