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As Napoli bring 'Sarri-ball' to Man City, a glossary of football's tactical systems

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.  Sarri-ball Where did it come from? 'Sarri-ball' is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.  How does it work? The style of play was described by L'Equipe as "vertical tiki-taka", and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: "liquid football".  Así sale jugando Napoli pic.twitter.com/2mwus1n6dM— El Tano. (@ElTano_) August 1, 2017 How successful is it?  At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy's lower leagues.  Napoli are top of Serie A having made a perfect start to the season  Tiki-taka Where did it come from? A possession-based style of play that dates back to Johan Cruyff's all-conquering Barcelona team of the early 1990s, and was perfected by the Spanish national side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.  How does it work? Tiki-taka relies on highly technical players, who are all comfortable on the ball and can move opposition players out of position with patient and accurate passing.  It can also be a defensive tactic in the way that it suffocates opponents by depriving them off the ball and gradually drains their energy.  Man City 2 - 0 Stoke (Raheem Sterling, 19 min) As well as Spain, tiki-taka is most associated with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team of the same 2008-2012 period. Guardiola though despises the term and said in 2013: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." Pep Guardiola claims to hate 'tiki-taka' How successful is it?  Hugely, in the case of Spain and Barcelona. Less so in the case of Arsenal, who over the last decade have employed a similar style.  The tactic has drawn criticism in recent years for its obsession with keeping possession, and when executed badly, tiki-taka has been described as 'sterile domination'.  Gegenpressing Where did it come from? The tactic of hounding opposition players as soon as possession is lost is another of Guardiola's hallmarks, but the term 'gegenpressing' was made popular by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund team of 2008-2015. Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team of the 1980s and 1990s also played with a highly effective counter-pressing style as they won consecutive European cups in 1989 and 1990.  How does it work? Guardiola's Barcelona employed the 'six-second rule' where his players were instructed to launch into high-intensity sprints to win the ball back in the immediate aftermath of having lost it.  The idea is that the whole team presses together to try and force their opponents into giving up the ball, and does so high up the pitch where losing possession is most costly.  Talking tactics: Liverpool's heavy metal football 02:02 How successful is it?  Dortmund and Barcelona enjoyed great success with their high press, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham have used the tactic to great effect in the last few years.  Klopp's protege at Dortmund David Wagner meanwhile used a gegenpress-fuelled 4-2-3-1 system to achieve promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield last season. Klopp has received criticism though for running his teams into the ground and causing them injury with the tactic.  Catenaccio Where did it come from? Italian for 'door-bolt', catenaccio is a defensive tactic that evolved in the 1960s with the addition of a 'libero' (sweeper) into a back four to make a back five.  The system has since become synonymous with defensively minded Italian national and club teams.  How does it work? The basic idea of catenaccio is that a team has four defenders who can focus solely on snapping away at the player they are marking, while the libero picks up any loose balls and acts as the spare man.  There is also an often overlooked attacking element to the system, which is that the libero allows the full-backs to get forward more and join in with attacks. In many ways, the system laid the foundations for the 3-5-2 system and the 3-4-3, which is currently en vogue.  Using catenaccio, Inter Milan won consecutive European cups in the 1960s How successful is it?  The Argentine manager, Helenio Herrera, is credited as the man who introduced catenaccio to the world, and his Inter Milan team of the 1960s won three Serie A titles and two European cups.  Other catenaccio-fuelled successes include the limited Greece side triumphing at Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel, and Giovanni Trapatonni winning the Portuguese Liga with Benfica a year later.  The Italian national side have enjoyed mixed results with catenaccio and have on occasion been criticised for leaning too heavily on the model at the expense of creativity. Barry Davies, you may remember, almost went into meltdown when an unnecessarily defensive-minded Italy were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by South Korea. "And the Italians are out because they will not learn," the exasperated commentator lamented.  Four years later Marcelo Lippi leaned on catenaccio in the second round win against Australia when the Azzurri were reduced to 10 men en route to lifting the 2006 World Cup.  Totaalvoetbal Where did it come from? Ajax employed variants of the system from the early 20th century, while the Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s is accepted to be the first national team to play it.  Totaalvoetbal (or Total Football) really took off in the 1960s however, when Ajax manager Rinus Michels relaunched the system with Johan Cruyff as its figurehead. Michels then used the system with the Dutch national team at the 1974 World Cup.  Johann Cruyff was the key player in Ajax and Holland's Total Football teams of the 1970s How does it work? Total Football is predicated on the idea that every player can play in every position, allowing for constant inter-changing among players roaming around the pitch.  Cruyff for instance was nominally a centre-forward, but he was allowed - and encouraged - to pop up all over the pitch, safe in the knowledge that a team-mate could occupy the space where the main striker was supposed to be.  How successful is it?  As with many of these systems, a manager would only attempt Total Football if he had a group of exceptionally talented footballers. This was certainly the case with the Ajax and Dutch sides that played Total Football, with the former in particular achieving a huge amount of success - most notably winning the 1971 European Cup.  Cruyff employed many of the principles of Total Football when Barcelona manager between 1988 and 1996, but it would take a very brave manager to attempt it now given the volume of matches the big teams play and the reduced number of training sessions.  

