Earlier this week I discussed Tom Rogic’s start to the season using Once Football data, where I suggested that his troubles could be linked to the new 4-2-3-1 formation that Graham Arnold has used this season.
Four rounds in, the A-League is as tactically diverse and exciting as ever before. Herea re ten talking points.
If it hadn’t already become clear how important Tom Rogic was to the Central Coast Mariners, then the image of him alongside the three marquees for the A-League’s launch established that, instead of signing an experienced and notable celebrity, Arnold would be placing his faith in youthful exuberance.
Alessandro Del Piero scored from a penalty rebound as the Blues won the first ever Sydney derby.
Melbourne Victory came from behind to record their first win of the season.
The first two rounds of the new A-League season have seen an interesting contrast between possession and counter-attacking sides, highlighting what is an intriguing round of tactical talking points.
One of the biggest tactical developments of the past decade is a re-emergence in central defenders highly technical and comfortable on the ball.
A game that pitted two counter-attacking sides against each other was a tight battle, before a classic counter-attacking goal settled the game.
The signing of Jason Culina may prove pivotal to Sydney’s season.
The last two World Cup qualifiers for Socceroos have raised not only the perennial questions over the squad’s age, the ability of the coach and the long-term future for the team, but also raised a more subtle tactical question.