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The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (1st June 2017)

May 25, 2017
The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (1st June 2017)

The Mixer is out next week (June 1st) in the UK, published by HarperCollins.

It’s the story of the Premier League’s tactical evolution, covering its first 25 seasons from 1992/93 to 2016/17.

It’s essentially about the revolutionaries: the innovative managers, the game-changing players, the inspirational teams, the new tactical concepts, the off-field developments that influenced playing styles.

Here’s an extract

Here’s an article about it

If it’s of interest, you can pre-order here…

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Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

May 5, 2017
Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

Juventus took control of this Champions League semi-final with an impressive 2-0 victory, thanks to two goals from Gonzalo Higuain.

Leonardo Jardim’s side featured one surprise – Benjamin Mendy wasn’t fit to start at left-back, so Djibril Sidibe switched to that flank and Nabil Dirar played at right-back.

Max Allegri left out right-winger Juan Cuadrado and played Andrea Barzagli instead, a significant move that would shape this game’s tactical battle.

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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

April 26, 2017
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

Lionel Messi produced a brilliant performance and a sensational late goal to blow La Liga’s title race wide open.

Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Gareth Bale after injury, although he didn’t last the first half before being replaced by Marcos Asensio. Otherwise, the team was as expected.

Luis Enrique was still without the suspended Neymar. Paco Alcacer played as an inside-left.

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Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

April 12, 2017
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

Juventus take a commanding lead to the Camp Nou for the second leg – and will be confident of faring better than PSG did last month.

Max Allegri named his expected side. Mario Mandzukic has been playing on the left in recent weeks, while Daniel Alves faced his former side for the first time.

Luis Enrique was without Sergio Busquets, so Javier Mascherano was deployed in midfield, and Jeremy Mathieu came into the side in a hybrid three/four-man defence.

Juventus exploited Barcelona’s poor organisation in the first half, although the game was a closer contest than the scoreline might suggest. Read more »