Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Following back to back defeats in the Premier League against fellow top 4 contenders in Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte vowed to look for solutions to address his team’s recent form, or lack thereof. As a result, the Italian manager setup his team in a brand new formation 

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As Arsenal fans cry out for new signings at both ends of the field, I posit that a tactical change from Wenger could be just as important as bolstering the squad with additional players.   The current situation At present, Wenger sets his Arsenal side up with a fairly standard 4-2-3-1. The full backs are 

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Tottenham come into the new campaign following their best ever Premier League finish. The disappointment of missing out on the title to Leicester should now have vanished and they should be able to look forward to building on what are some very solid foundations. Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t need to make any radical tweaks to his 

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There are a multitude of reasons to get excited over the coming Premier League seasons. The arrival of the likes of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte; the return of Jose Mourinho, the signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and perhaps Paul Pogba, all signify that we might be in for a real treat. Liverpool face a tough 

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April 4th 2016, the following statement was published on Chelsea FC’s official website: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as First Team Head Coach”. Since then, there has been a fixation by fans, pundits, former players and others, on guessing what formation the Italian coach will play at the Bridge, 

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Even if Jamie Vardy’s move to Arsenal somehow does not materialize, Arsene Wenger is certain to sign a striker, with the likes of Arkadiusz Milik still available. However, having brought down Granit Xhaka for a reported fee of about £35 million, Wenger’s midfield purchase is over, unless he intends to bring in teenage midfielders from 

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This has been one of the most talked about cases in Chelsea’s start to the Premier League season. Who should Jose play at number 10 and the two names that are always brought up are Juan Mata and Oscar. However, Jose has made it as clear as possible that he wants the Brazilian Oscar as 

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Barcelona had always battered teams. That was just how La Liga was. They had the history, the allure, they were a big-city team, they had one of the world’s best footballing academies, and they had the money. They were spurred only by their rivalry with Madrid-based rivals, and when Barcelona’s expensively-acquired superstars had conquered Real’s 

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Another Brazilian midfielder is heading east to ply his trade in the Premier League, and the tactical implications of Paulinho’s North London arrival could be indicative of a stark change in Andre Villas Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur tactics. Villas Boas’ time in England has seen him predominately switch between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3, the former 

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It is easy to forget that Abou Diaby is still under contract at Arsenal. The Paris born midfielder has made just 25 league appearances in the last 3 seasons, troubled by a succession of thigh, calf, ankle and knee injuries, which have always hampered any consistent run of form in the first team. After starting 

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In 1986, Carlos Bilardo of Argentina and Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany came up with a new formation, namely 3-5-2, which was quickly accepted by many experts all around the world. Using the advantages of the system, they led their teams to the final matches of WC 86 and WC 90 respectively. The idea of 

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5th June 2012, Manchester United secured the signing of Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund for an estimated £12 million (rising to £17 million). Upon his signing, football analysts agreed that the Kagawa’s arrival was a signal of a change in approach for Manchester United; Kagawa is a prominent attacking midfielder who 

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Last season Brendan Rodgers was given high praise for the style of play Swansea was playing. A high possession percentages and an aggressive pressing style caught the eye of those across the country and were given the nickname “Swansealona” for their similar “tiki-taka” style to the Catalan giants. However upon further inspection, it could be 

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