Tactics Journal

by Kyle Boas

Analyzing football tactics

Archive

May 2024

Trent taught himself to pass
18 May 2024

Perimetral and Spacial players
17 May 2024

The weakest part of Nicolas Jackson's game
16 May 2024

Tottenham herd Manchester City quickly forward
15 May 2024

Football is finished
14 May 2024

Tonic immobility in Arsenal
13 May 2024

Tottenham cross too much
12 May 2024

Growing dissatisfaction
11 May 2024

Bayer Leverkusen are undefeated but vulnerable
10 May 2024

Ones that don't do anything won
09 May 2024

PSG need more Vitinha's
08 May 2024

Manchester United's back four on rope
07 May 2024

You cannot sit, if you don't have a chair
06 May 2024

Disguised passes
05 May 2024

Playing in a 'good height'
04 May 2024

Tottenham need to improvise
03 May 2024

PSG protecting the left for each long ball from Borussia Dortmund
02 May 2024

Bayern Munich's second half switch that changed the game versus Real Madrid
01 May 2024

April 2024

Press play again
30 April 2024

Arsenal's devastating six-yard box corner kick routine
29 April 2024

Aitana Bonmati's best qualities in one play
28 April 2024

Iraola praises Bournemouth analysts during demanding midweek
27 April 2024

Manchester City's rotations
26 April 2024

Pass the ball into the net
25 April 2024

Feyenoord's aggressive right center-back positioning
24 April 2024

Bologna rotate to free Calafiori
23 April 2024

Luis Enrique asks us to review Mbappe's press
22 April 2024

Manchester City's staircase
21 April 2024

Bayern Munich's clever positioning to pin Arsenal's stronger right side
20 April 2024

Manchester City don't trust Phil Foden to play as a holding midfielder
19 April 2024

Dembele instructs Mbappe to make the near post run
17 April 2024

A team versus individuals
16 April 2024

Havertz's runs from deep in Arsenal's 4-4-2
15 April 2024

Tottenham take too many touches
14 April 2024

Could Erling Haaland be doing more?
13 April 2024

Schick's movement off-side to observe, surprise, and separate
12 April 2024

Gabriel pinned to Kane isolates Arsenal's left side
11 April 2024

Manchester City's creative space ahead of Real Madrid's midfield
10 April 2024

Musiala showing to the ball when Goretzka drops
09 April 2024

Long ball with runners versus Real Madrid when Carvajal gets forward
08 April 2024

Arsenal reinvented the wheel
07 April 2024

The top of the box cut-back on Bruno Fernandes' blind-side
06 April 2024

Chelsea's cliques
05 April 2024

Tottenham lack off-the-ball movement
03 April 2024

Odegaard on the turn
02 April 2024

Possession without progression
01 April 2024

March 2024

Previewing Manchester City vs Arsenal
31 March 2024

Erling Haaland's exponential dribbling improvement
30 March 2024

The relational phase
29 March 2024

What I'm reading, watching, and listening to
28 March 2024

Kobbie Mainoo shows what England lacked at holding midfield
27 March 2024

Conte and Ange have polar opposite mentalities
26 March 2024

Declan Rice could be more discreet
25 March 2024

Germany's press release
24 March 2024

The Netherlands are too right side dominant
23 March 2024

Football is a joy with responsibility
21 March 2024

England's simple solution
20 March 2024

30 passes and 16 heart-attacks
19 March 2024

Why did Liverpool get this much space in transition against Manchester United
18 March 2024

Dragusin and Tottenham's high-line
17 March 2024

How I use Stathead FBref
16 March 2024

From Bayer Leverkusen wing-back to wing-back
15 March 2024

Inter collective movement
14 March 2024

Porto's cover shadow masterclass against Arsenal
13 March 2024

Aston Villa's method to block Tottenham's third man
12 March 2024

Kyle Walker jumping in transition nearly cost Manchester City against Liverpool
11 March 2024

Inter from left centre-back to right centre-back
10 March 2024

How Manchester City can prevent a basketball game against Liverpool
09 March 2024

If we lose, I want to do it my way
08 March 2024

Mea culpa
07 March 2024

The space behind PSG's aggressive press in the wide areas
06 March 2024

More driven passes from Andre Onana and less lofted passes
05 March 2024

Manchester City finally score from the left half-space run
04 March 2024

Joe Gomez dropping creates space for Liverpool's third man
03 March 2024

Positive orientation when receiving the ball
01 March 2024

February 2024

Trippier inverts
28 February 2024

New generation of coaching
27 February 2024

Frankie de Jong's perfect game
26 February 2024

Arsenal's perfect balance to dominate and third-man runs
25 February 2024

Inter from out-the-back
23 February 2024

Is Arsenal intentionally attempting to win set-pieces?
22 February 2024

Haaland and Foden expose Brentford's left half-space weakness
21 February 2024

Jesse Marsch philosophy at RB Salzburg and Leeds United
20 February 2024

Liverpool slow down the ball carrier in defensive transition
18 February 2024

Real Sociedad's effective three fake free kick routine
15 February 2024

Why did Phil Foden play at right-wing?
14 February 2024

The way Manchester City prepare for a tactical change
13 February 2024

Thomas Muller: What we are missing is freedom
12 February 2024

When to press, when to wait, who can have the ball, who could not have the ball
11 February 2024

