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20. Austria. Trying to learn and analyse the game. Collection of all my work:
Dec 23, 2023 12 tweets 6 min read
Scene Analysis:
I watched #ARSBHA yesterday and wanted to quickly break down two brilliant sequences, which demonstrate how the Gunners exploited Brighton’s man-oriented defensive approach.
[THREAD] Image Rice just received the ball from White on the right wing, where Arsenal has a 4v4 situation with everyone being marked. The Englishman plays on to Saka with Odegaard providing an underlap.
Oct 29, 2023 24 tweets 12 min read
Aspect Analysis: How Man City pulled Man United apart – a masterclass in progression and chance creation #MUNMCI [THREAD]

This thread breaks down City’s mechanisms to advance through the thirds and eventually generate chances in the derby.

United’s 4-2-3-1 defensive setup against City’s 3-2-2-3:
- Hojlund on Dias or shadowing a 6
- wingers pressing the halfbacks or tucking in on a 6 if needed
- McTominay shifting between double pivot
- double pivot marking 10s or pushing up on a 6 if needed Image
Sep 1, 2023 11 tweets 9 min read
Aspect Analysis: The last time Newcastle faced Brighton #BHANEW [THREAD]

Newcastle plays against Brighton this weekend. As a little preview, let’s look back on their previous encounter in the PL last season and how the Magpies dominated with their intensity out of possession.

To begin with, Newcastle pressed incredibly high and looked to disturb Brighton’s deep build-up with extreme aggressiveness. The Magpies used some sort of a 3-2-2-3 shape with a narrow front three and wide 8s against the Seagulls’ 4-2-4 structure.…

Feb 19, 2023 9 tweets 8 min read
Match Analysis: ManUtd – Leicester #MUNLEI [THREAD]

How Leicester started off strong in the first half and why Ten Hag’s slight adaptations enabled the Red Devils to dominate the second 45 minutes. The Foxes regularly found Castagne out wide freely from the build-up with a clipped ball and kept on exploiting ManUtd’s left side in the first 25 minutes.
Jan 29, 2023 11 tweets 10 min read
Team Analysis: Arsenal’s various attacking mechanisms [THREAD]

The Gunners are flying under Mikel #Arteta this season, currently ranking 1st in the Premier League. A key component of their success are the different chance creation methods, which will be analysed in this thread. Dynamical space occupation and rotations:
Rather than simply occupying spaces, the forwards aim to dynamically arrive at specific areas, making them harder to mark. Furthermore, the Gunners would at times purposefully leave spaces unoccupied to then move into them quickly.
Jan 1, 2023 7 tweets 5 min read
Aspect Analysis: How Emery’s 6-2-2 nullified Tottenham #TOTAVL [THREAD]

2023 started with a surprising result as Aston Villa beat the Spurs by 2-0. Unai Emery’s team showcased a brilliant but unorthodox defensive performance, which kept Tottenham’s offensive efforts quiet. Emery opted for a back six out of possession with both wingers nearly constantly staying deep besides the fullbacks. Therefore, Aston Villa had one man more in the last line (6v5), meaning there wasn’t an unmarked player, and they weren’t prone to switches.
Dec 19, 2022 8 tweets 7 min read
Aspect Analysis: Argentina’s dominance in the first half vs. France #ARGFRA [THREAD]

The 1st half of the #FIFAWorldCup final excellently showcased Argentina’s qualities both in and out of possession by completely outplaying France. ImageImageImageImage To begin with, France used a lopsided 4-2-3-1 press with Mbappe starting higher, forcing Hernandez to press Molina. Furthermore, Griezmann had a hybrid role, either marking Fernandez, pressing Otamendi or dropping deeper. ImageImageImage
Dec 1, 2022 9 tweets 8 min read
Aspect Analysis: Argentina’s flexible attacking dynamics vs. Poland #POLARG [THREAD]

The Argentinians formed somewhat of a 3-2-5/3-1-6 structure in possession, which was highly interchangeable. ImageImageImageImage A key mechanism for Argentina’s progression and chance creation was the vertical rotation between Messi and De Paul. Messi regularly moved deeper, with De Paul advancing to fill the right half-space. This either allowed Messi to create from deep or De Paul to receive higher up. ImageImageImageImage
Nov 26, 2022 20 tweets 12 min read
Team Analysis: Spain’s positional play under Luis Enrique at the #FIFAWorldCup [THREAD]

The Spaniards lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation in possession against Costa Rica with deep FBs, high 8s and wingers hugging the touchline. Occupying all 5 vertical lanes. Image Spain circulates the ball slowly and looks for a free man in the build-up to advance higher up, making use of this unmarked player and arriving with optimal conditions in the final third. ImageImageImage
Nov 24, 2022 16 tweets 11 min read
Match Analysis: How Japan beat Germany #GERJPN [THREAD]

The Germans lined-up in a 3-2-5 structure in possession, using asymmetric fullbacks (Süle deeper and Raum higher). Musiala and Müller occupied the half-spaces. Japan defended in a 4-4-2 mid-block. ImageImage The strikers of Japan looked to restrict passes into Germany’s double pivot by using their cover-shadows. Japan’s 6s stayed in between Germany’s 10s and 6s, allowing them to press the double pivot when a striker pressed a centre back or mark a 10 in deeper zones. ImageImageImage
Oct 30, 2022 8 tweets 8 min read
Aspect Analysis: How Brighton applied the 3rd/4th man principle vs Chelsea #BHACHE

The 3rd and 4th man principle can be highly beneficial for every team. De Zerbi’s side utilized it for various purposes, which allowed them to beat Chelsea.

