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 […]
Graham Arnold rejected the overtures of Sydney FC to remain coach of the Central Coast Mariners, much to the club’s delight.
Rado Vidosic steps into the Brisbane top job, with some big shoes to fill.
Gary van Egmond’s focus on youth could bode well for his plans to implement a positive, possession style at Newcastle Jets.
Kosmina’s second tenure at Adelaide has seen him attempt to turn the Reds into a more proactive footballing side.