Chelsea when they have a plan
08 February 2024

What happens when Van Dijk marks Odegaard instead of Gomez
07 February 2024

Josko Gvardiol has the mind of a midfielder in the body of a center-back
06 February 2024

Liverpool's flipped formation and changed dynamics against Arsenal
05 February 2024

Shielding the ball from the goalkeeper in the air is becoming more common
04 February 2024

How Liverpool can control Arsenal
03 February 2024

Liverpool's negatively angled runs on the break
02 February 2024

The difference in intention of Aston Villa's movement
01 February 2024

January 2024

No room for Brighton bait and Luton score
31 January 2024

Artem Dovybk shows how a center-forward should move
30 January 2024

Conor Bradley's breakout match
29 January 2024

Scaloni: We are loosing the essence of football
28 January 2024

Manchester City bait Tottenham's press to create space between the lines
27 January 2024

Chelsea's slow passing and baiting movement
25 January 2024

I will see him
24 January 2024

The threat Liverpool's second line poses in the middle
22 January 2024

Florian Wirtz Acceleration and Deceleration
21 January 2024

How to score against Inter
20 January 2024

Ange Postecoglu's Tottenham passing exercises
18 January 2024

Iraola on adapting training to his team
17 January 2024

Phil Foden needs to tealize he is Phil Foden
16 January 2024

Tottenham repeat this left-half space play against Manchester United
15 January 2024

Manchester City dragging Newcastle wide changed the game
14 January 2024

Two spaces Tottenham can attack Manchester United
13 January 2024

A Clash of Languages
12 January 2024

Luke Williams on Why Notts County Play Short Corners
11 January 2024

For the First Time
09 January 2024

Kai Havertz is a Momentum Killer
08 January 2024

Arsenal's Two Keys to Control Liverpool
07 January 2024

Tottenham Lacked Width on the Left
06 January 2024

Mika Mármol
05 January 2024

Girona Move Without Hesitation
04 January 2024

Manchester United's Crisis In Perspective
03 January 2024

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sergio Busquets
02 January 2024

Declan Rice's Position Dictates How Threatening Arsenal Are
01 January 2024

December 2023

Runners Beyond Jackson
31 December 2023

Two Things I Like From Brighton Defensively
29 December 2023

Manchester City Baiting Everton's Press
28 December 2023

Trent Alexander-Arnold's Blind Passes
27 December 2023

Philadelphia's Standing Ovation for Trea Turner
25 December 2023

One Change Alters Arsenal's Defensive Structure Against Liverpool
24 December 2023

Thomas Tuchel Details How Bayern Munich Defended Against VfB Stuttgart
22 December 2023

Nkunku is the Runner Chelsea Lacked
21 December 2023

Manchester United Learned From Gakpo's Goal Last Season
20 December 2023

Liverpool Lacked Coordination in the Left Half-Space
19 December 2023

Brighton Pass Confidently Through Arsenal's Man-to-Man Press
18 December 2023

Manchester City's +1 with Alvarez, Foden, Grealish, and Lewis
17 December 2023

Thank You For Reading
16 December 2023

Brighton Score
15 December 2023

Arsenal Trial Declan Rice at Center-Back
13 December 2023

Berbatov Walks Us Through This Goal
12 December 2023

Kai Havertz is Beginning to Perfect the Xhaka Cut-Back
11 December 2023

Harvey Elliott: Mohamed Salah's Best Wingman
10 December 2023

How to Bypass Everton's Low-Block
08 December 2023

Head the Ball Down
07 December 2023

Kai Havertz Finds Space
06 December 2023

Manchester City's aggressive press to stop Kulusevski and Udogie
04 December 2023

Harry Maguire blocks everything for Manchester United
03 December 2023

Previewing Manchester City vs Tottenham
02 December 2023

The Julian Alvarez Domino Effect
01 December 2023

November 2023

It's hard for Scott McTominay to crash the box when he's 30 yards behind the play
30 November 2023

Newcastle's dominance in the wide-areas force PSG into playing line-breaking passes
29 November 2023

Girona need more patience in defense
28 November 2023

The Battle of the High Lines and Aston Villa's far-side weakness
27 November 2023

Erling Haaland's explosive turn-and-shoot technique
26 November 2023

Pep Guardiola demonstrates how to orient the body when receiving the ball
25 November 2023