[THREAD] Many teams use third man combinations in the build-up to find a free man. And so did Brighton. They often found the free centre back through a player from the double pivot, enabling them to progress higher up more easily.
Oct 17, 2022 11 tweets 9 min read
Match Analysis: Leeds vs. Arsenal #LEEARS

The main aim by Leeds’ press was to force Arsenal wide, create an overload against the winger and eventually win the ball back to create a chance after a transition. ImageImageImageImage This approach worked quite well at times. Especially on Arsenal’s left side, Leeds was regularly able to create a 3v1 situation against Martinelli and won the ball back there, by applying aggressive pressure. ImageImageImage
Sep 25, 2022 22 tweets 8 min read
Tactical Theory: The concept of the relay player

- different occupations on the field
- strategical benefits

@Sundayshare #SundayShare
[THREAD] Image The major aim of football is to score goals. To achieve this, the ball needs to move forward and the fastest way to move the ball forward are passes.
Sep 15, 2022 13 tweets 6 min read
Match Analysis: Graham Potter’s Chelsea debut vs. Salzburg #CHESAL

Potter set his team up in a 3-diamond-3 formation in-possession, a shape we could observe often at Brighton as well. Especially in the 1st half, Chelsea was regularly able to progress down the right against Salzburg’s asymmetric 4-diamond-2 press. When Kjaergaard (left 8) moved out, Mount was often free, if Salzbrug didn't adjust. When the pass was played wide, Chelsea had a 2v1 overload wide.
Sep 14, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
Perfect example by ManCity on strategically using backwards passes to attract pressure, unsettling the opponent and switches through short passes. Switches through short passes have the advantage that the in-possession side can adapt faster to open gaps compared to switches through long balls. Additionally, switches through short passes are faster and the opponent has to react to the change of the ball's position more often
Aug 28, 2022 25 tweets 6 min read
Tactical Theory: Rethinking fullbacks

- various positions
- strategical advantages/disadvantages

@SundayShare10 #SundayShare

[THREAD] Image The task of the conventional fullback was to defend. Back in the day, fullbacks were seen as the worst players on the pitch and often used as pressing triggers (e.g.: Sacchi’s Milan). However, in the last couple of years, this view has changed.
Aug 2, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
“Look for the 3rd man (free man) to be able to turn and face the play.” ~ Lillo

Pure De Zerbi football in the following scene:

Initial 2-4 build-up structure. Image RCM dropping deep to help RCB. This dropping movement triggers RB to move up and RM to invert (out of frame), leading to the creation of a 2-3 structure. Image
Jul 31, 2022 21 tweets 7 min read
Scene Analysis: How Klopp uses his players’ strengths in the final third

- structure
- attracting pressure
- individual tasks

#LIVMCI #Klopp #CommunityShield #Liverpool

[THREAD] Image Liverpool won with the Community Shield their first title of the season against the great rival Manchester City.

There were especially two very similar scenes that stood out to me, which showed how Jürgen Klopp uses his players’ strengths in the final third.
Jun 26, 2022 17 tweets 8 min read
Tactical Theory: Minimal Width and its advantages

- possession play
- counterpressing
- counterattacks

@SundayShare10 #SundayShare #Nagelsmann #Marsch #Tactics

[THREAD] “Make the pitch as wide as possible.” This is a quote, which probably every footballer has heard at least once. The goal through wide positioning is to stretch the opponent horizontally and open spaces in between the defenders.
May 26, 2022 18 tweets 6 min read
Aspect Analysis: Guiding the opponent while pressing

- wide areas
- centre
- advantages & disadvantages

#Pressing #Tactics #Liverpool #ManCity

[THREAD] Image When pressing, most teams try to guide the opponent to a specific area of the pitch to eventually win the ball there and transition to create chances.
May 15, 2022 19 tweets 5 min read
Tactical Theory: The various ways to attract pressure in possession

- accessing space in between the lines
- getting in behind
- creating a free man

@SundayShare10 #SundayShare #Tactics

[THREAD] Major aims in possession are getting in between the lines of the opponent and in behind. However, that’s what most defensive sides try to restrict by using a compact block with little space in between the lines and or a deep block to make it difficult to get in behind.