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I am fourteen and I write articles as a hobby, but in the future, I'm looking to become a football journalist. My specialist topics are Sydney FC and the A-League, and I try to do a match preview for every Sydney FC game in the A-League. I love getting comments, especially ones that make me think differently and put me on the spot. I am a member of the Roar Live Blogging team for Football.

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I believe that Adelaide United could play similarly to how Leicester City played earlier in the season, 4-1-4-1. For me, some of Adelaide’s players are comparable to Leicester City when you layout both those teams in that formation. McGree is quite like James Maddison, the talisman of the team and always a threat to create. Troisi is like Youri Tielemans, keeps the tempo moving but also is creative and a threat near the box. Al-Hassan Toure can make something out of nothing and has moments in games where he seems untouchable, like Jamie Vardy. These are comparisons but of cause, Leicester has more quality. I am simply making observations about similar traits between players of two teams. Could you see Adelaide playing a 4-1-4-1 formation in the future?

What’s wrong at Adelaide United?

Do you mean I should have compared Troisi and Riley McGree?

What’s wrong at Adelaide United?

Italiano’s a good shout but lacks A-League experience. In my opinion, next season Newcastle will need to go into the market for a new goalkeeper outside their club. Bouzanis isn’t favoured at Melbourne City…

Match preview: Newcastle Jets versus Sydney FC

I don’t rate Jason Hoffman at all. How he was keeping out Angus Thurgate from starts at the beginning of the season is a true wonder to me. Apologies for the misleading information.

Match preview: Newcastle Jets versus Sydney FC

Who else to play in goals?

Match preview: Newcastle Jets versus Sydney FC

What I saw from the comments on their social media posts was that majority of the Newcastle fans weren’t happy with the decision, but I could be wrong.

Match preview: Newcastle Jets versus Sydney FC

Unfortunately due to apparent circumstances with his family he will most likely head back to Brisbane at the end of the season, meaning he will sign with Brisbane Roar. I loved watching him and O’Neil together, hopefully he stays!

Luke Brattan: Sydney FC's unsung hero

I was frustrated while he was being deployed as a ten at city, I always wanted to see him in the deep-playmaking role. He is excelling and it is wonderful to watch his passing range. Not only does he have the ability to play the ball over the top of defences, but he also has sprayed passes along the deck into the feet of either Baumjohann or Ninkovic, which is extremely hard to do considering the traffic of the lines in between him and more often than not delivers the ball perfectly. He is a menace off the ball, I say to my friends and family he’s like a ballet dancer on the ball but a bull off it. He winds people up and puts in crunching tackles if he stays for a few more seasons he can become a fan favourite for Sydney.

Luke Brattan: Sydney FC's unsung hero

Thanks for everything.

Former captain Milligan announces Socceroos retirement

Thanks! On that point, Corica has the plus side of having already played the Roar and will be looking to make the formation wider, and instead of Ninkovic and Baumjohann both coming into the centre in the final third, I wouldn’t be surprised if the only one did. Otherwise, the fullbacks will be told to get up higher which in contrast will mean O’Neil and Brattan will have to cover.

The high press will be scary for Sydney FC, I haven’t really seen them break the first line of press much this year, they only manage to do it in the midfield line with Baumjohann and Ninkovic.

Match preview: Sydney FC versus Brisbane Roar

That’s true, but what I was trying to say in this article is that it’s not just results that are looking grim for the Wanderers. They have a gem of a goalkeeper in Daniel Lopar, but their centre-backs need to improve concentration-wise in my opinion.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

Markus Babbel has stated that he sees him as an eight, which he doesn’t seem to want at the moment. Could you see him fit into Babbel’s plans?

The formation that can save the Wanderers

With a formation comes very many little tactics involved, very few teams play a formation in the exact same way. I am not really even changing the formation, it’s more the way they play it, as you may have seen in the article. When you think about it, as a manager or head coach, you are in charge of a formation and the tactics behind it, and you need to find the right one for the players. Formations are not the cause of a team winning or losing, but tactics can play a big part. You could have a formation and a set of tactics that may not fit for the players involved, and that will most likely cause for you to lose, as seen with the Wanderers.

