Tactics Weekly: A Detailed Tactical Analysis of Fabinho and Keita

Tactics Weekly: A Detailed Tactical Analysis of Fabinho and Keita

Daniel Rhodes is delighted to welcome Lead Analyst for Total Football Analysis and freelance professional scout Lee Scott to Tactics Weekly. In this episode, we take a detailed look at Fabinho and Keita, with topics including: - What are Fabinho's key attributes? - Where will he play? - Why is he so tactically astute? - Does he have any weaknesses? - What are Keita's key attributes? - What is the most likely tactical midfield set up with Naby in it? - How did he perform last season and did the pre-arranged move have any impact on it? - Does he have any weaknesses? - Do the transfer fees paid represent value? - How would we have fared in the Champions League final with these two in the side? All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

A manager requires perpetual change if he’s to succeed in the savage land that is the Premier League. That’s the narrative that gets swung about on the regular, amidst pundits and fans alike. In Pep Guardiola’s first season, his tactical ministrations were seen as too imposing, not giving English Football’s top tier its due. Jose Mourinho has been accused of remaining “stuck in his ways” on multiple occasions; accusations which surprisingly were most stark in the Champions League against Sevilla. …
Tactics Weekly: Paul Dalglish on Fabinho & The CL Final

Tactics Weekly: Paul Dalglish on Fabinho & The CL Final

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish dissect the Champions League final after opening up with a short section on Liverpool's latest signing Fabinho. Topics include: Zidane's selection of Benzema over Bale; the pressing domination of Liverpool in the opening 30 minutes; the injury to Salah and how it allowed Madrid to push their defensive line forward after the introduction of Lallana; the Reds' belief draining once Mo went off; Karius' errors and whether he'll start next season; looking at the big chances; Bale vs Sinclair in a battle of overhead kicks; how do we measure Zidane's achievement of three consecutive Champions League victories …
Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Over the course of the season I've been breaking down a number of Liverpool's matches in both the Premier League and Champions League, however, this week I was asked to do something rather different instead, and scout Real Madrid for the AEye Scouted pod, hosted by Dave Hendrick. Below are the key findings of my 12 game scouting exercise - essentially my notes - and a blueprint of sorts for as to how Liverpool might be able to beat Real …
Tactics Weekly: Paul Dalglish with a Manager's Perspective on CL Final

Tactics Weekly: Paul Dalglish with a Manager's Perspective on CL Final

This week on Tactics Weekly, Paul Dalglish gives the manager’s perspective before the final. What a manager might go through. How much planning is involved? How does he deal with the human element? Expected line-ups and potential formation. Daniel Rhodes also asks how the training camp in Marbella would have gone? Planning behind it etc. What sorts of sessions? Many videos? Special Madrid focused sessions?  Will Klopp know his tactical set-up, in terms of specifically for Madrid, in fine detail already?  Scenarios? Go a goal down in the first 15 mins: playing well, was out of the blue; or, we are under the cosh. Go a goal up in the first 15 mins. Reacting in game.  Predictions.    …
Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

I shared a thread on Twitter recently about my thoughts on how Liverpool can beat Real Madrid, and it received such positive feedback that I’ve decided to expand on it here. The thread is linked below for those that want to check it out: https://twitter.com/DistanceCovered/status/996345845749637120 Now, as I’ve mentioned in the thread, the key factor when determining whether Liverpool are likely to win against any opponent is whether the opposing team is vulnerable in transition or not. Liverpool are gradually …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Reviewing Vital Victory Over Brighton

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Reviewing Vital Victory Over Brighton

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish discuss the vital victory over Brighton, topics include: the switch in formation to 4231; complete tactical domination in the first half with all parts working together; stonewall penalties denied; a look at the big chances and goals; a tangent debate about how players might react to negative comments on social media and at the match; who enjoyed their goal the most? Robertson, Lovren, Salah or Solanke? How should Klopp treat the two-week gap? All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: A Tactical Breakdown

What a season. Liverpool have qualified for their second consecutive Champions League campaign by securing automatic qualification for the first time since 2008/09. They have also have finished with 75 points, one less than last season's tally (76), which is also the record for fourth spot. Mo Salah has broken the all-time Premier League record for goals scored with his 32nd of the season whilst his teammates in the front three - Mané and Firmino - have notched themselves 10 …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Champions League Semi-Final Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Champions League Semi-Final Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish breakdown the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma, topics include: formations and lineups; the Reds seemingly in control with the opening goal and chance creation; the defence starting to retreat and Roma's tactics of targeting Trent with high aerial balls; the space between the back four and front three and was it intentional? Going over the second half and the home team's domination including the penalty shouts; finally a brief look at potential selection headaches for Chelsea and chat about Real Madrid and Liverpool being in the European Cup Final!! All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Reviewing the victory vs Roma

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Reviewing the victory vs Roma

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish look back at Liverpool's fantastic five-two win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, topics include: what are the strengths and weaknesses of the 3-4-2-1 system Roma deployed, and what could their manager have been thinking in seemingly playing into the Reds' hands; What were the possible options to contain Liverpool? The utter brilliance in transition, creating one v one duels on their back three with space to run into; Salah's finishing - and how his relaxed manner is crucial; how do you defend against him? Going over the goals and key chances; should we have gone more defensive at five-nil? How much rotation is required before the second leg? …
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