Tactical Analysis

Philadelphia Union

Post-match analysis: Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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The Union persevered against a well-organized Rapids defense to secure a club-record fourth consecutive victory.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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The front four were stupendous as the Union earned their third straight win to rise within touching distance of the red line.

Post-match analysis: DC United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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The Union rode a dominant performance from Haris Medunjanin to their second consecutive win.

Post-match analysis: LA Galaxy 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union escaped LA with a point despite showing off many of the same issues that have driven their 2017 struggles.

Tactical analysis: Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

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The Union's played scared to lose, and it cost them against Montreal Impact. PSP's Adam Cann explains.

Postmatch analysis: Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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A strong opening half hour couldn't prevent the Union from falling to a third straight loss. PSP's Adam Cann goes deep into the details to explain why things happened the way they did.

Match analysis: DC United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly's self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against DC United. PSP's Adam Cann explains and, among other things, highlights why Alejandro Bedoya and Jay Simpson were non-factors.

Post-match analysis: Union at Orlando City SC

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Philadelphia Union were timid and impatient, and Orlando City used speed to pounce of the defense's mistakes.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.

Post-match analysis: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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The Union put in a strong performance that indicates they can find success on the road, but their lack of big chances leaves questions about the attack unanswered. Adam Cann dives in with about as thorough an analysis as you're ever going to read.

PSP talks to Jim Curtin: The Five Things

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Adam Cann's series based on his interview with Jim Curtin concludes with a review of the five markers that, if realized, will boost the Union's chances of reaching the playoffs.

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Post-match analysis: Union 0-2 NYC FC

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Philadelphia Union made changes in midfield, but still looked reactive and impotent in their second straight home loss.

Summarising Holland in the Group Stage: Part 1 – Holland vs. Spain

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FollowEddieon Twitter Part 1: Holland vs Spain: The importance of Holland's zonal man marking scheme Holland's 5-3-2/3-5-2 system against Spain worked a treat and to everyone's...

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Liverpool

Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal showed the benefits and perils of space over possession

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Monday saw Arsenal and Liverpool play out one of the better 0-0 draws in recent memory, with each side laying reasonable claim to dominating a half and finishing deserving winners. It could have finished 1-1, 3-3, or 4-2, to either side, and the fact that it ended goalless only added to the intrigue.

Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal showed the benefits and perils of space over possession

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Monday saw Arsenal and Liverpool play out one of the better 0-0 draws in recent memory, with each side laying reasonable claim to dominating a half and finishing deserving winners. It could have finished 1-1, 3-3, or 4-2, to either side, and the fact that it ended goalless only added to the intrigue.

Liverpool Tactical Analysis: Who should Brendan Rodgers play in midfield?

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Liverpool Tactical Analysis: Who should Brendan Rodgers play in midfield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will be breathing a sigh of relief after the Reds managed to scrape a priceless 1-0 win at the Britannia on Sunday.

After a disastrous end to the 2014/15 season at Britannia, where Mark Hughes' Stoke hammered Liverpool in a 6-1 win, an opening day fixture at the same venue was perhaps a conspiracy of fate for Brendan Rodgers.

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived astaboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA of an elementary four-man back-line is something that fans still cling to.

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived astaboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA of an elementary four-man back-line is something that fans still cling to.

Five Tactical Things We Learnt From The Weekend’s Premier League Games

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How to beat Chelsea; How to beat Arsenal; How to stifle Liverpool:last week's gamestaught us some crucial facts about the tactical models needed to break down the Premier League's top clubs.

The Differences Between Zonal Marking, Man Marking and Mixed Zonal Marking

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In England, it's not uncommon to hear the saying that "Zonal marking is not defending." But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It's not that man marking is the be all and end all of defending. It's the system that leaks goals.

Stoke City Tactical Analysis: Looking at the Catenaccio Style of the Potters

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Since gaining promotion to the Premier League under the guidance of manager Tony Pulis, Stoke City have cultivated a traditional and robust brand of play in which no other sides want to entangle themselves.

Deconstructing Newcastle’s Second Goal v. Liverpool

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When Papiss Cisse stepped around a sprawling Pepe Reina to slot Newcastle's second goal home on Sunday, a few things seemed clear. First and foremost, it seemed clear that the Newcastle striker had been offside. Beyond that, though, the obvious culprit seemed to be Jon Flanagan's whiffed clearance, while around him Liverpool's entire defence seemed a complete mess.

Manchester United

Does Adnan Januzaj Fit in Louis van Gaal’s System?

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Does Adnan Januzaj Fit in Louis van Gaal’s System?

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FollowEddieon Twitter While last season was a season to forget for Manchester United fans, no one will be forgetting Adnan Januzaj's emergence into the first team. United fought hard...