As Napoli bring 'Sarri-ball' to Man City, a glossary of football's tactical systems

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.  Sarri-ball Where did it come from? 'Sarri-ball' is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.  How does it work? The style of play was described by L'Equipe as "vertical tiki-taka", and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: "liquid football".  Así sale jugando Napoli pic.twitter.com/2mwus1n6dM— El Tano. (@ElTano_) August 1, 2017 How successful is it?  At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy's lower leagues.  Napoli are top of Serie A having made a perfect start to the season  Tiki-taka Where did it come from? A possession-based style of play that dates back to Johan Cruyff's all-conquering Barcelona team of the early 1990s, and was perfected by the Spanish national side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.  How does it work? Tiki-taka relies on highly technical players, who are all comfortable on the ball and can move opposition players out of position with patient and accurate passing.  It can also be a defensive tactic in the way that it suffocates opponents by depriving them off the ball and gradually drains their energy.  Man City 2 - 0 Stoke (Raheem Sterling, 19 min) As well as Spain, tiki-taka is most associated with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team of the same 2008-2012 period. Guardiola though despises the term and said in 2013: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." Pep Guardiola claims to hate 'tiki-taka' How successful is it?  Hugely, in the case of Spain and Barcelona. Less so in the case of Arsenal, who over the last decade have employed a similar style.  The tactic has drawn criticism in recent years for its obsession with keeping possession, and when executed badly, tiki-taka has been described as 'sterile domination'.  Gegenpressing Where did it come from? The tactic of hounding opposition players as soon as possession is lost is another of Guardiola's hallmarks, but the term 'gegenpressing' was made popular by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund team of 2008-2015. Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team of the 1980s and 1990s also played with a highly effective counter-pressing style as they won consecutive European cups in 1989 and 1990.  How does it work? Guardiola's Barcelona employed the 'six-second rule' where his players were instructed to launch into high-intensity sprints to win the ball back in the immediate aftermath of having lost it.  The idea is that the whole team presses together to try and force their opponents into giving up the ball, and does so high up the pitch where losing possession is most costly.  Talking tactics: Liverpool's heavy metal football 02:02 How successful is it?  Dortmund and Barcelona enjoyed great success with their high press, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham have used the tactic to great effect in the last few years.  Klopp's protege at Dortmund David Wagner meanwhile used a gegenpress-fuelled 4-2-3-1 system to achieve promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield last season. Klopp has received criticism though for running his teams into the ground and causing them injury with the tactic.  Catenaccio Where did it come from? Italian for 'door-bolt', catenaccio is a defensive tactic that evolved in the 1960s with the addition of a 'libero' (sweeper) into a back four to make a back five.  