In a new series on Back Page Football, Tim Hill outlines two of his tactical observations from the previous weekend of football. This week, he glances over Chelsea v Arsenal, Manchester Utd v Sunderland and Mainz v Hoffenheim.
We’ve seen this all before, a team promoted from the Championship who surprise everyone and are for the first few weeks of the season, flutter and cajole with the Sky-styled ‘big boys’ of the league? This time it’s not the disagreeable Phil Brown leading an orange-kitted team but the infinitely more likeable Ian Holloway. Hull [...]
Resident tactical analyst Tim Hill discusses Manchester City’s new signing David Silva’s best position on the field by looking at Valencia’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao last season, where Silva scored both goals.
Tim Hill takes a final glance over this summer’s World Cup and outlines some of the more intruiging tactical formations that were on show in South Africa.
So in 2010, we expect football has moved towards a favoured line of four in defence, but this World Cup has not moved far from the systems teams played in 2006. In the 2006 World Cup, Japan, Costa Rica, Argentina, South Korea and Mexico played a system that had three at the back. This year, [...]