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David Moyes: The Tactician

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FollowEddieon Twitter In our last piece on Moyes, we covered his playing career and how those same characteristics as a player carried through to his managerial days. We also highlighted a slight...

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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: How the Midfield Battle Decided the Result

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Manchester United completed the league double over arch-rivals Liverpool with an impressive, yet narrow 2-1 win over the Reds at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring for the Red Devils before Patrice Evra Nemanja Vidic doubled the home-side's lead in the 55th minute with a faintly deflected header.

Manchester United Tactical Analysis: Understanding the Red Devils 4-4-2

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Not only is he the most illustrious manager in the history of British football, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson can be described as one of the most loyal disciples of the traditional attacking form of play.

Since taking over the managerial reins at Old Trafford, the Scot has been a fundamental advocate of the classic 4-4-2 formation.

Week in Review: Manchester United’s Tactics Home and Abroad Part 2

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Follow Eddie on Twitter This is part 2 of a tactical analysis of Manchester United's performances and the potential conclusions which arise from these games. Another slow start by Manchester...

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It’s not a Midfield Issue, It’s a Team Issue: United Lack Defensive Discipline and Concentration

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Follow Eddie on Twitter Amidst all the recent controversy surrounding Mark Clattenburg, Manchester United's feat of finally being Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time in over ten years...

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Gary Neville Pinpoints Defensive Mistakes In Manchester United Side [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville's tactical analysis alone is worth a Sky Sports subscription if you live in the United Kingdom. The former Manchester United defender continues to be a revelation in front of the TV camera. This week on the Monday Night Football segment on Sky Sports in the UK, Neville pinpointed Manchester United's numerous defensive mistakes they made against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Gary Neville Pinpoints Defensive Mistakes In Manchester United Side [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville's tactical analysis alone is worth a Sky Sports subscription if you live in the United Kingdom. The former Manchester United defender continues to be a revelation in front of the TV camera. This week on the Monday Night ......

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The Cleverley and Anderson partnership

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If you ask Man United fans about Cleverley and Anderson partnership, they will be fond of the type of football we played with those two in midfield. However, they'll also tell you how open we were....

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Holding the Line

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No matter if it was right or wrong, Jamie Carragher was always going to start against Arsenal on Saturday. Legend to some, a man who in his prime fuelled dreams of a cloned brood of Carraghers all straining and screaming as they dragged the club to glory. To others a lately tarnished legacy of behind the scenes politicking, his local's influence and friends in the press helping him hang on to a starting role years after he should have joined Sami Hyypia in riding gracefully off into the sunset as a fondly remembered hero.

Post-Match

Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City: Analyzing Roberto Mancini’s Tactical Adjustments

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Manchester City advanced into the FA Cup Round of 16 with an industrious 1-0 win over fellow Premier League side Stoke City.

Although the Citizens dominated the tie for large phases, it took them 85 minutes to break the deadlock through full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Tactical Analysis: Blues hold off Gunners second half charge

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In a fiercely contested and lively London derby, Chelsea defeated rival Arsenal 2-1, courtesy of a strike from Spaniard Juan Mata and a penalty from outgoing veteran Frank Lampard.

The Blues heavily dominated the first forty-five minutes and although Arsene Wenger's troops did try to stage an emphatic comeback in the second-half, the home-side's structured defensive output denied any such opportunities for the visitors.

FA Cup Third Round: Tactical Analysis of Swansea City’s Thrilling 2-2 Draw With Arsenal

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In what turned out to be one of the most entertaining matches of the FA Cup Third Round, Swansea City held top flight rivals Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Substitute Michu opened the scoring for the hosts, before goals from Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs swung the momentum in the Gunners' favor.

Chelsea Tactical Analysis: Demba Ba makes Dream Debut Against Southampton

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Demba Ba of Chelsea celebrates scoring his first and his teams fourth goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Just around a day after he completed his highly-anticipated move to European champions Chelsea, Demba Ba was handed the ideal opportunity to cast a favourable impression on the Stamford Bridge faithful when he was drafted into the starting line-up by manager Rafael Benitez for the Blues' FA Cup clash against Southampton.

EPL: Tactical Analysis of Chelsea’s 2-1 Comeback Win over Everton

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Frank Lampard (L) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal to make the score 1-2 during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon, Chelsea registered their third successive league win after coming back from a goal down to defeat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Arsenal vs. Newcastle United: Tactical Analysis of 10 goal Emirates Thriller

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In what turned out to be one of the most enthralling matches of this season's Barclays Premier League, Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 7-3, courtesy of a stunning hattrick from contract rebel Theo Walcott and strikes from Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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A Tactical Analysis of Chelsea’s Midweek Match Against Fulham

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New Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez will have his second game in charge today when the Blues square off against London rivals Fulham. After topping the table for a good part of the new season, Chelsea have slid down to fourth in the table, five points off league leaders Manchester United.