Chelsea finding the third man under Maurizio Sarri

By and large, Maurizio Sarri's start to life at Chelsea has been relatively positive, and the side remains unbeaten after 12 Premier League games. There have been obvious stylistic and cultural changes from his predecessor, Antonio Conte. There is now an increased emphasis on moving the ball forward through combination play, even under high pressure [...]

High-octane tactics lead to memorable FFA Cup Final

The FFA Cup Final was a high-quality, high-octane game of football settled by Craig Goodwin's two spectacular goals. Goodwin's goals added quality, but the real value in this match came from the atmosphere and intensity generated by both sides. External factors like attendance are often ignored in tactical analysis, but the contribution of the packed, [...]

How Melbourne Victory will polish their Keisuke Honda diamond

Lost in the hype around Melbourne Victory’s headline signing of Keisuke Honda was how Kevin Muscat would fit the playmaker into his side. Having already signed James Troisi to an Australian marquee deal, and both players typically playing as no.10s, it was not entirely clear how he would manage to get both into a starting [...]