In my opinion, most of the Wanderers need to improve mentally, but Babbel needs to find a system that suits them and that works. I have suggested not just a formation but the tactics as well, and although your belief may differ from mine, I think that we both can agree that something needs to change at the Wanderers. All I was doing was suggesting what could be changed.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

Completely agree. They have a lack of a ‘pass master’, someone who is composed on the ball and picks out the pacey wingers or strikers. Unfortunately for the defence it seems that the same problems have arisen; the back four seems to switch off at the key moment.
This is unusual because the back four is completely different from the one last season, yet they still seem to switch off.
But how can this issue be solved? Babbel has already tried a more conservative formation with three centre-backs, but that seemed to be even worse and they let in more goals.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

D’Arrigo is very very very good considering his age, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Europe by the time he’s 22. You may not have a problem with Troisi always rushing the pass, but if you saw it from my point of view you might. I imagine a deep playmaker as someone who is quality on the ball, who can play a pass and knows when to play it. He exceeds in the first two of those three things but just lacks that killer instinct from deep. If you saw him one game with him knowing when to maintain possession and when to play the pass, you might have changed views on the issue.

Troisi's new role is once again proving the critics wrong

But why is James Troisi in this position? Is it because Adelaide’s coaching staff feel he is best there or is it because they paid a lot of money for Riley McGree? For me, James Troisi is a great player, and always looks to play a pass in behind the defence or a pass to open up play. This is why he makes such a good attacking midfielder. However, when he is playing deep, he always looks to rush the final pass, even when it’s not on. I am a big fan of the deep playmaker role, but Troisi has to learn to take his time more before trying to play the match-winning pass from deep.

Troisi's new role is once again proving the critics wrong

What has been left out here is the fact that Mombaerts isn’t the first head coach to bring in this tactic to the A-League. That crown goes to Marco Kurz, who utilised Scott Galloway at the start of the season at left-back by allowing him to cut inside in the final third, which is something that Mombaerts has also applied at City. This was outlined by his goal against Sydney FC in the first round, where he was in an unusual position for a left-back, but it worked very well. Later in the year, he utilised Ryan Kitto as a kind of left-back playmaker, where he was allowed to roam into the centre midfield. When he did this, the right-back would slot in as a third wide centreback, and the two centre-backs would shift over to utilise the width of the pitch. This allowed Craig Goodwin to come deep and collect the ball. But Adelaide United didn’t manage to excel too much, and the strategy was not noticed due to them not being in the top 3 or 4 for most of the season. This strategy is a very clever way of passing the ball out of the back, instead of the way most Australian coaches do it, which is let one of the midfielders drop in between two centre backs (assuming they are playing four at the back) and allow the midfielder time to make a pass and open up the field, however it’s not the main reason Melbourne City are winning the league so far. With that being said, it’s a good pickup and good analysis, congratulations.

The Guardiola tactics that have Melbourne City top of the table

On the factor of sorting out the draw, we shouldn’t be playing games on Thursday’s, and in my opinion, start playing W-League games after A-League games. This would draw more attention to the W-League, as people would just think that they might as well watch a bit of the W-League game. If it’s a good game, they will watch all of it, and that could make them a fan of the W-League.

FFA, could you please focus on the W-League?

Completely agree. It’s a riveting competition full of attacking football, but there are a lot of changes that have to be made before it’s seen as a full time ‘professional’ league. A Thursday night game doesn’t help crowds and viewers from TV.

FFA, could you please focus on the W-League?

Apologies for that, don’t know how I missed that out.

FFA, could you please focus on the W-League?

How so?

FFA, could you please focus on the W-League?

Won’t he just get sent off?

Arnold must solve Socceroos' striker headache

Waz, what are your thoughts on Mark Bosnich?

Sydney derbies, Caitlin Foord and Matt Simon entertain, Archie Thompson does not

When playing football, it is always smart over speed. Bobby Moore always said he didn’t need to be fast, but he could read the play before any striker could get to it. If a ball is played in behind the defence, he would get to it first, even if the striker was double the speed of him, because he had read the play. It is the same in every position, except for maybe fullbacks as they have to get up and down a lot.

Geelong is already home to the A-League's best player

Paul, you said that finally, the A-League has a class foreign that can impose their will on the game. That is your opinion, but in my opinion, we already have a lot of them. Diego Castro is one, he had a few brilliant moments as well as supplying a perfectly weighted ball to Ikodomidis for their goal. There is also Alex Baumjohann, who had a brilliant game against Adelaide and dummied Paul Izzo perfectly to set up Le Fondre for his second. Ola Toivonen is another one, who on many times last season showed his quality in a game and won or helped to win it.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 2