The system has since become synonymous with defensively minded Italian national and club teams.  How does it work? The basic idea of catenaccio is that a team has four defenders who can focus solely on snapping away at the player they are marking, while the libero picks up any loose balls and acts as the spare man.  There is also an often overlooked attacking element to the system, which is that the libero allows the full-backs to get forward more and join in with attacks. In many ways, the system laid the foundations for the 3-5-2 system and the 3-4-3, which is currently en vogue.  Using catenaccio, Inter Milan won consecutive European cups in the 1960s How successful is it?  The Argentine manager, Helenio Herrera, is credited as the man who introduced catenaccio to the world, and his Inter Milan team of the 1960s won three Serie A titles and two European cups.  Other catenaccio-fuelled successes include the limited Greece side triumphing at Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel, and Giovanni Trapatonni winning the Portuguese Liga with Benfica a year later.  The Italian national side have enjoyed mixed results with catenaccio and have on occasion been criticised for leaning too heavily on the model at the expense of creativity. Barry Davies, you may remember, almost went into meltdown when an unnecessarily defensive-minded Italy were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by South Korea. "And the Italians are out because they will not learn," the exasperated commentator lamented.  Four years later Marcelo Lippi leaned on catenaccio in the second round win against Australia when the Azzurri were reduced to 10 men en route to lifting the 2006 World Cup.  Totaalvoetbal Where did it come from? Ajax employed variants of the system from the early 20th century, while the Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s is accepted to be the first national team to play it.  Totaalvoetbal (or Total Football) really took off in the 1960s however, when Ajax manager Rinus Michels relaunched the system with Johan Cruyff as its figurehead. Michels then used the system with the Dutch national team at the 1974 World Cup.  Johann Cruyff was the key player in Ajax and Holland's Total Football teams of the 1970s How does it work? Total Football is predicated on the idea that every player can play in every position, allowing for constant inter-changing among players roaming around the pitch.  Cruyff for instance was nominally a centre-forward, but he was allowed - and encouraged - to pop up all over the pitch, safe in the knowledge that a team-mate could occupy the space where the main striker was supposed to be.  How successful is it?  As with many of these systems, a manager would only attempt Total Football if he had a group of exceptionally talented footballers. This was certainly the case with the Ajax and Dutch sides that played Total Football, with the former in particular achieving a huge amount of success - most notably winning the 1971 European Cup.  Cruyff employed many of the principles of Total Football when Barcelona manager between 1988 and 1996, but it would take a very brave manager to attempt it now given the volume of matches the big teams play and the reduced number of training sessions.  

As Napoli bring 'Sarri-ball' to Man City, a glossary of football's tactical systems

