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All about Ange, the striker learning from Messi, how Roma can learn from Chelsea on Lukaku and Botofago’s set play prowess explained

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the #TuesdayTactics newsletter – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. Fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page and be part of the squad that want more than just a match report.

Today’s TFA Talent is a little older than usual at 23 – but with so many interesting players coming out of Ecuador currently, we thought we should highlight one currently learning his trade alongside Messi in Miami. Leonardo Campana is a left-footed striker who we think could move to a good Tier 2 side in the near future.

Ange Posteloglou is winning a lot of friends at Tottenham with his demeanour, philosophy and how Spurs are playing – Ahmed ElDaly breaks down what we are seeing on the field of play.

Botofago look sure to win Brazil’s Serie A this season and their success at set plays has been part of their rise this campaign – Karim ES takes a closer look and explains what they are doing and why it is good.

Following such a strong run after Michael Carrick took over last season, Middlesbrough are far from hitting the same standards so far in the new campaign – Jack Manship gets under the hood and looks at some of the issues Boro are facing on the pitch.

Clarisse Le Bihan grabbed the first goal for Angel City in their 2-1 win over OL Reign — Selim Ben Hmida analysed what the French player would add to the NWSL side in a 2022 scout report.

Pumas UNAM earned a 2-1 victory over Tigres UANL in LigaMX yesterday, putting them in fourth place. The experienced coach Antonio Mohamed leads Pumas this season; we wrote about the 53-year-old’s tactics during his spell at Atlético Mineiro in 2022.

Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Serie A and link back up with his former manager José Mourinho at AS Roma. Last year, we investigated Chelsea’s failure to utilise the Belgian forward effectively — can I Giallorossi learn from these mistakes?

Mattéo Guendouzi is seemingly on his way to Lazio from Marseille. Jorge Sampaoli got the best out of the former Arsenal midfielder during his time at Stade Vélodrome, as we discussed in this tactical analysis — how will he fit into Maurizio Sarri’s plans?

Wouter Burger becomes another smart signing by Stoke City this window joining from FC Basel for €5m – xGOLD identified Burger as a standout talent in Switzerland back in August 2022 and our video scouting confirmed that he was capable of making a move to a good Tier 2 side.

Yusuf Barasi has moved to Adana Demirspor from AZ Alkmaar – we first scouted Barasi for a client back in January 2022 and then tracked him through last season, grading the young attacked as having the potential to have a medium impact for a Tier 2 side.

According to the news, Sunderland still want to sign Nazariy Rusyn from Zorya – we scouted Rusyn for a club client in June 2023 and felt he was a good fit for a club playing in a Tier 2 league.

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