How To Coach Pressing

Pressing has become an increasingly important aspect to the modern game. Some of the most successful teams in the world play a high pressing game, including Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. As a result, it has received great attention worldwide and is beginning to be implemented everywhere as a strategy, including with young players. … Continue reading How To Coach Pressing

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4-3-3 vs. 4-1-4-1: Tactical Flexibility

In the post 4-4-2 era, teams all over the world play a variety of different formations. These formations change game by game or even within games, so it is becomingly increasingly difficult to nail professional teams down to just one single formation. That being said, two of the most popular formations in the world right now are the tactically flexible 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1, both of which have been used heavily by Pep Guardiola throughout his career. Ultimately the formation has to suit the players that you have and their developmental, psychological and physiological characteristics. But the 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1 are two very similar formations. The 4-1-4-1 is perhaps a little more physically demanding and tactically complex, while the 4-3-3 is perhaps more rooted in wing-play and the collaboration of the midfield triangle. Although these formations are very similar, they can offer a team a completely different dynamic, depending on how a manger or coach wants to implement them. 

Best Formations for 11v11

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

Why Fernandinho Is Manchester City’s Most Important Player

For the first time in the Guardiola era, Manchester City have been handed their third loss in the span of four matches. The Citizens have looked lackluster since falling 2-0 to Chelsea at the beginning of December and their troubles have only gotten worse with two defeats to mid-table teams in Crystal Palace and Leicester … Continue reading Why Fernandinho Is Manchester City’s Most Important Player

Manchester City’s Unbeaten Run Ends; Liverpool’s Defensive Problems Persist

It took twenty-three matches, but Pep Guardiola and Manchester City's stunning unbeaten run has finally come to an end at the hands of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. It's a bit ironic that Guardiola's side were beaten by his old, rival manager Jurgen Klopp, the man who less ironically has more wins against him than any other … Continue reading Manchester City’s Unbeaten Run Ends; Liverpool’s Defensive Problems Persist

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

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?

2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Manchester City

The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to one of this season's top contenders for the Premier League title, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.  MANCHESTER … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Manchester City

Manchester City 5-3 AS Monaco Review: One of the Best Games of All Time

Manchester City's incredible 5-3 win over AS Monaco was one of the best UEFA Champions League encounters of all time. The match had everything anyone could have asked for with both teams fully invested with attacking intent all game long. These are all the big talking points from this incredible fixture. Sane and Sterling The … Continue reading Manchester City 5-3 AS Monaco Review: One of the Best Games of All Time

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 23

What an interesting set of midweek matches. In what is a bit of a rareity for the Premier League, 5 of the 10 matches ended in draws and on top of that there were several surprise results. Watford won away at Arsenal for the first time in England's top flight since 1988, Swansea surged past … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 23

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Football Manager of the Year

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 Nominations for Football Manager of the Year. Antonio Conte ♥ In my books, Antonio Conte is the supreme ruling leader in terms of managers for 2016. The … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Football Manager of the Year