Alessandro Rossi - motion without the ball

Alessandro Rossi promises to continue the long tradition of Italian centre forwards who combine effort and substance. He hasn't scored since 21 January, exactly one month ago, and yet he is still the top goalscorer in the Italian U19 Group A, and he has maintained an average of 1 goal..

Radja Nainggolan: The new key factor in Roma's play

Antonio Conte wanted him at Chelsea, but Radja Nainggolan stayed with Roma to establish himself as one of the most interesting midfielders on the international scene. And not only. In the new 3-4-2-1 formation enacted by Luciano Spalletti, he is managing to emerge as a true..

Trigueros’ role in Villarreal offensive action against Seville

In the match between Seville and Villarreal, with the home team dominating the ball, Villarreal had in Manu Trigueros the player with the difficult job of maintain possession after recovering the ball..

Three offensive strategies to face opponent's high press

Only some teams manage to create a sufficient temporary spatial advantage for coming out to play, with quality, in the 1st building-up phase..

Impact of the three-man defence on European elite teams

For years, use of a three-man defence has been limited to just a few isolated cases and primarily connected to opposing views. Strictly defensive football like that..
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Senegal’s Mané and Keita special offensive transition

In a competition like the African Cup of Nations (CAF), where the balance is traditionally shifted by the expectation of technical or athletic ..

Inter’s Roberto Gagliardini: dynamisms and tactical eclecticism

On Wednesday evening, Inter finalized an important reinforcement for its midfield with the acquisition of Roberto Gagliardini from Atalanta. The 'nerazzurri' invested two million Euro for the six-month loan of the player, adding another 20 for the buyback obligation..

Bundesliga's shoot and goal accuracy in numbers

At the end of the first half of the season, the Bundesliga is now taking its winter break. We are now exactly at the half-way point, the right time to analyse the performance of the predominant strikers in the German league after 16 matches.

Mourinho's tactical flexibility as key factor for Man United race

Understanding the culture, context, club, coach and player is shown to be fundamental today when beginning any training process and simultaneously any analysis of the game..

Diego Costa Statistics: tactical eclecticism and shot accuracy

One of the secrets of Antonio Conte's Chelsea that took the lead in Premier League with a series of incredible, conclusive wins, is the polish that Diego Costa rediscovered ...

Goalkeeper training tips: BUILD-UP AND ATTACKING WITH A FOCUS ON WIDTH

Goalkeepers needs to have a clear vision of the players at their disposal to create building-up play situations. It is paramount to take note of the characteristics inherent to the players that shall translate the keeper idea for starting the building-up play supported from behind onto the pitch.

How to study the offensive game in football: a case study of EPL teams

Any team in the World that has possession of the ball is going to try to create the best situations to be able to have success.

A data analysis of Ibrahimovic play at Manchester United

In the troubles that seem to have afflicted Manchester United in Premier League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's slump is worrying

STUDYING THE GAME AS AN INTERACTION

How can you identify what is effectively happening in the game?

How to use the screen passing to score

At the second stop of the season, the only true surprise in the rankings is Chievo.

How to gain control in the box area

After the defeat to Manchester City in the Theatre of Dreams, my attention quickly focused on how José Mourinho would turn around the least positive cycle...

Domenico Berardi, technique of a great forward

When the leagues resume, Domenico Berardi will not be on the pitch due to injury. Before the break, however, he managed to get to...

psg and man united formula to control the opponent and avoid counter-attack

The offensive set-up of any team shall depend on the technical quality of its executors...

Oliver Burke at RB Leipzig: strength, speed and individual technique

19 year-old Oliver Burke, sold by Nottingham Forest to RB Leipzig for €15.2 million this summer, became the most expensive Scottish player in history.

Ancelotti’s Bayern uses PEP Guardiola strategy vs Bremen: “Salida de balón”

Carlo Ancelotti appeared at the presentation press conference before the reporters and his new fans, stating: "I will not drastically...

Fullbacks’ role in Pep Guardiola Tactical System

At FC Barcelona Pep Guardiola started to revolutionise the way of envisaging football, through the positional play that is characteristic of him. He drew inspiration from his coaches and he evolved...

Backline build-up: Guardiola, Emery, Sampaoli and De Boer’s teams

Guardiola, Emery and Sampaoli choose to seek superiority building up with the two centre defenders and a midfielder who drops back between the two to act as playmaker.

Reinventing teams' tactics: 3 top managers in the EPL

All the high-performing football teams in the world reinvent their self when new players join them. Clubs necessarily experience transformations so that this results in a sustained performance - if possible with quality play.

