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What future opponents can learn from Germany, how set plays have helped St Louis top the WC on MLS debut and is Lavia worth €50m?

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Wednesday 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.

David Astill watched Germany make a statement of intent by taking Morocco apart in the World Cup. What can future opponents learn from this game? Find out in our tactical breakdown.

This MLS season is the first for St Louis City and they top the Western Conference – set-pieces have played a big part with 13 goals scored so far, the most in the US. Marcel Seifeddine explains what they do and why it works.

ICYMI yesterday, Jack Manship explained 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.

Fintan O’Reilly has dipped into the 8000+ strong archive and found…

Canada take on the Republic of Ireland in both teams’ second World Cup group stage game today. If the North American side are to earn their first win of the tournament, they may need Jordyn Huitema to bring her recent OL Reign form to the game. We profiled the attacker, who’s got 64 caps for her country at just 22 years of age, during her time at PSG.

Ramona Bachmann became Switzerland’s all-time top Women’s World Cup goalscorer versus the Philippines in their opening game. While she failed to get on the scoresheet yesterday as her side drew 0-0 with Norway, her goalscoring ability could yet prove crucial again in the tournament, with her side currently leading their group. We analysed her game when explaining why we liked her move to PSG three years ago.

Garang Kuol is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Volendam. We backed the 18 y/o forward to be a future star while detailing his game in an old scout report.

Southampton are allegedly insisting on a £50m package to part ways with Roméo Lavia, with Liverpool said to be interested in the deal. Is he worth it? Check out our analysis of the Saints’ young gem and decide for yourselves.

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

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