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.  Sarri-ball Where did it come from? 'Sarri-ball' is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.  How does it work? The style of play was described by L'Equipe as "vertical tiki-taka", and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: "liquid football".  Así sale jugando Napoli pic.twitter.com/2mwus1n6dM— El Tano. (@ElTano_) August 1, 2017 How successful is it?  At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy's lower leagues.  Napoli are top of Serie A having made a perfect start to the season  Tiki-taka Where did it come from? A possession-based style of play that dates back to Johan Cruyff's all-conquering Barcelona team of the early 1990s, and was perfected by the Spanish national side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.  How does it work? Tiki-taka relies on highly technical players, who are all comfortable on the ball and can move opposition players out of position with patient and accurate passing.  It can also be a defensive tactic in the way that it suffocates opponents by depriving them off the ball and gradually drains their energy.  Man City 2 - 0 Stoke (Raheem Sterling, 19 min) As well as Spain, tiki-taka is most associated with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team of the same 2008-2012 period. Guardiola though despises the term and said in 2013: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." Pep Guardiola claims to hate 'tiki-taka' How successful is it?  Hugely, in the case of Spain and Barcelona. Less so in the case of Arsenal, who over the last decade have employed a similar style.  The tactic has drawn criticism in recent years for its obsession with keeping possession, and when executed badly, tiki-taka has been described as 'sterile domination'.  Gegenpressing Where did it come from? The tactic of hounding opposition players as soon as possession is lost is another of Guardiola's hallmarks, but the term 'gegenpressing' was made popular by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund team of 2008-2015. Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team of the 1980s and 1990s also played with a highly effective counter-pressing style as they won consecutive European cups in 1989 and 1990.  How does it work? Guardiola's Barcelona employed the 'six-second rule' where his players were instructed to launch into high-intensity sprints to win the ball back in the immediate aftermath of having lost it.  The idea is that the whole team presses together to try and force their opponents into giving up the ball, and does so high up the pitch where losing possession is most costly.  Talking tactics: Liverpool's heavy metal football 02:02 How successful is it?  Dortmund and Barcelona enjoyed great success with their high press, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham have used the tactic to great effect in the last few years.  Klopp's protege at Dortmund David Wagner meanwhile used a gegenpress-fuelled 4-2-3-1 system to achieve promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield last season. Klopp has received criticism though for running his teams into the ground and causing them injury with the tactic.  Catenaccio Where did it come from? Italian for 'door-bolt', catenaccio is a defensive tactic that evolved in the 1960s with the addition of a 'libero' (sweeper) into a back four to make a back five.  The system has since become synonymous with defensively minded Italian national and club teams.  How does it work? The basic idea of catenaccio is that a team has four defenders who can focus solely on snapping away at the player they are marking, while the libero picks up any loose balls and acts as the spare man.  There is also an often overlooked attacking element to the system, which is that the libero allows the full-backs to get forward more and join in with attacks. In many ways, the system laid the foundations for the 3-5-2 system and the 3-4-3, which is currently en vogue.  Using catenaccio, Inter Milan won consecutive European cups in the 1960s How successful is it?  The Argentine manager, Helenio Herrera, is credited as the man who introduced catenaccio to the world, and his Inter Milan team of the 1960s won three Serie A titles and two European cups.  Other catenaccio-fuelled successes include the limited Greece side triumphing at Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel, and Giovanni Trapatonni winning the Portuguese Liga with Benfica a year later.  The Italian national side have enjoyed mixed results with catenaccio and have on occasion been criticised for leaning too heavily on the model at the expense of creativity. Barry Davies, you may remember, almost went into meltdown when an unnecessarily defensive-minded Italy were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by South Korea. "And the Italians are out because they will not learn," the exasperated commentator lamented.  Four years later Marcelo Lippi leaned on catenaccio in the second round win against Australia when the Azzurri were reduced to 10 men en route to lifting the 2006 World Cup.  Totaalvoetbal Where did it come from? Ajax employed variants of the system from the early 20th century, while the Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s is accepted to be the first national team to play it.  Totaalvoetbal (or Total Football) really took off in the 1960s however, when Ajax manager Rinus Michels relaunched the system with Johan Cruyff as its figurehead. Michels then used the system with the Dutch national team at the 1974 World Cup.  Johann Cruyff was the key player in Ajax and Holland's Total Football teams of the 1970s How does it work? Total Football is predicated on the idea that every player can play in every position, allowing for constant inter-changing among players roaming around the pitch.  Cruyff for instance was nominally a centre-forward, but he was allowed - and encouraged - to pop up all over the pitch, safe in the knowledge that a team-mate could occupy the space where the main striker was supposed to be.  How successful is it?  As with many of these systems, a manager would only attempt Total Football if he had a group of exceptionally talented footballers. This was certainly the case with the Ajax and Dutch sides that played Total Football, with the former in particular achieving a huge amount of success - most notably winning the 1971 European Cup.  Cruyff employed many of the principles of Total Football when Barcelona manager between 1988 and 1996, but it would take a very brave manager to attempt it now given the volume of matches the big teams play and the reduced number of training sessions.  

