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How Vilda won the tactical battle against Wiegman in the Women’s World Cup Final plus how Bellingham’s diamond is already paying back his €100m fee

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Monday 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.

Spain lifted the Women’s World Cup yesterday with a 1-0 over England’s Lionesses – Beth Limb has a tactical analysis of the game looking at where Jorge Vilda outdid Sarina Wiegman.

Aitana Bonmatí delivered a composed performance in midfield and wrapped up the tournament’s MVP award in the process; we have an analysis of her playing style and role with Barcelona.

Jude Bellingham is already paying back his €100m transfer fee at Real Madrid. Scott Martin looks at how Carlo Ancelotti is getting even more out of the England international in his diamond formation.

Benjamin Rollheiser of Estudiantes was being linked to Premier League Newcastle – we scouted Rollheiser back in March 2023 and felt he was ready for a move to Europe, but more likely to one of the top Tier 2 clubs.

Nicolas Dominguez of Bologna is rumoured to be wanted by Nottingham Forest – data led us to scout Dominguez back in February 2023 and we felt he was capable of moving to one of the bigger Tier 1 clubs.

Emmanuel Yeboah has moved from Cluj to Brondby for €1.8m – we first scouted Yeboah back in September 2022 and tracked him again more recently in June 2023. We felt the 20-year-old had the potential to move to Tier 2 next, so this looks like a great deal for Brondby.

Adrian Leon Barisic transfers to FC Basel from NK Osijek for €3m – we scouted Barisic back in February 2022 after a tip-off and then followed him again in June 2023. We felt the Bosnian centre-back was ready for a Tier 1 club, so this could be great business for Basel.

Our first TFA Talent is Mikael Egill Ellertsson of Venezia who we first identified back in February 2022 and has been on our watchlist since. We feel Ellertsson is a modern 8 with a high ceiling whose next move will be to a Tier 1 club.

David Moyes reportedly pushed hard to sign James Ward-Prowse, and he was vindicated yesterday, with the former Southampton man getting two assists on his Hammers debut to help his new side beat Chelsea 3-1! Our May scout report analysed why the midfielder is more than just a set-piece specialist.

Centre-back Lilian Brassier scored the winning goal for Brest versus Le Havre on Sunday, check out why the 23-year-old should be on your radar.

Union Berlin secured a dominant 4-1 win over Mainz on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season. Die Eisernen will compete in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history this term, read about how they evolved into a force to be reckoned with via our tactical analysis.

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

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