After years and years of back-four systems being the dominating dogma in world football, back-three systems are now starting to take over. Former Italy and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been a long-time proponent of back-three systems throughout his career. Now, top of the table with Inter Milan, Conte has experimented with three different versions … Continue reading 3 Ways To Play 3-5-2
Since Antonio Conte's arrival at Inter Milan, the Italian giants have completely transformed into the most effective side in all of Serie A. Conte's start to life at San Siro has gotten off without a hitch and I Nerazzurri have won all six of their matches to the start off the league campaign. In that … Continue reading Antonio Conte – Inter Milan – Tactical Analysis
For a while, tiki taka, highlighted by the intricate triangles created in Spain's Xavi-Iniesta years, prevailed as the dominating tactic of the beautiful game. However, with Spain's struggles in recent tournaments and the much talked about "possession without purpose" that has haunted many teams in recent modern day matches, I pronounce the death of tiki taka.
In an era where formations are ever-changing, the 3-4-3 has become one of the most popular to use around the world. Serie A teams have long been fans of the back three, but formations like the 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 are growing in popularity virtually everywhere - from Spain to France to Germany to even England … Continue reading How Chelsea Won The 2016-17 Premier League Title Playing 3-4-2-1
At the end of the day, a team can win playing any formation and there isn't necessarily any formation that is superior to another. However, some of the best teams in the modern era have perfected certain systems and styles of play, guided by the formation they use. Here is an examination of some of the best teams in the world and how their formation has led to their success.
In the ever-changing world of football, dozens of formations are being used on a day to day basis around the globe. Choosing the right formation can affect the balance of the game, while the decision of which formation to play can also be instrumental in getting the best out of the players a manager has … Continue reading Best Formations for 11v11
What would a football team be without their manager? Sometimes better off; but most often a team would be absolutely lost without their manager. A manager can often make or break a football club and the best in the world can make a team of average players look like superstars. These are The Mastermind‘s 2017 nominations … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Manager of the Year
There's a strange trend in the Premier League of recent years. For whatever reason, the champions of the previous season always seem to struggle the next. Chelsea have continued this odd trend so far in 2017-18, and although they haven't been quite as bad as Leicester last season or the Blues themselves two years ago, … Continue reading Bakayoko’s Good, But He’s No Nemanja Matic
The 2017-18 Premier League season is seven games in and every single contender to win the Golden Boot has gotten off to a flying start. Romelu Lukaku has been on fire for his new club, Manchester United; Sergio Aguero has led Manchester City to the top of the table; Harry Kane tore up September's list … Continue reading Who Will Win The Premier League Golden Boot?
CHELSEA INTRODUCTION After winning the league in such stunning circumstances last season much should be expected of Chelsea going into 2017-18. But with the uncertain futures of a few massive stars and the departure of one crucial midfield giant, many are beginning to doubt that Chelsea can be repeat champions. It's practically a reality that … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Chelsea
Gameweek 37 was one of the most important of all in the Premier League this season. Chelsea secured the title, Tottenham secured second and ended Manchester United's hopes of reaching the top four in the process, while Swansea and Crystal Palace ensured their Premier League survival and sent Hull City down as a result. So … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 37
After last week's announcement of the 2016-17 PFA Premier League Team of the Year and the head-scratching selections of David De Gea and Gary Cahill, it is time that The Mastermind reveals their Premier League Team of the Season. These are the best eleven players from the 2016-17 Premier League season including Player, Young Player and Manager of … Continue reading The Mastermind’s 2016-17 Premier League Team of the Season