Van Gaal’s Gamble

Given the title of “the most interesting club in football at the moment” by a colleague at TitanBet, Manchester United are creating headlines once again.

Now that the dust has settled on one of the most frantic transfer deadline days in Premier League history, we can step back and take a breather, giving us the chance to analyse what may be in store for the 13-time Premier League champions.

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How The Analysis of Chess Highlights Key Concepts Within Football – Part Two

Following on from part one, which can be found here, I will continue to look at the key footballing concepts that became apparent to me whilst I was reading Adam Wells’ Football and Chess. In part one I have already looked at Connectivity, The Battle for the Midfield, Mobility, Space and Overloading and Stretching.
Let’s kick off (pardon the pun) part two with a look at Defence.

DEFENCE
From reading the book I really got a sense that defending was less about talent and individual skill, and more about system and organisation. Though this seems to down-play the abilities of defensive players, it is quite clear that defensive minded players do not require tremendous amounts of skill and ability.

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