How England can win the Euros – Tactical Analysis
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by Charlie Ellis
3w ago
Having lost 3 in 4 warmup fixtures, England are in poor form. But where are they struggling to succeed and what could limit them in the upcoming European Championships? Charlie Ellis analyzes England's chances at Euro 2024 ..read more
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Why Jesse Marsch is perfect for the Canadian Men’s National Team
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by Rhys Desmond
2M ago
The American coach made his name across an incredibly successful spell at RB Salzburg between 2019-2021, but hasn't been able to hold down the fort since. His brief stints at RB Leipzig and Leeds United showed signs of promise, but also many moments of doubt. So with Marsch being out of a top-tier job for over a year, it comes as a surprise that he would suddenly take over the Canadian Men's National Team. However, Marsch's management style and tactical preferences perfectly fit the current need within the Canadian set-up ..read more
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Pep Guardiola – Manchester City – Tactical Analysis (2023-24)
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by Rhys Desmond
3M ago
This might finally be the year. It might finally be the year that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City don't win the Premier League. Despite that, they've still been the most tactically complex team in the league, carrying on from much of the tactics that brought them a treble-winning triumph last season. Here is what Pep Guardiola has imposed in 2023-24, continuing to make City one of the most dominant forces in the world ..read more
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Game of Numbers #38 – Alejandro Garnacho’s intensity & awareness
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by Rhys Desmond
3M ago
It's amazing to think that Alejandro Garnacho is only 19 years of age. Sometimes, you can see the rawness in his game. The facets that still need to be carefully developed. But as he ages, let's hope he never loses his tenacity. His hunger for more. His appetite to win at all costs, even when no one else is pulling their weight. He might not have the soaring high stats to back this up, but I truly believe Alejandro Garnacho is one of the players of this season in the Premier League. That's promising for United, who so desperately need something to cling onto for the future. Here is Game of Num ..read more
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The EFL Championship’s most invigorating title race in years
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by TMS Staff
3M ago
For the longest time, Leicester City looked favourites for the EFL Championship title. Few competitions in the world of football can match the Championship for drama, but this 2023-24 campaign has now taken on a new level of excitement ahead of Easter Monday's round of fixtures. Four teams remain in the hunt for the title as the season comes to a close, with only two spots available for automatic promotion. The question of who will claim those spots looms large as we now enter the finale to the campaign ..read more
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The possible replacements for Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United
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by TMS Staff
3M ago
Come the end of the season, it may be time for United to make another change at the helm. Gareth Southgate, anyone? That could be interesting. But the England manager has maintained a clear focus on bringing England home some silverware. With that, here are some alternative picks for the job if Ten Hag is ultimately let go come the end of the season ..read more
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How I created a football tactics empire
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by Rhys Desmond
3M ago
In 2016, I started TheMastermindSite.com as a passion project, writing about whatever interested me at the time. Five hundred articles and five years of coaching experience later, I had created one of the biggest platforms in the tactics/analysis space, certainly by a sole proprietor. Now going on 1,200 articles, I deep-dive into how I created one of the most popular platforms in the football tactics, analysis and coaching space ..read more
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Coaching Newsletter #7 – The case for conserving energy – a lesson from Lionel Messi
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by Rhys Desmond
4M ago
Next time you get the urge to act without thinking, and you have time to think things through, stay patient. Take in as much information as you can. Walk. Observe. Then make every moment count once you have all the information. Save your energy for what is truly important. You'll enjoy a longer-lasting career that way, and live a more meaningful life ..read more
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Coaching Newsletter #6 – Why I quit sports before the age of thirteen
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by Rhys Desmond
4M ago
I quit hockey and basketball before the age of 13. 70% of children in North America do the same. Yet still, coaches, "leaders", and even parents make the same mistakes over and over. They create an environment that de-emphasizes fun and fulfillment. They emphasize all the wrong things instead ..read more
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Chaos vs. Control: A Collision of Principles
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by Charlie Ellis
4M ago
Some like to approach games in a disciplined structure, intentionally and meticulously dictating games to their own tempo. Others opt for a more emotionally-charged philosophy, reliant on the belief, energy and willpower of their trusted eleven on the field ..read more
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