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How to use screens effectively at set plays, defending short corners better, Lyon bargain Jake O’Brien scouted and how Spain saw off Sweden yesterday

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Wednesday 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.

Yesterday, we launched the August TFA Scouted Magazine – 399 pages of under-the-radar talents you need to know about. Get yours now!

Marcel Seifeddine looks at FC Kobenhavn and how they are using screening to maximise their set play routines.

In his second article on the art of short corners, Karim ES looks at how to defend them effectively.

Jack Manship goes back over Newcastle’s impressive win over Aston Villa and explains Eddie Howe’s tactical approach and why it’s not all bad for Emery.

Spain are in the World Cup final and David Astill has a match analysis of their win over Sweden.

In that game, left-back Olga Carmona grabbed the all-important winning goal – read about the qualities that make her essential for both club and country in David’s scout report.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pitch, right-back Ona Batlle currently leads the World Cup in successful dribbles, per Soccerdonna (part of Transfermarkt). Read about the 24-year-old who has joined Barcelona from Manchester United this summer.

On the consultancy side, we’ve got these TFA Scouted reports today.

Stephane Singo of Torino has been linked with a move to Serie A giants AC Milan and Roma this window – data led us to his profile back in February and having scouted him, we felt the modern full-back was definitely ready for a move to a bigger Tier 1 club.

André Trindade da Costa Neto, better known as Andre, has again been linked to Liverpool – we scouted Andre in March and it was clear he is ready for a move to Europe at the top level.

Djeidi Gassama has made the surprising move from PSG to Sheffield Wednesday in the English Championship – we scouted Gassama during his Eupen loan spell and strongly believe he is a Tier 1 potential player, meaning Sheff Wed might have done very well to get him.

Jake O’Brien has moved from Crystal Palace to Lyon in Ligue 1 – we scouted O’Brien just over a week ago and recommended him to a club in Serie A, believing that a brave Tier 1 side could get a bargain.

Jonatan Braut Brunes moves from Strømsgodset to OH Leuven in Belgium – we first scouted Brunes for a client back in December 2021 before more recently recommending him to another club this window, feeling that he was 100% ready to move to Tier 2.

SC Braga booked their place in the UEFA Champions League qualification playoffs by overcoming Bačka Topola 7-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round. Learn about coach Artur Jorge’s fluid and positional football with Os Arcebispos in Bryant Marques’ tactical analysis.

Neymar is off to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal. Manchester City’s out-on-loan Brazilian Kayky has been compared to his legendary compatriot at times; check out our scout report on the 20-year-old winger who could follow in Neymar’s footsteps and take Europe by storm in the coming years.

That’s it for today – we are back at the same time tomorrow. Spread the word!

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