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The NZ tactics that stopped Norway, help for NCAA coaches, how Luiz Enrique will approach the PSG gig plus what makes Durmonay and Smith ones to watch

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Monday morning 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.

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.

Fintan has dipped into the archive of 8000+ articles and found these pieces that have relevance today…

Melchie Dumornay truly announced herself on the grandest stage versus European Champions England this weekend. She joins Lyon this summer, with the French giants having secured the transfer back in January. Our September scout report explained why so many clubs were desperate to sign her.

Sophia Smith, the first player born in the 2000s to play for the USA, is unquestionably one of the best players in the world right now. She proved why as she scored twice to help her country defeat Vietnam in their opening World Cup game. We analysed what made her such an exciting talent when she initially broke through at Portland Thorns.

Ismaïla Sarr looks set to depart Watford for Marseille, per reports. A good fit for Marcelino? The winger has been a key part of the Hornets’ squad since initially joining from Ligue 1 Rennes back in 2019. Re-read about his debut Premier League campaign in which he made 11 goal contributions for a struggling side.

Lionel Messi stole the headlines on his Inter Miami debut, with a late free-kick earning all the spoils for his team. However, it was a decent debut from Sergio Busquets too, who seemed intent on finding Messi with every second touch of the ball regardless of where he was on the pitch (who could blame him, really?). Go check out Busquets’ Inter Miami debut and you can read our Barcelona expert Domagoj Kostanjsak’s classic analysis of what made him ‘The King of the Pivots’ to accompany the performance.

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

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