1. Santi Cazorla Let Down by Arsene Wenger's Use of 4-2-3-1 at Arsenal

    With his chipmunk grin, self-deprecating jokes about his lack of height and little scurrying legs, Santi Cazorla has become the player it’s impossible not to like...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 days ago 7,451 reads 18 comments

  2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain Are Dragging Each Other Down

    This has been a miserable season at Paris Saint-Germain and, in particular, for their storied forward line...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 10 days ago 10,390 reads 30 comments

  3. Louis van Gaal, Manchester United and the English Fear of the Long Ball

    There’s something slightly strange about the ongoing to and fro over whether Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are a long-ball team or not, and that is the notion that different ways of playing somehow have a moral value...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 17 days ago 12,528 reads 34 comments

  4. Adaptability Makes Jordan Henderson Lead Contender for Steven Gerrard's Crown

    It’s remarkable to think now what scepticism there was about Jordan Henderson when he first signed for Liverpool ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 24 days ago 5,020 reads 16 comments

  5. Yaya Toure Absence Leaves Manchester City with Gaping 'Whole' to Fill

    At first sight, the statistic seems damning: Manchester City haven’t won a league game without Yaya Toure since April, when they beat West Bromwich Albion. In reality, it’s not quite as bad as all that...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 3,946 reads 5 comments

  6. Raheem Sterling Reaping Rewards of Brendan Rodgers' Role Revision at Liverpool

    It’s not been a backlash exactly, but it’s fair to say that after last season’s golden introduction, there have been some doubts about Raheem Sterling this campaign...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 7,938 reads 10 comments

  7. Jermain Defoe Signing Only Part of Solution for Goal-Shy Sunderland

    Good results at the end of a season can cover a multitude of problems. Sunderland ’s absurd escape in May when, having been decidedly mediocre for months, they suddenly won ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 2,896 reads 2 comments

  8. Versatility Makes James Milner Ideal Transfer to Cover Steven Gerrard's Exit

    About James Milner, there is one thing just about everybody seems to agree upon: He is not rated correctly...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 16,108 reads 47 comments

  9. 5 Potential Chelsea Weaknesses Premier League Rivals Can Try to Exploit

    Chelsea end the year three points clear at the top of the Premier League, on course for the second-highest points total in history...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 19,897 reads 48 comments

  10. Brendan Rodgers Finding a Reversal of Fortune in 3-4-2-1 Formation for Liverpool

    There was a certain peevishness to Brendan Rodgers’ tone in the build-up to Liverpool’s game against Arsenal last Sunday...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 14,425 reads 31 comments

  11. Perfecting Process Will Turn Manchester United from Fortunate to Formidable

    Louis van Gaal often seems to radiate irritation. Usually, there’s very little obvious reason for it. It’s as though there are times when he is furious at the universe for not conforming to his will...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 37,162 reads 67 comments

  12. Losing Air of Invincibility Is No Concern for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

    For so long remorseless to the point of seeming invincibility, Chelsea  have shown a surprising fallibility over the past fortnight...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 15,072 reads 19 comments

  13. Lee Cattermole Makes Transition from Red-Card Regular to Mr. Reliability

    Football is not always about beauty. It’s not just about attacking, brilliant dribbling or gorgeous sweeping moves...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 7,005 reads 3 comments

  14. Financial Imbalance Leaves European Elite Tactically Spent in High-Profile Games

    Football is a game of balance—a game in which it’s vital to know both how to attack and how to defend. Perhaps its greatest beauty is that a weaker side can prevail by defending better than a stronger side attacks...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 9,994 reads 23 comments

  15. Pep Guardiola Is the Tactical King in 3-Dimensional Chess Game for Bayern Munich

    Football wasn’t always like this. In fact, it isn’t usually like this. What’s happening at Bayern Munich at the moment is brilliant and perhaps unique: a revolution being played out on global television screens every week...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 27,717 reads 146 comments

  16. Chelsea's Superiority Is Already Clear, but There Is Still Room for Improvement

    Last Sunday, after watching his side lose 2-1 at Swansea City , Arsene Wenger effectively conceded the title to Chelsea ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 15,452 reads 43 comments

  17. Real Madrid Display Hints Liverpool's Problem Is the System, Not Its Individuals

    On Tuesday , Brendan Rodgers left out a number of his regular starters for Liverpool ’s Champions League away game against Real Madrid ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 13,971 reads 12 comments

  18. Barcelona Focus on Celebrity Signings Betrays Team-Ethic Approach at Camp Nou

    Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are three of the best forwards in the world. Nobody can seriously doubt that. All three are mobile and technically gifted, all score goals and all can pull wide and drop deep...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 23,906 reads 74 comments

  19. Arsenal Undone by Lack of Coherence in Arsene Wenger's 'Pantomime Horse'

    Arsene Wenger has never made any secret of the fact his model for how football should ideally be played is the Total Football of Ajax in the early 1970s...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 7,704 reads 25 comments

  20. Joachim Low Facing Familiar Flaws as Germany Struggle to Replace World Cup Stars

    Other countries would be panicking by now, but not Germany — which is, of course, one of their great strengths...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 6,758 reads 25 comments

  21. 5 Tactical Features of the Premier League Season so Far

    The international weekend gives everyone a chance to look back and take stock of the Premier League season so far. Tactics writers are no different, and there have been a number of notable features since the middle of August to consider...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 22,138 reads 31 comments

  22. Manchester United Must Cherish the Versatile Attributes of Wayne Rooney

    “There’ll be times,” Wayne Rooney said in an interview with Jonathan Northcroft in the Sunday Times (£) last week, “I’ll be needed to play deeper or wider, which I’ve no problem doing...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 3,531 reads 0 comments

  23. Football Writers' Week: Jonathan Wilson on How Tactical Analysis Went Mainstream

    It's 'Football Writers' Week' at Bleacher Report, and Day 4 brings insight from revered tactics writer and B/R contributor Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 11,273 reads 17 comments

  24. Diamonds Aren't Forever, but Van Gaal and Rodgers Know How to Make Them Shine

    The 3-5-2 is dead. Long live the diamond! Hurrah! There’s been a huge amount of excitement since Louis van Gaal won his first game as Manchester United manager, beating QPR ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 17,226 reads 86 comments

  25. Danny Welbeck Can Prosper at Arsenal but Manchester United Sale Still Made Sense

    Speaking on talkSPORT this week, Gary Neville, the widely respected television pundit, England assistant coach and former Manchester United player, admitted he was doubtful about ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 20,165 reads 34 comments