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GRAHAM POTTER

Graham Potter – Brighton & Hove Albion – Tactical Analysis

From January 2021:

Potter’s managerial style sheds light on a lot of Brighton’s strengths and weaknesses this season. Known to play an unconventional and progressive style of football, Potter is always asking more from his team. The underlying, most fundamental facet of his philosophy is adaptability. When he was at Swansea, Potter played ten different formations and the team ended up playing the most passes per 90 minutes in the Championship.

Something similar can be seen with Brighton too. Unlike other lower half teams, they believe in keeping the ball and trying to create fluidly from back to front. It’s pretty evident that the players have had intense training with regards to staying composed on the ball and looking for more forward passes as and when they have the chance to. Potter’s side have shown glimpses of this in a few games this season, namely ones against Manchester City and Leeds United. Although it has yet to excel, the signs seem to be convincingly positive.

As an adaptive coach, Potter likes to set up his team so as to match the opposition. Seemingly, in their last three league matches, Brighton have played a 3-4-1-2, a 4-1-2-1-2 and a 3-4-3 formation respectively.

Having said that, Brighton usually tend to use a flexible 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, with their wing-backs playing a crucial role in both attack and defense. Out of possession, they defend in a 5-2-3, with the wing-backs dropping alongside the central defenders to provide defensive cover. If the back five stay disciplined and in position, it becomes almost impossible for the opposition to penetrate them. 

The reason why Brighton still end up conceding can be traced down to momentary lapses of concentration at the back. If their wing-backs get caught high up, it exposes the centre backs because the opposition can create chances in the time the wing-backs take to recover. This season, they have also been unfortunate at times with injuries to the likes of captain Lewis Dunk and Tariq Lamptey. Their absences have impacted them adversely, leading to a concession of more goals.

NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11699/12128971/nuno-espirito-santos-wolves-tactics-explained-in-exclusive-sky-sports-interview

NB This excerpt is from a few years back

Espírito Santo is among a select group of managers who can effectively adapt their style depending on the opponent. It’s exactly why the top dogs find them difficult to take on. Remember, they bundled Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

Nuno’s system worked wonders in the Championship last season – they seemed a step too good for that League all year… It has continued to carry Wolves through the top tier.

The 45-year-old tactician favours the 3-5-2 formation. It gives Wolves solidity at the back with three centre-halves vigilantly guarding the backdoor and two wingbacks shuttling down the flanks. In midfield, Wolves are thick as thieves, marshalled by the intelligent Moutinho, who by the way is a stellar signing, alongside fellow Portuguese Ruben Neves. Not the point here, but who else notices the increasing number of Portuguese nationals in that Wolves team?

Nuno has somehow managed to build a strong partnership between his top two strikers – Diogo Jota and Jimenez have produced a combined 18 League goals this term. They’ve helped each other to the Wanderers last three League goals. 

ERIK TEN HAG

Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag predominantly uses a 4-2-3-1 formation, having used this in 84.5% of games over the last two seasons, however, a 4-3-3 has also been used on occasion.

With an overall win percentage of 73.27% and an overall goal difference of +192 from 101games as Ajax manager. It is fair to say ten Hag’s philosophy has created an Ajax side that are a successful attacking outfit. 

Ajax build up patiently from the back with both centre-backs and a pivot creating a triangle, and engaging in a variety of interchanges between them as well as rotating positionally to build play and help break the initial press. This back three encourage the opposition to push forward and engage, opening up spaces in more attacking areas for them to play into. It is often the case in the Eredivisie where Ajax face sides operating defensively in a low block, so ten Hag looks to bring this forward. They are used to having large periods of possession in the Eredivisie, and have averaged 64.3% of possession in domestic games so far this season – a league-high, as well as making 582 passes per game.

ROBERTO MARTINEZ

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2335997-roberto-martinez-must-change-his-tactics-to-save-evertons-season

Both Lukaku and De Bruyne have criticized the tactical shape Belgium has taken in the past. After drawing against Mexico in 2017, De Bruyne decided to speak out publicly:

“Mexico were tactically better,” De Bruyne said. “As long as there is no good tactical system we face difficulties. It’s a pity we have not yet found a solution. We are playing a very defensive system, but our team is filled with many attacking players.”

Lukaku has also said he would prefer a more direct style of football as well. Martinez has explained his system saying they like to be fluid from a 5-3-2 to a 3-4-3 system as it “helps the front players have with Kevin, Hazard, and Lukaku.”

Martinez is known for his possession style of play with a mind for attack, citing inspiration from Johan Cruyff. His time at both Wigan and Swansea was hyper-focused on ball retention, at times bordering on conservative. Martinez has gone full seasons never dipping below 50% ball retention. Harry Winks would be thrilled.

So, Oeufers, who is your preferred candidate for our real world situation (Levy, Paratici, current squad, lack of funds etc etc)…and why?

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

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ronwol196061
ronwol196061
2 months ago

Not sure who they hate more,Levy or VAR.
At least you can see with VAR a facsimile of what happened

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Did daddy build them that lair to keep them happy and away from the adults?

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I don’t listen to them much but normally find them reasonably well balanced, for football fans. That just made them sound like self entitled twats who didn’t get the Christmas present the daddy had promised them. Maybe I’m being harsh and a longer listen might have shown them in a better light. I’m hoping that’s the case.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

The rumour mill trundles on to Stevie ‘slippy’ G.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and Daniel Levy has created one.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Long standing Spurs fan and club author Norman Giller lobbed this into the fray on his twitter account last night!