As Napoli bring 'Sarri-ball' to Man City, a glossary of football's tactical systems

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.  Sarri-ball Where did it come from? 'Sarri-ball' is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.  How does it work? The style of play was described by L'Equipe as "vertical tiki-taka", and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: "liquid football".  Así sale jugando Napoli pic.twitter.com/2mwus1n6dM— El Tano. (@ElTano_) August 1, 2017 How successful is it?  At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy's lower leagues.  Napoli are top of Serie A having made a perfect start to the season  Tiki-taka Where did it come from? A possession-based style of play that dates back to Johan Cruyff's all-conquering Barcelona team of the early 1990s, and was perfected by the Spanish national side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.  How does it work? Tiki-taka relies on highly technical players, who are all comfortable on the ball and can move opposition players out of position with patient and accurate passing.  It can also be a defensive tactic in the way that it suffocates opponents by depriving them off the ball and gradually drains their energy.  Man City 2 - 0 Stoke (Raheem Sterling, 19 min) As well as Spain, tiki-taka is most associated with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team of the same 2008-2012 period. Guardiola though despises the term and said in 2013: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." Pep Guardiola claims to hate 'tiki-taka' How successful is it?  Hugely, in the case of Spain and Barcelona. Less so in the case of Arsenal, who over the last decade have employed a similar style.  The tactic has drawn criticism in recent years for its obsession with keeping possession, and when executed badly, tiki-taka has been described as 'sterile domination'.  Gegenpressing Where did it come from? The tactic of hounding opposition players as soon as possession is lost is another of Guardiola's hallmarks, but the term 'gegenpressing' was made popular by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund team of 2008-2015. Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team of the 1980s and 1990s also played with a highly effective counter-pressing style as they won consecutive European cups in 1989 and 1990.  How does it work? Guardiola's Barcelona employed the 'six-second rule' where his players were instructed to launch into high-intensity sprints to win the ball back in the immediate aftermath of having lost it.  The idea is that the whole team presses together to try and force their opponents into giving up the ball, and does so high up the pitch where losing possession is most costly.  Talking tactics: Liverpool's heavy metal football 02:02 How successful is it?  Dortmund and Barcelona enjoyed great success with their high press, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham have used the tactic to great effect in the last few years.  Klopp's protege at Dortmund David Wagner meanwhile used a gegenpress-fuelled 4-2-3-1 system to achieve promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield last season. Klopp has received criticism though for running his teams into the ground and causing them injury with the tactic.  Catenaccio Where did it come from? Italian for 'door-bolt', catenaccio is a defensive tactic that evolved in the 1960s with the addition of a 'libero' (sweeper) into a back four to make a back five.  The system has since become synonymous with defensively minded Italian national and club teams.  How does it work? The basic idea of catenaccio is that a team has four defenders who can focus solely on snapping away at the player they are marking, while the libero picks up any loose balls and acts as the spare man.  There is also an often overlooked attacking element to the system, which is that the libero allows the full-backs to get forward more and join in with attacks. In many ways, the system laid the foundations for the 3-5-2 system and the 3-4-3, which is currently en vogue.  Using catenaccio, Inter Milan won consecutive European cups in the 1960s How successful is it?  The Argentine manager, Helenio Herrera, is credited as the man who introduced catenaccio to the world, and his Inter Milan team of the 1960s won three Serie A titles and two European cups.  Other catenaccio-fuelled successes include the limited Greece side triumphing at Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel, and Giovanni Trapatonni winning the Portuguese Liga with Benfica a year later.  The Italian national side have enjoyed mixed results with catenaccio and have on occasion been criticised for leaning too heavily on the model at the expense of creativity. Barry Davies, you may remember, almost went into meltdown when an unnecessarily defensive-minded Italy were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by South Korea. "And the Italians are out because they will not learn," the exasperated commentator lamented.  Four years later Marcelo Lippi leaned on catenaccio in the second round win against Australia when the Azzurri were reduced to 10 men en route to lifting the 2006 World Cup.  Totaalvoetbal Where did it come from? Ajax employed variants of the system from the early 20th century, while the Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s is accepted to be the first national team to play it.  Totaalvoetbal (or Total Football) really took off in the 1960s however, when Ajax manager Rinus Michels relaunched the system with Johan Cruyff as its figurehead. Michels then used the system with the Dutch national team at the 1974 World Cup.  Johann Cruyff was the key player in Ajax and Holland's Total Football teams of the 1970s How does it work? Total Football is predicated on the idea that every player can play in every position, allowing for constant inter-changing among players roaming around the pitch.  Cruyff for instance was nominally a centre-forward, but he was allowed - and encouraged - to pop up all over the pitch, safe in the knowledge that a team-mate could occupy the space where the main striker was supposed to be.  How successful is it?  As with many of these systems, a manager would only attempt Total Football if he had a group of exceptionally talented footballers. This was certainly the case with the Ajax and Dutch sides that played Total Football, with the former in particular achieving a huge amount of success - most notably winning the 1971 European Cup.  Cruyff employed many of the principles of Total Football when Barcelona manager between 1988 and 1996, but it would take a very brave manager to attempt it now given the volume of matches the big teams play and the reduced number of training sessions.  

