Tag: guardiola

The art of the pass

Steeped in tradition, thought and guile, passing is a by-product in football, once deemed pointless. Now, however, it’s the basis of success

Why Manchester City look unstoppable under Pep Guardiola

AFTER MISSING OUT ON SILVERWARE last season for the first time in his managerial career, Pep Guardiola looks like he is about to put that right in the most stylish way possible.…

The Coaches’ Forum talks to Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is one of the most engrossing writers in the game today, with a focus on merging modern trends in coaching with the tactical progression of the game. He sat down…

Pep Guardiola and the unrelenting game of fools

“JOHN STONES HAS MORE PERSONALITY than all of us here together in this room, more balls than everyone here. I like that. I love him. Under pressure, the people criticise him, so…

Where do you draw the line between progression and success?

After Luis Enrique announced his seemingly inevitable resignation as Barcelona coach, he made a poignant statement: “The reason clearly had to do with the way of life I need to have in this…

Why we mustn’t force managers to change their style

Recently, I was at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and my mind couldn’t help but wander off to football. This moment came when I was inspecting Pablo Picasso’s Las Meninas collection. In…

The Big Analysis: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Hype and English football seem to go hand in hand. Every week we are presented with another mid-table fixture that is promoted as a must-see game by subscription television channels. From time…

The seeds of hope being planted at Manchester City’s academy

When Sheikh Mansour sanctioned the purchase of Manchester City back in September 2008, many neutral supporters believed that the Arabian Deputy Prime Minister would leave the club soon after. That, however, was…

The philosophy of football: a complete perspective

Illustration by Alex Noriega WHEN I LEAVE my flat to go to work later on today, a number of events may occur. That number is, in fact, infinite. Some of these events…