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    Counter-Attacking: Nuno Espirito-Santo (Wolves 18/19)

    During their return to the Premier League last season, Wolves made a habit of preying on clubs much bigger than themselves. Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo guided them to 16 points against the top six, a record bettered only by title winners Manchester City and runners up Liverpool. While Nuno’s team excelled in the championship...
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    Innovative Build-Up: Tim Walter (Holstein Kiel 18/19)

    Currently in charge of German second division team Stuttgart, Tim Walter is one of the most innovative figures in modern football. The 43-year-old spent last season training Holstein Kiel, and his bold approach drew admiration from coaches across the globe. As we will discover in this article, Walter deploys a wide variety of inventive methods...
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    Possession with Purpose: Erik ten Hag (Ajax 2018/19)

    During their incredible 2018/19 campaign, Erik ten Hag’s Ajax represented football at its most intelligent. Despite their entire squad costing less than Cristiano Ronaldo, Ajax managed to overcome the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus on their run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. It wasn’t a typical underdog story, however. They con...
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    Press Master: Marco Rose (RB Salzburg 17/18)

    Following a modest playing career, Marco Rose retired at the age of 33 to pursue coaching. A native of Leipzig, the former defender spent a year at Lokomotiv before moving to Austria to coach Red Bull Salzburg’s U16 side. He quickly progressed through the age groups and began managing the U19’s in 2016, guiding them...
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    Adaptable Build-Up: Quique Setien (Real Betis 17/18)

    When coaching build-up play, it’s important to give players alternative routes of progression. Every coach will have a preferred method of building attacks, but the opponent’s approach to defending will change from game to game, and even within games. It is therefore essential to implement a varied approach that accounts for the differe...

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