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Strike partnerships

Almost seems like a distant memory in football. Growing up strike partnerships were iconic and a key part of how the whole team functioned. When two players clicked up top it was a thing of beauty. The changing of formations with 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 have seen a huge reduction in traditional strike partnerships. The most obvious one of recent years for me was Suarez and Sturridge, who despite playing in a very individual way, had a great understanding. Growing up there were some classics:-

Shearer and Sutton
Cole and Yorke
Klinsmann and Sheringham
Keane and Berbatov
Henry and Bergkamp
Cole and Beardsley (loved this one)

Interestingly in most of these there is a "clever" one who would often drop deeper or have the movement and intelligence to make something for the more clinical one. I hope one day we see a return to a 4-4-2 or a two striker formation, and we see some great future partnerships.

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by There'sOnlyOneRed's (U1721)
posted 8 hours ago
comment by D'Jeezus Mackaroni (U1137)
posted 4 hours, 35 minutes ago
Think the DM killed off the "clever" one, and inverted wingers/wide forwards took over.
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Exactly. The switch to three in midfield ended it and with it the double pivot in midfield also. Loved 4-4-2 in the 90s. Was so exciting to watch. Especially United and Arsenal.
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There's still teams that use the 442 or at least 2 strikers up top. Atletico, Leverkusen, Leicester, Inter, Villarreal, RBL, Salzburg even City for a while.

Aguero & Dzeko

Requires more hardwork to work in today's game...especially from the 2 wide players but some teams still have success with it.

posted 2 weeks ago

Suarez and Sturridge

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by *Michael Edwards FC {Proud owner of the 5 000 ... (U2720)
posted 29 minutes ago
comment by There'sOnlyOneRed's (U1721)
posted 8 hours ago
comment by D'Jeezus Mackaroni (U1137)
posted 4 hours, 35 minutes ago
Think the DM killed off the "clever" one, and inverted wingers/wide forwards took over.
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Exactly. The switch to three in midfield ended it and with it the double pivot in midfield also. Loved 4-4-2 in the 90s. Was so exciting to watch. Especially United and Arsenal.
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There's still teams that use the 442 or at least 2 strikers up top. Atletico, Leverkusen, Leicester, Inter, Villarreal, RBL, Salzburg even City for a while.

Aguero & Dzeko

Requires more hardwork to work in today's game...especially from the 2 wide players but some teams still have success with it.
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Yeah normally when teams use it now, the midfield four sit close to the back four and the wingers provide support to the full backs. I'm thinking more of the attacking 4-4-2 of the 90s in the PL, where the wingers run down the sides of the box, for the cross or cut back, one of the forwards is dropping into space and if a midfielder goes, the other stays.

posted 2 weeks ago

Yeah that still happens you know. Think of Hee Chan and Minamino against us.
Werner for RBL. Keita and Demme had a great understanding in midfield
Mbappe at Monaco. Bellarabi for Leverkusen.

Luiz & Juanfran for Atletico can't be classed as defensive fullbacks. Maybe Juanfran.

Fuchs & Simpson was instrumental for Leicester. Both attack and defence.

It's not all out gung ho...could never be in today's game which is way more tactical than the 90s but it's not all defensive either.

posted 2 weeks ago

Mbappe, Falcao, Lemar, B. Silva, Fabinho , Bakayoko, Sidibe, Mendy...that Monaco side was something.

posted 2 weeks ago

football is all about partnerships. Just because its a 3 man partnership not 2 doesn't make it not true


If we look at todays game it really is all about having enough peopel in the area where the ball is to make it difficult to retain the ball without going backwards or just plain taking it off teams.

442 is DEAD as the two banks of 4 is quite good to be very defensive in but its always getting outmanned in the middle of the park if the 4 has any genuine width.

4231 i hope is in the past now largely as it relies on a lone forward and its actually potentially very negative. you really don't have a no 10 in it but rather an advanced midfielder centrally and two wingers plus two sitting midfielders in the 2.

For me whatever formation it is its now all about triangles of passing and options. Fullback, to midfield to wide forward for example

theres no one best formation but rather getting the best out of what you have.

If a team has two brilliant kante type midfielders who can do the work of 3 regular players then by all means try 442 if you've the wingers and forwards.

for me the game now is about possession and where you have it. the majority of possession is meaningless if it is in your own half. equally 30% possession is no good if all you are doing is hoofing it away.

If you can hold your own and move the ball so that you are applying pressure, real pressure to teams then what you are doing is working.

If you are just passing backwards and ending up with a keeper clearance after a minute then clearly something is wrong.

posted 2 weeks ago

Duncan Ferguson was the best headerer of a ball in the game. Every header was with intention, no blind flick ons, no hopeful knock ons.

He's also, I believe, the only player to score a hat-trick of headers in the Premier League.

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by IvanGolacIsMagic (U5291)
posted 53 seconds ago
Duncan Ferguson was the best headerer of a ball in the game. Every header was with intention, no blind flick ons, no hopeful knock ons.

He's also, I believe, the only player to score a hat-trick of headers in the Premier League.
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Did his head no get him the jail as well

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by Fan Gillhaus 1903 (U3339)
posted 49 seconds ago
comment by IvanGolacIsMagic (U5291)
posted 53 seconds ago
Duncan Ferguson was the best headerer of a ball in the game. Every header was with intention, no blind flick ons, no hopeful knock ons.

He's also, I believe, the only player to score a hat-trick of headers in the Premier League.
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Did his head no get him the jail as well


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As i said, he always used his head with intent.

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by RB&W "PPE for NHS heroes" (U21434)
posted 12 hours, 4 minutes ago
Keegan and Toshack started all this nonsense at Liverpool.
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Nonsense?

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