Awareness: How to defend on the opposite half

In order to describe how marking can best work as a fundamental defensive tactic, we used Hummels, a centre back who came up under the leadership of three great coaches...

Pjanic and Benatia's Juventus: New roles, tactics and strategy vs Tottenham

Juventus is one of the big players in the European transfer market. While waiting to see the last great coup, Higuain, along with Dani Alves and Pjaca, for the first time, Allegri had the chance...

Twin strikers: Combined movements in the central area and defensive mistakes

The choice made by Italy and France, respectively against Spain and Iceland, was to focus on offensive development in the central area in order to...

Building-up with 3 centre-backs

There are different approaches at the start of the offensive process (1st phase): while some coaches prefer a more fixed backline...

Three types of goalkeeper's offensive transition

The offensive transition phase with a counter attack that starts with the goalkeeper is much more articulated and requires organisation...

Positional play and build up: Diaz role in Chile's team

Looking at the images from the Mexico-Chile match, it is clear how the key to interpretation for Chile revolves around Diaz. We can identify two build-up models that combine continuously: positional play and building up.

Defence in situations of (apparent) inferiority: 

2 v 1+ GK

The complex approach to the game of football forces us to face a series of questions and priorities. Collective tactic and Individual tactic or Individual tactic and Collective tactic? 
Which order? Which priority? 
When the order of the items is changed, the result - in this case - changes, and not by a little. 



Individual movements to confuse the opposing team

It often happens during important competitions like the ones that are currently taking place – Copa America and Euro 2016 in particular – that the curiosity about which play strategies will prevail works its way into football enthusiasts' debates. What is sometimes forgotten is that the individual plays will be the ones that really make the difference. And quite often, even if the most superficial spectators do not realise it, every single play is the result, especially for the most organised teams, of specific drills that are run dozens and dozens of times in training.

Tactical analysis of the Champions League final

Football is the most seen sport worldwide and it doesn't share out its glory. Real Madrid won! The 11 times Champions of Europe, 5 times of which were in the last 20 years…remarkable. What were the most significant tactical aspects in this Spanish final of the Champions League?

Alvaro Morata technical strengths and weaknesses

The first question the Juventus football transfer market must answer is the fate of Alvaro Morata, in the hands of Real Madrid because of the “buy back” option included two years ago in the player's transfer contract by the bianconeri.

What would Italy strategy be if Giampiero Ventura takes over as coach after Conte?

At the end of the European Cup, Antonio Conte's adventure on the Italian national team's bench came to an end. As things stand, the name of his successor has not yet been announced. But there is no doubt, as journalistic indiscretions will confirm, that the most likely candidate is Giampiero Ventura.

5 types of throw-ins and defensive techniques

We have classified 5 types of throw-ins (long, to change game play area, to win the finishing area, to develop the strong side and fast solution) and we asked ourselves what the difficulties are in defending this solution.

Tactical analysis of Uefa Europa League final

Same formation (4-2-3-1), very different game strategy. The Europa League final between Liverpool and Seville was an exciting contest, not only between the players on the pitch, but also between Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery.

Analysis of trident tactical formation and set up

In Italy, 4-3-3 is a formation historically associated with Zdenek Zeman, who believed that it was the best way to set up the pitch in order to continuously form triangles and generate multiple passing solutions. In recent seasons, a Zeman pupil has been emerging who, after years of work at Sassuolo, managed to forge his own way, finding a balance between the defensive and offensive phases: Eusebio di Francesco.

Analysis of Higuain play: Positional superiority and counter-movement

36 goals in Serie A. No one like him in the history of the Italian league. This is Gonzalo Higuaín’s incredible score in the premiership league. A player who, under Sarri's direction, found his second youth, showing the world how, as an excellent player, with hard work and the support of a great team, you can become a top player.

Suso’s movements in Genoa scheme

Jesús Fernández Suso, who joined Genoa on loan from Milan last January, is just the last name in the list of players relaunched by Gian Piero Gasperini (among the others, Marco Borriello, Thiago Motta and Diego Milito, or more recently M’Baye Niang, Diego Perotti and Leonardo Pavoletti). Suso played a big part in Genoa’s good results in the second part of the season, which saw the Rossoblu climbing the league table from the 17th to the 10th place.

How to prepare offensive strategy studying the opposing goalkeeper

In today's article we would like to offer a point of view that can help you plan out your week. Video analysis and studying the opposing team are no longer new ideas, but nevertheless, analysing the tactics chosen by the goalkeeper does not always lead to adequate measures.

Analysis of André Gomes: How could he fit into Juventus?

