TFA Today: FREE MEMBERS DOWNLOAD + how Xavi uses Gavi and Pedri at Barca (plus lots more…)In the #TacticsThursday Total Football Analysis Today newsletter (subscribe below) we look at the work Xavi is doing at Barca, how Westerlo are surprising many, a recent signing by Anderlecht and our usual whiz around the other top leagues in Europe – plus, of course, relevant pieces from the archives. We also have our weekly FREE DOWNLOAD of all the team and player rankings across 20+ interesting leagues (U23 and over) so you can see who the top performers are across a whole multitude of metricsXavi won his first silverware at Barcelona on Sunday and they currently sit top of La Liga – Ahmed el-Daly explains how his use of Gavi and Pedri are absolutely key to their resurgenceWesterlo were promoted the the Belgian top-flight last season and have surprised many by cementing themselves in the top-eight so far – Bryant Marques looks in detail at their tactical approach and predicts how their first season back might endBelgian football expert Brandon Liss explains why Anderlecht’s latest signing – 24-year-old Anders Dreyer – could have an immediate positive impact on the clubOver on our La Liga Analysis site for you, we explain why Barcelona are trying to tempt Atletico with a swap deal for Yannick CarrascoAnd we preview Espanyol vs Real BetisOn Bundesliga Analysis, we look at the numbers telling us Schalke could be in real troubleAnd we explain why Dortmund are very keen on Man United’s Anthony Elanga and what he could add to the teamOn Ligue 1 Analysis, we dive into why a move to France has kicked Breel Embolo’s career on a stepAnd we discuss how Marseille have already shown signs of improvement in 2023On Serie A Analysis, we dive into Ademola Lookman’s excellent form for AtalantaAnd in Liga Portugal Analysis, we look at why Pacos de Ferreira should be fearing relegationOn EPL Analysis, we analyse Arsenal’s interest in Declan Rice to see if it makes senseAnd we have all the relevant data and viz from Palace’s 1-1 draw with United last nightThen Adam and the archives…Michael Olise scored a sublime free-kick to rescue a point for Crystal Palace against Manchester United last night – read our scout report on the talented midfielder at Selhurst ParkWilfried Gnonto bagged a brace for Leeds United yesterday as they progressed to the FA Cup fourth round – get our analysis of the Italy international at Elland RoadInternazionale thrashed their rivals 3-0 in the Italian Super Cup yesterday – read our tactical analysis of Simone Inzaghi’s tactical setup with the NerazzurriRoyal Antwerp came away with a comfortable 3-0 win yesterday in the Belgian Pro League – we recently looked at the Belgian giant’s tactics under Mark van BommelThat should keep you going until tomorrow!
Women’s Champions League 2022/23: How Arsenal’s defensive organisation and attacking play set the tone against Lyon – tactical analysisOn Wednesday night, European Champions Lyon began the defence of their title against Arsenal at the Groupama Stadium. The example above also shows how easy it was for Arsenal to pull Lyon from any defensive structure they held. Arsenal’s defensive performance. Mead is also pivotal to Arsenal’s defensive phase as she is good at putting pressure on the opposition’s defensive line during their build-up. As you can see she plays an important role in Arsenal’s defensive set-up as she is good at regaining possession.3 months ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
Tactical Theory: The re-emerge of the 4-2-4 formation and how it works in and out of possession – tactical analysisIn recent times, certain formations have become the convention to deploy, as they are conducive to allowing the tactical demands in modern football to be met. So it is with great interest that a handful of elite teams have begun to use the 4-2-4 formation. The 4-2-4 incites fluidity, ambitious front-foot possession play, attacking overloads and physically-intensive pressing. This tactical theory piece will be an analysis, looking at the 4-2-4 and how top coaches have implemented their tactics within the structure. Build-up versus a mid-blockIt is important to distinguish the build-up shape of the 424 versus a mid-block and versus a press – the two defensive set-ups are certainly distinct.29 days ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
Manchester City, six-time winners of the domestic trophy have arguably struggled in the FA Cup over the past decade, particularly during the Pep Guardiola era. In this tactical analysis piece, we will tactically preview the game between City and Chelsea, looking at the tactics expected from both sides and how the Blues can nullify Guardiola’s well-oiled machine. Particularly when City are on the ball, the players move around into different areas of the pitch and so the 4-3-3 becomes anything but. Since the restart, following the FIFA World Cup, Guardiola has put a lot of faith into Lewis, and this has been repaid with some excellent performances in a blue kit. Chelsea are underperforming their xG this season, having scored just 20 goals in 17 matches, including merely 18 non-penalty goals.27 days ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
Joseph Paintsil at KRC Genk: The Ghana international having a breakthrough season – scout reportJoseph Paintsil signed for KRC Genk in the summer of 2018, joining Tema Youth in his native Ghana after a successful loan spell with Hungarian champions Ferencváros in the 2017/18 season. With eight goal contributions already this season, Paintsil already has had his most prolific attacking season in a Genk shirt since arriving, and there is still about two-thirds of the season left to go. Progressive runs and dribblingThe other strength that we will look at in regard to Joseph Paintsil is his off-the-ball movements and progressive runs. The image above again shows a mixture of Joseph Paintsil’s dribbling ability and progressive running, which turns into a chance for Genk as a result. Unfortunately, while the cross was put into the perfect place by Paintsil, the Genk attacker scuffed his shot, resulting in a missed opportunity for Genk.3 months ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
What are the three main issues that could cost Allegri his job with Juventus? Although their data doesn’t show any significant issues in their performance, the outcome of their games is utterly unsatisfying. In this scout report, we use tactical analysis to examine Allegri’s tactics and explain the three main issues in the team’s performance that might cost him the managerial job. Maintaining a “healthy” PPDA rate throughout their games will help them in increasing their possession percentile and might initiate more frequent attacking movement. Although it has its benefits, this strategy is too risky, especially when the team have additional issues as already mentioned.3 months ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
How Reading have gone from near-relegation to early promotion contenders under Paul Ince – scout reportLast season was a long nightmare for Reading, who started with a six-point deduction that initially affected them in the league table. Reading was in 21st place, they sacked two managers and Paul Ince was brought on to try and save a historic English team from relegation. After 16 matches being played, let’s take a look at the tactics deployed by Paul Ince. In the following Pizza Viz we can see how Reading likes to play football under Paul Ince. If Thomas Ince (number ’10’) joins the midfield to form a 5-3-2 or stays as right-winger closing down higher, it remains as a 5-2-3.3 months ago Total Football Analysis Magazine
How to read the Total Football Analysis daily stats packs – data analysisA decade ago, stats were used as complementary sides in football discourse. This brings us to the next stage of the TFA stats packs. Accompanied by this data viz is individual player stats in the stats packs. Staying on the third page, the TFA stats packs also include vizzes such as ‘ball progression’ and ‘penetrating carries’. However, there is some more complementary data available in the TFA stats packs to digest.1 month ago Total Football Analysis Magazine