Cesc Fàbregas: My obsession is to play forward
24 November 2023

Watch the defender's hips and opposite foot when Jeremy Doku dribbles
23 November 2023

Footedness
22 November 2023

Arsene Wenger's offside rule will change how football is played
21 November 2023

Kai Havertz at left-back click-bait
20 November 2023

Experts don't always make good teachers
18 November 2023

Our idols are people
17 November 2023

Roberto De Zerbi is a mirage
16 November 2023

The weight of Chelsea's inexperience is on Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling's shoulders
15 November 2023

Manchester City don't take risks when they defend
14 November 2023

One of the closest Premier League races in recent history
13 November 2023

Tottenham needs Dejan Kulusevski in the middle of the pitch
12 November 2023

Sean Dyche has a chat with Dele Alli about Everton's direct play
11 November 2023

Jack is back, central
10 November 2023

Bayern Munich don't wait
09 November 2023

Football should be the focus, not VAR
08 November 2023

Chelsea are faster, why did Tottenham use such a high line
07 November 2023

Manchester City's slow buildup deep counters Bournemouth's low block
06 November 2023

Arsenal could have walked away with the league
05 November 2023

Boss
04 November 2023

Not Playing Like Champions
03 November 2023

October 2023

Jude Bellingham, the world's best interpreter of space
31 October 2023

Manchester City target Johnny Evans and Victor Lindelof
30 October 2023

Predictable Chelsea
29 October 2023

Every team needs players like Kalvin Phillips
27 October 2023

AC Milan allows PSG to walk through the midfield
26 October 2023

Quicksand
25 October 2023

Bassey gifts Tottenham two goals
24 October 2023

Liverpool are static and lethargic
23 October 2023

A beautiful accident
22 October 2023

Watching matches live
19 October 2023

Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Forest
17 October 2023

Diniz's hybrid approach
15 October 2023

Jack Grealish is frustrating
14 October 2023

Cross-Heavy One-Dimensional Spain Needs Runners
13 October 2023

Chelsea's space invaders
12 October 2023

Tottenham's advanced inverted full-backs
11 October 2023

Good food needs time to cook
10 October 2023

Arsenal and Manchester City's out-of-possession battle
09 October 2023

Ruben Dias knows how to play like Rodri
08 October 2023

Champions League football at St. James' Park
07 October 2023

Control
06 October 2023

The battle for the center of the pitch between Lens and Arsenal
05 October 2023

Real Madrid collapse on the ball rather than isolate the carrier
04 October 2023

Aston Villa using physicality to stop-start Brighton
01 October 2023

September 2023

Rhythm, size of squads, and the schedule
30 September 2023

You need to play a striker in on goal to score
28 September 2023

Arsenal's thicket
26 September 2023

Brighton move without thinking
25 September 2023

Matheus Nunes' strengths in one play
24 September 2023

We don't train
22 September 2023

How Andre Onana should play out against a passive counter-press
21 September 2023

Manchester City's constant triangles
20 September 2023

Chelsea need to target the center of the box
19 September 2023

Inter's spatial manipulation of AC Milan
18 September 2023

Brighton's beautiful team goal
17 September 2023

Why did Manchester United leave Declan Rice free?
09 September 2023

Burnley sit too deep and overcommit to the ball carrier
03 September 2023

August 2023

One example of patience by Nicolas Jackson
31 August 2023

Matip's positioning leads to a Newcastle goal and a Liverpool red card
28 August 2023

Arsenal's answer is Fabio Vieira
27 August 2023

Chelsea begin to fix timing issues
26 August 2023

Phil Foden needs to keep taking risks
21 August 2023

Liverpool's out of sync first phase
20 August 2023

Andre Onana's weakness leaning back passing to his right
15 August 2023

Chelsea hesitate to play Nicolas Jackson in
14 August 2023

Partey tasked with disrupting Arsenal's ball progression
13 August 2023

Manchester City's improved set-pieces
12 August 2023

Bernardo Silva moves behind Akanji opening space in the half-space
07 August 2023

