Posts Tagged ‘ pressing ’

The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

July 13, 2010
The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

Here is Holland’s basic shape when they have the ball with their goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg. This shows their defence (red), their holding midfielders (yellow), the attacking band of three (green) and the striker (blue).
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Holland v Spain: two teams rooted in similar history

July 10, 2010
Holland v Spain: two teams rooted in similar history

This is a tremendously intriguing final for a variety of reasons.
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Brazil 3-0 Chile: Dunga prevails over Bielsa in the tactical contest of the tournament

June 29, 2010
Brazil 3-0 Chile: Dunga prevails over Bielsa in the tactical contest of the tournament

A fascinating game of two vastly different styles – with one clear winner.
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Spain 2-1 Chile: Chile press, foul, then hold on

June 26, 2010
Spain 2-1 Chile: Chile press, foul, then hold on

What a bizarre game. Chile started better, then conceded a silly goal, then went two goals and one man down in the same move, then started the second half brightly, then realised a 2-1 defeat would send them through, and stopped bothering.
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Palermo 3-1 Milan: the home side more comfortable in their formation

April 25, 2010
Palermo 3-1 Milan: the home side more comfortable in their formation

Milan’s Scudetto hopes are officially over, whilst Palermo move up into a Champions League position. The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game, as Palermo’s front three terrorized Milan’s makeshift back four.
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