Euro 2024 Tactics: England’s substitutions are game changers and savers
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
1w ago
England have reached the final of Euro 2024, and did so in spectacular fashion, with Ollie Watkins’ brilliant finish sending England past the Netherlands by 1-2 in the dying embers of stoppage time. In the final, England will come up against Spain, though their campaign has been anything but smooth sailing. Whereas Spain have been ..read more
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EURO 2024 Tactics: Spain knock out Germany in test between the two best sides of Euro 2024
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
2w ago
Finally, the two best sides of Euro 2024 faced each other, albeit too early. Spain and Germany provided us with a quarter-final which had the makings of a final. What started off as an admittedly cagey, yet good tactical match-up, highlighting teams strengths and weaknesses, culminated in a dramatic end.  Spain’s 4-2-3-1 shape, and system ..read more
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EURO 2024 Tactics: Some teams have used space better than others
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
2w ago
In football, including the international stage, how a team uses the space afforded to them is important. In some games, a team will have less space, and less opportunities to use it, so when they do, it can help direct the course of a game in their favour. It can be concerning, and even damning ..read more
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EURO 2024 Tactics: Deep-lying midfielders
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
3w ago
Euro 2024 has continued with dominant displays from tournament favourites, but also the first 0-0 score line, and some sides regaining momentum after disappointment in the first round of matches. It also remains a tactically polarising tournament, with some sides systems applauded, and conundrums over others. The Conventional Playmaker is happy to be covering the ..read more
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EURO 2024 Tactics: Varying takes on wing-play
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
1M ago
Euro 2024 has the makings of a fantastic tournament. The first round of matches saw great goals, valiant displays from underdogs, and interesting things from a tactical perspective. The Conventional Playmaker is happy to be covering the Euros for the third tournament running, and will be looking at those interesting tactical themes. And for Matchday ..read more
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Champions League Final 2024: Dortmund threaten, but Real Madrid conquer Europe once again
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
1M ago
Sunday night’s 0-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund was Real Madrid’s 15th Champions league final victory. It was their sixth in 10 years. Real, having already dominated La Liga, winning their 36th title by a 10-point gap, are once again the undisputed kings of Europe, and boast one of the best sides of the modern era ..read more
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Inter 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Inter outwit Atletico’s press in clash of 3-5-2 systems
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
5M ago
The Conventional Playmaker previously covered Inter’s transfer activity and tactics It was a highly anticipated contest of 3-5-2 systems, fought between Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid. Ironically, the match remaining goalless until the 79th minute did not deflate the spectacle, though Mario Arnautovic’s deflected winner ultimately gave Inter a deserved advantage going into the Champions ..read more
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Inter Milan are the masters of recruiting replacements, and free transfers
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
5M ago
Inter Milan are one of, if not the most functional club in European football, both on and off the pitch. Since Simone Inzaghi took over from Antonio Conte as Inter’s head coach in 2021, Inter continue to be a well-drilled side, maximising the qualities of players in their designated roles, whilst also having completed a ..read more
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Weekly Tactical: Could Wolves play Matheus Cunha in midfield?
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
8M ago
Matheus Cunha provided the assist for Hwang Hee-Chan’s eighth goal of the season, and the only goal in a 1-0 win for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Burnley, which saw the home side move to 12th in the table, 11 points ahead of Burnley. Although Burnley tried imposing themselves at the other end of the pitch in ..read more
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Antoine Griezmann is in the best form of his career
The Conventional Playmaker
by Ryan Quinn
9M ago
Antoine Griezmann has slalomed into the 2023-24 season in great form, picking up where he left off last season. You could even say for the past year or so, he has been in the best form of his career. Since returning to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona, Griezmann has shown goal scoring prowess, versatility, and tactical ..read more
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