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    Posted on June 26th, 2014

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    Costa Rica 0 England 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Costa Rica 0 England 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Due to their two quite different objectives for this game, each manager approached it in a different manner in terms of selection and deciding how many players to rest and rotate. Costa Rica needed at least a point to ensure they finished first and avoided facing Colombia in the next round. Therefore [...]

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    Posted on June 21st, 2014

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    Uruguay 2 England 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Uruguay 2 England 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. For this game Oscar Tabarez made five changes. Three of them were enforced and two resulted  following the disaster against Costa Rica and the change in the formation. Maxi Pereira was suspended (following his red card in the previous game), so Alvaro Pereira (no relation) came in to play on the left [...]

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    Posted on June 16th, 2014

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    England 1 Italy 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    England 1 Italy 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    With so many Liverpool players involved, and an ex-Liverpool manager in charge (lest we forget), Mihail will be looking at England’s World Cup games. By Mihail Vladimirov. Since the warm-up friendlies it has been clear what Roy Hodgson’s starting team for the group stage of the World Cup would be. The main talking point before [...]

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    Posted on June 2nd, 2014

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.16.

    Tactics for Beginners – No.16.

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. ‘Managed chaos’ Last time we talk about penetration, and looked at unlocking defences using team work – the so-called ‘highlights of the game’. Now let’s talk about the ‘highlights of the highlights’ – individuals unlocking defences with ‘flair’. Is it too simplistic to say that tactics are about teamwork, [...]

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    Posted on May 21st, 2014

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    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    Handling the PL and CL Next Season

    By Alexander Papas (TTT Subscriber Yiannis). When we asked TTT writers a series of questions in our recent Q&A (link to 2 articles), Yiannis replied to some questions in sufficient length to generate an article in its own right! This question could be worthy of articles on its own (so I’ve made it one – Ed!), [...]

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    Posted on May 14th, 2014

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    Analysis of an Attack

    Analysis of an Attack

    By Samira Kumar.  “I don’t think it’s just his (Luis Suarez) responsibility… To get into Champions League you need 70 odd goals…. To get into the top four you certainly need to score in the higher 60s into the 70s…. We’ve got a 40 goal striker (Suarez) and we still have to get 30 goals [...]

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    Posted on May 13th, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Liverpool’s starting XI saw Henderson and Agger welcomed back into the starting XI with Lucas and Sakho, respectively, benched. Coutinho was again on the bench, meaning the narrow front three stayed the same. Once again Rodgers started with the 4-3-1-2 formation. Pardew had some problems to solve. Remy got a knock in [...]

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    Posted on May 7th, 2014

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    Palace 3 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Palace 3 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Tony Pulis went for his usual starting XI, lined-up in the regular 4-4-1-1 formation. Cameron Jerome was ill, so Chamakh had to spearhead the attack with Ledley pushed forward to play just off him. This meant there was space for Dikgacoi to return in midfield and play alongside Jedinak. For Liverpool, with [...]

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    Posted on April 29th, 2014

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    Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    With Sturridge only fit enough for a place on the bench, Rodgers logically kept the same side that faced Norwich. But instead of continuing with the 4-3-2-1 formation, Liverpool started this game with a 4-1-2-3. Mourinho lived up to his promise and started with a hugely rotated side. Only three players – Ivanovic, Azpilicueta and [...]

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    Posted on April 22nd, 2014

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    Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  Neither team presented any surprises in terms of selection. For Norwich, Bassong was passed fit for this game but remained outside the match squad, and Neil Adams named an unchanged starting XI from the one against Fulham last week in his managerial debut. Meanwhile with Henderson and Sturridge out, Rodgers, as expected, [...]

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    Posted on April 15th, 2014

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    Liverpool 3 Man City 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 3 Man City 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. True to their footballing philosophy both managers went with a very attack-minded starting selection. Neither team surprised in terms of line-ups, as the managers opted for what was largely anticipated. As expected, Clichy was preferred to Kolarov, presumably with Pellegrini anticipating Sterling to start on the right of a 4-1-2-3 shape. But [...]

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014

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    Liverpool 4 Spurs 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 4 Spurs 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers went with, to an extent, the expected starting XIs. For Rodgers, the main dilemma was whether to stick with the 4-3-1-2 seen in the last four games or revert to the previously used 4-1-2-3. He opted for the latter, putting increased onus on creativity and penetration by starting both Sterling [...]

