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Explaining the latest trend in dead ball situations, decoding the midfield diamond and scouting PSV’s latest clever signing

It’s the #TacticalThursday newsletter once again – full of analysis, scouting and tactics! Come and fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page, join the newsletter squad and make us part of your day every day.

The close season gives us a little more time to review trends from the previous campaign and Marcel Seifeddine has been looking at a lot of set pieces in the last week – in this week’s column, he explains the use of overloads and underloads from dead ball situations.

Ahmed El-Daly has spent time analysing the use of the midfield diamond, looking at its variations and interchangeability – you can read his findings.

Club Brugge have managed to secure the signature of Bulgaria’s current crown jewel, Igor Thiago – Brandon Liss explains why this could be one of the signings of the summer.

Brendan Rodgers has made a stunning return to Celtic following his sacking from Leicester – he replaces, of course, Ange Posteloglou who has left him the perfect tools for success, explains Daniel Man.

Celta Vigo’s Javi Galan is set to sign for Atletico Madrid over the coming days – read our scout report to see why Los Colchoneros are purchasing a gem.

Ricardo Pepi has completed his move to PSV Eindhoven after an excellent loan spell with Groningen last season – read this scout report to see why the Dutch giants are signing a top talent.

River Plate beat The Strongest 2-0 in the Copa Libertadores yesterday to go level on points with Fluminense – we recently analysed Martin Demichelis’ exciting tactics with the Argentine giants.

James Maddison’s move to Tottenham Hotspur is getting closer – have a read of our scout report to see why Spurs are signing one of the best creative players in English football.

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