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What Spain must be wary of, how the USA saved a point , what to coach to build-up like England U21s and why Orban is going to cost a lot next move…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Monday 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.

In the World Cup, Japan and Spain are just kicking off and Fintan O’Reilly looks at why Spain must be wary of Japan’s premium possession play and their varied attacking threats.

Staying with the World Cup, Ahmed ElDaly tactically reviews the USA’s recovery against the Netherlands.

Chelsea’s Guro Reiten got a goal and assist in Norway’s 6-0 thumping of the Philippines yesterday. Her Norway side are through to the knockout stages, qualifying on goal difference over New Zealand. Read all about why we, in our Women’s World Cup special magazine, highlighted her as the player to watch in Group A with this vintage scout report.

Meanwhile, Fridolina Rolfö got her name on the score sheet versus Italy on Saturday as Sweden came out of that game 5-0 winners. Check out our scout report on the Barcelona winger to see why we named her our player to watch in World Cup Group G.

In his latest tactical coaching piece, Kevin Martin looks at Lee Carsley and England U21s build-up play and explains how to coach it into your team.

Gift Orban’s 71st-minute goal proved crucial as Gent scraped three points versus Kortrijk in their opening game of the 2023/24 Belgian Pro League season. You can read all about why Buffalo’s are demanding a high fee for the Nigerian striker in our analysis from Belgian football expert Brandon Liss.

As per reports, Crystal Palace are set to sign Matheus França for €20m + €10m in add-ons. You may have read about the promising talent here, as Caio Miguel Pontes spread the word about the budding star from Flamengo’s academy.

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

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