Melbourne Victory 2-1 Adelaide United: Comeback secures Postecoglou’s first win

Melbourne Victory came from behind to record their first win of the season. Ange Postecoglou made six changes from the side that was thumped 5-0 by Brisbane last week. Tando Velaphi came in for Lawrence Thomas in goal, while Petar Franjic and Billy Celeski were handed starts. The trio of Marcos Rojas, Archie Thompson and … Continue reading Melbourne Victory 2-1 Adelaide United: Comeback secures Postecoglou’s first win

Looking ahead to round three of the A-League

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. Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory Despite widespread criticism, Ange Postecoglou was never going to abandon the project in place at Melbourne Victory. “That result [5-0] and … Continue reading Looking ahead to round three of the A-League

The rise of ball-playing defenders in the A-League

One of the biggest tactical developments of the past decade is a re-emergence in central defenders highly technical and comfortable on the ball. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken at length about this issue: “In the modern game, the two full backs are marked by two wingers or wide midfielders and the first available player … Continue reading The rise of ball-playing defenders in the A-League

Adelaide United 1-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Neumann scores winner on the break

A game that pitted two counter-attacking sides against each other was a tight battle, before a classic counter-attacking goal settled the game. John Kosmina made just one change to the side that defeated Newcastle 2-0 last Sunday. Fabio Ferriera was handed a first start after Dario Vidosic's enforced absence through injury. Tony Popovic had to … Continue reading Adelaide United 1-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Neumann scores winner on the break

Jason Culina’s return could prompt Sydney’s tiki-taka promise

The signing of Jason Culina may prove pivotal to Sydney’s season. The thirty two year old has signed for the Sky Blues on a one year contract following eighteen months of lengthy rehabilitation on a knee injury suffered during the 2011 Asian Cup. The former PSV midfielder had been training with Ian Crook’s side throughout … Continue reading Jason Culina’s return could prompt Sydney’s tiki-taka promise

Why are A-League sides attempting to play out from the back?

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. Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne Victory all showed great commitment to playing short from goal … Continue reading Why are A-League sides attempting to play out from the back?

Five tactical observations from round one of the A-League

Five tactical insights from a thrilling opening round to the new season. Sides promising to play proactive need more work A major theme of the new A-League season was the number of sides promising to play attractive, attacking football, with coaches at Newcastle, Adelaide and all four teams in Melbourne and Sydney looking to transition … Continue reading Five tactical observations from round one of the A-League

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Central Coast Mariners: Wanderers debut ends in stalemate

Both the Wanderers and the Mariners put an emphasis on denying the opposition space and neither side could find the breakthrough. Tony Popovic chose to keep marquee signing Shinji Ono on the bench, which saw Mark Bridge partner Dino Kresinger up front. Aaron Mooy and Mateo Poljkak manned the midfield zone. Graham Arnold elected to … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Central Coast Mariners: Wanderers debut ends in stalemate

Melbourne Victory 1-2 Melbourne Heart: Heart’s high pressing forces Victory errors

Dylan MacAllister scored the match winner in a pulsating opening to the new A-League season. Ange Postecoglou elected for twenty year old Lawrence Thomas in goals, with Marcos Flores making his Melbourne debut in the false nine position. John Aloisi set his side out in an attacking 4-4-2, with captain Fred behind MacAllister up front. … Continue reading Melbourne Victory 1-2 Melbourne Heart: Heart’s high pressing forces Victory errors

Five observations ahead of an exciting 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 … Continue reading Five observations ahead of an exciting new A-League season