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TFA Today: France’s midfield movement, Van Gaal’s man-marking and Argentina’s Messi – World Cup tactical analysis and more

Welcome to Monday’s Total Football Analysis Today newsletter where we will take you back over some things you may have missed in the last few days!

France are through to the last eight in Qatar – Bryant Marques has a tactical analysis of how their midfield movement broke down Poland

Argentina weren’t great against Australia, but they did enough to go through – Ahmed el-Daly has the match analysis

The Netherlands will face Lionel Scaloni’s side having seen off the USA in a very efficient manner – Brandon Liss looks at Van Gaal’s man-marking system

In another tactical trend piece, Adam Scully looks at what the best defensive set-ups in Qatar have in common

You can get all the latest from Qatar, including our in-depth stats packs full of data, visuals and insights from our FIFA World Cup 2022 hub page here

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Then Adam and the archives…

Xavi Simons made his World Cup debut for the Netherlands on Saturday in a 3-1 victory over the USA – read why the PSV Eindhoven youngster is destined for greatness

Denzel Dumfries was exceptional in the match for the Netherlands – check out an old scout report, looking at why the Dutch defender will be one of the best fullbacks in the world one day

Olivier Giroud broke France’s all-time top goalscoring record with his goal against Poland – learn what makes the AC Milan frontman such a menacing attacker for his club and country

Despite exiting the World Cup, Australia had an excellent tournament with the help of Stoke City’s Harry Souttar at the back – in an old scout report, we looked at why the 6’6″ centre-back has been an underrated talent in English football

The December TFA Digital Magazine is also out now – 20+ articles jam-packed full of non-World Cup tactical analysis, scout reports, data visuals and insights

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