I explain the reason for Guardiola moving Messi into the center of the field and how he consistently used players to free up spaces in the center for Messi and Iniesta to receive the ball and create dangerous attacks from. I also explain a bit why he moved away from this approach at Bayern and at City.
Due to starting a new job in football at the end of December i wasn’t quite able to publish all of the work i had planned to write..
Closing out 2018 on a high note. Liverpool put five goals past Arsenal to continue their nine match winning run into the New Year, with their attacking tempo and speed proving too much for Emery’s side.
I explain a popular tactical concept in football when out of possession: Zonal Marking! I go into depth about the tactical details of the approach.
In this piece I have outlined an approach to coaching football, that will hopefully encourage thought and debate around how and why we coach.
In the SV Mailbag, we answer questions from our followers. For this edition, George Jones answers your questions relating to coaching and training.
Another highly anticipated clash between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Guardiola’s Manchester City. As recent fixtures between the two teams provide evidence of Liverpool being City’s kryptonite, Guardiola made a series of conservative adjustments to gradually probe the hosts in a cagey affair.
I explain a not often talked about modern tactical concept which managers such as Jurgen Klopp and clubs such as Red Bull Leipzig have had success using: Pressing Traps!
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers suffered their first loss together at the hands of city rivals Celtic in his first dugout duel with Brendan Rodgers. A stubborn defensive display in the first half was followed by an altogether more expansive game in the second, though ultimately Celtic’s relentless pressure saw them record yet another victory against the Ibrox side.
In this article I will discuss three practices I recently delivered, how they work, how coaches can incorporate elements of them into their own sessions, and a theory of designing practices to implicitly encourage high pressing.