Tactics and Analysis Blog

What if Mbappe and other stars ran down contracts and opted for free agency?
There has not been a player like Kylian Mbappe -- at least, not since the turn of the decade.

Will Barcelona have a Messi problem as the Cavaliers had with LeBron?
Lionel Messi and LeBron James have a lot in common. You know, beyond the fact that one of them looks like he was carved out of some impossibly dense space material, and the other needed human growth hormone to achieve a stature that would not be out of place at your local secondary school.

PSG tried to break soccer by signing Neymar and Mbappe. The only thing they broke was themselves
It sure seemed like everything changed in August 2017, didn't it?

Alisson is the real reason Liverpool are in the Champions League final
Fair warning: Depending on your personal affinities, the following exercise may be either painful, hilarious or offensive. OK, now let's quickly go through all of the once-in-a-lifetime incidents that happened in last year's Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Alex Iwobi's movement and link play essential to Arsenal's rebuilding process
Football is very good at comparing young footballers to previous greats -- there's a desperation to look for the next Diego Maradona, the next Thierry Henry, the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal vs. Man United could be a real throwback battle of diamond midfields
Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, various different formations have dominated.

Bill Barnwell's Premier League midseason awards: Hazard best player; Fred worst summer signing
As we hit the peak of the festive season and approach the start of the January transfer window, now is a good time to take a look back at the Premier League. The competition is hitting its halfway point after 19 matches, and following a suffocating performance from Manchester City last season, the race between City and Liverpool (with Tottenham Hotspur on the outside) is shaping up to present the most exciting second half of a campaign since Leicester claimed the title in 2016.

Why the Premier League should be afraid of 'Sarri-ball' once Chelsea master it
The Premier League currently finds itself with the most impressive array of managers in its 27-season history, and the eclectic cast includes three managers who have contributed significantly to the evolution of modern football.

Transfer window can save Premier League's strugglers from relegation
The 2018-19 Premier League season has a markedly different feel from 2017-18. This is a campaign of identities, of philosophies, of ideologues.

Football's dark arts: Your guide to the set-piece trickery, diving and sneaky fouls that make a difference
Football's laws are always evolving. In recent years, there have been changes to the kickoff, alteration to the punishment for "last man" fouls and the long-awaited rollout of VAR.


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