It's only early days in the football season, but things are already looking bright at Tannadice. At least brighter than usual.
Whilst questions remain over Levein’s tenure and tactics, very little solutions have been offered. Hearts have huffed and puffed over finding a strong eleven that they can find consistency with. There is a spine to the team but many players who tend to drift in and out. After another intensive summer of recruitment, the squad … Continue reading Heart of Midlothian: Tactical Analysis. What is the answer?
The first home game of the season. This fixture usually brings blind optimism of the season ahead. Good weather, large crowds and an opportunity for a fresh start. This however, wasn’t the case at Tynecastle this past weekend. A tepid 0-0 draw with Ross County has heaped pressure on Craig Levein as Hearts manager. By … Continue reading Heart of Midlothian: Tactical Analysis. Where has it went wrong?
Following Kieran Tierney's transfer to Premier League outfit Arsenal, Celtic now need to go out and find themselves a replacement. Finding a replacement for the 22-year-old Scotland international will be by no means easy and it remains to be seen whether the Bhoys would like to recruit his replacement from inside Scotland or from elsewhere. … Continue reading Could Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor replace Arsenal new boy Kieran Tierney at Celtic?
Let's look at how Everton performed last season and what that suggested they needed, what they get by buying Richarlison and what some other options might have been. The final section is also relevant for other clubs as the young, goal scoring wide forward transfer merry-go-round seems to have swung into action with Barcelona stealing Malcom from under Roman noses, Europe's giants hovering vulture like around Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey and Brighton picking up the Eredivisie's top scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh for around £17 million.
The 2018 World Cup has been excellent, maybe the best of all time, with all sorts of shocks, smart set pieces and two good teams competing in the final; France and Croatia. Both finalists have done brilliantly to progress through the latter stages of the tournament although Croatia have been taken to extra time on three occasions. Will this play a big factor on Sunday? I don’t believe this will be a factor that will affect how they play.
Both teams play with a 4-3-3 formation and the analysis of the six players highlighted below shows all can change the match due to their game knowledge. The really exciting aspect about how they set up is the rotation between the individuals in midfield with players moving to deeper roles and more advanced roles to keep the balance of the team.
Raheem Sterling has been booed by pubs full of his own fans, voted by the public as England's poorest player against Panama despite setting up two of the goals and has faced racist attacks on his character from the English tabloid media throughout the 2018 World Cup. He's missed some chances in the World Cup and there is a perception that he is a poor player or at the very least a poor finisher. The difference in England's system and Sterling's role within it certainly helps us understand why he is not scoring for them as much as he has done for Manchester City. It is worth also then thinking about why he has scored so much for Manchester City. Let's start by considering Benjamin Mendy's knee.
As we reach the semi-final stage of the brilliant 2018 World Cup here are three hot takes; Belgium's defence is too old, Romelu Lukaku can outscore Harry Kane in the 2018/19 English Premier League and the deep lying midfield playmaker is dead but Luka Modric can have one (or two) last hurrahs.
In a webinar on the Inspire Coach Education channel Gerard Jones predicted that the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be dominated by set plays. He wasn’t wrong! Set plays have been a major trend at this tournament. Now that we're at the semi-final stage I've analysed the set play attacking and defending of the four remaining countries; Belgium, France, Croatia and England. Each country has had some intelligent attacking set plays but has had some issues in defending them. This World Cup has been excellent - let's hope it continues to be do keep an eye out for the examples I note below in the remaining matches.