Yesterday, I wrote about how all of the teams with good midfielders ended up being victorious over the weekend. The interesting thing, though, is how just 3 hours after the article was posted, Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace executed a tactical system that is able to mask a poor midfield.
Going into the match against Manchester City, Pardew knew that Yaya Toure and David Silva would have Palace’s midfield duo in knots. He also happened to know how to get a smash and grab despite all this. (more…)