The Champions League knockouts: A deep dive
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
5d ago
In this episode, The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to give an overview of the runners and riders as the Champions League enters the last 16. Will anyone be able to stop Manchester City from retaining their crown? Should Bayern Munich be amongst the favourites considering their recent blunders in the Bundesliga? And is a dark horse going to ride to glory in this year’s competition? Produced by Steve Hankey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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How To Beat Elite Teams
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by The Athletic
1w ago
In this episode, The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to discuss how to take on the elite teams. Should teams adapt their style against the big boys to try and get a result, or try to play the way they want to regardless of opposition? Who has been most effective against the elite teams in the Premier League this season? And what about when elite teams play each other? Produced by Steve Hankey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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The evolution of Klopp's Liverpool tactics
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
2w ago
In this episode, The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to discuss the tactical differences between the two eras of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool tenure. We’re broadly speaking splitting Klopp’s teams into the 2019 - 21 side as “Liverpool 1.0” and looking at this current iteration as “Liverpool 2.0” What were peak Klopp Liverpool tactically? What has and hasn’t changed in the transition to this new team? And what kind of a squad is he leaving for whoever Liverpool’s new manager is? Produced by Steve Hankey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a ..read more
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Premier League Stat Attack
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
3w ago
In this episode, the Tactics Pod team launch a load of stats into your ears, so strap in. The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Thom Harris and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to sift through forty five minutes of figures, including… Who is the fouliest footballer in the Premier League so far this season? Which side loves turning the opposition around at the coin toss? What is the biggest (statistical) problem with Manchester United this season? And seventeen more. Produced by Adonis Pratsides and Steve Hankey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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Has modern football left Mourinho behind?
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
1M ago
The Athletic's Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join host Ali Maxwell, to reflect on Jose Mourinho's fall from grace - 20 years on from winning the Champions League with Porto. Has modern club football left Mourinho behind. Do a younger generation of footballers tire of his methods too quickly and has he ever been a 'defensive' coach? Plus, why he is perfectly suited to international management now. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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Does Arsenal's 'dream striker' really exist?
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
1M ago
Since Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup, the prevailing 'narrative' has been their desperate need to sign a more clinical goalscorer in the January transfer window... But does a number 9 who could fulfil all the requirements of an Arsenal striker even exist? Host Ali Maxwell is joined by The Athletic's Michael Cox, Mark Carey & Liam Tharme - for their first podcast of 2024 - to explore the 'unrealistic' expectations on the modern-day Premier League forward. How would an iconic frontman like Didier Drogba be judged today, is it more sustainable to have a strong finisher or to keep creat ..read more
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The tactical trends of 2023
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
2M ago
In this episode, we discuss the tactical trends of 2023. The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to explore… First up, full backs and defenders moving into midfield. Inversions, actions and equal & opposite reactions are all covered here. Did the back three become an endangered species in 2023 and will wingbacks go the way of the Dodo in 2024? What were the big statistical trends this year? More goals, fewer red cards and the comeback of… the comeback. The 2023 “Calendar Year” table finds Chelsea and Aston Villa in unexpected places. And Michael reflects on ..read more
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Is Bernardo Silva the best player in the Premier League?
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
2M ago
In this episode, we discuss Michael Cox’s argument that Bernardo Silva is the best player in the Premier League. The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Liam Tharme join Ali Maxwell to explore… First up, there’s a discussion and reflection on the managerial career of Terry Venables.  The former England and Barcelona manager passed away this week at the age of 80 after a long illness. Then, on to Bernardo Silva. How rare is his level and type of versatility? Does his ability as an elite all rounder mean he’s better than some elite players with narrower skill sets, like Haaland or ..read more
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Ten Hag, Wiegman & Dutch tactical identity
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
3M ago
Both Manchester United and England's Lionesses face a crucial fortnight ahead under their respective Dutch coaches Erik ten Hag and Sarina Wiegman. To compare and contrast their styles Ali Maxwell is joined by The Athletic's Michael Cox, Liam Tharme and Charlotte Harpur to discuss their similar coaching identities and explore how much that is tied to their nation's football identity. The panel analyse their on-pitch tactical focus, with influences from Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal as well as their off-pitch handling of the media and personnel with their respective squads. Produced by Guy Cl ..read more
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Surprise League Leaders
Zonal Marking | A show about football tactics
by The Athletic
3M ago
A collection of Europe’s major leagues have had surprise league leaders topping the tables this season. The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Thom Harris join Ali Maxwell to explore… Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen. What do they do in and out of possession, how have their new signings settled in and can they sustain it to beat Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga? We also talk about an even bigger surprise in La Liga. At time of recording Girona top La Liga by two points ahead of Real Madrid with former Rayo Vallecano coach Michel performing a minor miracle for the Catalan minnows. There’s ..read more
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