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Summarising Holland in the Group Stage: Part 1 – Holland vs. Spain

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Part 1: Holland vs Spain: The importance of Holland’s zonal man marking scheme

Holland’s 5-3-2/3-5-2 system against Spain worked a treat and to everyone’s surprise, was so devastating it resulted in a 5-1 scoreline! The Dutch could have scored more as they continued to slice through the Spanish defence. But what were some key aspects in Holland’s victory over Spain? I’m going to look at one which, in my opinion, was the bedrock of where the game was won and lost for Spain: Holland’s zonal man marking. Read the full story

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Analysis of Manchester United’s Possession & Counterattacking Play Part 2

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Continuing from Part 1 , Part 2 discusses United’s performance against Everton in relation to use of possession in midfield, counterattacking play and defensive shape in  midfield. Read the full story

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Analysis of Manchester United’s Possession & Counterattacking Play Part 1

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For the majority of Sir Alex’s reign at Manchester United, attacking football was the overriding style of football which kept the United faithful begging for more.  Over the last few years, Fergie’s United has become more functional,effective and pragmatic.  As Moyes looks to prove himself as United manager, let’s take a look at some of the areas that will need tweaking if Manchester United are going to return to more fluid,attacking football. Part 1 focuses on United’s match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Part 2 will focus on United’s match against Everton. Read the full story

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