Borussia Mönchengladbach 2015 Analysis

  A brief analysis of how compactness helped Borussia Monchengladbach become one of the toughest teams to play against and break down in the Bundesliga last season, earning them a Champions League birth.   Borussia Monchengladbach Presentation

Rayo Vallecano under Paco Jemez

A look at some Positional Play principles employed by Paco Jemez’s Rayo Vallecano team last season against Atletico Madrid.

How training exercises transition from training to the game

Kieran Smith, coach of the CE Europa Juvenil ‘C’ team, recently chatted with us for about 90 minutes. During his episode, he spoke mostly about positional play, but he also spoke a lot about context within training sessions. Below are some examples of training exercises coming to life in a match.

Bayern creates a 3v3: Overload to switch and attract press to play over

Kieran Smith recently spent 90 minutes chatting with us about Positional Play, Rondo’s, overloads, and much much more. He has kindly provided us with a lot of examples from his chat. Below is an example of how Bayern uses overloads and provokes presses from the opponent in order to create a 3v3 in front of […]

Guardiola’s 4v4+3 by Kieran Smith

In Episode 58 of the podcast, Kieran Smith discusses Guardiola’s 4v4+3 and how it fits into positional play principles and a potential session plan.

Sports Path World Cup 2014 Technical Report

Sports Path conducted a full statistical analysis from the 2014 World Cup aimed at finding out where goals come from, when they happen, and how they happen. Below is a link to the full report.

Tactical Analysis – NYCFC 1:0 New England Revolution

Similar to their match against the New York Red Bulls, NYCFC elects to build out of the back on goal kicks and their opponent chooses to press them high up the pitch. The Revs shape defensively flipped to a 4-1-3-2 defensively with the midfield 3 under 2 higher players. The 2 higher players flipped between […]

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls 2:0 Tactical Analysis

If you missed my recent analysis of FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake, I mentioned that I think taking a closer look at the tactics employed in MLS is not a sign of a charlatan, but just another opportunity to learn from mistakes and ideas. MLS should not be the epitome of tactical analysis, but […]