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The Athletic

Hello – I’m now a full-time writer for The Athletic. It’s a sport-only, subscription-based sports website that focuses on good, intelligent, in-depth features – I’ve written more about why I’ve joined here. There’s around 40 other journalists, all covering British/European football, so...

Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham: Liverpool goals either side of Tottenham dominance

Liverpool won their sixth European Cup after a disappointing final when neither side played at their best. Roberto Firmino was declared fit to start, while Jurgen Klopp selected Gini Wijnaldum over James Milner in midfield. Mauricio Pochettino used a 4-2-3-1 formation and started Harry Kane and Ha...

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: all the action down the same flank

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out now! Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half where they dominated down their left. Maurizio Sarri was able to call upon N’Golo Kante, who was declared fit to start. Andreas Christensen continued in place...

Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

Here is an extract from Zonal Marking which is out today in hardback, ebook and audiobook and can be bought here The Netherlands, by its very nature, is based around the concept of space. A country whose name literally means ‘lower countries’ is a remarkable construct, gradually reclaimed f...

Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Plan B Llorente frees up Plan A Lucas to score hattrick

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out tomorrow! Just like Liverpool the previous evening, Tottenham came back from 3-0 down in the tie, to set up an all-English Champions League final. Eric ten Hag was without David Neres, and therefore switched Dusan Tadic to the left flank, with Kas...

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: sloppy set-piece defending and full-back positioning

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out this week… Liverpool produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, having lost the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou. As always with Liverpool’s European victories at Anfield, the win was credited to emotion, atmos...

Juventus 1-2 Ajax: Ajax consistently work overloads down the right

Ajax followed their historic win at the Bernabeu in the previous round with a similarly impressive victory away at Juventus. There were two major themes from the first leg in Amsterdam, a 1-1 draw. First, Ajax used Donny van de Beek in a man-marking job on Miralem Pjanic, which badly hurt Juve...

Croatia 2-1 England (AET): England fail to address weaknesses out wide

July 12, 2018 Croatia 2-1 England analysis. Related articles on Zonal Marking:England 1-1 Colombia: England finally win a penalty shoot-out Jul 2018England 6-1 Panama: Panama collapse before half-time Jun 2018Croatia 3-0 Argentina: Sampaoli's change of shape leaves Argentina exposed ...
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