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The Athletic’s Michael Cox & Ali Maxwell break down the tactical & technical details of football past & present, focusing on a single subject each episode with the help of expert guests.

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    • 4.4 • 101 Ratings

The Athletic’s Michael Cox & Ali Maxwell break down the tactical & technical details of football past & present, focusing on a single subject each episode with the help of expert guests.

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    Every Premier League squad profiled

    Every Premier League squad profiled

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to profile every Premier League squad by average age, depth of quality and numerous other quirks along the way.
    Who is well-stocked across the pitch? Who are the unsung players who could have good seasons? Who could yet dip into the market for a bit more depth? All this and more answered in this week's ZM pod. 
    Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Michael Cox and Tom Worville's unrivalled tactical & technical analysis including the piece this pod was based on: 
    https://theathletic.com/2059611/2020/09/12/leeds-are-youngest-burnley-the-oldest-every-premier-league-squads-age-profile/
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    • 52 min
    Explained: Why left-footed centre-backs are so in demand

    Explained: Why left-footed centre-backs are so in demand

    Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for just £1 a month
    You can enjoy all of Michael's great tactical analysis, including a recent article on how Bielsa's Leeds approached their first game back in the Premier League and another looking at why Chelsea repeatedly went route-one against Brighton
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    • 34 min
    Breaking down the Champions League final - PSG's pressing & Bayern's switching of possession

    Breaking down the Champions League final - PSG's pressing & Bayern's switching of possession

    Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for FREE. 
    You can enjoy all of Michael's great tactical analysis, including a recent article on how Pep's decision to field a 'Mourinho Team', saw City crash out of the Champions League to Lyon.
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    • 30 min
    Champions League Special

    Champions League Special

    Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for FREE. 
    You can enjoy all of Michael's great tactical analysis, including a recent article on how Pep's decision to field a 'Mourinho Team', saw City crash out of the Champions League to Lyon.
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    • 36 min
    Lionel Messi - how many things is he the best in the world at?

    Lionel Messi - how many things is he the best in the world at?

    Sign up to The Athletic now for access to Michael Cox's tactical musings and Tom Worville's statistical masterpieces - including recent pieces breaking down the tactics that lead Arteta's Arsenal to triumph over Chelsea in the FA Cup final and why ball retention actually does matter a lot more than you may think
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    • 45 min
    The Big Champions League & Europa League Preview

    The Big Champions League & Europa League Preview

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein, James Horncastle and Dermot Corrigan join Ali Maxwell for a comprehensive look ahead to the return of the Champions League - looking at every single game on the schedule and all the potential storylines that could emerge from this truncated single-leg knockout format. It promises to be a furious festival of elite football and we've got every angle covered.
    We also dive into the Europa League with teams like Manchester United, Wolves, Inter, https://dashboard.simplecast.com/shows/ba079c3d-1cf0-42ea-9801-64f6137198c0/episodes/theathletic.com/steilcastpodRoma, Sevilla, Getafe and Leverkusen all still in the mix there is plenty to look forward to in that competition too.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Adzy1234 ,

Wonderful insight

The Mourinho at Inter, Norwich and Zidane episodes have been particularly amazing.

PBird90 ,

Is there anything else which can even compete?

I don’t think so. I’m not too into transfers and stuff so this pod is more up my street , forensic analysis of the intricacies of the game. You’ll learn a lot

RiccardoMantio ,

Gem

A new podcast that looks at the different strategies , designs and tactical nuances of our beautiful game . For the purist and enjoyable throughout . Cox gives the Pod that touch of class .

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