The Rise of AFC Bournemouth: Team Analysis

The formation of Bournemouth for 14/15

Eddie Howe has just received the LMA manager of the year award after an excellent season in Bournemouth which saw them promoted to the top flight whilst playing the most progressive football in the country. In this article, I will look into some of the key aspects of Howe’s system, in particular their positional play.

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Bayern Munich-Barcelona 3:2

4-1-2-1-2 base position shape for Bayern. 4-3-3 for Barcelona.

Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier was a pioneer of the aviation industry. He and his accomplice Marquis d’Arlandes made the first untethered hot air balloon flight on 21st November 1783. Less than two years later, on 15th June 1785 he set off from Boulogne, France in his ‘Rozier Balloon’ hoping to cross the English channel.

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New York Red Bulls – New York City FC 2:1

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The first ever Hudson River derby provided no shocks as RNBY rather easily beat their neighbors, maintaining a control over the game even after going a man down.

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Tactical Theory: Compactness

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“What is defending? … Defending is a matter of – ‘How much space should I defend?’ … Everything is about meters, that’s all”. – Johan Cruyff The term ‘compactness’ has been somewhat of a buzzword in football tactics over the past few seasons,

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Juventus – Real Madrid 2:1

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Allegri’s team executed an excellent strategy which saw them take advantage of Real Madrid’s instabilities to give them a 2-1 lead to take to the Bernabeu.

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Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund 1:1 (0:2 on Penalties)

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Following what was very much a balanced match overall, Jurgen Klopp now has the opportunity to end his time in Dortmund with silverware, going through to the Pokal final after two slips cost Bayern in the shootout.

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Barcelona – Valencia 2:0

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Luis Enrique’s side took a step closer to the title after a confident 2-0 victory over Valencia. Messi was vital as ever in his ‘new role’ which sees him support to a much greater extent in the midfield, supporting the progression into the attack.

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Valencia: A tactical profile

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Valencia had a disappointing 2013/14 season, finishing eighth in the La Liga. Nuno Espirito Santo took over as manager in July 2014, and by anyone’s standards, let alone a manager with as little experience as him, he has done fantastic things with the club.

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PSG – FC Barcelona 1:3

Messi's movement into the center connected him to the advantageous zone more directly. The red zone is the original area of superiority due to PSG's shape. The blue zone shows the advantageous situation that stems from the red zone and Messi moving inside. The yellow zone highlights Barcelona's structure when attacking the back line after the play stemmed from the advantageous area - Neymar scored the 1st goal like this!

Barcelona faced PSG in Paris for the first leg of the Quarter Finals. Barcelona dominated the game in what was another world-class showing for Lionel Messi. Messi’s reaction to PSG’s asymmetrical 4-4-2 along with Barcelona wing-combinations resulted in the 1-3 away win for Lucho’s men.

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Borussia M’Gladbach – Borussia Dortmund 3:1

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Borussia Dortmund’s disappointing campaign is about to continue. Mönchengladbach punished Klopp’s side on the break clinically. Hence the Foals wrapped the Clash of Borussias up what means third-placed Gladbach are now guaranteed to finish ahead of BVB in the standings for the first time since 1989.

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