U.S. Lecce 2.1 – Strikerless in Serie B

We asked Edward Bomb to write about his experiences in Football Manager as part of an addition to our analysis, with the only stipulation being that he managed somewhere in Italy. He settled on U.S Lecce. Welcome to part four of his story. (more…)

Roberto De Zerbi: A Coach with an Idea

DeZerbilandia. This is how Roberto De Zerbi made his name in Italy. With a certain style of play he turned Foggia, previously a mediocre team in the Lega Pro (third division) into one of the most entertaining teams in Italy. The beautiful football he implemented at Stadio Pino Zaccheria attracted the attention of clubs in higher divisions, however he turned down offers from Crotone and Ascoli to continue pursuing the dream with the Satanelli. Dramatically, the Lombard coach parted ways over disagreement with the club two weeks ago. (more…)

U.S. Lecce 1.3: The First Season

We asked Edward Bomb to write about his experiences in Football Manager as part of an addition to our analysis, with the only stipulation being that he managed somewhere in Italy. He settled on U.S Lecce. Welcome to part three of his story. (more…)

Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta: Problems with Gasperini’s Man Marking Highlighted

Sampdoria welcomed Atalanta to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for the second round of 2016-17 Serie A season fixtures on Sunday 28 August. The home side, coached by Marco Giampaolo, had won their first game of the campaign, defeating Empoli 1-0. However, the away side, coached by Gian Piero Gasperini, had lost a thrilling opener 4-3 to Lazio. (more…)

U.S. Lecce 1.2: Transfers, Backroom Changes and Pre-Season

We asked Edward Bomb to write about his experiences in Football Manager as part of an addition to our analysis, with the only stipulation being that he managed somewhere in Italy. He settled on U.S Lecce. Welcome to Part Two of his story. (more…)

Pescara 2-2 Napoli: Penetrative Possession Almost Undoes Sarri’s Side

Newly promoted Pescara welcomed last season’s Serie A runners-up Napoli to the Stadio Adriatico on Sunday 21 August in the opening round of 2016-17 fixtures. The home side made a stunning start to their top-flight return, going 2-0 up in the first half thanks to goals from Ahmed Benali and Gianluca Caprari. However, they faded in the second half, with Dries Mertens scoring twice to earn Napoli a 2-2 draw. (more…)

Notes on Roma 4-0 Udinese

Roma defeated Udinese 4-0 in the opening round of 2016-17 Serie A fixtures, with two goals coming from Diego Perotti (both penalties) and one each from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah. (more…)

U.S. Lecce 1.1: An Introduction

Hello and welcome to a new feature here at Tactical Calcio. We asked Edward Bomb to write about his experiences in Football Manager as part of an addition to our analysis, with the only stipulation being that he managed somewhere in Italy. And, after a period of searching, he settled on U.S Lecce. (As you may have guessed from the title.) (more…)

Notes on Juventus 2-1 Tottenham (pre-season)

Some tactical notes on Juventus and Tottenham’s pre-season friendly meeting. Juventus won 2-1 thanks to goals from Paulo Dybala and Mehdi Benatia. (more…)

Analysing Antonio Conte’s Preliminary Italy Squad For Euro 2016

On Monday, Italy national team head coach Antonio Conte announced his thirty-man preliminary squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships. For some, the announcement gave opportunity for one final condemnation of Conte’s conservative selection policy. For others, it served as a powerful reminder of the supposed paucity of quality players available to the Azzurri and, in turn, pointed towards an apparent decline in the productive capacity of the country’s football system. (more…)