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While this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. This mini-series thus focuses on young managers below the age of 45 and their tactical philosophies, deriving what got them here and where they could go.
From then sckuting, Robson is said to have encouraged Villas-Boas to take his coaching badges, orchestrated internships for him at Ipswich Town, and found work for him with the FC Porto youth team, where he climbed the blas.
Villas-Boas left FC Porto for his short British Virgin Islands experience at the turn of the millennium where he managed a senior side that lost on aggregate to Bermudaand returned to retake his position at FC Porto when he left his international post.
He has never really strayed from using a back four, two wingers and a single striker as the main shape of his team. But the midfield three has shifted over time, from one holding midfielder, in his FC Porto and Chelsea days, to two holding midfielders — the double pivot — whilst with Tottenham Hotspur and Zenit.
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There have been very few exceptions. Villas-Boas, like Mourinho, places huge importance on transitions as well — the moment the ball is lost or won by the team.
Another consistent feature of every team Villas-Boas side is the high defensive line. This is the tactical distinction that defines Villas-Boas — and maybe not for vilas right reasons. Scotuing, teams in leagues with little competitive balance, the high defensive line was rarely tested. But at Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League, a league with a higher level of competitive balance, the high defensive line was exposed too often.
This is particularly true if the pressing from the front is lax, as it was with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. After Boaasthis gave way to a more pragmatic approach, predominantly, at Tottenham Hotspur and Zenit. He took the club from bottom of the league to 11 th place, and contested a Portuguese Cup semi-final against FC Porto, where they unfortunately lost.
Villas-Boas transformed villaw team aesthetically that season. The ability of the playing staff at FC Porto in the year Villas-Boas coached them was frankly sickening. This was mainly due to the position of the two wingers — with the left winger a lot more tucked infield than the right.
At their best, the midfield rotated as a three, also creating chaos for opposing defenders and picking up whatever zones they occupied if the ball was lost. The front three generally featured a striker Falcaoa winger who stayed wide and cut inside Hulk — on the rightand a winger who stayed tucked in, letting a midfielder or full-back break into the space out wide Varela — on the left.
boaas Sometimes the two wide players swapped roles. Hulk was the difference when FC Porto found it tough to break down defences, with a focus on finding him with quick, direct balls into space, and Porto always made use of runners from midfield to play alongside Falcao in attack. FC Porto stuck steadfastly to for much of the season.
It was this system, and the momentum from his success with two teams in Portugal, that Villas-Boas brought to Chelsea. Two articles were published online in December demonstrating the struggle the Portuguese manager had changing the philosophy of the Chelsea team, in the Independentand on zonalmarking.
André Villas Boas Scouting Report
Villas Boas had suffered a shocking defeat to Arsenal at home at the boqs of Octoberwhich endedand the club had struggled to get through the group stages of the Champions League. Villas-Boas admits that he has adapted some aspects of his game, particularly in midfield. Transitions here are much more direct, making the importance of the No 6 to stay in position most decisive.
Villas-Boas had changed his tactical focus to start the second era of his tactical compulsions. Villas-Boas also occasionally introduced a second holding midfielder. Villas-Boas also made some decisions around the club villxs seemed unpopular. At Tottenham, Villas-Boas changed to the double pivot, thefrom day one. The high defensive line remained. It appeared though, that Villas-Boas still did not encourage any pressing from the front. Whilst Villas-Boas had grown more savvy with his shape, Colin Trainor used Opta Statistics and on his website statsbomb.
His first season was the best domestic campaign Tottenham have ever had in the Premier League. They got their highest points return ever, Villas-Boas won manager of the month twice in December and Februaryand Villas-Boas still has the 3 rd highest win percentage of any Tottenham manager.
He made astute tactical changes, such as a switch from to in a win at White Hart Lane against Manchester City, and clever substitutions to earn a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
They beat Arsenal with a high defensive line at home, and beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, playing great defensive football. Villas-Boas vills to have come of age. Villas-Boas used the a lot at Spurs. Eventually though, in his second season, Villas-Boas was dismissed again after a thrashing at the hands of Liverpool. Tim Sherwood took over from Villas-Boas, but did no better, suffering just as many thrashings himself blas Manchester City and Liverpool again.
Petersburg were next for Villas-Boas, commenting he did not want to expose himself to the pressure of the English league any longer. Porto remained unbeaten for the entire domestic campaign and finished 21 points above their perennial rivals.
It was also the first sign that it would be very difficult to stop Hulk too, who enjoyed his best season under Villas-Boas. Fernando Belluschi too, was outstanding on the night.
Tactical Philosophy: Andre Villas-Boas • Outside of the Boot
The game encapsulated everything that FC Porto did well that year. The game also relied heavily on some inept defending at left-back from David Luiz, and each goal Porto scored came from the right hand side. This match was very odd, and it lives long in the memory.
As Michael Cox, of zonalmarking. For the [previous] two or three seasons, the storyline was predictable: Arsenal dominated possession and Chelsea sat back, then played on the break and often won. Here, the roles were reversed. Chelsea had the majority of the ball, Arsenal were more direct.
Hulk was said to be very happy to find out that he would be reunite with Villas-Boas at Zenit, and the cries of discontent in Russia from the Brazilian have died down since he arrived.
Jack Coles likes watching any game of football, but with a particular fondness for the Serie ‘A’ and Pep Guardiola.
He is also interested in the zcouting analysis side of the sport, and how data is used in the game to study opponents, buy players and review performance. An aspiring coach, Jack also works in youth football. Up Next Tactical Philosophy: Don’t Miss Tactical Philosophy: Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea: Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Guardiola extends winning run to More on Outside of the Boot.