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Frapolli’s fantastic model, the next Griezmann, why Earps is #1, how Lowe’s defence has Preston top and why we mentioned Farioli…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the #MondayMorning 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.

We start the week with site lead Fintan O’Reilly‘s weekly column – this time out he looks at Olivier Frapolli at Stade Lavallois and the tactics he uses to get more than the sum of its parts out of his team.

Many in Madrid feel that Carlos Martin is the heir apparent to Antoine Griezmann at Atletico – Scott Martin‘s player analysis gets deep into the detail on whether that could be the case.

Mary Earps is widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in the women’s game – Beth Limb analyses her game in depth.

Staying with Man United Women, they conducted a swap deal with their Atletico Madrid counterparts with Vilde Boa Risa and Irene Guerrero swapping cities –Selim Ben Hmida looks at whether the deal makes sense for both parties.

Over the weekend, we launched our latest TFA Scouted Magazine – September has 14 under-the-radar talents scouted in detail complete with cutting-edge data visuals, xGOLD and our unique TIPPSTER model.

Grace Geyoro has penned a new deal with PSG, keeping her at the club until 2028. Read about why she was the “ultimate team player” for France in last year’s European Championships.

Nice beat PSG away 3-2 on Friday in Ligue 1’s return following the international break — this puts Les Aiglons above Les Parisiens five games into the season. We analysed Nice’s 34 y/o manager Francesco Farioli in this piece highlighting three young coaches to watch in France’s top-flight before the 2023/24 campaign got underway.

Preston North End sit atop the EFL Championship table six games into the season with the league’s best defensive record. We broke down Ryan Lowe’s defensive model in an analysis last campaign.

Geir Bakke may be turning Vålerenga’s miserable campaign around. After taking over in mid-July, he’s now got the club unbeaten in six league games and away from the relegation zone. Remind yourselves of how the 53 y/o coach revitalised Lillestrøm during his time there in our article.

That’s it for today – we’ll be back tomorrow with more tactics, analysis and scouting. Spread the word!

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