Juventus, fresh from winning its fifth consecutive championship shield, is making plans for next season.

Space and movement as key-factors to improve performance

A Roma team fully in the running for second place that, under Spalletti's direction, has rediscovered energy and organisation, so much that they have brought home eleven consecutive wins.

Set pieces as determining factors: How the Champions League semi-finalists defend

In matches that are more and more played at the limit and battled out in episodes, set pieces could be determining factors in shifting balances. Match analysis has a dual value: on the one hand, understanding what current defensive organisation trends are and on the other, understanding where Real, Atletico, Bayern and Manchester City can try to build their offensive plays.

What made the difference in Roma vs Napoli match

Are the most entertaining matches the ones between the big teams that end 5-0 or maybe 4-3 or perhaps the ones that end 0-0 or with a win that was just barely pulled off?

Tactical analysis of FC Barcelona weaknesses vs Valencia

Even with the best players in the world on the roster, the lack of lucidity cannot help but accompany the negative dynamic instead of reversing it.

How to attack a fully manned defence with two players

What are the two main factors in an effective attack?

The principles of positional play in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich

The words “Set, unmark and pass” are certainly intrinsically in the mind of any player of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern. The driving/progression/retention of the ball attracts the attention and the presence of opposing players whilst generating spaces that facilitate the movement of the backline offensively.

The tactical secret behind Leicester city's success

It seemed like it was just a dream, an illusion. And yet, Leicester is still leading the Premier League at the decisive time of the season. Much has been said about the impact on the Foxes structure by Claudio Ranieri, a figure like Jamie Vardy, the talent of Ryad Mahrez and the unique physical qualities of N'golo Kanté. But is there a tactical secret to the success of the Foxes?

Analysis of Icardi’s play: An "old-school" footballer

The goal scored in Frosinone on Saturday marks Mauro Icardi's fiftieth in one hundred matches played wearing the Inter jersey (a perfect average of half a goal per match that really does not reflect his seasonal average, which is slightly higher: 0.58 goals per match).

Video analysis: The key to read the game - David Luiz action read through video analysis

A counter-attack begins, the play is fast, by the time anyone realises what has happened, the ball is at the back of the net. In living rooms all over the world, all eyes were on David Luiz's (apparently clumsy) movement. Coordination error? Technical error? Tactical error? With the help of Wyscout images and a more in depth Video Analysis, we can arrive at a different answer.

Conte’s 3-4-3: How it works

Without a doubt Conte's recently signed contract with Chelsea runs the risk of creating some problems in the press for him because of the English media's attention to the current National team coach's past controversy with sports commissions and the law. However, from a tactical point of view there is no denying that his technical prowess is nothing short of exemplary.

Analysis of FC Barcelona’s defence

Barcelona got back on the pitch after the break with a slightly less confident step and one might wonder if Luis Enrique's team isn't risking thwarting everything good they have built thus far.

Opposition analysis as a key to success

Preparation for the match takes on a fundamentally important role for achieving the end result. In a sport with such reduced margins, observing your opponent in order to learn strong and weak points constitutes a potential competitive edge that no team can do without.

How atlético Madrid could beat Barcelona

Barcelona vs. Atlético. Battle of the giant. Nobility against the working class. David against Goliath. Luis Enrique against Diego Pablo Simeone.

Analysis of Germany's tactics in recent games

Winning the World Cup and the European Cup two years apart is no easy task, but Germany's goal is still to prevail even within the borders of the continent.

Total football. A chameleon-like Italy undermines the spanish model

Total football, in the true sense of the word. It would be easy to say, knowing that Spain would be the team in the these final preliminary matches for Euro 2016, but the “total” surprise comes from Antonio Conte's Italy.

What does it mean to change formation during the game?

Let's try to understand what advantages it provides by looking at the Italian examples of Juventus and Fiorentina.

Analysis: The greatness of Paul Pogba play

Spacing, interception and game-reading ability in Juventus –Torino derby

Corner kicks: Lessons from top european champions

"Why not kicking direct from a corner kick ?" So many fans end up asking this question every time their team plays, proving how difficult is to understand coaches strategies on set-pieces.

Pepe Reina in Napoli’s vertical strategy

The game strategy of Sarri’s Napoli during the buildup stage sees the systematic involvement of the Goalkeeper. This type of game enhances the great technical skills of Pep Reina, promoted by a game strategy that uses his ability to play vertically as key element.

Roma from Garcia to Spalletti a strong character even in difficult situations

From Udine back to Udine, Roma celebrates once more, but a century seems to have passed, not the thirteen months marked by the calendar.