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xGOLD Team strikes gold, FIVE under-the-radar players at the Women’s World Cup you must watch and how to suffocate the attacking set-piece

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to Wednesday and our newsletter – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. It beats reading the tabloids, no? 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.

First up today, we want to go loud and proud on our latest TFA Scouted Magazine – those of you who have read it might have noticed that our xGOLD Team tool highlighted Tijjani Reijnders as a potential replacement for Sando Tonali. And yesterday, well yesterday AC Milan announced his signing – you’d better go and download the magazine and read all about it, right?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 gets underway tomorrow and our Head of Women’s Football Analysis David Astill has picked out FIVE under-the-radar players that you need to be aware of. This is a must-read!

And David’s piece is the perfect icing on top of our tactical preview magazine cake – come and get our 32-team guide. It is the only one to the tournament you need plus it is 100% free of charge to everyone. Join coaches, national team analysts and TV pundits all over the world by getting your download now.

We know you love set-piece analysis, so Marcel Seifeddine has something very interesting for you in his weekly column – Sarpsborg and their suffocation strategy when defending.

ICYMI yesterday, Jack Manship looked at how Thomas Thomasberg’s new recruits at FC Midtjylland could feature this season.

Karim ES revealed Rooney’s successful corner routines with MLS side DC United – that have led to nine goals from set pieces out of a total of 32.

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

Ada Hegerberg remains the most valuable player in France’s Division 1 Féminine, per Soccerdonna (part of Transfermarkt) and their latest market value update. The €450k-rated striker will hope to fire Norway to victory over hosts New Zealand in the opening game of the 2023 World Cup in the early hours of Friday morning — Selim Ben Hmida can tell you exactly what makes the 28-year-old world-class.

João Félix has begun openly flirting with Atlético Madrid’s LaLiga rivals Barcelona. The Portuguese attacker’s most prolific season for Colchoneros purely in terms of goals and assists remains his 2020/21 campaign, and we have an old in-depth analysis of his positive start to that season. Would he be a good fit for Barca in his current form?

André Onana has come a long way since departing Barcelona for Ajax as a teenager. On the verge of his United move, why not recap our analysis of his breakout 2018/19 campaign in which he helped the Eredivisie club to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals?

The Barca band is getting back together at David Beckham’s Inter Miami, with Jordi Alba reportedly the latest former Blaugrana regular to make their way to The Sunshine State. Is 19-year-old Alejandro Baldé ready to be Barca’s first-choice left-back week-in-week-out? And did his emergence solidify the Catalan club’s decision to say goodbye to Alba? We scouted the young Spain international set to replace the departing Alba in our TFA 23 for 23 magazine!

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

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