Counter Attacking and the Death of Tiki-Taka Football

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.

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How Chelsea Won The 2016-17 Premier League Title Playing 3-4-2-1

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

How the Best Managers in the World Used Formations to Gain an Advantage

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.

4 Ways Maurizio Sarri Can Save His Job

In all of Chelsea's recent struggles, much has been made about how Maurizio Sarri has failed to do exactly what the three men previous to him also failed to do: adequately manage the Chelsea dressing room. Although Conte, Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas all struggled to make a long-lasting impression on the Chelsea dressing room, … Continue reading 4 Ways Maurizio Sarri Can Save His Job

Analyzing Jorginho’s Role at Chelsea

Jorginho is one of the most unique midfielders in the modern game. The Brazilian-born midfielder is not your traditional N'Golo Kante-esque ball-winner nor is he anywhere near as mobile as the Frenchman. But his tactical/spatial awareness, footballing intelligence and superb on-the-ball presence help to make him one of the very best defensive midfielders around. He's … Continue reading Analyzing Jorginho’s Role at Chelsea

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Manager of the Year

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

Bakayoko’s Good, But He’s No Nemanja Matic

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

Who Will Win The Premier League Golden Boot?

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?

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 37

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

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 36

There is just two more gameweeks left in the Premier League now that this one is over. But it can't officially come to an end without another edition of Team of the Week! So here are all the details below on the best 11 for Matchday 36! Enjoy! Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster  Goalkeepers were so amazing this … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 36

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 35

The 2016-17 Premier League season is coming to a close but there is still so much to play for. Hull City, Swansea City, Burnley and Bournemouth all earned impressive results that could help their quest to stay up while Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all slipped up in their quests for the top four. … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 35

Analyzing The 2016-17 PFA Team of the Year

April 20th, 2017 marked the announcement of the 2016-17 PFA Premier League Team of the Year. As always, there are a few eyebrow-raising selections. But on the whole it is a really solid team full of players who have been absolutely incredible this year for their clubs. The Mastermind's very own Team of the Season … Continue reading Analyzing The 2016-17 PFA Team of the Year