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TFA Today: Formations are no longer relevant in possession, Elche and their issues, the Brazilian coach rebuilding his reputation in Peru and more…

In the first Total Football Analysis Today Newsletter of the week you will find a look at a coach who no longer feels formations are relevant, a deep dive into why it might not be the coach who is the problem at a La Liga club, an analysis of a Brazilian coach in Peru and a dip into the archives.

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Martín Demichelis is proving that formations in possession are no longer relevant at River Plate – and Adam Scully explains what is meant by that in his weekly column

Elche are the talk of La Liga for all the wrong reasons – they’ve had various different coaches and nothing has changed, so Beth Limb looks at what the deeper issues are

Tiago Nunes’ managerial career got off to a very promising start with success at Athletico Paranaense, but three short-term failures later he is rebuilding his reputation in Peru with Sporting Cristal – Caio Miguel Pontes looks at the exciting style of play he has implemented in his first 10 games

Matteo Guendouzi scored for Marseille in a 1-1 draw with Montpellier on Friday evening – read our scout report of the former Arsenal midfielder

Despite the game finishing 1-1, Randal Kolo Muani scored yet again for Eintracht Frankfurt and is on fire this season – just last week, we analysed why the Frenchman is so good

Genoa managed to win 1-0 to climb to within three points of first-place Frosinone – read our recent tactical analysis of Alberto Gilardino’s tactics with the Italian side

Mark van Bommel’s Royal Antwerp moved closer to the top with a 2-0 win – read our analysis of van Bommel’s tactics with the Belgian club

Brendan Rodgers has been relieved from his duties at Leicester City with the Foxes sitting in the relegation zone – Leicester suffered from the same issues as last season which were detailed in this tactical analysis piece

Angel Gomes registered two assists for Lille yesterday in a solid victory for the Ligue 1 club – read our scout report of the former Manchester United academy graduate here

Ademola Lookman added to his tally at the weekend with another goal, making him the third top goalscorer in Serie A – read an old scout report we wrote on the former Leicester City attacker

Russell Martin was the most revered man in Swansea on Saturday as the Swans beat bitter rivals Cardiff City 3-2 – take a look at Martin’s intriguing tactical philosophy

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