Burnley's basic shape in and out of possession
04 August 2023

Declan Rice outside of Jurrien Timber for Arsenal
03 August 2023

July 2023

Aston Villa's back-three
31 July 2023

Barcelona’s 4-2 Build-up and 3-4-3 Diamond
30 July 2023

The Bournemouth Red-Tailed Boa
28 July 2023

It is too humid in Asia
27 July 2023

Is Kepa Arrizabalaga a modern goalkeeper?
25 July 2023

Arsenal's £65m question
24 July 2023

Kobbie Mainoo against Lyon and Arsenal
23 July 2023

Spain's (W) tell
22 July 2023

Chelsea's Youth Against Wrexham
21 July 2023

All of the above
20 July 2023

Ange Postecoglou's first Tottenham match
19 July 2023

Especially the time to take decisions
18 July 2023

We took Eden Hazard for granted
17 July 2023

Notes
16 July 2023

Planning warm-ups with Pep Guardiola
15 July 2023

Arsenal's left midfielder experiment
14 July 2023

Mason Mount will be used like Ryan Gravenberch
13 July 2023

The Importance of Attacking the Centre-Backs
12 July 2023

The goalkeeper should be replaced if we don't score
11 July 2023

André Onana is confident
10 July 2023

Reassembling Arsenal’s Invincibles
09 July 2023

Newcastle's influence on Anthony Gordon is showing
08 July 2023

The problem with talking about football
07 July 2023

The switch from a box to a diamond next season
06 July 2023

Cesc Fàbregas and Manchester City’s progression to a diamond
05 July 2023

Erik Ten Hag's end goal for Man United is 2021/22 Ajax
04 July 2023

Housekeeping
03 July 2023

June 2023

Manchester City pass their final test
11 June 2023

Inter are Brentford on steroids
10 June 2023

New Watchlist
07 June 2023

Barcelona Feminí's far-side pin and Patricia Guijarro's two equalizing goals
05 June 2023

Manchester United's piston press affords Manchester City too much space centrally
04 June 2023

A José Mourinho time-wasting masterclass
01 June 2023

May 2023

Batman and Robin
28 May 2023

Jan Paul van Hecke and Levi Colwill star in Brighton's counter-press
27 May 2023

Narrow Manchester United leave space wide against Chelsea
26 May 2023

Inter bulwark
25 May 2023

How I watch football
24 May 2023

Antony is missing his signature move
23 May 2023

Aggressive Inter heavily relies on Alessandro Bastoni
22 May 2023

Fluminense’s tight 5v5 overloads
21 May 2023

Manchester City's solution to restore fluidity against Real Madrid
20 May 2023

Newcastle made their pitch dry against Arsenal and Brighton
19 May 2023

Rodri sees everything
18 May 2023

A mundane semi-final win for Inter over AC Milan
17 May 2023

Liverpool’s death by vertical passes
16 May 2023

The Brentford Line-Out
15 May 2023

Low-Viscosity Bayern Munich
14 May 2023

Reims were too wide against Lens
13 May 2023

AC Milan tries to take advantage of Inter's aggressiveness with verticality
11 May 2023

The flaws of Manuel Akanji and Kyle Walker that cost Manchester City against Real Madrid
10 May 2023

Brighton's numerically inferior rest-defense leads to five Everton goals on the counter
09 May 2023

NASCAR
08 May 2023

Rico Lewis deserves to start regularly
07 May 2023

Manchester United are too good at maintaining numerical superiority in transition
05 May 2023

Manchester City needed more runners against West Ham
04 May 2023

Jakub Kiwior's left-side passing bias at right center-back for Arsenal
03 May 2023

Active and Waiting defenders in a flat-back-five
02 May 2023

Manuel Akanji's weak foot and bad angles at left center-back in Manchester City's 3-2
01 May 2023

April 2023

West Ham are similar to Emperor Penguins
29 April 2023

Tottenham overcomes back post run struggles to salvage point against Manchester United
28 April 2023

The space Manuel Akanji's positioning creates
27 April 2023

Arsenal is emotionally exhausted and didn’t press Manchester City
26 April 2023

Éder Militão looks tired
25 April 2023

How Manchester United’s man-to-man marking weakened Brighton’s buildup
24 April 2023

The large space between Tottenham’s lines for Newcastle to exploit
23 April 2023

What happened to Bayern Munich vs Mainz in their 3-1 loss?
22 April 2023

Wolves pounce on a flat-footed Youri Tielemans and unprepared Leicester
22 April 2023

Aaron Ramsdale channels his inner David De Gea
21 April 2023

David De Gea's risky pass to Maguire facing goal costs Manchester United
20 April 2023

Liverpool's narrow 4-4-2, the space it creates with expansion and contraction
02 April 2023

March 2023

Was Fred at fault for Liverpool's first goal against Man United
06 March 2023

February 2023

Leandro Trossard is Jesus reincarnated for Arsenal
27 February 2023

Arsenal's wide 4-4-2 out of possession leads to open space between the lines
20 February 2023

Enzo Fernandez should not be the one to drop between the CBs in the buildup for Chelsea
05 February 2023

January 2023

Man City’s 2–3 with an inverted left-back or right-back leaves them too vulnerable
19 January 2023

December 2022

Zakaria’s positional movement was key to Chelsea’s fluidity vs Bournemouth
27 December 2022

I didn't like France’s change to a 4–5–1 vs Morocco
14 December 2022

High pressing US leaves defensive CBs vulnerable to Netherlands’ counter-attack
03 December 2022