As Napoli bring 'Sarri-ball' to Man City, a glossary of football's tactical systems

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.  Sarri-ball Where did it come from? 'Sarri-ball' is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.  How does it work? The style of play was described by L'Equipe as "vertical tiki-taka", and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: "liquid football".  Así sale jugando Napoli pic.twitter.com/2mwus1n6dM— El Tano. (@ElTano_) August 1, 2017 How successful is it?  At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy's lower leagues.  Napoli are top of Serie A having made a perfect start to the season  Tiki-taka Where did it come from? A possession-based style of play that dates back to Johan Cruyff's all-conquering Barcelona team of the early 1990s, and was perfected by the Spanish national side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.  How does it work? Tiki-taka relies on highly technical players, who are all comfortable on the ball and can move opposition players out of position with patient and accurate passing.  It can also be a defensive tactic in the way that it suffocates opponents by depriving them off the ball and gradually drains their energy.  Man City 2 - 0 Stoke (Raheem Sterling, 19 min) As well as Spain, tiki-taka is most associated with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team of the same 2008-2012 period. Guardiola though despises the term and said in 2013: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." Pep Guardiola claims to hate 'tiki-taka' How successful is it?  Hugely, in the case of Spain and Barcelona. Less so in the case of Arsenal, who over the last decade have employed a similar style.  The tactic has drawn criticism in recent years for its obsession with keeping possession, and when executed badly, tiki-taka has been described as 'sterile domination'.  Gegenpressing Where did it come from? The tactic of hounding opposition players as soon as possession is lost is another of Guardiola's hallmarks, but the term 'gegenpressing' was made popular by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund team of 2008-2015. Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan team of the 1980s and 1990s also played with a highly effective counter-pressing style as they won consecutive European cups in 1989 and 1990.  How does it work? Guardiola's Barcelona employed the 'six-second rule' where his players were instructed to launch into high-intensity sprints to win the ball back in the immediate aftermath of having lost it.  The idea is that the whole team presses together to try and force their opponents into giving up the ball, and does so high up the pitch where losing possession is most costly.  Talking tactics: Liverpool's heavy metal football 02:02 How successful is it?  Dortmund and Barcelona enjoyed great success with their high press, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham have used the tactic to great effect in the last few years.  Klopp's protege at Dortmund David Wagner meanwhile used a gegenpress-fuelled 4-2-3-1 system to achieve promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield last season. Klopp has received criticism though for running his teams into the ground and causing them injury with the tactic.  Catenaccio Where did it come from? Italian for 'door-bolt', catenaccio is a defensive tactic that evolved in the 1960s with the addition of a 'libero' (sweeper) into a back four to make a back five.  The system has since become synonymous with defensively minded Italian national and club teams.  How does it work? The basic idea of catenaccio is that a team has four defenders who can focus solely on snapping away at the player they are marking, while the libero picks up any loose balls and acts as the spare man.  