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Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

November 14, 2009
Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

A later, more detailed piece on Brazil is here The outstanding football article of this year was written by Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian, on Brazil’s formation in the Confederations Cup. Trying to expand on Mr Wilson’s excellent prose would be suicidal, but since the piece came without diagrams – sacrilege – here is a brief summary...
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Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd – but this could hide Chelsea’s problems with width

November 8, 2009
Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd – but this could hide Chelsea’s problems with width

Football is not chess. Formations and tactics don’t always win games. Today was one of those days – the only goal of the game came from a refereeing decision that was, frankly, incorrect. However, since this is a blog focussing upon tactics, we shall try to ignore that error of judgement, and instead look at...
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Milan 1-1 Real Madrid – two similar shapes cancel each other out

November 3, 2009
Milan 1-1 Real Madrid – two similar shapes cancel each other out

Strange one this. Cracking first half, very mediocre second – the exact opposite of the game at the Bernabeu 13 days ago. Few lessons for tactical battles as a whole, but certainly some interesting things to note from both sides.
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Birmingham 0-0 Man City – why is Hughes not playing a 4-3-3?

November 1, 2009
Birmingham 0-0 Man City – why is Hughes not playing a 4-3-3?

Manchester City won their first four Premiership games of the season, playing a 4-3-3 system. Now, they have now failed to win any of their last four games, playing a 4-4-2 system. No-one is mentioning the shift in shape – one that appears to have weakened the side, and doesn’t bring the best out...
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Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham – Redknapp pays the price for indecisiveness

October 31, 2009
Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham – Redknapp pays the price for indecisiveness

Tottenham had the dilemma faced by most 4-4-2 sides visting top four opposition this season – stay with their regular shape, or shift to a 4-5-1 more effective at winning and keeping position in the centre of midfield?
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