Over the past few decades, centre-backs have only grown in importance to attacking phases and playing out from the back, becoming some of the preeminent quarterbacks for their clubs. But the 'Stopper' is still alive and well, providing an 'old-school', throwback approach to defending that relishes the physical side of the game. Every team must find the balance in their defensive unit, and sometimes that may mean deploying a rock-solid, proactive defender that can win possession higher up the pitch. It's not the prettiest of roles, but when played correctly, 'Stoppers' can be absolutely imperative to a team's success.
Against all the odds, LOSC Lille defied expectations to win the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season. Normally considered a "one-team league", Lille ensured the 2020-21 season would go right down to the final day, where PSG's three season title streak would officially come to an end. Under the influence of Christophe Galtier, Les Dogues conceded just 23 goals and kept an astonishing 21 clean sheets in 38 matches. Their defensive prowess set them on the path to win the league title right from the very opening day of the season, and tactically, they've been one of Europe's most intriguing sides. So with that, here is a tactical analysis of Christophe Galtier's Ligue 1 winning LOSC Lille in 2020-21.
Euro 2016 comes to a close with a historic 1-0 victory for Portugal to end France's hopes of winning the tournament on their home soil again and give A Selecao their first ever win at an international tournament. This is the team of the final match at Euro 2016. Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio Rui Patricio has … Continue reading Euro 2016 Final Portugal 1-0 France: Team of the Day
Despite the domination of France at Euro 2016, Portugal surprised everyone and walked away with the trophy. Portugal were tactically fantastic against France and fully deserved their victory, winning in extra time by a score of 1-0 to end the tournament on a high. Portugal weren't by any means the best team at Euro 2016, but … Continue reading How Portugal Won Euro 2016