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Jack George

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I write articles as a hobby, but in the future, I'm looking to become a sports journalist. I thoroughly enjoy football conversations on the Roar and enjoy responding to every comment I get on my articles. I also am part of The Roar's live blogging team for football.

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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

I wouldn’t say that, a combined score of 10-3 in the last two games, but you can think what you want! But hey, it’s better than 1 goal in 3 games!

Would you rather be a Spurs or United fan at the moment?

But a decent striker will definitely help with that. There is creativity with the midfield, but they need to convert chances.

Why the Mariners fans should keep their heads held high

As I said, they’re one good striker away from having a great season.

Why the Mariners fans should keep their heads held high

Would there be anything wrong with relying on a 17-year-old Mason Greenwood upfront? Greenwood is a great young player and deserves to be given more playing time. Next game, why not play Rashford upfront with Daniel James on the left and Greenwood on the right? I doubt that will happen, Ole can’t seem to make a bold move until they’re being held at 1-0 down against Crystal Palace. Although it would be worrying due to the injuries, having Greenwood start could be the best thing for Manchester United at the moment.

The Red Devils are a rabble

It may not go in, but it will get the crowd cheering. The fans energy energises players, and although it may not be a good idea the crowd wants to see spectacular and sometimes ridiculous shots, and spectacular and ridiculous shot can sometimes end up as spectacular and ridiculous goals. I can think of countless times where the fans have yelled shoot and the player has obeyed. Many of those occasions have led to goals.

What if fans were in charge of their football team?

Like I mentioned, Manager’s and head coaches often make more passive subs to avoid critisism from the fans. If the fans were in charge of the subs, they would have nothing to be afraid of and would make bold moves.

What if fans were in charge of their football team?

Maybe they wouldn’t be in charge of the money though. Maybe it would be if they were just in charge of choosing who to sign and choosing who starts the games. Would you expect that to work?

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

I agree. I wonder if fans were to own a football team (article on that coming up soon). I believe that youth would be given a go, and it’s worrying that it’s not because soon they will just get older. Before we know if Buhagiar will be twenty-five and playing in the NPL due to the lack of game time.

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

Sorry, I think I typed it wrong. It was a one on one and it was a disappointing miss, and it put his confidence down.

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

Ivanovic and Buhagiar already look ready to be a regular starter in the A-League, Josh King just needs a bit more technique and defensive awareness, and there is a seventeen-year-old attacking midfielder named Marco Tillo, who recently got three goals and an assist for the under eighteens against Vietnam. He is a playmaker who usually plays left wing, and he seems like a more youthful and direct Ninkovic. He is already a starter for the NPL team and seems very confident even though everyone is 2-3 years older than him. I wish that Corica could learn that you don’t have to copy Graham Arnold and play a marquee front four, as I think that a trio of Ivanovic, Tillo, Buhagiar and maybe a more experienced playmaker could be deadly.

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

In the FFA cup match against Brisbane Roar, the Cove was chanting for Luke Ivanovic to come on ever since the second goal was scored. It disappointed me a lot when Corica subbed on Retre for Ninkovic, and when Brattan came on for his debut there were boos. To be honest, I think Corica isn’t being bold enough, if Le Fondre misses basically an open goal and struggles to contribute then we need to sub him off, he can’t be kept on just for ‘experience’. I wish that Corica would listen more to the fans, they have more knowledge than what he thinks, and I believe it would have been a completely different game if that was Ivanovic on for Ninkovic.

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

Get Kayo Sports of Foxtel, correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure it has every game.

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Thanks, that means a lot. I see what you mean and that’s a great point; I will definitely try that.

The blueprint to beat Sydney FC

I do play outdoor competitive football. I am sure that you have much more knowledge of tactical football than me, and I have only started writing articles at the end of last year and try to learn as much as I can, about writing and tactics. I have no idea what might happen over the course of next season, but I thought this would be a fun article to write and I enjoyed writing it. But you have commented on one of my articles before, and you seem to not enjoy my writing very much. I apologise for that, and I will try to improve it so it meets your standard, but there’s only so much I can do about tactics with my lack of experience. I try to watch every A-League game (except for the 9:30 pm ones in Perth), and I am doing my best to improve on this.

The blueprint to beat Sydney FC

I don’t know about you, but I believe for quite a few reasons that Sydney is a better team this season. Steve Corica has experience as a head coach and they have a better squad as well. They have replaced the quality but inconsistent and injury-prone Siem De Jong with Alexander Baumjohann, the aging Alex Brosque with Kosta Barberouses who, at his last two years in Melbourne Victory had the two best years in his career playing at second striker and will be a great asset to Sydney, as well as having the unpredictable Ivanovic on the bench. Zuvela and Buhagiar are returning from injury and will be great assets for rotation, and Anthony Caceres will be a solid asset to midfield. McGowan is also a better addition than Van Der Linden and Calver. For these reasons, I believe that Sydney has a way better squad this year and will be able to challenge for the minor premiers and will be a lot more consistent. But it is the Roar, and everyone is allowed their own opinion, and that is mine about Sydney FC and that is why I chose to write this article.

The blueprint to beat Sydney FC

That’s a great point. One thing to add would be the travel points and the players without AUS/NZ passports, who have to go through foreign customs. And I know it costs almost as much to get to Perth, but it is still a lot of money, especially for Wellington Phoenix who have to travel to Australia and back every second weekend.

Do Wellington Phoenix deserve to be in the A-League?