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    Posted on March 28th, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  For Liverpool, Rodgers unsurprisingly decided to keep the same formation and personnel he used against Cardiff. In stark contrast, Poyet made several changes to his starting XI and opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation. Poyet’s selection choices On first glance, Sunderland starting with a back three system was solely to account for Liverpool’s [...]

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    Posted on March 24th, 2014

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    Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers made only one change from their previous league games. Solskjaer replaced Noone with Bellamy, which morphed Cardiff’s formation from the 5-4-1 diamond seen against Everton to a 3-1-4-2. For Liverpool Sterling was replaced by Coutinho at the tip of the midfield quartet. Formations Apart the goal-scoring fiesta, what this game [...]

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    Posted on March 20th, 2014

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    Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Moyes started with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Vidic returning to the side in place of Smalling, to partner Jones at the heart of the home team’s defence. Januzaj started on the left, Mata on the right with Rooney in behind Van Persie to create an attacking quartet expected [...]

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    Posted on March 5th, 2014

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.15.

    Tactics for Beginners – No.15.

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. ‘The only interesting part of the game’ When we began these conversations I said that I saw the game as periods of ‘inactivity’, mixed with spells of excitement around the goals. We are now coming to what I used to see as the only interesting part of the game [...]

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    Posted on March 4th, 2014

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    So’ton 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    So’ton 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Pochettino went for his usual starting XI and 4-1-2-3 formation. Lovren was back in the team, replacing Yoshida, with the Saints now having their first choice centre-back pairing. Interestingly Lallana and Rodgriguez were swapped – the former was on the left with the latter on the right within the front three unit, [...]

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    Posted on February 26th, 2014

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    Liverpool 4 Swansea 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 4 Swansea 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers selected the expected XI. With Johnson back fit and immediately reinstated in the team, it was unsurprising – and arguably warranted – to see Cissokho benched. Still, it was interesting to see Flanagan retained on the right with Johnson put on the left. The front three was once again re-shuffled, [...]

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    Posted on February 14th, 2014

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    Fulham 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Fulham 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  After the good showing at Old Trafford, Meulensteen rather logically kept the same starting formation and personnel for this game. The only change was in attack, where Bent replaced Tankovic as the spearhead striker. Rodgers unsurprisingly continued with the exact same starting XI as in the past three games. The only change [...]

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    Posted on February 10th, 2014

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    Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Rodgers kept the same XI and formation from the previous two games. The only changes were in the positioning of the midfield and front players (more on this below). For Arsenal, Wenger recalled Wilshere from injury to partner Arteta. This meant a place for Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank with Cazorla on [...]

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    Posted on February 4th, 2014

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    W.B.Albion 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    W.B.Albion 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Pepe  Mel made a host of changes for this game following the defeat in the derby against Aston Villa in the previous game. In defence Jones and McAuley were reinstated with Lugano and Reid benched. Morrison and Anelka were both out due to injury so Gera and Berahino started, and Vydra replaced [...]

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    Posted on January 28th, 2014

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.14

    Tactics for Beginners – No.14

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. A 1-2 and a 2-1 TV commentators often present formations as though they are quite simple and fixed, but two teams can play with the same formation and put quite different emphasis on attacking and defending and so look very different. Of course. Two teams could use the same [...]

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    Posted on January 19th, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Sakho was once again deemed unfit to feature, so the Toure-Skrtel pair continued. As Sturridge was ready to start, Rodgers had to make the decision of who would sit on the bench and how to construct his team. As it turned out, it was Lucas who missed out, with Liverpool lining-up in [...]

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    Posted on January 14th, 2014

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    Stoke 3 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Stoke 3 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Mark Hughes opted for the expected starting XI. Sorensen was only fit for the bench, so Butland made his first start in goal. Arnautovic replaced the ineligible Assaidi down the left flank – the rest of the team was as per usual. With Agger and Sakho injured, Toure needed to start alongside [...]

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    Posted on January 9th, 2014

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    A Question of Tactics – January 2014

    A Question of Tactics – January 2014

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Here’s the latest in our monthly series where Mihail answers some of the tactical questions he is sent. These are some questions Bob prepared in order to address what seemed the most interesting things, tactically speaking, during December. What adjustments will Rodgers need to make to accommodate the return of either Gerrard [...]

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