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Jamaica’s defensive block, four ways to defend in-direct FKs and why Sheff Utd must keep Ndiaye

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the #TacticsTuesday 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.

Jack Manship explains how Jamaica managed to shut out France and how they can adapt to manage without their captain Kadija Shaw in the next game.

Defending in-direct free-kicks is an important part of any tactical structure and Karim ES has four strategies for you, using examples from West Ham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Milan.

ICYMI yesterday, The FIFA Women’s World Cup is now in full swing and we had a surprise in the first match – Selim Ben Hmida breaks down the tactics used by New Zealand’s Ferns to get them off to a winning start against Norway.

Scott Martin continues his #NCAA series, this week looking at using data in performance and opposition analysis.

Former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is the latest man in through PSG’s revolving door – Ahmed ElDaly explains what we can expect to see on the pitch tactically.

Bruno Berner’s move to Grasshopper seems to be the perfect mashup of overachiever meeting fallen giant – Fintan O’Reilly looks at whether he can turn the 27-title winners around.

Iliman Ndiaye is on many a club’s shopping list this summer – Beth Limb breaks down why it is imperative Paul Heckingbottom and Sheffield United retain him.

And from the archives…

Alexandra Popp got on the scoresheet twice yesterday as Germany cruised to victory over Morocco in a 6-0 thrashing. A Popp brace also made the difference in Germany’s 2-1 win over France in last year’s EURO 2022 semi-final. Cast your eye back over how Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side won that crucial game versus France in our match analysis; can Germany go as far in this tournament?

Norway go into their second group stage game this morning — a must-win clash with Switzerland following last week’s loss to New Zealand. Rumours say Barcelona’s Carolina Graham Hansen will not start the game. Our 2019/20 scout report details the fearsome dribbler’s game and explains why Norway would be stronger with her in the team than without.

Moussa Dembélé looks set to leave Europe, becoming the next player to commit to the Saudi Pro League. The former Lyon striker is linked with Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq. Looking ahead to his summer free agency, we detailed the then Aston Villa-linked forward’s attacking profile back in January.

Marcel Sabitzer has been a popular player to write about at TFA over the years. Now that he moves from FC Bayern to another Bundesliga giant in Borussia Dortmund, it’s a great time to check out our 2020 scout report laying out why he, at the time, was the perfect representation of what RB Leipzig had become under Julian Nagelsmann.

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