There is also an often overlooked attacking element to the system, which is that the libero allows the full-backs to get forward more and join in with attacks. In many ways, the system laid the foundations for the 3-5-2 system and the 3-4-3, which is currently en vogue.  Using catenaccio, Inter Milan won consecutive European cups in the 1960s How successful is it?  The Argentine manager, Helenio Herrera, is credited as the man who introduced catenaccio to the world, and his Inter Milan team of the 1960s won three Serie A titles and two European cups.  Other catenaccio-fuelled successes include the limited Greece side triumphing at Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel, and Giovanni Trapatonni winning the Portuguese Liga with Benfica a year later.  The Italian national side have enjoyed mixed results with catenaccio and have on occasion been criticised for leaning too heavily on the model at the expense of creativity. Barry Davies, you may remember, almost went into meltdown when an unnecessarily defensive-minded Italy were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by South Korea. "And the Italians are out because they will not learn," the exasperated commentator lamented.  Four years later Marcelo Lippi leaned on catenaccio in the second round win against Australia when the Azzurri were reduced to 10 men en route to lifting the 2006 World Cup.  Totaalvoetbal Where did it come from? Ajax employed variants of the system from the early 20th century, while the Austrian 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s is accepted to be the first national team to play it.  Totaalvoetbal (or Total Football) really took off in the 1960s however, when Ajax manager Rinus Michels relaunched the system with Johan Cruyff as its figurehead. Michels then used the system with the Dutch national team at the 1974 World Cup.  Johann Cruyff was the key player in Ajax and Holland's Total Football teams of the 1970s How does it work? Total Football is predicated on the idea that every player can play in every position, allowing for constant inter-changing among players roaming around the pitch.  Cruyff for instance was nominally a centre-forward, but he was allowed - and encouraged - to pop up all over the pitch, safe in the knowledge that a team-mate could occupy the space where the main striker was supposed to be.  How successful is it?  As with many of these systems, a manager would only attempt Total Football if he had a group of exceptionally talented footballers. This was certainly the case with the Ajax and Dutch sides that played Total Football, with the former in particular achieving a huge amount of success - most notably winning the 1971 European Cup.  Cruyff employed many of the principles of Total Football when Barcelona manager between 1988 and 1996, but it would take a very brave manager to attempt it now given the volume of matches the big teams play and the reduced number of training sessions.  

“Zidane le ha dado al Real Madrid la estabilidad que necesitaba”, analiza Julio Baptista

El brasileño, agente libre a día de hoy, aborda la marcha de Neymar del Barcelona desde las facilidades económicas que faltan en La Liga.

“Zidane le ha dado al Real Madrid la estabilidad que necesitaba”, analiza Julio Baptista

El brasileño, agente libre a día de hoy, aborda la marcha de Neymar del Barcelona desde las facilidades económicas que faltan en La Liga.

“Zidane le ha dado al Real Madrid la estabilidad que necesitaba”, analiza Julio Baptista

El brasileño, agente libre a día de hoy, aborda la marcha de Neymar del Barcelona desde las facilidades económicas que faltan en La Liga.

Roures: "No concibo una Liga sin el Barcelona y el Real Madrid"

 

VIDEO: Hasil Pertandingan La Liga 2017-2018 Pekan ke-8

Berita video hasil pertandingan La Liga 2017-2018 pekan ke-8, Real Madrid menang, Barcelona bermain imbang.

