This past weekend, West Bromwich Albion were relegated from England's top flight. The team lacked the quality to survive, and even despite Sam Allardyce turning them into a well-functioning team, they couldn't make up the necessary ground to stay in the division. But if there was one shining light in the otherwise unremarkable season for the Baggies, it would have to be their star attacking midfielder - Matheus Pereira.
One of the most consistent tactics of the past decade has been the reliance on pressing from the front from some of the biggest clubs in the world. It would be foolish to say that pressing did not exist until the 2010s. What is perhaps more true is just how systematic pressing has become in recent years. In 2020, pressing evolved in unique ways, with many teams bringing their own unique approach to the tactical trend. Here are some of the trends seen in 2020 with regards to pressing from the front.
When Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton lost 9-0 to Leicester City in October 2019, many thought the Austrian's time at St. Mary's was going to be short lived. Since then however, Hasenhuttl has proven himself more than capable of leading his team to better times, and currently has his team sitting 5th place in the Premier League table. Southampton under Hasenhuttl play in a clearly defined, structured, high pressing 4-2-2-2 system. Every single player fits into the style of play and the manager has clear expectations for how he wants his team to play and the values he wants to impose on his players. As we head into Matchday 12, here is our Tactical Analysis of Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton in 2020-21.
After a disappointing start to the 2019-20 campaign, long-time managerial legend Jose Mourinho came into Tottenham Hotspur to solve all the problems they had under Mauricio Pochettino (which were actually few and far between before 2019-20). Now after half a season in charge, Mourinho will be hoping to instill his philosophies on the team to … Continue reading Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League 2020-21 – Transfer Market Analysis
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 a club with a brand new manager but a very familiar look, Southamtpon FC. SOUTHAMPTON INTRODUCTION … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Southampton
On Thursday, August 25th, 2016, all eyes were not on West Ham. Cristiano Ronaldo had just won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, Manchester City signed Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and the Champions League draw took place. But eyes certainly should have been on the Hammers. They had played a fantastic season in 2015-16 to … Continue reading West Ham United Knocked Out Of Europa League, Did They Dodge A Bullet?
The 2016-17 Premier League season is about to return. Are you ready? Not without The Mastermind's 2016-17 Barclays Premier League Team by Team Guide and Predictions you aren't. With loads of new managers and a heap of exciting new players, an exhilarating season is on it's way. Here is the guide to every single team … Continue reading 2016-17 Barclays Premier League Team by Team Guide and Predictions