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Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

May 30, 2019
Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

Here is an extract from Zonal Marking which is out today in hardback, ebook and audiobook and can be bought here The Netherlands, by its very nature, is based around the concept of space. A country whose name literally means ‘lower countries’ is a remarkable construct, gradually reclaimed from the sea through the revolutionary use...
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Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Plan B Llorente frees up Plan A Lucas to score hattrick

May 28, 2019
Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Plan B Llorente frees up Plan A Lucas to score hattrick

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out tomorrow! Just like Liverpool the previous evening, Tottenham came back from 3-0 down in the tie, to set up an all-English Champions League final. Eric ten Hag was without David Neres, and therefore switched Dusan Tadic to the left flank, with Kasper Dolberg upfront. Mauricio Pochettino was still without...
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Juventus 1-2 Ajax: Ajax consistently work overloads down the right

April 18, 2019
Juventus 1-2 Ajax: Ajax consistently work overloads down the right

Ajax followed their historic win at the Bernabeu in the previous round with a similarly impressive victory away at Juventus. There were two major themes from the first leg in Amsterdam, a 1-1 draw. First, Ajax used Donny van de Beek in a man-marking job on Miralem Pjanic, which badly hurt Juventus’ passing from deep...
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Milan 0-0 Ajax: Milan hold on with ten men

December 12, 2013
Milan 0-0 Ajax: Milan hold on with ten men

Riccardo Montolivo’s early dismissal meant Ajax spent an hour trying, and failing, to break down Milan’s deep defence. Max Allegri made huge changes from the side which drew 2-2 at Livorno, bringing in six players – Stephan El Shaarawy was the most eye-catching inclusion, although he didn’t last long. Frank De Boer also made a few...
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PSV 2-3 Ajax: Eriksen’s influence helps Ajax attack down the wings

April 16, 2013
PSV 2-3 Ajax: Eriksen’s influence helps Ajax attack down the wings

Ajax recorded a crucial victory over their major rivals for the league title. Frank De Boer brought Christian Poulsen into the side in the holding role, meaning Lasse Schone moved out to the right in place of Derk Boerrigter, who was on the bench. Dick Advocaat left out Tim Matavz, with Dries Mertens returning to the...
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