Posts Tagged ‘ three-man defence ’

Villarreal 1-1 Valencia: Emery’s three-man defence copes with two strikers, but not three

November 21, 2010
Villarreal 1-1 Valencia: Emery’s three-man defence copes with two strikers, but not three

Valencia had a specific plan to stifle Villarreal’s fluid 4-4-2 system – and it almost worked.
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Sampdoria 1-2 Napoli: late turnaround as Hamsik and Cavani snatch the win

September 20, 2010
Sampdoria 1-2 Napoli: late turnaround as Hamsik and Cavani snatch the win

Napoli dominated the game and yet fell behind, before rallying in the final ten minutes to record their first win of the season.
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An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

August 9, 2010
An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

ZM rarely covers anything other than top-flight football, but with 2010/11’s Premier League action not starting until next weekend, here’s an opportunity to focus on a lower league game.
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Italy 1-1 New Zealand: Why did Lippi start with a 4-4-2?

June 20, 2010
Italy 1-1 New Zealand: Why did Lippi start with a 4-4-2?

A heroic defensive performance from New Zealand, who now have two more points than most people expected, but Italy’s tactics made it easy for them.
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Posted in World Cup 2010 | 48 Comments »