101 episodes

Michael Cox is The Athletic's football tactics writer, Tom Worville is The Athletic's football analytics writer, and along with host Ali Maxwell they break down the tactical and technical details of football each week - looking at trends, systems, players, managers and all manner of statistics in order to give you a deeper look at the matches and moments that define football.

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Michael Cox is The Athletic's football tactics writer, Tom Worville is The Athletic's football analytics writer, and along with host Ali Maxwell they break down the tactical and technical details of football each week - looking at trends, systems, players, managers and all manner of statistics in order to give you a deeper look at the matches and moments that define football.

    Neymar, Robben, Lewandowski & Benzema: Out of Messi & Ronaldo's Shadow

    Neymar, Robben, Lewandowski & Benzema: Out of Messi & Ronaldo's Shadow

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join host Ali Maxwell to assess how the careers of Neymar, Arjen Robben, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski might be viewed if they didn't simply exist in an era dominated by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi...
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    How To Build A Premier League-Winning Team

    How To Build A Premier League-Winning Team

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join host Ali Maxwell, for a fascinating exercise in hypothetical Premier League squad-building... 
    From unbalanced centre-back partnerships to midfield weakness, asymmetrical quality on the flanks and whether the goalkeeper or the main striker is the most important? Under strict parameters, our trio attempt to build one squad capable of lifting the Premier League title AND one of avoiding relegation.
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    • 43 min
    Rebuilding Newcastle & Improving the laws of the game

    Rebuilding Newcastle & Improving the laws of the game

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to assess the Newcastle United squad following their takeover last week. Which areas will they need to strengthen in January? And if and when a new manager is announced, will they be able to improve the performances of the current squad?
    Plus...Michael outlines a number of changes he would like to make to the laws of the game.
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    • 58 min
    Why Chelsea, Liverpool & Man City Full-Backs May Decide Title Race + Euro Scouting

    Why Chelsea, Liverpool & Man City Full-Backs May Decide Title Race + Euro Scouting

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join host Ali Maxwell to reflect on the chaotic but tactically fascinating contest between Liverpool and Man City - and discuss how a common trend among England's top three clubs could hold the keys to this season's Premier League crown... 

    Plus, Tom explains how Mo Salah and Phil Foden were able to wreak such havoc last Sunday, and later, adopts the role of European data scout to highlight four young prospects who Premier League fans should keep a close eye on.
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    • 44 min
    Messi in Moments, Traore's Take-Ons, 'Direct' Brentford: Notebook Re-Opened

    Messi in Moments, Traore's Take-Ons, 'Direct' Brentford: Notebook Re-Opened

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join host Ali Maxwell to reflect on Lionel Messi's role in PSG's victory over Manchester City. Plus, a closer look at how Adama Traore is performing under new Wolves boss, Bruno Lage, and how both Brighton and Brentford's numbers continue to impress.
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    • 49 min
    Salah, Mane & Sterling: The PL 100 Club Wide-Forwards

    Salah, Mane & Sterling: The PL 100 Club Wide-Forwards

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Mark Carey join host Ali Maxwell to assess the respective journey's of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling - on their way to scoring 100 Premier League goals...
    The trio analyse not only the changes in the individual players but the wider game around them, as well as, the influence of their coaches, as a new type of forward starts to join an illustrious group of goal scorers.
    Who will end their respective career with the most goals? What are their biggest strengths and weaknesses and who would you choose if you could only have one in your side?
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    • 56 min

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