Posts Tagged ‘ counter-attacking ’

Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Russia’s Zenit-style counter-attacking exposes Czech weaknesses

June 9, 2012
Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Russia’s Zenit-style counter-attacking exposes Czech weaknesses

Russia made a terrific start to their Euro 2012 campaign with a high quality counter-attacking performance. Dick Advocaat named his expected side – a 4-3-3 system, with Vyacheslav Malafeev in goal. Michel Bilek’s side featured one alteration from the expected XI – Michal Kadlec moved to the left, where he frequently played during qualification, which meant Roman...
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Euro 2012 previews: general themes

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 previews: general themes

Team-by-team previews are on their way later today. But, to save repetition in many articles, here are some general themes based upon recent international tournaments: 1. For underdogs, being defensive and organised, then playing on the break is the best bet Fans of outsiders in this competition have often complained that they’re not passing the ball...
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Juventus 2-1 Udinese: Juve mimic Udinese’s tactics but remain an all-round attacking threat

January 29, 2012
Juventus 2-1 Udinese: Juve mimic Udinese’s tactics but remain an all-round attacking threat

Alessandro Matri scored a classic centre-forward’s goal to strengthen Juve’s position at the top.
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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.
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Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg: open, attacking, attractive and plenty of chances. Why?

October 20, 2011
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg: open, attacking, attractive and plenty of chances. Why?

The simple answer to this question lies in the situation within Group G.
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