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Video: New Goal Kick Rules and Strategies
I detailed the new goal kick rules made by FIFA and potential strategies for it. I touch on the effect it will have on build-up as well as pressing!
Video: Messi and Iniesta under Guardiola
I explain the reason for Guardiola moving Messi into the center of the field and how he consistently used players to free up spaces in the center for Messi and Iniesta to receive the ball and create dangerous attacks from. I also explain a bit why he moved away from this approach at Bayern and at City.
Video: In-Depth Analysis on Zonal Marking
I explain a popular tactical concept in football when out of possession: Zonal Marking! I go into depth about the tactical details of the approach.
Video: What are Pressing Traps?
I explain a not often talked about modern tactical concept which managers such as Jurgen Klopp and clubs such as Red Bull Leipzig have had success using: Pressing Traps!
Video: What is Counter- or Gegenpressing?
In this video analysis, I break down a key tactical concept in the success of Klopp, Heynckes, Guardiola, and clubs like Red Bull!
Video: The FC Barcelona and Pep Guardiola Philosophy Explained
I detail the possession and positional philosophy of FC Barcelona and Pep Guardiola!
Video: How To Break Down a 4-4-2 Using Positional Play
I detail how to break down a 4-4-2 defensive block with a positional attack approach.
The Evolution of Counterattacking
As we move forward through the years football continues to evolve. The developments are not often massive evolutions such as Sacchi’s zonal congestion from the 80s or Michels’ and Cruyff’s total football from the 70s, but most frequently minor positional or role adjustments within the different phases of the game. Every goal scored for your team and every goal conceded that is prevented for your team has high value – and as analytics continue to grow within our sport, we are seeing its impact on football’s phases little by little.
How to Break a Low (5-4-1) Block with (Guardiola’s) Positional Play
“We found a lot of problems when attacking a 5-4-1 when the striker is marking our holding midfielder and 10 players are defending so deep. We are thinking about how you could attack against that system.” – Pep Guardiola when previewing the 2018/2019 EPL season.
Juego de Posición under Pep Guardiola
14 out of 19 trophies were won in his time at FC Barcelona. 4 trophies out of a possible 6 were won in his first season with Bayern Munich. This piece will analyze the Juego de Posicion football philosophy of Pep Guardiola in his second season with Bayern Munich. (more…)