Barcelona lança vídeo com melhores momentos de Messi para comemorar os 13 anos de sua estreia

Camisa 10 fez seu primeiro jogo oficial pelo clube há 13 anos, em clássico contra o Espanyol, pela La Liga 2004/05

Barcelona lança vídeo com melhores momentos de Messi para comemorar os 13 anos de sua estreia

Camisa 10 fez seu primeiro jogo oficial pelo clube há 13 anos, em clássico contra o Espanyol, pela La Liga 2004/05

Barcelona lança vídeo com melhores momentos de Messi para comemorar os 13 anos de sua estreia

Camisa 10 fez seu primeiro jogo oficial pelo clube há 13 anos, em clássico contra o Espanyol, pela La Liga 2004/05

Roures: "No concibo una Liga sin Barcelona y Real Madrid. El deporte español los necesita"

El presidente de Mediapro cree que LaLiga no puede permitirse perder a uno de los dos grandes del fútbol español.

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Athletic Bilbao (Espanha) – Clube que preserva suas tradições, o Athletic de Bilbao consegue igualar Barcelona e Real Madrid no feito de nunca ter caído para a segunda divisão espanhola. O clube só aceita em seu elenco jogadores nascidos no País Basco mesmo que isso o deixe longe da disputa por títulos. (AP)

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Athletic Bilbao (Espanha) – Clube que preserva suas tradições, o Athletic de Bilbao consegue igualar Barcelona e Real Madrid no feito de nunca ter caído para a segunda divisão espanhola. O clube só aceita em seu elenco jogadores nascidos no País Basco mesmo que isso o deixe longe da disputa por títulos. (AP)

Fútbol sala

En la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Sala, el Barcelona es el único equipo que tiene pleno de triunfos, cinco, lo que le permite liderar la clasificación con dos puntos de ventaja sobre el Movistar Inter y el Osasuna Magna. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBfutbolsala).

Baloncesto

En baloncesto, el Barcelona comanda la Liga Endesa con cuatro triunfos en cuatro partidos. En el último de ellos, además, los hombres de Sito Alonso aplastaron al Rio Natura Monbus por 44 puntos de diferencia. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBbasket).

Balonmano

También el Barcelona lidera la Liga Asobal de balonmano con 12 puntos, los mismos que el Helvetia Anaitasuna, aunque con mejor diferencia de goles. En esta competición, hay que destacar que el Barça suma una racha de 127 victorias consecutivas. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBhandbol).

Fútbol

El Barcelona sigue líder de La Liga tras empatar a 1 frente al Atlético de Madrid en la última jornada. El conjunto culé está atravesando por un gran momento, pero no solo en el fútbol, ya que el Barça manda actualmente en siete competiciones con las distintas secciones deportivas del club. (Foto: Sergio Perez / Reuters).

Balonmano

También el Barcelona lidera la Liga Asobal de balonmano con 12 puntos, los mismos que el Helvetia Anaitasuna, aunque con mejor diferencia de goles. En esta competición, hay que destacar que el Barça suma una racha de 127 victorias consecutivas. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBhandbol).

Fútbol sala

En la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Sala, el Barcelona es el único equipo que tiene pleno de triunfos, cinco, lo que le permite liderar la clasificación con dos puntos de ventaja sobre el Movistar Inter y el Osasuna Magna. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBfutbolsala).

Fútbol

El Barcelona sigue líder de La Liga tras empatar a 1 frente al Atlético de Madrid en la última jornada. El conjunto culé está atravesando por un gran momento, pero no solo en el fútbol, ya que el Barça manda actualmente en siete competiciones con las distintas secciones deportivas del club. (Foto: Sergio Perez / Reuters).

Baloncesto

En baloncesto, el Barcelona comanda la Liga Endesa con cuatro triunfos en cuatro partidos. En el último de ellos, además, los hombres de Sito Alonso aplastaron al Rio Natura Monbus por 44 puntos de diferencia. (Foto: Twitter / @FCBbasket).

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