The Barcelona System: Re-Inverting the Pyramid vs. Getafe

At the individual level, football contains within it dazzling variety.  Nothing repeats-every match is unique in its own patterned ways.  At the team level, however, systems are more constrained.  While there are many different interpretations and implementations of tactical systems, there are only so many different baseline ways to set up a side.  As such,… Continue reading The Barcelona System: Re-Inverting the Pyramid vs. Getafe

Take on Tactics: Those Other Eight-Seven Minutes

When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average. The best players – the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards – will have the ball maybe 4 minutes. Lesser players – defenders – probably 2 minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87… Continue reading Take on Tactics: Those Other Eight-Seven Minutes

Match Review (Part 1) – Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: The Triple Point

We only had one defender, Abi – besides Andreu – so we decided to play this way, with a lot of ball circulation. – Pep Guardiola, post-match comment Breathtaking.  Where to end?  I could write about this match forever. We most often think of water as a fluid.  But that isn’t necessarily so.  Only under… Continue reading Match Review (Part 1) – Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: The Triple Point

Tactical Preview El Clásico Part 1: Overview of Real Madrid in Attack

The match everyone has been waiting for is once again upon us. In preparation for the Clásico, I’m going to be providing a detailed breakdown of the tactical issues that will likely shape the match. This first part provides a high level overview for how Madrid plays when in possession. I’ll follow up this post… Continue reading Tactical Preview El Clásico Part 1: Overview of Real Madrid in Attack