Formation Transitions From a 3412: Tactical Theory and Player Requirements

Transitioning between different shapes is a good way to both counter the opposition’s unique threats and confuse their defenders and markers. A constantly changing formation in specific situations can have game-changing effects in both defense and attack. This piece looks at the different positional movements players can make to transition from a 3-4-1-2 formation to other widely used formations. Namely, it discusses movements from a 3-4-1-2 to 4-4-2 Diamond, 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, and 3-3-1-3 tactical shapes.… Read More Formation Transitions From a 3412: Tactical Theory and Player Requirements

Analysis of Roma 5-0 Crotone: Fonseca’s Back 4 Remains Undefeated in 2020/21

Roma emphatically beat Crotone 5-0 on May 9th at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but the score masks some of Roma’s defensive errors and Crotone’s successful defensive tactics while showcasing Crotone’s major defensive errors and Roma’s opportunistic attacking. This article looks at both teams’ tactics.… Read More Analysis of Roma 5-0 Crotone: Fonseca’s Back 4 Remains Undefeated in 2020/21

Rangers 4-1 Celtic: Tactical Analysis of Rangers’ Final Old Firm Test In Push For Invincible Season

The historic Old Firm of Scotland battled it out on May 2nd to a 4-1 Rangers victory. Rangers had already won the league and Celtic were guaranteed 2nd place, but this match’s meaning never changes based on league position or if titles/positions are at stake. For these storied clubs, this match is everything. Supporters demand victory for their club regardless of the players, managers, situation, or other factors surrounding the club at kickoff.… Read More Rangers 4-1 Celtic: Tactical Analysis of Rangers’ Final Old Firm Test In Push For Invincible Season

Hamburg 1-1 Karlsruher SC: HSV Promotion Hopes Narrowed by KSC’s Compact Defensive Tactics

Karlsruher SC kept a structured and narrow defensive shape in their 1-1 draw with Hamburger SV. This article breaks down both team’s tactics and how both HSV and KSC couldn’t create many chances from open play. HSV’s promotion hopes are now under even more pressure.… Read More Hamburg 1-1 Karlsruher SC: HSV Promotion Hopes Narrowed by KSC’s Compact Defensive Tactics

Sønderjyske 3-1 Midtjylland: Direct Tactics Propel Sønderjyske to a Second Straight Cup Final

Sønderjyske’s direct attacking tactics and structured defensive shape helped them unexpectedly beat Midtjylland 3-1. This article looks at how both teams set up and how Sønderjyske’s directness carved open one of the best Danish teams of the past decade.… Read More Sønderjyske 3-1 Midtjylland: Direct Tactics Propel Sønderjyske to a Second Straight Cup Final

Marcelo Bielsa’s Tactical Impact: English Championship Shooting Statistics 2015/16 – 2019/20

The primary tactic Marcelo Bielsa uses is a 3-3-1-3. His system is incredibly demanding in all phases of play. This quick analysis shows how Bielsa has had a significant effect on Leeds United’s ability to outshoot opponents and take away their opponent’s home field advantage in the English Championship.… Read More Marcelo Bielsa’s Tactical Impact: English Championship Shooting Statistics 2015/16 – 2019/20

Goal Contribution Performance – Top 5 Leagues

Article by Ben Griffis This article is an expansion of the Ligue 1 Contribution Performance article. It analyzes goal and assist performance, compared to expected goals and assists, of the “Top 5” European leagues: England’s Premier League; Spain’s La Liga; Germany’s Bundesliga; Italy’s Serie A; and France’s Ligue 1, albeit shorter since I’ve already looked… Read More Goal Contribution Performance – Top 5 Leagues