Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal: Chelsea’s high line ripped to shreds in amazingly open game

October 29, 2011
Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal: Chelsea’s high line ripped to shreds in amazingly open game

Chelsea had a clear weakness coming into the game – their defence plays high up the pitch and are prone to pace in behind – and Arsenal exploited it to great effect. Read more »

Napoli 2-0 Udinese: 3-4-3 against 3-5-1-1, and Mazzarri beats Guidolin

October 26, 2011
Napoli 2-0 Udinese: 3-4-3 against 3-5-1-1, and Mazzarri beats Guidolin

An interesting first half, and ultimately a convincing win for Walter Mazzarri’s side. Read more »

The effects of Chelsea’s pressing game in 2011/12

October 26, 2011
The effects of Chelsea’s pressing game in 2011/12

Amongst all the nonsense about Andre Villas-Boas being the new Jose Mourinho, the irony is that he’s done more to move Chelsea away from Mourinho’s overall playing style than Avram Grant, Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti. In particular, the way they play without the ball. Read more »

Man United 1-6 Man City: City turn a dominant performance into a historic thrashing

October 23, 2011
Man United 1-6 Man City: City turn a dominant performance into a historic thrashing

City crafted a clever first half advantage over United, then were rampant after half time. Read more »

Antonio Conte’s system isn’t a 4-2-4, but it still provides excitement

October 23, 2011
Antonio Conte’s system isn’t a 4-2-4, but it still provides excitement

The 4-2-4 is a mythical formation, immediately bringing to mind the Brazil side of 1970, maybe the greatest international side in history. Read more »