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.
The biggest trend of the A-League offseason was sides pledging to play more proactive and retain possession. Hand in hand with this philosophy is playing out from the back, and that tactic was a recurring theme of the opening round.
Five tactical insights from a thrilling opening round to the new season.
Both the Wanderers and the Mariners put an emphasis on denying the opposition space and neither side could find the breakthrough.
Dylan MacAllister scored the match winner in a pulsating opening to the new A-League season.
The high profile marquee signings of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono have immensely raised the profile of the A-League, but there are also plenty of intriguing coaching appointments and tactical developments to ensure the upcoming new season will be the most exciting yet. Tactical variety The A-League has always been ripe with […]