‘Any gamblers out there might fancy backing Nuno Espirito Santo to be the next Brighton manager :-)’

😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮
Is this a big hint, and how well connected is he these days?

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Did he not mention his hatred for Levy? It’s widespread.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Isn’t that the default these days?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

Holy Moly.

I have never seen these boys wound up like this.

https://youtu.be/LSFkNzA-Hkw

This Levy hatred is widespread. Wound into the fabric of the fanbase, and carried by media of both the mainstream and social varieties.

If the manager position was viewed as a poisoned chalice before, it is nearly a grenade now.

I seriously think Levy will have to step down before this is all said and done.

61 Spurs Njut🌰
61 Spurs Njut🌰
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I gave up on this after 9 minutes. 2.5 minutes of blank intro; “vast minority”; “spitting toys out the pram”; and it’s “mid-April, May, June … three months … THREE MONTHS…” since Mourinho left!
SMFH

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Typical juveniles who’ve never been through the Christian Gross or the badger years.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yep and they swear a lot to show how serious and comitted they are .Imagine these 2 the season we got relegated.They should do a video with their dad the t shirt seller

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

They come over like a 13 year old and his 15 year old big bro putting the world to rights.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago

Small Minded Foolish Halfwits?

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Shaking My F Head

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 months ago

I lasted 10 seconds. It’s like the fucking worlds ended…

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Their self aggrandising title puts me off. No lads, you are NOT Tottenham, you’re a couple of children who come across as typical millenials.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

In more decades past than I care to recall, trudging home after yet another disappointing match gives you at least some experience to aid with perspective.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Wow — I thought these two had a pretty solid reputation and representation among Spurs fans.

The boomer generation is getting on in age, still as resistant to change as ever.

foeorfreund
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2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I’m extremely post boomer thank you very much!!!

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

LoL – Likewise – I’m an early X’er. Fit it in some ways, others not so much.

I think this millennial generation might be much louder and more driving than what many are ready or willing to give them credit for.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
2 months ago

No chance to see the Euros today but just watched the Brazilians and Colombians.
Good game. Phenomenal goal by Diaz from a Wuadrado cross) and a bit edgy at the end.
Excellent.
I like Barrios the Columbian DM
Sanchez did ok but could have been fault for the winner

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

One tune for yas , I know fofs is a fan of these. Got into these at 14 eh Seattle , a grunge band from his part of town , was my faves for a while , check out the wall jump in the instrumental.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

Hm. England hosts the Deutschers.

Their chances depend on Southgate’s choices.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Grealish will run riot against these boys , will be the making of him .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Sterling , foden, grealish and Kane city boys 😮

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

They’re taking over.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The 2 behind , rice and Phillips are cool, id go with tripps at LB and I prefer Mings to slab head in the middle. Good to go.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Rice could be replaced with Henderson but as SSG says, still 3 clean sheets so no need to change unless something else. the 2 we play (chauvs) aren’t defensive , normally phi!lips is but he has been given license to penetrate . He did very well with this against croatia. rice sits. I think the Czechs sat back happy to get an easier draw which made us look shit 2nd half.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Agree with Mings over Maguire.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Been needs to dye his hair blonde (gazza , foden) oh he has and wear a headband , oh he does (as all great warriors do) come on Southeys Engerland !✊💥 oh I found a bird chauveys I like , I thought it was andulusian but I believe it comes from Israel , even better

Hoopoe3.jpg
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Grealish needs to ….and wear a headband

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

She cool int she , has all the attributes 😀

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Lovely bird. How wonderful to see that hopping about in the garden!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Hoopoe springs eternal.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Yes, Grealish and Saka need to get the starts over Mount. I also think it needs to be Henderson over Rice.

Honestly, if Southgate feels like he has to go with a 4231, he is better off going with Grealish, Kane, and Saka right behind Calvert-Lewin. Kane and Sterling cannot play in the same team. Those 2 have no chemistry whatsoever.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

No he will pick someone who will run a round tackling all match like a man possed and it will go to penalties and we ve all seen that film before

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

Spurs and England are rather good at penalties now, we’ve been practising .

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

yeah baby, showes this to me son a t bedtime , he’s up late tonight after the footy, he loves these .

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

👍

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

Cheers 👍

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
2 months ago

The match is a 5 pm kick off on Tuesday glad I ve retired . I expect a lot of illness up and down the country Tuesday morning..

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

Get past Germany and England gets the winner of Sweden v Ukraine. Could be worse.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

You lost me at ‘get past Germany’.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

This ain’t vintage Germany.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

Yeah, but it’s still vintage England.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

Will Southgate earn himself a second Pizza advert from the upcoming game with ze Gemans??

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

He’s already got his 5-5-0 formation ready.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

So who’ve England got?

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Germany.

I’ve seen this movie before. I know how it ends.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

Germans celebrating getting through to the next stage.
Very odd indeed.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

That’s because they are through to the QFs

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

They were on their way out , quite a scare for ze germans, we will finish em off.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I wanna see Gareth swinging his waistcoat round his ‘ead.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

He was brave enough to go for the penalty when ‘the guvnor’ incur bottled it. I think that’s the right thing to do of you don’t fancy it, brave even , but Gareth deserves this one .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Incey

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Now why the F isn’t that a pen?

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Sissoko!!

Now win it Moussa.